HMS Honored As State Gold Ribbon School

Holtville Middle School is one of just two schools in the Imperial Valley to be honored this year under the California Department of Education’s Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.

The awards were announced Tuesday.

“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,” State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson said. “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. 477 middle schools and high schools applied this year.

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.

Calipatria High School was the only other school in the county to be honored this year.

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