Three Dublin Schools Earn Gold Ribbon Honors
Dublin High School, Fallon Middle School and Wells Middle School have been recognized by the State of California as Gold Ribbon Award honorees. The California Department of Education officially announced the Gold Ribbon Award recipients Wednesday afternoon. Dublin’s three honorees were among 17 in Alameda County and 275 statewide.
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. Nearly 475 secondary schools were eligible to apply this year. All three schools will be honored at a regional event on May 4.
“To have all three of our eligible secondary schools honored makes us incredibly proud,” said Dublin Superintendent Dr. Leslie Boozer. “It speaks to the dedication of our district and our staff to offer the children of our community an exceptional educational experience. It is also a tribute to the hard work of our students and the commitment of our community to high academic standards for all.”
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. 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 award recognized elementary schools in 2016.
The Gold Ribbon is the first such award for Fallon Middle School.
“We are very pleased and proud to learn that Fallon has been named a California Gold Ribbon School,” said Fallon principal Sheri Sweeney. “The focus of our talented staff on the healthy development of young adolescents, including their social and emotional growth, truly makes Fallon a special place to learn and work. We are grateful for the generous support of our parents and community.
Wells Middle School was previously named a California Distinguished School in 1994, 1999, 2003, 2009 and 2013.
“Our students, staff, and parents are honored to be recognized as a Gold Ribbon School,” said Wells Principal Ean Ainsworth. ”We have an amazingly dedicated community that is committed to the success of all our students.
In addition to the 2017 Gold Ribbon, Dublin High School has been named a California Distinguished School four times, in 1990, 1992, 1996 and 2003.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said Dublin High School principal Maureen Byrne. “Dublin High School is proud to offer our students a unique and model program. With our Freshman Mentor Program, Freshman Seminar and the GAEL period, we offer students daily support to be academically successful and emotionally healthy. What a great day to be a Gael.”