State Declares Fulton, Masuda and Talbert Middle Schools “Gold Ribbon Schools”

Fountain Valley, CA, May 6, 2015: State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, today named Fulton, Masuda and Talbert Middle Schools as “Gold Ribbon Schools” when announcing the results of the State awards program “to recognize California schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students.” 

“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.”

The 2015 awards were open to middle and high schools, and the 2016 awards will be open to elementary schools as well.  The Gold Ribbon Schools Award Program takes the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which has been suspended for this year and next, with the absence of state test scores.

“We are pleased to have Fulton, Masuda and Talbert among the twenty-four middle schools recognized in Orange County,” said Fountain Valley Superintendent Dr. Mark Johnson. “Through focus and collaboration, we have successfully implemented highly effective signature practices that engage and reach all learners. Some of these additions include Co-teaching, a robust intervention program and other inclusive practices to support the achievement of each and every student.  Furthermore, we have revived our instrumental music program and added innovative educational options such as a robotics program at each school.

“I want to publicly thank and congratulate our teachers, support staff and administrators for working collaboratively with students, parents, the Fountain Valley Schools Foundation and our community to expand upon our tradition of excellence and support our quest for continuous improvement,” Dr. Johnson continued.  “The Gold Ribbon School Awards for Fulton, Masuda and Talbert Middle Schools demonstrate the successful results of these efforts.  We are incredibly honored to have 100% of our secondary schools earn this distinction.”

Board President Ian Collins noted, “The Trustees are very proud of all three middle schools, the teachers, students and principals.”

Celebrations of the Gold Ribbon School Awards will take place at each middle school as scheduled by the principals.

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