Goldin Foundation for Excellence in Education Exemplary Project Award, 2019
Moreland Middle School, Academic Empowerment for Student Success
Moreland Middle School’s (MMS) Academic Empowerment Program was named the 2019 Goldin Foundation of Educational Excellence Exemplary Project, a distinguished honor that includes a monetary award of $5,000 that will go toward program needs. Founded by former Moreland parent volunteer, Amy Bencomo, and MMS’ Assistant Principal Hilary Gill, the Academic Empowerment Program is in its fourth year. Academic Empowerment matches adult volunteer mentors to middle school students who have a 2.0 or lower GPA with the goal of giving students struggling in school the tools necessary to become better learners. This program has successfully achieved this goal year after year by mobilizing parents and community members to serve as volunteer academic mentors for at-risk students in 6th - 8th grade. Approximately 20-25 students per year choose to participate in this one-on-one opportunity.
Junior League of San Jose's Volunteer Recognition 2019, Crystal Bowl Winner
Moreland Education Foundation President, Melissa Rhyne
Melissa Rhyne, a Payne Elementary School parent, has been selected as the Junior League of San Jose’s Crystal Bowl Award Winner, in the category of Leadership. Melissa was nominated by the Moreland School District for her work as the President of the Moreland Education Foundation (MEF). As the President of MEF, Melissa increased fundraising revenue to the Moreland School District while decreasing the workload on volunteers, creating a more sustainable program. Because of her leadership style, Melissa has recruited volunteers to lead MEF’s branch of Sports in Moreland, supporting over 550 students in middle school sports. Under her leadership, more than $21,000 has been earmarked annually to fund teacher grants for the Moreland school community.
Anderson Elementary School is one of 51 schools in the Bay Area named Top Bay Area Public School for Underserved Students from Innovate Public Schools, a nonprofit organization. This designation, featured in Innovate Public Schools annual report, is based on the 2017/2018 state California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) test scores in math. Selected from 1,278 public schools across the Bay Area, Anderson is being recognized based on academic performance and the following key indicators: Schools must successfully close the achievement gap for underserved student, schools have to test at least 95% of their students, schools enroll a representative proportion of underserved students.
Claire Kampmeier, 8th grade student at Moreland Middle School, has been selected for the 2019 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Award in the Positive Peer Influence category. The annual Asset Champions Award recognizes schools and individual efforts to make the community a better place for young people to live and grow. Nominated by her peer, 8th grade student Jack Roue, Claire is described as an informed, passionate, and courageous leader who inspires both her fellow students and staff at Moreland Middle School (MMS). As a leader of the Inclusivity Club at MMS, Claire brings together diverse students to discuss contemporary issues and how to provide a nurturing space for all students on campus. Her leadership role requires research and planning to lead weekly meetings, in addition to executing activities around the school to support all students who may feel marginalized.
Latimer eighth grade teacher Jeffrey Spafford and Moreland Middle School eighth grade teacher Dawn Lavond were selected as two of the top ten finalists to receive a California League of Middle Schools (CLMS) Educator of the Year Award, representing Region 5 covering Monterey, San Benito, Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. An EdCamp presenter, a certified Google for Education Educator, and a member of the Krause Center for Education Merit 17 cohort, Jeff works tirelessly to make Latimer’s middle school an enriching and positive school climate not only for students, but for middle school families and his colleagues. Described by her colleagues as innovative and dedicated, Dawn Lavond’s lessons come alive for her students at Moreland Middle School. From analyzing the famous Cabinet Battle rap song in the Broadway production of Hamilton, to role playing the civil war, and debating articles in the Constitution, Dawn encourages her students to take risks and discover a lifelong love of history.
Junior League of San Jose's Volunteer Recognition 2018
Anderson Volunteer, Herminia Linares
Herminia Linares, a former Anderson parent and current grandparent of a student, was honored by the Junior League of San Jose Volunteer Recognition. Herminia received a certificate for her work in organizing Anderson Elementary School’s tamale sales at the Moreland Education Foundation’s (MEF) annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. In partnership with Anderson’s Community Liaison, Eva Chesnut, Herminia has organized this annual fundraiser for Anderson and the Moreland Education Foundation for over 10 years. In addition to being the lead cook for this event, Herminia also ensures that all the food items are donated to avoid additional costs for those families who wish to assist with this fundraiser. Through the years, this fundraising event has transformed into a 20+ person volunteer force of parents who have brought together Moreland’s entire community and highlighted the culture and community within Anderson.
California Department of Education
California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement DataSystem (CALPADS) Data Management Recognition 2018
The Moreland School District was recognized by the California Department of Education and the Fiscal Crisis & Management Assistance Team for the submission and maintenance of high-quality data for the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System (CALPADS). Three times a year, staff must enter and maintain student and staff data that in turn is used for many significant purposes, including Local Control Funding Formula, the test registration system for the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), and the Accountability Progress Reporting System. It is integral for Moreland to work with CALPADS throughout the year to maintain up-to-date, current and accurate data by the established submission deadlines.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Teacher of the Year 2017
Moreland Middle School Teacher, Shanna Urbancic
Moreland Middle School English Language Arts and Social Studies teacher for English Learner students, Shanna Urbancic, has been selected as one of three teachers to represent Santa Clara County at the California State Teacher of the Year competition. Every year, the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) nominates three teachers, one for every 5,000 teachers working in the region.
National Blue Ribbon Award 2017
Payne Elementary School
Payne Elementary School has been recognized as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. Payne is one of 342 schools chosen in the country, and the only school chosen in Santa Clara County to be recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School under the National Blue Ribbon honors.
As one of 25 schools selected in California, Payne was selected for being in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state when schools are ranked on the performance of all students who participated in the state assessments (California Assessment of Performance and Progress) and for being in the top 40% of all schools in the state when schools are ranked on the performance of all students in the subgroup who participated in the state assessment tests.
Project Cornerstone's Caring School Climate 2017
Baker Elementary School
Baker Elementary School was selected for the 2017 Project Cornerstone Asset Champions Award in the Caring School Climate category. The annual Asset Champions Award recognizes schools and individual efforts to make the community a better place for young people to live and grow. Vickie Miyaoka, the parent who nominated Baker, commented that Baker’s programs have contributed to a safe and nurturing place for students and staff members. More importantly, these programs have created a culture of inclusion and respect among their entire school population.
Junior League of San Jose, Crystal Bowl Winner & Honoree 2017
Moreland Education Foundation Treasurer Vasudha Rao & Music in Moreland Chair, Liz Youngman
Vasudha Rao, a Moreland Middle School parent, has been selected as the Junior League of San Jose's Crystal Bowl Award Winner in the category of Professional Services. Liz Youngman, a parent at Easterbrook Discovery School, will also receive a certificate and be honored in the Leadership category. Vasudha was nominated by the Moreland School District and the Moreland Education Foundation (MEF) for her work with MEF as their Treasurer, Moreland Middle School MEF Site Representative and Music in Moreland co-chair. Liz Youngman, a parent at Easterbrook Discovery School (EDS) was also nominated by the District and MEF and will receive a certificate and be honored for her work as the Music in Moreland co-chair in the category of Leadership.
Santa Clara County Office of Education Classified Employee of the Year, Services & Security 2016
Anderson Community Liaison, Eva Chesnut
Eva Chesnut, Community Liaison at Anderson Elementary School, has been selected by the Santa Clara County Office of Education as the Classified Employee of the Year in the Services and Security category. Eva is one of six people in the County who is being recognized for her exemplary services.