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Four Roseville schools make distinguished list

Catheryn Gates Elementary School, Crestmont Elementary School, George Sargeant Elementary School and Heritage Oak Elementary School honored
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UPDATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 23 Heritage Oak Elementary School, which is part of the Dry Creek School District, was also honored as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education on April 19. “Our school is successful because all stakeholders work in unison to engage students in learning,” said Principal Gabe Simon in a written statement to students and staff. “This collaboration ensures high levels of growth and success. I am extremely proud to work in a community, school and district where learning is paramount and community unity is a top priority.” ---------- Three Roseville schools made the 2010 California Distinguished Schools list. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell announced the 484 schools selected on Monday. Catheryn Gates Elementary School, Crestmont Elementary School and George Sargeant Elementary School in the Roseville City School District were included on this list. “The 2010 California Distinguished Schools have been selected because of their academic excellence and for narrowing achievement gaps,” O’Connell said in a press release. “These schools have persevered despite state budget cutbacks that have cut deeply into the budgets of local school districts.” The schools on this year’s list are geographically diverse with locations in small rural communities, suburban neighborhoods and large urban cities. Most have significant populations of students living in poverty or learning English. The California School Recognition Program is now in its 24th year and honors the state’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools with the California Distinguished School Award. The program recognizes elementary and secondary schools during alternate years. Schools were identified for eligibility based on their Academic Performance Index and Adequate Yearly Progress results, which are the state and federal accountability models, respectively. The program also identified applicants by their success in narrowing the achievement gap between higher-performing and lower-performing students. Each applicant was required to describe two signature practices that have led to an increase in student achievement and a narrowing of the achievement gap. Schools who earn the Distinguished School title agree to share their signature practices with other schools and mentor other educators. ~ Sena Christian