Glen H. Dysinger and Los Coyotes Elementary Schools named 2018 California Distinguished Schools

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By Ruth Ann McMillen

California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced that 287 elementary schools are being honored under the 2018 Distinguished Schools Program. Of the 43 schools receiving this distinction in Orange County, Centralia Elementary School District is honored to have two of its eight schools recognized: Glen H. Dysinger Elementary in Buena Park and Los Coyotes Elementary in La Palma.

“Centralia is elated to learn that two of our schools have been selected as Distinguished Schools in California. I celebrate the accomplishments of Dysinger and Los Coyotes schools and I am proud that we can honor the dedicated work of our staff, the academic commitment of our scholars and the incredible support of our parents and community. Having 25% of our schools earn this distinction in 2018 speaks to the quality of education in the Centralia Elementary School District,” shared Superintendent Norma E. Martinez.

Since 1985, Distinguished Schools are honored for outstanding educational programs and practices that help California students realize their potential and success in making exceptional gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students.

Los Coyotes is proud that its signature practice, the implementation of a Multi-Tiered System of Support to support a high academic program and a positive school climate was recognized by the State. This award is fully supported by the school’s recent California Gold Ribbon accolade as well as a Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Gold Medal. Los Coyotes School received the California Distinguished School Award recognition in 2014 and again in 2018.

“It is gratifying to see the recognition and confirmation of the consistency of achievement in this school,” said Los Coyotes Principal Robyn Yarbrough. “We are so grateful for our dedicated staff and community that is such an integral part of our school making this kind of success possible.”

Dysinger School is celebrating earning the coveted Distinguished School Award for its implementation of Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, inclusive of Positive Behavior Intervention and Support Systems and Response to Intervention to support the individualized academic needs of students. “We’re extremely thrilled with this recognition,” said Dysinger Principal Shawn Stuht. “Our success is a direct result of our dedicated, talented staff and students, and supportive school community.”

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