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TCUSD Guidance Programs Receive Awards

May 4th, 2009 by Temple City Tribune

TCUSD is pleased to congratulate and celebrate La Rosa Elementary School and Oak Avenue Intermediate School for receiving awards for their 2009 Support Personnel Accountability Report Cards (SPARCs) from the Los Angeles County Office of Education.
La Rosa Elementary School received the Governor’s Trophy.  This special recognition was given to only three schools in the entire State.  Eligibility to be considered for this award is successful completion of a SPARC for six consecutive years.
Oak Avenue Intermediate School received the Masters Plaque.  This special recognition is reserved for schools that have received awards in eight consecutive years.  Six schools across the state were so honored.
Oak also received the “Pilot Flashlight Award,” given to only six schools that collected data and shared results of one activity from their comprehensive guidance program in depth.  
SPARCS were submitted from 236 schools throughout the State of California. 
TCUSD is a State-wide leader in its dedication to results-based comprehensive guidance and providing support services for elementary through high school students and their families.  For the past eight years, Temple City USD’s Student Support Services has consistently demonstrated the ability to implement the National Standards for School Counseling Programs by the development and publication of a SPARC.     
This exemplary work shows that TCUSD school counseling and all student support services are credible and an integral part of the total educational system.
The SPARC, as it is commonly known, is modeled after the School Accountability Report Card (SARC) that schools nationwide complete annually.  The SPARC is a continuous improvement document that gives a school counseling program and student support team an opportunity to demonstrate effective communication and a commitment to getting results.  It allows school counseling programs an opportunity to spotlight student outcomes based on collaborative efforts between school staff, families, volunteers, and the community.
The SPARC integrates the National Standards for School Counseling Programs.  Award-winning support programs must show positive student results in academic, personal/social, and career domains.  The Los Angeles County Office of Education’s Guidance Advisory Network developed the SPARC eight years ago.  This group is composed of counselors, counselor educators, administrators, and consultants from the State Department of Education.
For more information about the SPARC awards, contact Donna Cleman at 626-548-5060. 

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