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Escondido elementary schools recognized with Golden Bell Award

Escondido Union School District was recognized with the top statewide educational award, the Golden Bell at a special awards celebration Thursday evening at the San Diego Marriott Marquis and Marina on Harbor Drive.

The district was chosen by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) as one of 56 recipients of the state’s leading educational honor.  EUSD received the award and a $1,000 sponsorship from the Principal’s Exchange at the CSBA’s annual Education Conference and Trade Show, located at 333 W. Harbor Drive.

“Golden Bell Award recipients share in common the spirit of innovation and excellence that all of California’s public schools strive for,” said CSBA CEO & Executive Director Vernon M. Billy. “The awards reflect the depth and breadth of outstanding education offerings in our state and demonstrates the tenacity, vision, and dedication of school leaders across California.”

EUSD was one of four San Diego County school districts to be recognized with a Golden Bell Award this year.  It received the Golden Bell Award in the category of Parental/Community Involvement for its exemplary and innovative Family Engagement Program, a district-wide initiative geared to ensure true family engagement by empowering family members to serve as leaders, participate in learning, and be active partners in their child’s education.

The Family Engagement Program is managed by the EUSD coordinator of community outreach and administered by family liaisons at Family Engagement Centers located at each of the 23 EUSD schools.

“The Escondido Union School District’s Family Engagement Program exemplifies our district’s vision of creating a culture of partnership and collaboration within our schools”, said Superintendent Dr. Luis Ibarra. “Our families know that they are welcomed to be a part of our school community, and understand that their engagement is an essential component to their child’s success in school and in life.”

VIPs from the Escondido Union School District accept the Golden Bell Award on Thursday, November 30. They are (from left) Michael Taylor, assistant superintendent, EUSD; Luis Ibarra, superintendent, EUSD; Doug Paulson, board of education member, EUSD; Kimberly Israel, coordinator of community outreach, EUSD; Dr. Gary M. Altenburg, board of education vice president, EUSD; Zesty Harper, board president, EUSD; Kelly Prins, assistant superintendent, EUSD; Leila Sackfield, deputy superintendent, EUSD and Kathleen Sorensen, director of curriculum and assessment, EUSD.

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