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ALVARADO INTERMEDIATE NAMED 2011 CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO WATCH TOP MIDDLE SCHOOL AGAIN

ALVARADO INTERMEDIATE  CELEBRATES RE-DESIGNATION AS ONE OF CALIFORNIA’S SCHOOLS TO WATCH

One of Only 32 Model Middle Schools in State and 90 in the Nation

ROWLAND HEIGHTS, CA – JANUARY 20, 2011 – Rowland Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Maria Ott announced today that Alvarado Intermediate has been selected as one of California’s seven 2011 School to Watch – Taking Center Stage model middle schools to receive re-designation in the state and national program which identifies high-performing middle grade schools in the areas of academic excellence, development responsiveness, social equity and organizational capacity to support sustained improvement. The school was first named a Model Middle School in 2004 and re-designated in 2007.

            “We are thrilled to have received this recognition,” said Principal Ying Tsao. “Our staff and students have worked very hard in an exciting and challenging middle school program to demonstrate strong student achievement. This re-designation is an affirmation of the fine work so many have done in the school, district and larger community.”  

            Alvarado Intermediate will receive their official state re-designation at a ceremony to take place in Sacramento on February 24, 2011 and then receive their national recognition award in Washington D.C. on June 24, 2011. Dr. Irvin Howard, director of California’s Schools to Watch – Taking Center Stage program, noted, “Alvarado Intermediate School is a model of what an outstanding middle school can be. School leaders from across the state will now turn to Alvarado Intermediate School for guidance on improving their programs to better serve their students.”

            The program is provided by the California Middle Grades Alliance, which includes the California League of Middle Schools (CLMS; the lead agency), California Department of Education and other statewide educational organizations. For more information on the program, contact Dr. Irvin Howard, director, at (951)318-7515 or STWCAL@gmail.com; contact Katie Winchell, director of communications, CLMS, at (800)326-1880 or editor@clms.net or visit www.clms.net/stw.

            Alvarado Intermediate serves grades 7th and 8th grade students in the Rowland Unified School District. It is a recognized and award-winning "School of Excellence" on a national and state level and is located at 1901 S. Desire Avenue in Rowland Heights. For more information, call (626)964-2358 or visit www.alvaradoschool.org 

The Rowland Unified School District is proud to serve 16,500 students at 21 elementary and secondary schools in the communities of Rowland Heights, Walnut, La Puente, City of Industry, and West Covina. More than 5,000 adults (16+) are also served by the Rowland Adult and Community Education School. For more information about Rowland Unified, call (626) 965-2541 or visit www.RowlandSchools.org. 

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