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School Officials Invited to Reagan Fete : Rosemont Junior High Honored

September 26, 1985|SAM ENRIQUEZ | Times Staff Writer

Representatives from Glendale's Rosemont Junior High School will attend a ceremony hosted by President Reagan next week in Washington, D.C., honoring 212 secondary schools that have earned the U.S. Department of Education's highest award for academic excellence.

Rosemont was selected as an "exemplary school" in a national competition based on test scores, student citizenship and general campus life. It is one of only two schools in Los Angeles County and four junior high schools in the state that earned the award.

The other Los Angeles County school to be recognized in the White House ceremony Tuesday will be the Lindero Canyon Middle School in the Las Virgenes Unified School District.

Reflects on Glendale Schools

"We feel this victory speaks well of all Glendale schools," said Rosemont Principal Marilyn Zimmerman, who will attend the Washington ceremony with Judith White and Dave Nyquist, assistant principals.

A local ceremony will honor students and teachers next Thursday at 6 p.m. in the school's amphitheater.

Rosemont was the first Glendale school nominated to compete in the National Secondary Schools Recognition Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. The program was established three years ago to identify high school and junior high schools that show high or improved student test scores and that have innovative teaching methods.

The school was one of 509 schools nationwide nominated to compete for the honor.

Scored in Top 25%

Rosemont was chosen to compete this year mainly because its students scored in the top 25% of all junior highs in the state on standardized tests and because of its high enrollment in advanced math and science classes, said Norma Carolan, a state research analyst who was in charge of selecting the California schools.

"It was a joint effort," Zimmerman said. "We have students who are motivated to learn, parents who are very concerned, a superior teaching staff and we receive excellent backing and support from the school district."

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