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Ten More Schools Earn Top State Honor

Ten more elementary and K-8 schools in the Long Beach Unified School District won the California Distinguished School Award this week. Buffum, Edison, International, Muir, Prisk and Twain elementary schools, along with Hudson, Newcomb, Robinson and Tincher K-8 schools, earned the top state award. "This is a great day for our schools," said Chris Steinhauser, Superintendent of Schools for the Long Beach Unified School District. "Congratulations to the teachers, administrators, support staff, parents and volunteers who earned these well-deserved honors. Thanks to their team efforts, our students are receiving an exceptional education." To earn the California Distinguished School Award, schools compete in rigorous selection and screening conducted by the California Department of Education. Winning schools may apply for the National Blue Ribbon Award. "These schools are the best of the best. They share a vision of excellence and they have brought that vision to life," said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O’Connell. The recent winners demonstrated high academic expectations for all students, achievement above state standards, strong leadership, competent and caring teachers focused on standards, and outstanding curriculum. Statewide winners also must show exemplary family involvement and partnerships with the business community, comprehensive guidance and counseling services, ample support for students with a wide range of needs, and a safe learning environment that promotes citizenship, caring, fairness, respect, responsibility and trustworthiness. Hill Classical Middle School, Hughes Middle School and Wilson Classical High School were all named California Distinguished Schools last year. Hill is now a nominee for the National Blue Ribbon Award, to be announced this fall. Five of this year’s statewide honorees are repeat winners: Hudson, International, Newcomb, Prisk and Twain. A total of 35 Long Beach Unified School District schools have now received this top state honor. This year’s winners will be honored on May 26 at an awards ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. For more information about the California Distinguished School Awards, visit www.cde.ca.gov.