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Rancho Pico receives state honor

Stevenson Ranch junior high school named one of California’s best public schools

Posted: September 10, 2009 10:01 p.m.
Updated: September 11, 2009 8:30 a.m.

Rancho Pico Junior High Principal Michele Krantz addresses students and attendees at Thursday morning's "Distinguished School Celebration."

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After being named one of California’s most exemplary and inspiring public schools, Rancho Pico Junior High School in Stevenson Ranch celebrated outdoors Thursday on the campus’s outdoor stage.

“It just reaffirms any commitment we have to high levels of learning,” Principal Michele Krantz said.

“Pride in one’s school, I think, makes a real difference in our ability to be successful.”

The title of distinguished school was awarded following an involved application process that included a thick application packet and a day-long committee investigation into school practices, officials said.

Krantz, with input from teachers and parents, focused on Rancho Pico’s teaming and intervention programs.

The teaming program focuses on “the whole child,” relying on communication from parents to clear up emotional issues that might impede the learning process.

Intervention focuses on further instruction for kids who might need it.

The California Department of Education and State Superintendent Jack O’Connell awarded the honor to the school in mid April.

Art teacher Lori Ann Levy-Holm spoke at the ceremony and noted that the new title helps to reinforce the values that all Rancho Pico teachers retain.

“We have common goals, we work hard together,” she said. “We have pride in what we do because we do feel we are making a difference.”

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