Warm Springs, Dorothy McElhinney and Shivela Middle Schools and Vista Murrieta High School are Gold Ribbon Schools
Warm Springs, Dorothy McElhinney and Shivela Middle Schools and Vista Murrieta High School have struck academic gold. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson
announced on Tuesday, April 18, that they are among the 275 winners of the Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program.
“These schools are leading the way in embracing our new rigorous academic standards and showing others how to help students succeed,” said Torlakson.
Avaxat, Rail Ranch and E. Hale Curran Elementary Schools are 2016 Gold Ribbon Schools and Thompson Middle School is a 2015 Gold Ribbon School. District Superintendent Pat Kelley
said, “I am so proud of each school honored. The fact that all four of our middle schools are Gold Ribbon Schools is quite an accomplishment. These awards reflect the success of our
middle school transformation efforts and the exemplary educational opportunities these schools are providing for our students.”
Schools were recognized for excellent teaching and learning and for the following highly successful model programs that can be replicated by other districts.
• Warm Springs Middle School – AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination), a college readiness program targeting students who will be the first in their families to
• Shivela Middle School – student leadership program. Over 200 Shivela students are in leadership roles in ASB, Renaissance, Senate, Video Production, WEB & Yearbook.
• Dorothy Middle School – award-winning dance program that attracts transfer students from across the district.
• Vista Murrieta High School – Dual Enrollment (DE) program with MSJC that allows VMHS students to earn high school credits and up to 47 transferable college credits without paying college tuition.
The Gold Ribbon awards will be presented at a ceremony in May and 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.”
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