State Supreme Court Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye honored Kumeyaay Elementary School in San Diego with the California Civic Learning Award of Excellence Tuesday.
The K-5 school is one of three campuses in California to receive the award, and the only elementary school chosen. The winners were selected by a panel of experts, who evaluated the schools’ civic learning courses and programs.
The Civic Learning Award of Excellence is the highest level of distinction that a school can receive from the California Courts.
Cantil-Sakauye was on site to tour the school and get to know students, staff and parents. She presented the award at a special assembly held by the school.
“Visiting the Civic Learning Award Excellence schools is always among the highlights of my year,” said Chief Justice Cantil-Sakauye in a written statement. “I’m inspired by the engagement and achievements of the students and the dedication and creativity of educators and the entire communities supporting these schools. It’s exciting to see these model schools innovating in engaging, real-world civic learning, and I congratulate the awarded schools at all levels.”
San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten was also at the school Tuesday to help celebrate the achievement, along with several other district and civic community members.
“I’m impressed because when we review cases, it’s the same thing. We make sure that the scientific test was properly performed and procedures were followed by people who were qualified to in fact perform the procedures. And we verify and determine whether or not the jury got it right.” said Cantil-Sakauye.
The State Supreme Court Chieft Justice spoke with students, encouraging them to continue setting and meeting goals.
“Goals are good lessons to learn for the rest of your life,” she told one student.
To view the official Civic Learning Awards announcement or learn more about this award, visit the California Courts website.