Co-sponsored by Guerrero and State Superintendent Tony Thurmond, the Civic Learning Award of Excellence recognizes schools that work to integrate civics campus-wide and promote positive student engagement in and out of the classroom.
With two newly-awarded distinctions, the Anaheim Union High School District has received a total of eight Civic Learning Awards in the past four years.
During Chief Justice Guerrero’s visit, students from both campuses expressed how the districtwide civics campaign has helped them make change in their communities before presenting their award-winning civics projects — including El Mercadito, the first campus-based food pantry in the district.
“Our civic engagement work with our young people reaches across the curriculum, reinforcing their identity, connecting their passions with classroom content and making learning more relevant and meaningful to them,” said Superintendent Michael Matsuda in a statement.
Thanks to students’ civic efforts, Gilbert High has become the first continuation school to receive the Civic Learning Award of Excellence.
This is also the first award of its kind for Dale Junior High, which previously received four Civic Learning Awards of Merit. Before concluding her visit at Dale, Chief Justice Guerrero administered an oath of office for 11 student senators who were recently elected by their peers.
Kennedy High School senior Alexis Arteaga also attended the event and spoke about the impact of districtwide initiatives to support civic learning and provide students with platforms to actively participate in democracy.
“I have been given the opportunity to engage in civic action and tackle issues head on by trying to get policy implemented,” Alexis said. “We have been supported by the district board, the Orange County Department of Education and Superintendent Matsuda. This outpour of support has strengthened our pursuit for a better tomorrow.”
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In an effort to emphasize the importance of attending school on time and daily, the La Habra City School District launched the “Attendance Champions” program, which recognizes different school campuses each month for their increased engagement on campus.
From Oct. 23 to Oct. 31, schools nationwide participate in Red Ribbon Week to encourage students to lead healthy, drug-free lives. The Orange County Department of Education has updated its online toolkit to support themed activities with presentations, trainings and more.
Students from the Edison High School Special Abilities Cluster were hanging ten at Huntington State Beach during the seventh annual Surf-O-Rama event. With help from Edison’s surf and swim teams, Corky Carroll’s Surf School, and lifeguards, students stood up on surfboards and shredded waves as their families and community members cheered them on.
The California Commission on Teacher Credentialing recently launched the Roadmap to Teaching initiative with digital tools and assistance from career counselors to aid future educators who are working toward their credentials.