The award was won for the Silver Stinger program under the direction of assistant principal Darla Rice.
The highly respected Golden Bell Awards will be presented at a special ceremony during CSBA’s Awards Luncheon at the Marriott Hotel in San Francisco on Saturday, December 4, 2010 from Noon to 2:00 p.m. The event is held in conjunction with the California School Boards Association’s Annual Education Conference.
The Silver Stinger program was designed and implemented by counselors, administrators, and teachers to help low achieving 9th graders before they had a chance to fail classes. The program has evolved to meet the needs of students each year and has been adjusted accordingly. To effectively identify, intervene, and monitor students at risk, the administrator for freshmen students begins meeting with those students and their parents in August before the school year commences. The academic counselors identify students failing math and/or English as well as those failing three or more classes, to set up parent meetings to discuss academic issues, explain the intervention program, and sign a contract. Students meet with their counselors bi-weekly to discuss academic progress, behavior, attendance, and review how they are using their planners to keep track of assignments and deadlines. Counselors also assist with study skills lessons, ensure students have acquired an iParent password and provide students with any school supplies the students may be missing such as pens, pencils, and agendas. The tutoring sessions, which are conducted by two ACHS teachers, focus on math and English language arts skills, as well as organizational and study skills.
The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of the education programs necessary to address students’ changing needs. The goal of this awards program is to contribute to the development and evaluation of curriculum, instruction and support services.
We would like to express our appreciation to the administrators, counselors and teachers who orchestrate the Silver Stinger program. Thank you to everyone for your support and working to help every student realize academic improvement and success.