By the Castro Valley Unified School District
The proudly announces that eight schools have been selected by California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) to receive the title of 2011 Honor Roll School for public schools.
“On behalf of the Board of Education, I congratulate the students, staff, and parents at the eight schools recognized as 2011 California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll Schools,” stated Board President Kunio Okui. “This recognition is another indicator that our students are succeeding academically through the outstanding efforts of our teachers, administrators, classified staff and support of our parents.”
Superintendent Jim Negri added, “I am pleased that the outstanding efforts of our students and staff are being recognized. They deserve the recognition for what they do day-in and day-out. I applaud everyone’s great work.”
Schools receiving this distinction from the California business community have demonstrated consistent high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement levels over time and reduction in achievement gaps among student populations.
The CBEE Honor Roll is comprised of two different awards, the Star Schools awarded to Stanton Elementary School and Scholar Schools awarded to Chabot Elementary, Independent Elementary, Jensen Ranch Elementary, Marshall Elementary, Proctor Elementary, Vannoy Elementary, and Creekside Middle School.
CBEE Star Schools are those with significant populations of socio-economically disadvantaged students that have shown a significant increase in grade-level proficiency over time. CBEE Scholar Schools are schools that are showing significant levels of academic achievement, but do not have a significant socio-economically disadvantaged student population.
“The Stanton Team is committed to meeting the needs of all our students. We believe that each member of our team makes a daily difference for every student on Stanton campus and appreciate the CBEE for recognizing our students, staff and community for their dedication and hard work.,” said Jennifer Tomita, Stanton’s principal.
“The entire Vannoy community is pleased with our recognition as a 2011 CBEE Honor Roll school. It is a testament not only to the relentless focus on results for students that our teachers have shown throughout the years, but also the result of a strong partnership between the school faculty and parent community,” added Greg Ko, Principal of Vannoy.
Principal MaryAnn DeGrazia stated that, “The Creekside school community is elated that we are being recognized for our history of collaboration, focus on student achievement, and excellent school climate.”
“We must change the conversation in public education from being about failure to one that focuses on replicating the success of schools like those on the Honor Roll,” said Greg Jones, CBEE Chairman. “These schools are not making excuses about their performance and are overcoming challenges and obstacles to improvement every day. Our goal is to highlight their results so they can be copied in other places.”
The Honor Roll is the premier school recognition program that uses only academic achievement data showing improved academic growth over time and a closing of the achievement gap.
Jim Kentris, Principal at Independent stated, “We are very proud to be recognized by California’s business community as an Honor Roll school. Our teachers and staff work tirelessly to keep the focus on high expectations and student academic achievement. The tireless support of our entire school community in this effort is paying off for all of our students.”
Additionally, Lisa Garcia stated, “Proctor Elementary School is honored to be recognized for the ongoing commitment and dedication of our entire school community to the academic achievement and success of each Proctor student.”
“These schools are the bright spots of excellence in efforts to raise student academic achievement and close persistent achievement gaps,” said Jim Lanich, president of CBEE. “By highlighting them, recognizing their achievement and giving them a voice we hope other schools can learn from them and replicate their proven practices throughout the state.”
The annual Honor Roll award is made possible with support from numerous businesses and organizations. The Honor Roll list grew from 1,315 schools in 2010 to the current 1,614 for 2011. The number of Honor Roll STAR (high poverty, high achieving) schools increased from 478 in 2010 to 527 in 2011.
A full list of the Honor Roll schools and the STEM Honor Roll can be found at: www.cbeefoundation.org/honor_roll.html.