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Mohr Elementary named California Distinguished School

484 across state chosen for honor

Pleasanton Unified's Mohr Elementary School has improved its test scores and narrowed the achievement gap - and has won some recognition as a result.

The school is one of 484 out of 6,000 elementary schools statewide to be named a 2010 California Distinguished School.

"Mohr is an outstanding school. They've done great work with their subgroups there as far as student achievements go," said Pleasanton Unified School District spokeswoman Myla Grasso, who noted the school has gone through growth and changing demographics and continues to excel.

Superintendent John Casey said he's proud of the 725 students at the school.

The California School Recognition program is in its 24th year, honoring public schools based on their performance. Distinguished schools are recognized for their total educational program, including academic achievement and narrowing achievement gaps. A statewide recognition ceremony and awards dinner is set for June in Anaheim.

Additional information about the program may be viewed at www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr10/yr10rel37.asp.

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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2010 at 8:29 am

Good job Mohr!

But how long did it take to go through the process of applying for this award?


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Posted by LK
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2010 at 8:36 am

Mohr Rocks!!! This school deserves the recognition! I have been impressed with the whole staff at Mohr, the front office and the teachers. Unfortunately due to budget cuts they let one of the most excellent hardworking teachers go. Mr. Ondi was the best!!! I know he was responsible for the higher scores. If it weren't for his dedication and afterschool math program (all students were welcome) the math scores wouldn't be so high.
Wherever you are Mr. Ondi, we know you are the greatest and wish you the best.


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Posted by nerf
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Apr 23, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Kudos to all the teachers and students at Mohr. Keep it up and keep our home prices high!


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Posted by Repleasnacrat
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:14 pm

As a parent of 2 children that went through Mohr, i concur it is a great school. But it's not solely because of the teachers or admin. The first principal was a scatterbrain, The second was so boorish it was down right scarey. The third seems to fit the role well. It's success is multi faceted. Mostly it is due to the diligence and the education level of the parents. The other major factor is because of it high asian/indian population. The influx of highly educated asian and indians and the cultural value they place on education plays a strong influence on Mohrs higher than average test scores. Do you really think Mohrs teaching/admin staff is better than Donlins, Alisals or the other elementary schools. Kudos to the staff at Mohr. They do a great job and are highly compensated for it. But lets not forget the other extenuating factors at work. That being said, I cant recall passing ANY school in this state that lacks a flag or banner stating it a "blue ribbon" or "distinguished" school! How much could we save by eliminating this award from the state budget!


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Posted by letsgo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 23, 2010 at 1:31 pm

"Mostly it is due to the diligence and the education level of the parents."

Do you really think Mohr's parents are better than Donlins, Alisals or the other elementary schools?


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Posted by Repleasnacrat
a resident of Stoneridge
on Apr 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

Letsgo
Mohr and Hearst are the newest elementary schools in Pleasanton. They seem to have the most recent construction. Therefore the seem to have more ethnic diversity. That ethnic diversity seems to be more culturally focused on their children's education. This is just my observation, not scientific! My children have friends from every PUSD school and the entire ethnic spectrum. I never said these folks were "beter". They just have a different focus than caucasian pleasantonians! Caucasian Pleantonians seem more focused on competive sports. The influx of asians/indians from 1980-present seem more focused on competitive learning and fine arts. Everyone adds to this community! Yes, even your little second baseman from Donlan


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