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CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS TO WATCH

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California Schools to Watch is a statewide program implemented by the California League
of Educators, California Department of Education, California Middle Grades Alliance, National Forum, and the California Schools to Watch model schools.
Peggy Heller Elementary School

Designated 2022

Atwater Elementary School District

Merced County

Lyndsay Olds, Principal

201 Lakeview Drive, Atwater, CA 95301

209-357-6517

School Characteristics

Enrollment: 171. Grade Levels: 7-8.

School Demographics

African American 1%, Asian 4%, White 25%, Hispanic 65%, Other 5%

Replicable Practices

  • Teacher PLCs: Weekly collaboration: standards, assessment, interventions, leadership

  • Students-First Master Schedule: strong first instruction, elective wheel, interventions

  • STEAM for the Middle: infusion of topics (solar, water, social justice) in core subjects

  • Advisory Class: Restorative practices, community circles, executive function

  • Extracurriculars for All: Outdoor learning, academic pentathlon, community service

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