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California Department of Education and SCOE Celebrate Excellence in Education

Event Recognizes Outstanding Schools in 18-County Region

2012 CA School Recognition Program: Honoring Great Schools

The California Department of Education (CDE) honored high-performing schools from Sacramento and 17 other counties at a celebration on May 24. The event recognized the 2012 Distinguished Elementary Schools, the 2012 Title I Academic Achievement Award Schools, and the 2011 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The Northern California Region School Recognition Ceremony was held at the Woodlake Hotel Sacramento. During the event, 55 schools from 18 counties were presented with recognition plaques and flags by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson.

Opening the event was a flag ceremony presented by Venturing Crew 118 of Boy Scouts of America, and musical entertainment was provided by students from Collis P. Huntington Elementary School in the Sacramento City Unified School District. Craig Cheslog, Principal Advisor to State Superintendent of Public Instruction, served as master of ceremonies.

The Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) served as host of the event.
Eight schools in Sacramento County were among those honored.

"You exemplify school leadership and best practices. You have set a standard for excellence," said Sacramento County Superintendent of Schools David W. Gordon, as he welcomed the crowd. "Your success brings honor to high achieving students, and gives hope to struggling students and their families."

Sacramento County schools achieving 2011–12 honors included:

  • Elk Grove Unified School District: Cosumnes River Elementary, John Ehrhardt Elementary, Stone Lake Elementary
  • Natomas Unified School District: Heron School
  • River Delta Unified School District: Isleton Elementary
  • Sacramento City Unified School District: Sol Aureus College Preparatory School
  • San Juan Unified School District: Earl LeGette Elementary, Trajan Elementary

School staff receiving award