Winton and Bret Harte Named "Schools to Watch"
Winton and Bret Harte middle schools have been named Schools to Watch by the California League of Educators. Winton and Bret Harte staff learned of the designations this week after day-long site visits by teams of other middle-grade educators. The two campuses become official California Schools to Watch in March and National Schools to Watch in June.
In making the announcement at Winton, comments from the site visit team included:
"The word community gets used a million times, but it is real here."
"This is a community that is really student-driven and student focused."
"It’s great seeing students here feeling safe and supported."
In making the announcement at Bret Harte, comments from the site visit team included:
"The partnerships with the community are so impressive."
"Parent participation goes both ways. The site clearly appreciates the parents. The parents appreciate you. I wish everyone could hear what the parents said today."
"You educate variety of students from a variety of backgrounds, but when they are here at school, they are connected. They belong here."
Schools to Watch is a national network of over 600 schools in 17 states. These model schools support the whole child through academic excellence, social equity, developmental responsiveness, and systems that foster innovation.