Wilson Named 2001 Distinguished School

Wilson High School recently was named a 2001 Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. A National Blue Ribbon nomination was also announced for Lowell Elementary School, a 2000 California Distinguished School. "The students, the staff and the whole Wilson community are proud and delighted to have this recognition," said Jon Meyer, co-principal. "It represents a lot of hard work by teachers and outstanding support by parents." Co-principal Marylouise Ortega-Lau devoted her entire winter break to gathering data for and preparing Wilson's winning application. Wilson was commended for: • outstanding articulation • strong intervention programs • evidence of rigorous academic standards • curriculum mapping in core content areas • high student expectations • strong effort to personalize students' education experience • very strong emphasis on professional growth and development • many examples of student work • strong collaborative leadership • strong culture of inquiry and continuous improvement efforts • positive atmosphere about and for students • strong sense of community • commitment to the arts • full utilization of technology • friendly, eager and helpful students. Wilson is among only 157 schools selected statewide. It joins 19 others in the Long Beach Unified School District as California Distinguished Schools: Avalon, Barton, Cleveland, Cubberley, Fremont, Gant, Hughes, International, Kettering, Los Cerritos, Lowell, Madison, Newcomb, Poly, Prisk, Rogers, Signal Hill, Stanford and Twain. One of these distinguished schools, Lowell, was announced as a 2001 National Blue Ribbon School nominee this week. Lowell staff will learn next month if the school has been selected to receive this high national honor for academic achievement and overall excellence. Each distinguished school underwent a rigorous selection process. Each was judged exemplary at a state-level competition, then received a site visit to validate information in the nomination. The schools exemplify successful teaching and learning, high standards for all students, strong family and community involvement, partnerships with the business community, safe and clean school environments and wise use of modern technology.