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Salinas, Calif. – Today, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson will recognize four Monterey County schools among the elementary schools honored under the State Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program. Creekside Elementary, Monte Bella Elementary, and Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary from the Alisal Union School District, and Robert Down Elementary from the Pacific Grove Unified School District are recipients of the 2016 California Gold Ribbon School Award.
Creekside and Virginia Rocca Barton Elementary Schools will also be honored with Academic Achieving School Awards, and Robert Down Elementary will be honored with the Exemplary Physical Activity and Nutrition Education Program Award.
“The recognition of three schools within the Alisal Union School District affirms the major accomplishments that have been made throughout the schools in the district,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, County Superintendent of Schools. “Robert Down Elementary in Pacific Grove Unified School District continues its ever reaching quest to attain excellence within education. I am very proud of the accomplishments of these schools and districts.”
The California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems. Nearly 6,000 elementary schools were eligible to apply this year. The award recognized middle and high schools in 2015.
The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.
The Monterey County schools will be recognized this afternoon during a regional ceremony held in Santa Clara.
More information on Exemplary Program Awards is available at the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program page on the California Department of Education’s website at www.cde.ca.gov/ta/sr/gr/.
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