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Amador Valley High named National Blue Ribbon School

Winners to be recognized at ceremony in November

Amador Valley High School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, one of only 25 schools in the state to receive the honor.

The U.S. Department of Education announced all 342 winners Thursday. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps, officials said.

Amador Valley is one of two schools in Alameda County -- along with Albany Middle School -- to earn the distinction this year.

"Congratulations to the Amador Valley High staff, students, and families for being distinguished as a National Blue Ribbon School," PUSD superintendent David Haglund stated. "This honor is an impressive accomplishment and a testament to the hard work and dedication of the entire Amador community."

Added Amador principal Mike Williams, "This recognition belongs to the amazing staff, students, and families who contribute to the success and incredible culture of Amador Valley High School each and every day."

This was not the first time Amador has been named a Blue Ribbon School. Foothill and Amador received the honor in 2006. Vintage Hills Elementary also earned the distinction in 2015.

This year's National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a U.S. Department of Education ceremony in November, when educators will receive a plaque and flag for their school.

To view the complete list of 2017 Blue Ribbon Schools, visit their website.

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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 29, 2017 at 5:18 pm

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Okay,
What is Amador Valley high school doing that Foothill high school is not doing?


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Posted by Ptown Dad
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Sep 29, 2017 at 8:18 pm

Amador applied, Foothill did not their principal was on the way out. Foithill is also an excellent school.


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Posted by Spellcheck
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Sep 29, 2017 at 10:17 pm

It's possible that spelling test scores dragged Foithill down. ;)


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

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If Pleasanton schools constantly receive awards and high ratings, why is there always a small group of residents complaining about school size and modulars. Sounds like over-entitled helicopter parents who are never satisfied. I voted for funds to upgrade school facilities which will cost us plenty, but We dont need to pay for another school condtruction and more administrative and teaching staff.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 3, 2017 at 6:44 pm

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Wilma, the new school was in the bond you voted for. The other $235 million is for current schools. The awards are due to students, parents, and teachers, not overcrowded facilities. Imagine where they could go with proper facilities, including school size.


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 3, 2017 at 8:11 pm

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Thank you Kathleen. The bond is for a new facility only if one is needed but enrollment is declining. Im all for making improvements to existing facilities and installing new modern modulars to ensure flexibility in accommodating enrollment without hiring more staff for administration. Like the City who wants the taxpayers to pay for a big fancy civic center (and City offices), the school district want to build another new school instead of making renovations to existing buildings. These bond measures are running us out of town and it seems irresponsible to keep a small group happy with themselves. Most newer residents enroll their kids in private after- school classes anyways which is their preference. And please spare me the argument that modulars take up open space on campus. What a crock. My kids elementary, middle, high school and even State University had modulars and we are all well adjusted and educated.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 3, 2017 at 9:07 pm

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Wilma, I am sure your own children's motivation, your encouragement, and quite a few dedicated teachers made the best of an otherwise bad situation.

The fact is, we aren't talking about modulars, we are talking about many years old portables (slated for modernization dollars; taxpayer dollars)--an entirely different thing. We are talking about three schools over 700 students, one of which is over 800. We are talking about a temporary decline in enrollment; the demographer's prediction that we will need not one, but TWO new elementary schools; continued building by the city; continued pressure from Sacramento to build even more; a process that takes three to five years before a school is complete and can be occupied. No crock.

This is not a trade, an new school instead of fixing current schools--I'm sorry, but that is just a lie. $35MM for a new school. $235MM for modernization of current facilities and technology upgrades. That was clear in the 75 word ballot language and the supporting resolution passed by the board.


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 3, 2017 at 10:36 pm

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Sorry Kathleen, but most people thought they were voting for upgrades and modernization based on people I talk to and the relatively little campaign acknowledgement of building a new school. Lets see how the public input process goes in the future.


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 3, 2017 at 10:43 pm

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Btw Kathleen, my kids were never in a bad situation. C’mon, modulars are bad for children??? You have a resl bias there.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 4, 2017 at 7:39 am

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Portables, not modulars. I don’t have a bias; we have a difference of opinion. There are all kinds of data I’ve posted—how many portables rather than a school, students overflowed from their neighborhood school—quality of education issues.

There is an active campaign by a co-chair of the bond committee who wants Lydiksen torn down for $30MM as the first priority and no new schools ever—always been that person’s stance. It does not get kids out of portables or create additional capacity. I also don’t believe neighbors of the site have been told of the current plan which will change access to play space and their views.

How does someone co-chair a campaign and cherry pick what they support, get on the Facilities Master Plan Committee to lobby against the bond commitments, and serve on the Bond Oversight Committee? Many conflicts of interest there than are being intentionally overlooked.

There are at least three overcrowded sites full of families and all the families with kids in portables that aren’t aware of all this. The remaining potential families haven’t moved here yet or the kids havent been born.

The city and state continue to plan for Pleasanton’s growth. Sadly, our district is in denial.


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Posted by Ennis
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Oct 4, 2017 at 9:28 am

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First, the comments within this thread should be about voicing our congratulations to all of the staff and administration of Amador. A great job by Mike Williams, all VP's, teachers, and staff. This reward and recognition for all of your hard work speaks volumes about the type of educators you are and how focused the school is on excellence and preparing our children for the future. Having had two children graduate from AV and seeing their success in college is one of the best parts of parenting and our PUSD educators have been such a key component of their success. Knowing many of the staff and administration personally I want to extend my heartfelt thanks and gratitude.

Second, a comment, two actually. First, I'm not sure why the first 48 hours only saw 3 comments posted about this accomplishment (versus 18 and 19 on two other school issues)- members of the community, take the time to recognize the accomplished good and maybe take less time on the perceived bad. Additionally, to Kathleen. I understand you are passionate in your positions, but please, your dogmatic approach about the current bond issue/spending is becoming tiresome and your willingness to monopolize every string with debates that appear to do nothing but push your position repeatedly have become unproductive. We hear your position, but know there are many people who disagree with you.




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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 4, 2017 at 9:48 am

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Ennis, I can't help where the topic comes up. I also don't think it's dogmatic when actual facts are used. I have no children or grandchildren who will be benefit from renovations or a new school, so for me this is about the needs of our community. If someone can prove that the majority of voters didn't vote for a school, so be it.

As to Amador, I agree much credit goes to the students, their parents, their teachers, and their administrators. They should be celebrated for the work they accomplish during their 180 of learning and teaching and all the additional time they put it the rest of year. Kudos!


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 4, 2017 at 11:15 am

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My apologies. Of course congratulations are in order to the school educators, staff and involved parents! Im proud to know Pleasanton has award winning schools and our city is the envy of many districts. This is why I object to all the doomsday talk about over crowding, objection to modulars, and how awful our kids have it. Kathleen, as a school board member, you should take input from the voters more graciously and limit your defensive posting.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 4, 2017 at 11:35 am

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Well, Wilma, this speaks to the lack of accurate information being posted. I am not a board member. And I would love to hear from voters.


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Posted by Wilma
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
on Oct 4, 2017 at 6:09 pm

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Kathleen, i apologize. My friend reminded me that you were not elected to the school board. Thanks for the snarky comment about mis-information.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 4, 2017 at 6:33 pm

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I support Kathleen Ruegsegger!

Kathleen has a popular following that appreciates her commentary.

I will be encouraging Kathleen to run again in the next school board election.
The PUSD will be well served with Kathleen Ruegsegger sitting on the board.


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