Flamson and Lewis middle schools receive California Gold Ribbon Awards
Flamson Middle School and Lewis Middle School were both named 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools on Tuesday by State Superintendent of Public Education Tom Torlakson.
The Gold Ribbon 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.
“These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”
“We are very proud of this honor”, said Flamson Principal Gene Miller and Lewis Principal Stuart Hamill. “Part of the Guiding Principles of Paso Robles Joint Unified School District states we are one team with one dream. It was through the hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff that both middle schools in Paso Robles Joint Unified School District were able to qualify for the California Gold Ribbon Schools.”
“Flamson and Lewis Middle Schools continue to provide an exemplary, innovative education for all students”, said Superintendent of Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Chris Williams. “We are extremely proud to have our schools and staff recognized for their commitment, dedication, and relentless pursuit of educational excellence.”
Both school 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 new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.