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The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs. Willow Elementary’s RtI program has been selected for a Golden Bell Award as it reflects the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs. In 2010, Willow had an API growth of 5 points, but failed to meet the proficiency target in their socio-economically disadvantaged sub group. Willow Elementary School had a significant number of students who were not meeting grade-level standards and on AYP that put us then at risk of being a Program Improvement School. In fall 2011, Willow fully implemented a Response to Intervention and Instruction program (RtI2). The goals of RtI2 are to provide comprehensive critical skills in reading development, to ensure that all students leave 3rd grade as confident and competent readers, to provide early intervention for struggling students in grades K-2, and to provide high-quality preventive and proactive instruction. Willow staff meets regularly in Planned Learning Communities (PLCs) to evaluate student academic growth data, plan or alter individual goals, and formulate an intervention plan that will best meet the needs of the students. This is aligned to the Board’s Vision that states that we will have outstanding employees that offer exemplary programs and services. The Board supported bringing in an RtI2 consultant in 2010 to teach staff the effective use of the RtI2 model. The model has been in existence for three years with a stable staff and principal. In spite of lean budgets, the staff recognized the worth of the model for student success. The RtI2 is being monitored by the district and other school site administration for replication. Due to the effective implementation of the Rtl2 program and the PLC model, Willow was selected as a California Distinguished School in 2010 and in 2014, and was selected as a Title I High Achieving School in 2011, recommended as a California Model School in 2014 and now winner for a Golden Bell in 2014! Visit www.cousd.net for more info on Willow Elementary School!
February 23, 2016

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This school develops excellent character in its students because that is what is modeled by the teachers and staff.

Teacher effectiveness: Strongly agree


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Because Willow teachers care and make the extra effort to teach in a way that each child can learn.




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My 4 children attended Willow from 2005 through 2016. Willow is a small school of approximately 350 students. However, they have the largest PTA board in the district. This is because the parents are involved and care about making their children's educational experience awesome! Through these last 11 years, my children have had almost every teacher that teaches at Willow. Each of these teachers were amazing educators. I cannot say enough about the difference they made in the lives of my children. Willow has been our second family! The current principal, Ms. Lee, was my youngest daughter's kindergarten teacher and I was privileged to volunteer in her classroom. Ms. Lee is all about the students and making school a successful experience for them. Each teacher has made a huge impact on my children's lives. They have helped them to become self confident in their ability to learn. I have 3 GATE students and 1 student with a 504 for a vision disability. In their secondary education, they are ALL straight A students (including the 504!) I attribute this partially to the incredible education they received at Willow. Thank you, Willow.



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Willow is a great school and I would recommend it to anyone in the area. In the last 7+ years that my children have attended Willow I have seen significant growth in the academic success of the school (CA Distinguished School and Golden Bell winner) and the number of family-centered activities (bowling nights, etc.). All of the teachers I have encountered there have been very supportive of the students and are able to recognize their strengths and weaknesses. The principal has a great rapport with the students and treats them fairly, respectfully, and lovingly. The after school care is excellent as well in that the students are taught subjects that are very different than what you would find in a normal school curriculum (for example, making special foods for Chinese New Year). I can't recommend Willow highly enough!



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Willow is a great school with staff that really care about not just the kids, but your entire family. My two children are completely different, and they have been not only supported them but also encouraged them to excel to their full potential. My son attended Willow K through 6th grade and I was asked by the middle school teachers if he attended Willow because he was much more prepared for middle school than many of the other children. Willow also has a GATE program that challenges the kids and gets them thinking outside the box. My son is now in the GATE and advanced math classes in middle school, and doing very well. My daughter is currently a 4th grader at Willow, and she loves it. She has had different teachers than her brother, and we have loved them all. They are understanding and work to communicate with the parents. I am very happy that my children have had the opportunity to attend Willow Elementary. I highly recommend this wonderful smaller school!


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SCHOOL LEADER
"The mission of Willow Elementary School is to provide a caring and cooperative learning environment which offers each child the opportunity to develop individual intellectual skills, creative talents and social abilities that prepare them for success beyond elementary school."
Posted April 11, 2016

Message to families
SCHOOL LEADER
The CSBA Golden Bell Awards promotes excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs. Willow Elementary’s RtI program has been selected for a Golden Bell Award as it reflects the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs. In 2010, Willow had an API growth of 5 points, but failed to meet the proficiency target in their socio-economically disadvantaged sub group. Willow Elementary School had a significant number of students who were not meeting grade-level standards and on AYP that put us then at risk of being a Program Improvement School. In fall 2011, Willow fully implemented a Response to Intervention and Instruction program (RtI2). The goals of RtI2 are to provide comprehensive critical skills in reading development, to ensure that all students leave 3rd grade as confident and competent readers, to provide early intervention for struggling students in grades K-2, and to provide high-quality preventive and proactive instruction. Willow staff meets regularly in Planned Learning Communities (PLCs) to evaluate student academic growth data, plan or alter individual goals, and formulate an intervention plan that will best meet the needs of the students. This is aligned to the Board’s Vision that states that we will have outstanding employees that offer exemplary programs and services. The Board supported bringing in an RtI2 consultant in 2010 to teach staff the effective use of the RtI2 model. The model has been in existence for three years with a stable staff and principal. In spite of lean budgets, the staff recognized the worth of the model for student success. The RtI2 is being monitored by the district and other school site administration for replication. Due to the effective implementation of the Rtl2 program and the PLC model, Willow was selected as a California Distinguished School in 2010 and in 2014, and was selected as a Title I High Achieving School in 2011, recommended as a California Model School in 2014 and now winner for a Golden Bell in 2014! Visit www.cousd.net for more info on Willow Elementary School!
Posted February 23, 2016

Message to families
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On behalf of the Campaign for Business & Education Excellence (CBEE), I want to congratulate Willow Elementary School. After an extensive analysis of student data for every public school and district in California, your school stood above the rest in getting your students to grade level proficiency and beyond. Your school has been named as CBEE Honor Roll School for 2014! Your school will be featured on our website and a banner has been designed just for the school to display. Each year, CBEE presents this award to individual schools and to districts that have excelled in raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps. This is a testament to you, your staff and your students’ relentless focus on academic success. The list of Honor Roll schools continues to grow thanks to the hard work and effective practices of thousands of excellent superintendents, administrators, principals, teachers and support personnel in our public schools.  Since its inception in 2005, the CBEE Honor Roll has increased from 261 high performing schools to an inspiring 1851 high performing schools in 2014.  This is thanks 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. I want to once again congratulate you on the outstanding success your schools have made in raising student academic achievement and closing achievement gaps. 
Posted October 16, 2015




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CONGRATULATIONS WILDCATS!!! Soo soo proud of your dedication, dilligence and pasion for the students at Willow!!! Ms. Lee it is because of your dedication and pasion and thinking outside the BOX that makes the WILDCATS reach for the STARS!!! Thank you!!!



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Willow is the best school. it's a little hidden gem. Small which is great. Your child won't get lost in the shuffle. Mr. Shaw is not only an outstanding principal but outstanding man. It's been amazing and a ton of parent involvement. Love, love, love Willow.

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