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On February 23, the Little Lake CSD Board of Education unanimously approved the appointment of Dr. Bill Crean as the district's new superintendent, effective July 1, 2016.  Dr. Crean has served the school district since 2007 first as the principal of Lakeview Elementary School and currently as the principal of Lake Center Middle School.

 

Dr. Perez, Little Lake's retiring superintendent notes, 'I am appreciative of the board's recognition of the outstanding administrators we have in the district and their wisdom in selecting someone who knows our culture, our community, and who shares our vision for the future.  Dr. Crean will maintain the momentum of Little Lake and push forward to even greater achievements.

 

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LLCSD Hosts Visitors From South Korea

Little Lake City School District hosted visitors from South Korea on Tuesday, February 23, 2016.  The South Korean delegation included representatives from the South Korean Ministry of Education, Deputy Directors Jeehye Park and Wonsuk Jeong.  Also visiting the school district were representatives of the Korea Local Education Institute (KLEI), Director Dr. Rah Nimjoo, Deputy Director Dr. Giljae Lee and several graduate researchers.  The visit was coordinated by Dr. So Young Park, a South Korean visiting scholar at CSU, Long Beach.  The purpose of the visit was to explore issues of public school governance, finance, personnel, and instruction.

"Little Lake was proud to host this visit which stems from the ongoing and multi-faceted partnership between CSULB and the school district," stated Superintendent Dr. Phil Perez.  Dr. Laura Portnoi and Dr. Paul Boyd-Batsone of the university were instrumental in facilitating this intercultural and professional exchange of information.

 

          


 

Lake Center Middle School Named a 2016 California School to Watch

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California's

2016 "Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage" Model Middle Schools

      

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 13 high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2015–16 Schools to

Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program.

            Torlakson also announced that the sustained progress of 20 previously chosen STW™—TCS schools will allow them to retain their designation.

            "These 33 schools excel at keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in a student’s school career," Torlakson said. "I congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging goals, narrow the achievement gap, and set their students on a solid path toward high school and future success."

            The 13 newly designated STW™—TCS model middle grades schools are:

·       Alder Creek Middle School, Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Nevada County

·         Curtis Middle School, San Bernardino Unified School District, San Bernardino CountyIMG_2054.JPG 

·         Firebaugh Middle School, Firebaugh Las Deltas Unified School District, Fresno County

·       Lake Center Middle School, Little Lake City School District, Los Angeles County 

·       Lindero Canyon Middle School, Las Virgenes Unified School District, Ventura County

·         Ross Academy of Creative and Media Arts, ABC Unified School District, Los Angeles County

·         San Gorgonio Middle School, Beaumont Unified School District, Riverside County

·         Serrano Middle School, San Bernardino Unified School District, San Bernardino County

·         South Pointe Middle School, Walnut Valley Unified School District, Los Angeles County

·         Sunnymead Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Riverside County

·         Vista Heights Middle School, Moreno Valley Unified School District, Riverside County

·         Willis Jepson Middle School, Vacaville Unified School District, Solano County

·         Yorba Linda Middle School, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District, Orange County

 

            The 20 re-designated STW™—TCS model middle grades schools are:

·         Canyon Middle School, Castro Valley Unified High School District, Alameda County

·         Edna Hill Middle School, Brentwood Union Elementary School District, Contra Costa County

·         Fairmont School, Sanger Unified School District, Fresno County

·         Frank J. Zamboni Middle School, Paramount Unified School District, Los Angeles County

·         Frank Wright Middle School, Imperial Unified School District, Imperial County

·         Granger Junior High School, Sweetwater Union High School District, San Diego County

·         John Glenn Middle School of International Studies, Desert Sands Unified School District, Riverside County

·         Mistletoe Elementary School, Enterprise Elementary School District, Shasta County

·         Oliver Wendell Holmes Middle School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County

·         Pioneer Middle School, Tustin Unified School District, Orange County

·         Quail Lake Environmental Charter School, Sanger Unified School District, Fresno County

·         Reyburn Intermediary School, Clovis Unified School District, Fresno County

·         Sanger Academy, Sanger Unified School District, Fresno County

·         San Lorenzo Valley Middle School, San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District, Santa Cruz County

·         Scotts Valley Middle School, Scotts Valley Unified School District, Santa Cruz County

·         Sinaloa Middle School, Simi Valley Unified School District, Ventura County

·         Summit Intermediate School, Etiwanda School District, San Bernardino County

·         Thurston Middle School, Laguna Beach Unified School District, Orange County

·         Union Middle School, Union School District, Santa Clara County

·         Vanguard Preparatory School, Apple Valley Unified School District, San Bernardino County

            STW™—TCS middle grades schools are high-performing model schools that demonstrate academic excellence, responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents, and social equity. These schools host visitors from California and around the world who are looking to learn practices they can use to improve their middle grades schools and close the achievement gap.

            The STW™—TCS program is sponsored by the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) and the California Department of Education, in partnership with the California Middle Grades Alliance.

            To earn this designation, schools must complete an extensive application that is reviewed by middle grades experts. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years.

            All of the schools will be recognized in Sacramento at the California Middle Grades Alliance annual luncheon February 25, 2016, and during the California League of Schools' Annual Conference North, February 26–28, 2016

            For more information about the STW™—TCS program, please visit the CLMS High Performing Middle School Models Web page.

Lake Center and Lakeside Recognized as California Gold Ribbon Schools


Congratulations Lake Center and Lakeside!

 

California Gold Ribbon Schools

and Title 1 Achieving Award Schools

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces 
2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award 

Honoring outstanding, innovative schools throughout California

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that 193 middle schools and 180 high schools have been honored under the state's new Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program, which is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program.

"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 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Program, which is on hiatus while California creates new assessment and accountability systems.

Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.

The Gold Ribbon awards recognize California schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education. These include, the California Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics, California English Language Development Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards.

In addition to being chosen as Gold Ribbon Schools, 38 schools were given an additional honor of being selected as having an Exemplary Program in Arts Education, Career Technical Education, or Physical Activity and Nutrition. Schools had to apply separately for these honors, which will be denoted on the list below by a symbol that corresponds to their program. The awards, introduced in 2013, reflect Torlakson's goals outlined in his A Blueprint for Great Schools report, which provides direction for California's education system.

Additionally, Gold Ribbon awardees that are also Title I schools were recognized as Academic Achieving Schools and are identified as such on the list. This additional recognition is given only to schools receiving federal Title I funds that assist in meeting the educational needs of students living at or below the poverty line.

The Gold Ribbon schools as well as the Exemplary Program recipients, Title I Academic Achieving Schools, 2015 Green Ribbon Schools, 2015 Civic Learning Award Schools, and the National Blue Ribbon Honorees from 2014 will be recognized later this month during regional ceremonies held in Sacramento, San Diego, Visalia, and San Francisco.

Please visit the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program on the California Department of Education's Web site.

The CDE California School Recognition Program is presented by San Mateo-based California Casualty.

 

 

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Lakeside Middle School Named a California "School to Watch" for 2015

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Congratulates California's 2015 "Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage" Model Middle Schools

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today announced that seven high-performing California middle schools have been newly designated as model middle grades schools in the 2014-15 Schools to Watch™—Taking Center Stage (STW™—TCS) program.

Torlakson also announced that the sustained progress of 15 previously chosen STW™—TCS schools will allow them to retain their designation.

"These 22 schools are being recognized for their outstanding work in keeping students engaged and motivated during this critical juncture in education," Torlakson said. "I congratulate them for their efforts to exceed challenging goals, narrow the achievement gap, and set their students on a solid path toward high school and future success."

The seven newly designated STW™—TCS model middle grades schools are:

  • De Anza Middle School, Ontario, Ontario-Montclair School District.Lakeside Ceremony.jpg
  • Fedde International Studies Academy, Hawaiian Gardens, ABC Unified School District.
  • Hawthorne School, Beverly Hills, Beverly Hills Unified School District.
  • Kings Canyon Middle School, Fresno, Fresno Unified School District.
  • Lakeside Middle School, Norwalk, Little Lake City School District.
  • Luther Burbank Middle School, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Unified School District.
  • Wilson Junior High School, El Centro, El Centro Elementary School District.

STW™—TCS middle grades schools are high-performing model schools that demonstrate academic excellence, developmental responsiveness to the needs and interests of young adolescents, social equity, and organizational support. These model schools host visitors from California and around the world who are looking for replicable practices that will help them improve their middle grades schools and close the achievement gap.

STW™—TCS program is sponsored by the California League of Middle Schools External link opens in new window or tab. (CLMS) and the California Department of Education, in partnership with the California Middle Grades Alliance.

To become a STW™—TCS model middle school, applicants must have met or exceeded the Academic Performance Index (API) schoolwide growth target for three of the five most recent years scores were calculated (from 2007–08 to 2012–13). In addition, schools must have met or exceeded the API growth targets for three of the five most recent years scores were calculated (from 2007–08 to 2012–13).

School administrators must conduct a self-study evaluation and complete an extensive narrative application. Each site is then reviewed by a team of middle grades experts. In order to retain the designation, each school is re-evaluated every three years.

All of the schools will be formally recognized in Sacramento at the California Middle Grades Alliance annual luncheon February 26, 2014, and during the California League of Schools' External link opens in new window or tab. Annual Conference North, February 26–March 1, 2015. The schools will have an opportunity to showcase their accomplishments and network with other middle grades educators from around the state.

For more information about the STW™—TCS program, please visit the CLMS High Performing Middle School Models External link opens in new window or tab. Web page.

 


 

California Business for Education Excellence (CBEE) Names

Seven Little Lake Schools to the 2013 Honor Roll

 

The CBEE has named seven schools in the Little Lake City School District to the 2013 Honor Roll for “increasing academic performance and closing the achievement gap.”  Named to this year’s CBEE Honor Roll as “Star Schools” are: Jersey Avenue, Lakeland, Paddison, Studebaker, Wm. Orr, Lake Center and Lakeside.  Lee Blitch, CBEE Chairman and past CEO, states, “Having high standards, effective school leadership, and staying focused on student academic achievement has paid off for these Honor Roll Schools.  These schools are an inspiration.”

The Little Lake City School District Board of Education recognized and congratulated the seven schools for their achievement at a Board meeting on May 13, 2014.

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Lakeland and Studebaker 

2014 California Distinguished Schools

 

On November 5, 2013, the California Department of Education released the names of schools that were eligible to apply for 2014 California Distinguished School recognition.  Lakeland and Studebaker Elementary Schools earned this opportunity based on their students’ growth in attaining proficiency on the most recent California Standards Tests from spring 2013.  After submitting their applications and going through an extensive review, both schools were recognized for being a California Distinguished School. This is the first time Lakeland has received the honor and the third time Studebaker has been recognized.

 

The Little Lake City School District is very proud of the teachers, principals, support staffs, and students of Lakeland and Studebaker for achieving this distinction.  We also acknowledge the important role of our parents in helping your children and our schools succeed.