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About Pine Valley

 

About Pine Valley
 
Mission Statement
 
Pine Valley Middle School exists to embrace, empower and educate life-long learners.
 
Vision Statement
 

We embrace students by supporting the whole child by understanding the unique needs of middle school students.

We empower students by allowing them to take ownership of their learning so that they can become responsible adults.

We educate students with a variety of learning styles so that we can meet the needs of our diverse community of students.

 
 
 
 
California Distinguished School 2019
 

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond announced February 25, 2019 that 162 (only 4 middle schools in Contra Costa County / 3 in SRVUSD) middle and high schools are being honored under the 2019 Distinguished Schools Program. Sponsored by the California Department of Education and California Casualty, the program recognizes outstanding education programs and practices. Schools are awarded for achieving exceptional student performance for two consecutive school years or closing the achievement gap between two school years.

“I would like to commend these schools for fighting for a better future for our students, closing achievement gaps, and improving academic performance,” Thurmond said. “Thanks to teachers, administrators, classified employees, and parents working together, these schools meet the needs of all of their students, provide high-quality educational experiences, and put kids on a pathway to great careers.” 

A component of the California School Recognition Program, the Distinguished Schools program was on a three-year pause while California transitioned to its new assessment and accountability system. From 2015 to 2017, California recognized schools that demonstrated exemplary achievements with the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program. The Distinguished Schools program returned last year. It recognizes elementary and middle and high schools in alternate years and allows eligible schools to apply once every two years. Schools recognized as awardees hold the title for two years. 

Schools that applied were eligible based on their performance and progress on the state indicators as described on the California School Dashboard. Indicators include test scores, suspension rates, and graduation rates. Schools were also eligible to apply for a California Exemplary Program Award in Arts Education, Physical Activity and Nutrition Education, or Career Technical Education—which will be announced at a later time. 

Distinguished School award winners represent examples of not just excellent teaching, learning, and collaboration, but also highly successful school climate efforts ranging from real-time conflict resolution to positive behavior intervention.