Friday, May 11, 2012

Birney Named "California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School for 2011"

May 8, 2012

Dear Principal Hammond-Williams,

On behalf of California Business for Education Excellence, I write to congratulate you on the outstanding success your school has made in raising student academic achievement.  After an extensive analysis of student achievement data for every public school in California, your school stood well above the rest in getting your students to grade level proficiency and beyond.

It is for that reason we have named you a California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll School for 2011.

Your school was also honored for particularly high achievement in math and science.  Because of this accomplishment, we have included your school as one of the 100 STEM Honor Roll designees.

The list of Honor Roll schools continues to grow thanks to the hard work and effective practices of thousands of excellent principals, teachers and support personnel in our public schools.  Since 2006 the Honor Roll increased from 304 high performing schools to an inspiring 1,614 high performing schools in 2011.  This is a testament to the relentless focus on results for students that you, your staff and your peers have shown over the years.  It is also a strong statement about how success is spreading in public schools across the state.

As an Honor Roll and STEM Honor Roll school you will be recognized in local and state media as well as events across the state.  Your success story will provide hope and direction for many other public schools -- that all students can reach high levels of academic achievement.  Your school will also receive a large full sized banner that can be proudly displayed to announce your accomplishment.

To order your banner, at no cost to your school, please go to the following link and enter your information.   It will take 2-3 weeks for you to receive the banner.

Your school or district office is encouraged to promote your school as a 2011 Honor Roll winner.  To assist you in that effort, please visit the CBEE website ( and click on the Honor Roll logo for a sample press release and logos you can use in materials, announcements and your own website.

You can also visit the website for more detail about the Honor Roll and to find your school’s data profile at

Our heartfelt congratulations and thank you for a job well done.  We look forward to telling your story and promoting your success.

James S. Lanich, Ph.D.

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