The Fullerton Joint Union High School District is pleased to share the recent awarding of the California School Boards Association (CSBA) Golden Bell Award to Buena Park High School’s (BPHS) Agriculture Program. The CSBA Golden Bell Awards program recognizes exemplary programs in 22 major categories, which are essential to support teaching and learning. The category in which the BPHS Agriculture program was honored was Partnership and Collaborative. The Partnership and Collaborative category includes programs which create collaborations between school districts, county offices of education, cities and counties, to strengthen instructional supports for students and/or maximize resources and community support. The category also includes partnerships with schools and businesses or community-based organizations. Programs are judged based on descriptors of the following: has made a difference for students; is innovative or exemplary; is connected to the Board’s vision and is supported by the Board of Trustees; is sustainable; and the concepts can be replicated.
The goal of the BPHS Agriculture Partnership Program (Ag Program) is to motivate students to succeed academically to their highest potential and to aim toward furthering their education at the college level. The Ag Program is innovative in that few city communities can boast an agriculture program, and few schools, urban or rural, can showcase an agriculture program as rich in options (from veterinary science, to agricultural land management, to livestock management and more), offering studies based in academics, leadership, career preparation, and college-bound practices. The Ag Program is exemplary in its depth and breadth, and in its results: drawing over 400 students (up from about 60), raising participant GPAs (from an average of 2.34 to 2.68), and increasing the number of students seeking post-secondary education from zero percent to 32 percent in 2011.
The Board of Trustees, students, and staff members of BPHS were thrilled to receive recognition for the outstanding Agriculture Program at BPHS during the CSBA Annual Conference held in San Diego, California, on December 3, 2011. The Golden Bell Awards program, now in its 32nd year, promotes excellence in education by recognizing outstanding programs in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Approximately sixty districts/county offices receive the award, and more than 200 apply each year.
(Article taken from FJUHSD press release)
BPHS Ag teacher Jessica Fernandes has won the 2011 NAAE Outstanding Teacher Award for Region I of the United States!
This award also came with an awesome prize! A two year lease on a 2012 Toyota Tundra Truck, and a trip to the 2011 NAAE convention in St. Louis!
Read more about the NAAE award here.
The Board of Trustees Commended Site Teachers of the Year and District Teachers of the Year Jessica Fernandes and Phil Pacia.
2011/12 Teachers of the Year from every campus were honored for their leadership, dedication, creativity, and enthusiasm in ensuring the educational and personal success of District students. The following teachers were selected by their colleagues for exemplifying teaching at its finest:
FUHS: Christine Markstrum LVHS: Jingky Clementir
LHHS: Wendy Ann Herbel SHHS: Terry Fyne
LSHS: Charlotte Dobyns TRHS: Jon Manuele
Jessica Fernandes, Buena Park High School, was chosen by the District Recognition Committee as one of the two Fullerton Joint Union High School District 2011/12 Teachers of the Year.
Jessica came to the District in 2006, taking over a struggling Agriculture program at BPHS. In the last five years, under Jessica’s leadership, the BPHS Agriculture program went from 62 students to a nationally-recognized program with 350 students and was awarded the distinction of the #1 High School Agriculture Program in the Western USA.
Jessica designed and manages a new Web site, has developed a recruitment DVD, and makes ongoing presentations to local middle schools. She also provides the opportunity for students to sell farm-grown vegetables to the community and to District Food Services.
Phil Pacia, Sonora High School, was also chosen as a Fullerton Joint Union High School District 2011/12 Teacher of the Year by the District Recognition Committee. Phil represents the District’s “grown our own” philosophy. He worked as a farm laboratory assistant while attending SOHS from 1996 to 2001. After graduation, Phil went on to California State University, Fresno, where earned a B.S. in Agriculture Mechanics in 2005. Phil Officially began his career in the District in 2005 as an agriculture teacher at SOHS. He currently teachers Agriculture courses in Business, Biology, Earth Science, Construction Technology, and Small Engines.
(Article taken from FJUHSD Board meeting Hilights)
Buena Park FFA was Named Outstanding Chapter - April 2010 by FFA New Horizons magazine. Click on the Link below to view the article.
Buena Park High School Agriculture won the 2009 Outstanding Middle/Secondary Agriculture Education Program Award for Region I of the United States.
Buena Park High School Agriculture was recognized at the 2009 NAAE National convention in Nashville Tennessee.
For more details about the award please see the NAAE website here: http://www.naae.org/awards/pastawardwinners/2009awards/omsp.html#1
Also have a look at the application (PDF below) that showcases the achievements that have truly made Buena Park High School Agriculture an Outstanding Program!
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