MacArthur earns Gold Ribbon

Being one of two schools from SAUSD to qualify, MacArthur earns a Gold Ribbon as an exemplary program.

On Monday March 20, 2017 the Gold Ribbon Committee visited MacArthur Fundamental Intermediate School.  The Gold Ribbon committee is a group from the Orange County Department of Education and they verified MacArthur deserved the Gold Ribbon designation.  The committee visited classrooms, interviewed students, teachers, and parents to approve MacArthur’s application.  Only two schools in SAUSD were eligible; 500 schools qualified in California, and 200 won it, 29 schools in Orange County.  

On Tuesday April 18, 2017 school principal Mr. David Casper was notified that MacArthur was a Gold Ribbon school.  The next morning during morning announcements he clearly said, “Congratulations MacArthur we are a Gold Ribbon School.”

“I’m so surprised that my school received this award when 500 schools qualified, that just shows that my school is the best,” said sixth-grader Sofia de Loera.

MacArthur won through an exemplary program that engages the entire student population.  Casper is proud of all students and staff for achieving the award as an exemplary school.  To engage students, MacArthur has a robust selection of electives, clubs, and extra curricular activities.  

“I’m really proud of the school for earning this award, and if we continue to show spirit, pride, and achievement there is a chance we can get the Gold Ribbon award next year as well,” said seventh-grader Mariela Rodriguez

On May 1, 2017 Casper is receiving the award; meanwhile, in front of the school there is going to be a plaque placed, similar to the two Distinguished School Awards, from 2003 and 2007.  According to Casper, this award is important to have because it shows all the hard work students and staff do, it finally pays off, and we’re are not just saying it but we are the best.

“The Gold Ribbon is a testament to all the hard work and dedication that our students and staff have to the MacArthur community,” said Casper.