Congratulations to our outstanding 2018 Classified School Employees of the Year! These staff members go above and beyond the call of duty every day. The honorees in each category are eligible to participate in the Orange County competition in January.
Patricia Arnold (Johnson MS) - Para-Educator & Instructional Assistance
Sheree Newman (District Office) - Support Services & Security
Edgar Valladares (Anderson ES) - Maintenance, Operations & Transportation
Debi Watson (District Office) - Office & Technical Support
Maria Yaghoubi (Johnson MS) - Child Nutrition
The California School Board Association (CSBA) presented our District with a prestigious Golden Bell Award for our outstanding Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program at DeMille Elementary School. We were recognized at CSBA's annual conference for being the first district in California to implement a Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program and we were honored for promoting multilingualism while developing fluency in English and proficiency in academic subjects. There are 1,000 school districts in California and only 56 Golden Bell Awards were handed out. This is the 2nd year in a row that the Westminster School District has been honored with a Golden Bell Award!
Congratulations to the winners of the WSD Spelling Bee! Winners in the 4th and 5th grade competition had to correctly spell obedient, especially, and exquisite. First Place went to Tri Nguyen at Meairs, Second Place went to Noah Elbettar at Schroeder and Third Place went to Jayden Pham at Fryberger. The 6th, 7th and 8th grade competition was a battle with contestants spelling crustaceans, pterodactyl, and quandary. First Place went to Jenny Pham at Johnson, Second Place went to Sophia Bickley at Stacey and Third Place went to Bao Pham at Warner. The winners in the 6-8th competition will go on to compete in the Orange County Scripps Spelling Bee in February.
The Board of Trustees has appointed Ms. Sheri Loewenstein and Dr. Gary Rutherford to act as consecutive interim superintendents for WSD, effective immediately. Ms. Loewenstein will serve as Interim Superintendent from approximately November through January and then Dr. Rutherford will take the helm from February until a new superintendent is hired. Ms. Loewenstein and Dr. Rutherford are both education consultants and retired superintendents, who together have experience in virtually every facet of K-12 public education. Ms. Loewenstein served as superintendent of Westminster School District and Cypress School District while Dr. Rutherford served as superintendent in Huntington Beach City School District, Upland Unified School District and Desert Sands Unified School District.
Westminster School District will receive a prestigious 2017 Golden Bell Award from the California School Board Association for its Vietnamese Dual Language Immersion Program. WSD is proud to be among the select few to receive the state’s leading educational honor. The Golden Bell Award, now in its 38th year, recognizes public school programs that are innovative, sustainable, and make a demonstrated difference for students. The District will be honored at a special Golden Bell Award ceremony on November 30th in San Diego.