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Evergreen Wins Golden Bell Award

NEWS                             Walnut Valley Unified School District

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         880 S. Lemon Avenue

October 27, 2016                           Walnut, CA 91789

 

Contact:                                                   

Kelli Gile, Office of Community Resources

kgile@wvusd.k12.ca.us

(909)595-1261 ext. 31204

 

Evergreen STEAMS Ahead as Golden Bell Award Winner

 

DIAMOND BAR, CA--Engagement and excitement are key ingredients in making Evergreen Elementary a great place to learn!

 

The school’s innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) and Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Programs are developing globally competitive citizens with character, problem solving skills, and social skills.

 

These programs have earned the enthusiasm of those involved and the admiration of the experts in education.

 

This month, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) selected Evergreen to receive the prestigious 2016 Golden Bell Award.

 

The Golden Bell recognizes innovative and sustainable programs that are making a demonstrated difference for students. A total of 56 public schools received the state’s leading educational honor.

 

“STEAM and PLTW are game changers! Our students are engaged and having fun learning,” said Principal Carolyn Wills. “We have fun down to a science. With community and staff support, our Evergreen Eagles are STEAM-ing toward their future!”

 

Evergreen’s Golden Bell marks the 3rd time a Walnut Valley Unified School District program has received the honor in the past decade.

 

Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor announced the award during the Board of Trustees meeting on October 19.

 

“We couldn’t be prouder of this well-deserved recognition for Evergreen. In all my years in education, I have never seen a school move so far, so quickly. I have witnessed a dramatic change in student engagement at Evergreen in the past four years with the advent of STEAM and PLTW,” Taylor said.

 

Evergreen has become a flagship school for the District’s STEAM vision, with six additional elementary schools launching the PLTW program this year.

 

“PLTW provides the foundation that allows students to be critical thinkers and collaborators – skills that will impact their entire life,” said Board Member Cindy Ruiz.

 

"We are creating global citizens of the 21st century,” added Board President Helen Hall. “I think we are very fortunate to have seven of our elementary schools implementing PLTW. It’s definitely the way of the future!”

 

Evergreen will receive its award at the annual CSBA Golden Bell Awards Luncheon December 3 in San Francisco.

 

Shown:

Evergreen third graders design and build a compound machine for PLTW animal animal rescue project on October 27. (0325, 0348, 0403)

 

PLTW in action! Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor visits with Evergreen third grade engineers designing a vehicle to rescue a trapped zoo animal. (0430)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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