State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, left, shakes hands with Dakota Cavazos of the Grizzly Fire program at MCHS. Cavazos and his classmates held a fire response demonstration.
State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced additional honors for 23 of the 275 middle schools and high schools that were recognized as Gold Ribbon Schools last month.
Twenty-three of those Gold Ribbon Schools have been selected as having an Exemplary Program in arts education, career technical education (CTE) or physical activity and nutrition. Schools applied separately for those honors.
Mariposa County High School was named one of the 23 schools and is one of only seven awardees to receive this award for CTE.
“It is so impressive that MCHS is one of only 23 schools in the state to receive this award,” wrote superintendent Robin Hopper in an email to the Gazette. “I am honored to lead such an excellent school district with a world class high school staffed by dedicated, talented professionals who genuinely care about every student.”
“We know that school offerings outside of core academic subject areas — in addition to sparking creative minds and producing healthy bodies — keep students engaged in school, connected, and on the path to graduation and 21st century careers and college,” said Torlakson. “I congratulate these 23 Gold Ribbon schools on their outstanding work.”
The Exemplary Program Awards were created in 2013 to celebrate those schools carrying out the goals in Torlakson’s “A Blueprint for Great Schools” report, which provided vision and direction for the California education system. That report was updated in 2015 with “A Blueprint for Great Schools Version 2.0.”
More information on Exemplary Program Awards is available at the California Gold Ribbon Schools Program page on the California Department of Education’s Web site.