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Seven FUSD Schools Named 2017 California ‘Gold Ribbon Schools’



The Fremont Unified School District (FUSD) was proud to learn seven of its schools were named by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson as among the 275 California middle schools and high schools honored under the 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.


FUSD schools recognized as Gold Ribbon award-winners are American High School, Irvington High School, Washington High School, Centerville Junior High School, Hopkins Junior High School, Thornton Junior High School and Walters Junior High School. They join the eleven FUSD elementary schools honored in 2016 and when combined with Kennedy High School, Mission San Jose High School and Horner Junior High School that were named in 2015, make a clean sweep of FUSD secondary schools (10) that have earned the award over the past two years.


“This is a great day for the entire Fremont Unified community and another demonstration of the hard work our students and staff are providing on a daily basis,” said FUSD Superintendent, Dr. Jim Morris. “To have 21 of our schools designated as Gold Ribbon Schools – including all ten of our junior high and high schools - over the past two years is outstanding and gives us great momentum to continue pushing forward in and out of the classroom.”


“These terrific schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed on their way to 21st century careers and college,” Torlakson added. “I look forward to travelling the state to honor these schools and to help share the programs, methods, and techniques that are working.”                    


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, accountability, and continuous improvement systems. Schools applied for the award based on a model program or practice their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The award acknowledged elementary schools last year.


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. These schools represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaborating, but also highly successful school climate efforts, ranging from real time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.


The 2017 Gold Ribbon Schools as well as the 2017 Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Award Schools, 2017 Green Ribbon Schools, 2017 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Schools from 2016, will be honored in May during regional ceremonies held in Costa Mesa, Santa Clara, Los Angeles, Visalia, and Sacramento.


Please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education’s (CDE’s) Web site. The CDE California School Recognition Program is presented by San Mateo-based California Casualty.