Warrior Dog Foundation

Two Edna Hill Middle School students, Alexandra Zagelow and Austin Kephart, with their dogs Kona, Bane and Max, are raising money for The Warrior Dog Foundation, which helps K-9 war heroes receive the care they need to find forever homes.

Brentwood's Edna Hill Middle School has been recognized as a Schools to Watch Model Middle School for the sixth time in its 69-year history.

The California Schools to Watch program, implemented by several organizations, including the California League of Middle Schools and California Department of Education, affirms that exemplary schools are involved in an on-going journey of excellence.

To this end, a program of continuous evaluation for all schools designated as Schools To Watch schools has been established.

Edna Hill was first designated as a National Model Middle School in 2007 and has been redesignated by the California Schools to Watch and National Middle Grades Forum in 2010, 2013, 2016,2019 and now for 2022.

According to the Brentwood Union School District, Edna Hill is proud of its programs that support a strong adult advocate for each student throughout their middle school experience, student-led conferences and a strong character education program.

These replicable practices are one of the reasons the national model middle school program is a best practice, according to the district.

There are only 130 middle schools out of nearly 1,300 that have been selected as Schools to Watch in California, and maintaining progress over time should be celebrated, according to the district.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond has applauded Edna Hill Middle School as one of the middle schools that has sustained this designation status. He celebrated these high-performing model schools for demonstrating academic excellence, social equity, and responsiveness to the needs of young adolescents.

“I am so pleased that Edna Hill Middle School continues to be a place that other educators visit to see what excellence looks like," said Dana Eaton, superintendent of the Brentwood Union School District. "We are extremely proud of that staff.”

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