CONTACT:  Sarah Wahrenbrock                       FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

310.450.8338, ext. 229                                       30 APR 2014


FRANLKIN E.S., Point Dume M.S.S., ROOSEVELT E.S., and Webster E.S., Named CA Distinguished Schools!


SMMUSD is proud to announce that Franklin Elementary School, Point Dume Marina Science School, Roosevelt Elementary School, and Webster Elementary School have been named as three of the 424 public elementary schools to receive the CA Distinguished School honor for 2014.


“We are so proud of all of our schools,” said Superintendent Sandy Lyon.  “This recognition honors the hard work and dedication of our staff, students, and families.”

“This is Franklin Elementary School’s second California Distinguished School designation!  Our first award was in 2008,” said Franklin Principal, Tara Brown. “Everyone is absolutely ecstatic! I don't think the designation changes the school, but gives validation to our amazing staff, students, parents and community for all of the hard work and effort that is made on a daily basis towards all students achieving academic excellence while narrowing the achievement gap.”


“We are thrilled to be recognized again as a California Distinguished School,” commented Point Dume Principal, Rebecca Johnson.  “I want to thank the students, staff, and parents.  It is due to their continued dedication and extraordinary effort that this acknowledgement of PDMSS was made possible.”


“This award directly reflects the expertise and collaboration of our exceptional educators and our dedicated Roosevelt families,” said Roosevelt Principal, Natalie Burton.  “I am so proud that our students have flourished with such enthusiasm through our signature practices in Math and English Language Arts.  This exciting recognition is an honor for our entire Roosevelt community.”


“Webster Elementary School is honored to be considered a California Distinguished School for a second time,” said Webster Principal, Dr. Susan Samarge-Powell.  “The students, staff and parent community all contribute to the successes found at Webster - it is a wonderful environment in which to learn!”


This award is a direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of your school’s educational community,” State Superintendent Tom Torlakson remarked in a press release and in a congratulatory letter to the principals of the chosen schools.  “I applause these strong, thriving schools that are making such impressive strides in preparing their students for continued success.  This award is well-deserved by these school communities for their enduring dedication to high standards, hard work, and unwavering support.” 


The following information was provided in the state’s press release:

The 2014 California Distinguished Schools Program focuses on California’s students’ right to an equitable and rigorous education, and recognizes those schools that have made progress in narrowing the academic achievement gap. To apply for Distinguished School honors, schools must meet a variety of eligibility criteria, including accountability measures.  Once schools are deemed eligible, the California Department of Education (CDE) invites them to apply to be recognized as a California Distinguished School.  The process consists of a written application, which includes a comprehensive description of two of the school's signature practices, and a county-led site validation review process focused on the implementation of those signature practices.  Although participation is voluntary, the award is highly sought after by schools in all areas of the state. Elementary and secondary schools are recognized during alternate years.





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