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Another honor for Stevenson Ranch Elementary

Institution named ‘Distinguished School’ for third time

Posted: May 1, 2008 11:55 p.m.
Updated: June 30, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Since opening its doors in 1996, Stevenson Ranch Elementary School has been named a California Distinguished School three times: In 1998, 2004 and now again in 2008.

"Every time they have been eligible for state or national recognition, they have won," said Marc Winger, superintendent of the Newhall School District. "It takes great teachers, great administrators and hard-working students backed by great families - they've got it all."

According to Principal Candace Fleece, the teachers and administrators at Stevenson Ranch Elementary work very hard looking at every child individually, and deciding how to meet the needs of that child.

"We have a lot of academic programs for students who struggle with particular learning concepts," Fleece
said. "We also have our GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program for our highest achieving students."

The school has 17 academic programs to help serve each student's needs, Fleece said. One program pairs first graders with sixth graders who help them with their reading, and another after-school program features West Ranch High School students who work with some of the Stevenson Ranch fourth through sixth graders, helping them improve their reading comprehension, vocabulary and writing skills.

The success of these programs is evidenced by the school's Academic Performance Index (API) scores,
which have steadily improved over the years, Fleece said.

Fleece found out her school had been selected for another honor when she received a phone call from
state Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell.

"It's always exciting to hear from the person who oversees all of education for the state of California," Fleece said, adding that O'Connell remembered talking to her at a school board meeting. "It's amazing how he remembers everyone."

The most exciting thing about receiving an award like this is that it recognizes the entire community for
the effort everyone has put into the students' learning, Fleece said.

"It's a recognition of everyone for their hard work," she said. "We're very fortunate here - we have a lot
of great people."


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