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Vintage Hills Elementary selected as National Blue Ribbon School

Award to be presented to Pleasanton school in November ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Vintage Hills Elementary School in Pleasanton has been selected for a prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Program award, an honor given based on student and teacher achievements.

Vintage Hills was awarded as an Exemplary High Performing School, a designation given to schools that are among their state's best based on student testing scores and graduation rates, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced Tuesday morning.

"This award reflects the dedication, pride and multiple efforts of our teachers, staff, and community to meet the needs of all our students," said principal Ann Jayne in a statement.

The school will be recognized in a national ceremony in November in Washington, D.C., and a schoolwide celebration will take place Nov. 12, she said.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honored 285 public and 50 private schools with awards this year. Other designations were the Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools, which excelled at helping students from disadvantaged backgrounds succeed, and the Exemplary Improving Schools, which honors schools where 40% of enrolled students are from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement.

Vintage Hills was the only Pleasanton Unified School District school recognized. In the nearby San Ramon Valley Unified School District, Neil Armstrong Elementary School was honored as a National Blue Ribbon School. In Dublin Unified, James Dougherty Elementary School was selected for the designation.

Vintage Hills, located at 1125 Concord St., recently went through a leadership change with new principal Ann Jayne taking the reins this school year after former principal Melissa Theide moved to Castro Valley's school district to become a director of human resources.

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20 people like this
Posted by David
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Sep 29, 2015 at 4:49 pm

Congratulations! All the members and students in VHE. This award is a big deal! You did fantastic job and keep up the momentum.


18 people like this
Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Sep 29, 2015 at 10:34 pm

Awesome. Congrats to all.

Look what's possible when people are practicing their passions and not trying to get their supervisors fired, janitors moved, and stealing money away from kids


1 person likes this
Posted by Patriot
a resident of Birdland
on Sep 30, 2015 at 8:54 am

All of Pleasanton wins! Congratulations! But what is the city and school board doing about over crowding as experienced now in Dublin? How can we continue earning blue ribbons with out new schools to keep up with the unrelenting development?


10 people like this
Posted by Keith Averell
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:09 am

Congratulations to my beloved school! This is why I taught there for 37 years! You rock!!


4 people like this
Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 30, 2015 at 9:57 am

@"Patriot",

You've got it backwards. The influx of families with high performing students in Dublin has caused a rapid increase in Dublin school's test scores. It has provided a much better learning atmosphere than before with more involved parents who put a stronger emphasis on academic achievement improving outcomes.

More development is improving Dublin's schools, not the other way around!


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Posted by JO SCHWAN
a resident of Livermore
on Sep 30, 2015 at 11:41 am

I HAVE BEEN READING "GIFTS DIFFERING" BY ISABEL MYERS BRIGGS. ALL ABOUT PERSONALITIES AND HOW WE LEARN DIFFERENTLY DUE TO OUR PERSONALITIES. I SUGGEST PARENTS DO SOME ON LINE RESEARCH ON MBTI MYERS BRIGGS TYPE INDICATOR, AND READ HOW FASCINATING WE ALL ARE. THERE ARE 16 DIFFERENT TYPES AND WE ARE ALL GIFTED IN OUR OWN WAY. WOULD DEARLY LOVE TO SEE THIS CONCEPT INTEGRATED TO OUR SCHOOLS. JO


4 people like this
Posted by Lori
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Sep 30, 2015 at 1:07 pm

Mr. Averell, My son had you in the 3rd grade! You were one of his favorite teachers. You helped so much with improving his writing skills. He is now a Senior at Amador!

Just wanted to say thank you! Yeah for Vintage Hills!


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Posted by Vitage Hill Parent
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 8, 2015 at 10:21 pm

We are lucky, our kids are getting their base education at Vintage Hills. Wonderful teachers,so many have been here for long time. Like Mr. Averell. Thank You! My son wanted to be in your class in 3rd grade :)
This school has stable, dedicated and super teachers, amazing support administrators + very active & involved PTA. All together makes learning progressive fun!


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