2014-15 EXTENDED KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM
At the October 21st Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved having the Extended Kindergarten program at Peterson School starting on February 2, 2015. The curriculum and related learning activities are designed for children who were too young to attend the start of the regular kindergarten program in September but who will be five years old by February 2nd. Registration will begin on Monday, December 1st, starting at 8:30 a.m. at the District Office, 20451 Craimer Lane, Huntington Beach, CA on a first come, first served basis.
Resolution S-17, Local Reserves Cap
At the October 21st Board meeting, the Board of Trustees approved Resolution S-17, Local Reserves Cap which deals with Prop. 2 asking the Governor and Legislature to repeal the language contained in Section 27 of SB 858 (Chapter 32, Statutes 2014) now in Education Code 42127.01.
Huntington Seacliff Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School
NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON HONORS FOR 337 SCHOOLS
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 337 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2014 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels.
Secretary Duncan made this announcement live via the Department's USTREAM channel http://www.ustream.tv/channel/education-department at 1:30 pm and was viewed by recognized principals, teachers, and students assembled across the country.
The Department will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s schools.
“These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education—that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative, and challenging learning environments,” Secretary Duncan said. “National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.
All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:
· Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.
· Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.
Specifically, for the 2013-2014 award year, the Department strengthened the focus of both categories’ performance criteria around subgroups within a school and improving graduation rates for all students.
The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The U.S. Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
Congratulation to the staff, students and parents of Huntington Seacliff for receiving this honor.
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