Two BCSD Programs Received Top Statewide Educational Honors

The Bakersfield City School District (BCSD) was recognized by the California School Boards Association (CSBA) with two Golden Bell Awards for two outstanding programs: The Wellness Centers and the Junior High/Middle School Choir Standards Festival.

On behalf of BCSD students and parents, District’s Administrators and staff accepted the awards at a recognition reception and ceremony on December 5, 2019 during CSBA’s Annual Education Conference and Trade Show in San Diego.

Golden Bell Awards reflect the depth and breadth of education programs and governance decisions supporting these programs that are necessary to address students’ changing needs.

The Junior High/Middle School Choir Standards Festival, organized through the BCSD Visual and Performing Arts department, was recognized for their innovation in creating festivals that provide alignment to state music standards. The festival also incorporates the National Core Music Standards which include the four artistic processes of creating, performing, responding, and connecting. “The CSBA Golden Bell Award validates the exceptional work done by our vocal music teachers in using music to enrich the lives of our students. The BCSD Vocal Music Program is an exemplar in our community, state, and nation. We can all be proud of the teaching and learning in our music classrooms,” said Michael D. Stone, Coordinator, Visual and Performing Arts Department.

The four BCSD Wellness Centers, organized through the School Health and Wellness department, were recognized for being the first of their kind in Kern County.  In addition, they are the first in the state to utilize nurse practitioners to provide high quality care in order to maintain a sustainable cost basis and partner with area physicians who donate their time and expertise to serve as the District’s medical authorities. “BCSD recognizes that student health and wellness is a vital component to improving student achievement. Our staff work relentlessly to meet the medical and mental health needs of our students so that they may be successful in the classroom. We are rewarded every day by seeing the positive outcomes of the services that we provide. It is an honor to receive the CSBA Golden Bell Award for our Wellness Centers,” said Terri Lindsey, Coordinator, School Health Department.

To learn more about the Golden Bell Awards, visit the California School Boards Association’s Golden Bell website at