STATEWIDE ASSOCIATION TO HONOR CAMPUS IN CASTAIC.
Castaic Middle School will be among 60 public campuses honored for outstanding curriculum programs during the 18th annual Golden Bell Awards, state officials said Tuesday.
The schools will receive their citations during the California School Boards Association's annual education conference, to be held Dec. 6 at the Anaheim Hilton and Towers.
Castaic Middle School was singled out for an educational program concerning the transition from school to career.
``The Golden Bell Awards program promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California,'' said CSBA President Juanita Haugen.
``The purpose of the program is to seek out and recognize those teachers, administrators and board members who are providing leadership . . . through exemplary programs,'' Haugen said.
The awards drew 325 entries in 11 categories this year. Nineteen representatives of school districts, county offices of education and the state Department of Education judged the entries.
Golden Bells were awarded in reading, mathematics, English-language acquisition, technology, school safety, parental-community involvement and other categories.
To be eligible for consideration, programs had to be in operation for two years or longer. Other criteria that judges considered were the programs' innovativeness, and the use of assessment tools such as standardized tests and classroom portfolios.
The CSBA is a nonprofit organization that represents nearly 1,000 public school districts statewide.