Graham, a Gold Ribbon School

Graham was one of 193 middle school recipients of the 2015 California Gold Ribbon Schools Award. The award recognizes those middle schools that have made gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the state Board of Education. The California Gold Ribbon School Award was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguisgold_ribbon_award.pnghed Schools Program, which was placed on hiatus while California worked on creating new assessment and accountability systems.

"Receiving this award confirms the commitment of our entire community to work together to ensure all our children are successful," said Graham Principal Kim Thompson. "On behalf of the entire Graham community, we are deeply honored to be given the California Gold Ribbon. Thank you to our Graham families and staff for all your support of our wonderful school. Henry Ford said, 'Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.' "

Schools applied for the award based on a model program their school has adopted that includes standards-based activities, projects, strategies and practices that can be replicated by other educational agencies.

For the 2014-2015 school term, administrators for every middle school and high school in the state were invited to write about a current practice their school had been working on that was aligned with the district's goals.

Graham chose to showcase our work on parent engagement, specifically our work with our Latino families. We celebrated the new position of Community Engagement Facilitator, whose role is to help build the bridge that encourages all families, but with a special focus on our Latino families to get more involved in our school. In the 2014-2015 school year, we provided two Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE) classes. In these classes, parents learn how to help their children be more successful in middle school, high school and beyond. We had 87 parents, and they all graduated from the nine-week class.

"We now have a very strong English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) that is partnering with the administration, staff and PTA to help our community work together as a team," said Mrs. Thompson. "The results are truly amazing. Educator John E. Jones said, 'What gets measured gets done. What gets measured with feedback gets done well. What gets rewarded gets repeated.' What we are seeing here at Graham is parents who are actively involved are seeing their children reaping the benefits."

Mountain View Whisman School District

Graham Middle School
1175 Castro Street
Mountain View, CA 94040
(650) 526-3570