Gold Ribbon Awards
Six Kern County schools honored with the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Award for their exemplary model programs
Six Kern County schools were recognized as 2015 California Gold Ribbon schools at a reception on June 3 at the Kern County Superintendent of Schools office in downtown Bakersfield.
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.
Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.
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.
This year’s Kern County award winners are:
Rosedale Middle School (Rosedale Union Elementary School District)
In 2012, Rosedale Middle School began working in a collaborative with neighboring districts to create new CCSS materials, involving not just the standards but also instructional shifts needed to meet the level of rigor in common core state standards. Teachers meet in their PLCs weekly to discuss instruction, assessment, intervention, extension and data from the common formative assessments. Students there experience authentic performance tasks and project-based assignments.
Murray Middle School (Sierra Sands Unified School District)
Murray had an exemplary practice of providing intervention embedded throughout the day. The “Mustang Up” Program exhibited great staff participation in ensuring that every student had an opportunity to connect with a caring adult. The school climate was extremely positive. Murray PLCs were focused on analyzing student data to decide what new strategies they could implement for continuously improved results.
Sherman E. Burroughs High School (Sierra Sands Unified School District)
Burroughs High School’s “Common Core Connection” model program is to provide an academic program fully aligned to the CCSS. The school realized that supporting CCSS would mean students and teachers also needed to develop fluency with computer-based assessment formats, initiating new tools and professional development efforts. Chromebooks and access to Google Apps have had a powerful impact, focusing instruction on CCSS-aligned activities and assessments, many of which were collaboratively developed by teacher teams.
West High School (Kern High School District)
The model program submitted by West High is its “Freshman Academy.” The program was first established in 2008 to better serve the needs of students who were not successfully matriculating to 10th grade and therefore not graduating on time or at all. Students are supported throughout the program by teams of teachers, and the number of students passing 9th grade has risen from a low of 84 percent to a high of 95 percent.
McFarland High School (McFarland Unified School District)
McFarland’s model program is “Creating a Goals Oriented Mindset,” designed to address a lack of student enthusiasm for academic success and higher education. It has provided increased access to rigorous curriculum and career technical education, thus creating a positive shift in the culture of the school. Counselors, families and teachers all work together to implement an environment for students to achieve success.
Rosamond High School (Southern Kern Unified School District)
Rosamond’s signature practice is a program and combination of practices and strategies that use a Competency Based Learning Model. The district purchased one to one laptop devices to support CCSS. The use of these devices has revolutionized instruction, enabling teachers to differentiate daily assignments and easily reteach when necessary for a vertical teaming collaboration, which extends from the middle school to the high school.