Torch Middle School receives honor



Torch Middle School received a special recognition on Friday, March 14, and a banner to hang in front of the school, from the California League of Middle Schools for becoming one of only three schools in California to achieve 2008 “California Schools to Watch” status.

Dr. Irv Howard, “California Schools to Watch” program coordinator, told an audience at Torch of students, parents, teachers and administrators that the award is provided to schools that have demonstrated they are able to respond to the needs of middle school students and that they value academic excellence, the importance of families and culture and that they have the support from the community and parents “to make that school truly work.” 
“The incredible teachers here and the students are doing an outstanding job and truly are deserving of this unique award,” Howard said.  He added that representatives of other schools will continue to view Torch as a model in an attempt to pattern their own teaching practices after Torch.