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State Superintendent Tony Thurmond announced last week that Lincoln Middle School has been selected for the California Distinguished School Program. Only 293 schools are selected across the state for this prestigious recognition. 
The program, which is run by the California Department of Education, recognizes two categories of exceptional schools: those closing the achievement gap and those demonstrating exceptional student performance. Lincoln was selected for the latter distinction based on measures related to academic excellence and positive school climate (such as reduced suspensions and programs to promote inclusion) on the California School Dashboard. 
“We’re so excited to be designated a Distinguished School,” Lincoln Principal Sheila SatheWarner said. “This is a reflection of the hard work of teachers, staff, and students, as well as the dedicated support of our families.” 
The CDE selects Distinguished Schools annually, but because it alternates elementary and secondary schools, awardees hold the title for two years.  You can find more information about the program on the CDE California Distinguished Schools Program web page
“I’d like to congratulate the Lincoln Middle School community on being selected to this prestigious program,” said Superintendent Pasquale Scuderi. “The middle school years aren’t always easy for students, but they are crucial to helping them prepare for high school, college, and career. We are fortunate to have such a high-performing school in our district.” 
The 2024 California Distinguished Schools, along with the 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools, 2023 Civic Learning Award Schools, and 2023 and 2024 California Exemplary Dual Enrollment Award Schools, will be recognized at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim on May 3, 2024.