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Roosevelt High School has been honored with the California Gold Ribbon Schools Award, a program that was created to honor schools in place of the California Distinguished Schools Programs. The program recognizes schools that have made tremendous gains in implementing the academic content and performance standards adopted by the State Board of Education for all students.
Roosevelt High School received this outstanding recognition for its 9th Grade Transition Program, a fully functional program with 3 components: Link Crew, Homeroom, and Excel classes. In working together, incoming 9th graders are supported both academically and socially.
The Link Crew program is made up of 11th and 12th grade leaders who help and support incoming freshmen by offering academic support, mentoring and providing free social activities for all 9th graders. Through Homeroom class, Link Crew leaders teach lessons that include games and activities that encourage team-building while other lessons focus on writing short-term and long-term goals. Over 60 Link Crew leaders impact all 1,100 freshmen in their Homeroom class. The Excel program offers at-risk and low performing 9thgraders academic and social support through a variety of events and programs that are all Link Crew supported such as 8th Grade Parent Night, Club Rush Day, and the LOOP program.
Due to the implementation of the 9th Grade Transition Model Program, Roosevelt High School’s test scores have increased, there is a positive school climate with fewer suspensions and bullying reports than in previous years.
“The goal is to be intentional about building relationships to insure that students feel part of the campus and part of something bigger than themselves,” said Annie Hanson, Link Crew advisor.