For Immediate Release:
April 30, 2013
Valley High School selected to receive statewide civic learning award
Valley High School will receive the California Department of Education’s Civic Learning Awards Program Award of Merit from the Honorable Stacy Boulware Eurie, Sacramento County Superior Court Judge, in a special awards ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 3. This program celebrates successful efforts to engage California public high school students in civic learning and spotlights replicable models for other schools to follow.
The awards ceremony will also feature remarks from Elk Grove Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Steven M. Ladd and EGUSD Board President Chet Madison Sr., as well as presentations from Valley’s Associated Student Body (ASB), Health TECH Academy and Social Sciences Department.
“Civic learning is at the cornerstone of our society – one in which our students here at Valley are proud to serve,” said Chelsea Bowler-Shelton, principal at Valley. “The Civic Learning Award shines a light on the students and teachers of Valley’s Health TECH Academy, Associated Student Body and Social Science Department who believe that giving back to their communities prepares students for civic engagement, college and career opportunities.”
To be considered for the award, schools must describe their civic learning practices and programs, with an emphasis on those that incorporate research-based proven practices in civic education. A panel of experts assesses the applications according to both depth and breadth.
Valley was selected for the Award of Merit for their work with their ASB program, Regional Summer Academy for the Arts and Sciences, Health TECH Academy and Social Sciences Department. ASB students are involved in numerous civic-minded activities, including School Site Council, Superintendent’s Student Advisory Committee, blood drives and homeless outreach. The Valley Regional Summer Academy of the Arts and Sciences is a week-long summer program planned and run by ASB students for fifth and sixth grade students. The Health TECH Academy prepares students for careers in the health field and has forged a partnership with Kaiser Permanente to create the Cultural Awareness and Community Health Education Project (CACHE). The Health TECH Academy also holds an annual Health and Fitness Expo on campus. This event draws 50-60 outside vendors to the Valley campus to inform students, staff and community members about the importance of staying healthy and fit.
The Social Sciences Department, in particular, has posted impressive gains. Through creative ways to bring history to life for students – such as a living history museum and debating as Roman senators while wearing togas – Valley students have made significant improvements in their social science test scores. Over the past eight years, the number of students scoring proficient and advanced on the U.S. History CST has increased by 47 percent and World History CST scores have nearly tripled.
WHO: The Honorable Stacy Boulware Eurie – Sacramento County Superior Court Judge; EGUSD Superintendent Dr. Steven M. Ladd; EGUSD Board President Chet Madison, Sr.; Valley High School students, staff and administrators
WHAT: An awards ceremony honoring Valley High School for receiving the Award of Merit from the California Department of Education’s Civic Learning Awards Program
WHEN: May 3, 2013
10 a.m. to 11 a.m
WHERE: Valley High School
6300 Ehrhardt Avenue
Sacramento, CA 95823
About the Elk Grove Unified School District
Since unification in 1959, the Elk Grove Unified School District has provided a learning community that challenges all students to realize their greatest potential. With more than 61,000 students, Elk Grove Unified is the largest school district in Northern California and the fifth largest in California. Elk Grove Unified covers 320 square miles and serves students in the cities of Sacramento, Elk Grove, Rancho Cordova, as well unincorporated areas of Sacramento County. From elementary school to high school, the emphasis is on preparing students to be successful in college and their chosen careers. Teachers and staff focus on rigorous academic skills and lessons that prepare students for the 21st century workforce and global economy. Elk Grove Unified has been recognized both statewide and nationally for innovation in professional development as well as career technical education. For more information about the Elk Grove Unified School District, please visit www.egusd.net and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.
About California GEAR UP and Elk Grove
Elk Grove Unified School District has been a California GEAR UP Partner since 2006 and is currently part of our Bridge Project, a model project that is characterized by collaboration, student progress tracking, and data sharing among a family of schools across educational levels in Elk Grove for the purpose of preparing all students in the cohort for college.