Diamond Valley Elementary School – A Gold Ribbon School
Diamond Valley Elementary School (DVES) has been selected as a 2016 Gold Ribbon School. Their application was submitted early in the school year based on outstanding academic improvement and achievement and implementation of the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) framework. As previously communicated, student achievement at DVES has increased tremendously as compared to state averages in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math. Although in the spring of 2013 our students performed below state averages in ELA and Math, in the spring of 2015 our student achievement was well above state averages in these subjects.
Implementation of the PBIS framework was also a key component of the Gold Ribbon School application. With strong support in the form of a grant from our County’s Health and Human Services Department, DVES’ implementation of this framework has been evolving more and more successfully. PBIS is a framework within which expectations for student behavior are made clear, routines consistent with learning and orderliness are established, and misbehaviors are managed in constructive yet non-punitive manners depending on students’ needs. State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson describes his selection of the 779 elementary schools in California receiving the Golden Ribbon School honor in his April 13, 2016 news release: http://www.cde.ca.gov/nr/ne/yr16/yr16rel27.asp