mammothhighschoolMammoth High School, along with 96 other California schools, received a prestigious recognition. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, announced exemplary schools selected as 2011 California Distinguished Schools.

Mammoth High School was the only school in the Eastern Sierra included in the list of honorees. Superintendent Torlakson said the schools are being recognized “for attaining high levels of performance and sustained growth, and for making significant progress in closing the academic achievement gap.”

Torlakson went on to say that becoming a Distinguished School is a “direct reflection of the dedication, hard work, and vision of each school’s education community. They have succeeded despite a bleak economic environment and have endeavored to maintain their momentum and focus.”

Mammoth School Superintendent Rich Boccia sent out a congratulatory letter to staff and faculty. In it, Boccia said “There will be much fanfare over these next few weeks as we take time to celebrate this wonderful accomplishment as we take great pride in our work and the meaning that this has not only for Mammoth High School but for our larger Mammoth Community.”

Schools that earn the Distinguished School title this year agree to share their so-called “Signature Practices” with other schools and serve as mentors to other educators who want to replicate their work.”

According to the State Superintendent, most of the Distinguished Schools have “significant populations of students living in poverty or learning English.” Regardless of the setting, the State says that all of the schools “have teachers and principals committed to ensuring student success.” The schools also managed to narrow the achievement gap between higher-performing and lower-performing students.

Mammoth High School will be honored with all the other Distinguished Schools at a ceremony and dinner at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on May 20th.

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