Norwalk High School was awarded a Golden Bell by the California School Boards Association (CSBA), marking the sixth consecutive year a Norwalk-La Mirada USD school or district program has claimed the prestigious honor.
NHS earned the award for its Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) School Counseling and Support Services, the first Title I high school in Los Angeles County to earn RAMP recognition. The counseling team at NHS implemented a Multi-Tiered, Multi-Domain System of Supports framework using data-driven practices to serve all students and intentionally provide support for those in need such as students with disabilities, English learners, low income, foster youth and homeless students. One-on-one counseling sessions, small groups and core curriculum has led to an increase in A-G completion, community college free tuition, Seals of Biliteracy, FAFSA submissions, and dual and postsecondary enrollment.
“The Norwalk-La Mirada community applauds the commitment and dedication of the counseling staff and Principal Dr. Olea at Norwalk High School for being awarded the Golden Bell award from the California School Boards Association,” said Norwalk-La Mirada Superintendent Dr. John Lopez. “The recognition of this program is a testament to NLMUSD’s commitment to develop the whole student and ensuring every student’s success.”
Principal Dr. David Olea formally accepted the award during the CSBA’s Annual Education Conference on Saturday, December 1, 2022, at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina in San Diego, Calif. Dr. Olea was joined by the NHS counseling team consisting of Vanessa Iaquinta, Candida Hernandez, Jerry Koppe, Michelle Lobendahn, Sonia Perez, Liliana Tovar and Marvin Ramirez. NLM Board of Education members, including President Norma Amezcua were in attendance, along with Dr. Lopez and other NLMUSD staff.
Now in its 43rd year, the CSBA Golden Bell Awards promote excellence in education and school board governance by recognizing outstanding programs and governance practices of school boards in school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that address students’ changing needs.
This year, 205 entries in 21 categories were received. Experts from school districts and county offices of education comprised the 49-member judging panel, and a total of 51 Delegates and board members across the state conducted in person or virtual validations.