We are so proud to announce that Suzanne Middle School has received the 2015 Gold Ribbon Award. This is California’s highest recognition and went to only 373 of the 10,366 public schools in the state. This was the first year the state issued Gold Ribbon awards. The program temporarily replaces the California Distinguished Schools Program while officials create new assessment and accountability systems.
“These schools are academically successful, vibrant and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” said Tom Torlakson, the state superintendent of public instruction. “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 honored to receive the state’s Gold Ribbon award!” said Principal Les Ojeda. ”It reflects the hard work by our Suzanne students, teachers, staff, and parents to ensure we develop students who are prepared academically and ready to face real-world challenges. I am very proud of our school.”
In addition, Suzanne was also selected as having an Exemplary Programs in Arts Education. Our focus was on developing the positive character and fostering student’s creativity and uniqueness. At Suzanne we believe this helps nourish and develop the whole person. We pride ourselves on giving students the opportunity to join the Arts program, take risks in performing, and gain the life experience that happens both inside and outside the classroom.
As always, we thank our Suzanne community, teachers, staff, students, and families for helping achieve these two huge honors. We are grateful to surrounded by such an incredible support system. Congratulations!!