Crittenden Middle School and Graham Middle School
Selected as 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award

Crittenden Middle School and Graham Middle School have been selected as two of 193 middle school recipients of the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award.  This award recognizes those middle schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education.  The California Gold Ribbon School 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 educational agencies. 

Crittenden Principal Geoff Chang stated, “We are thrilled and honored to be recognized as a Gold Ribbon School for our school's Project Based Learning initiative. A big shout out goes to our exceptional teachers, coaches, families, and community partners. You ensured opportunities for our kids to engage in authentic learning experiences, allowing them to flex their critical thinking skills, practice effective communication and collaboration, and solve problems creatively."

Graham Principal Kim Thompson stated, “Receiving this award confirms the commitment of our entire community to work together to ensure all our children are successful. On behalf of the entire Graham community, we are deeply honored to be given the California Gold Ribbon. Thank you to our Graham families and staff for all your support of our wonderful school.   Henry Ford said,  “Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”

District Interim Superintendent Kevin Skelly shared, “This is extraordinary recognition for both of our middle schools.  More than that, however, it is additional validation that Crittenden and Graham are special places for students to grow and learn.  I know I speak for the MVWSD Board of Trustees when I say how much we appreciate the tremendous dedication of our middle school teachers and staff."

Crittenden and Graham will be recognized at a regional ceremony on May 29 in San Francisco, California.   The principals and representatives from each school will accept the award from State Superintendent of Instruction Tom Torlakson.