Edwin Markham Middle School has been named an Honor Roll school for the 2015 California Honor roll, presented by Educational Results Partnership (ERP) and the Campaign for Business and Education Excellence (CBEE). the 2015 Honor Roll is part of a national effort to identify higher-performing schools and highlight successful practices that improve outcomes for students. Markham received this distinction for demonstrating consistently high levels of student academic achievement, improvement in achievement over time and reduction in achievement gaps.
With the passage of Measure B last November, we will be able to increase the amount of technology available to our students. Our goal is to have one device for every student, while improving the infrastructure needed to support the increase in technology use. Currently all our English classes have Chromebooks for student use, as does the science department and 6th grade math. By next fall we plan to have Chromebooks available in all core classes. As a district we recognize that in order to close the achievement gap we need to close the technology gap. We want to ensure that our students have the tools and knowledge necessary to be prepared for their future. We are so fortunate that our community is supportive of these efforts.
Edwin Markham Middle School is one of three schools within El Dorado County recognized as a Gold Ribbon School.“This honor is yet another affirmation of the quality of our schools and honors our shared commitment to narrowing the achievement gap in our community and across California,” El Dorado County Superintendent of Schools Jeremy M. Meyers said. “I am incredibly proud of all of our educators who deliver excellence in education to the children of El Dorado County – these awards belong to them.” Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standardsbased activities, projects, strategies, and practices that can be replicated by other local educational agencies. The new award is recognizing middle and high schools this year and elementary schools in 2016.
The Gold Ribbon Schools Awards Program is temporarily taking the place of the California Distinguished Schools Program. State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson stated,“These schools are academically successful, vibrant, and innovative centers of learning and teaching,” Torlakson said. “They provide great examples of the things educators are doing right—embracing rigorous academic standards, providing excellence and creativity in teaching, and creating a positive school climate.”
For more information on the Gold Ribbon award, contact the California Department of Education