De Anza Elementary Earns Platinum Award for Positive Campus

Ranking up from their previous Gold Award, De Anza Elementary is celebrating their first ever Platinum Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) Award. This is also the first Platinum Award for Baldwin Park Unified.

“We are very excited and proud to be recognized with this award. Our teachers and staff work so hard throughout the school year to foster ways to get our students involved. PBIS has made such a great impact for us at De Anza,” expressed De Anza Elementary Principal Caroline K. Lau. 

In support of their PBIS program, De Anza’s campus is decorated with multiple signs and posters that celebrate their “SIRR” behavior expectations. SIRR is their acronym that stands for Safety, Integrity, Respect, and Responsibility (SIRR), and any classroom can happily recite it loud and proud. 

“One of the ways we encourage our students is through our De Anza Dragons “SIRR” behavior chant. It helps our students practice positive actions and encourages them to work together,” said Julie Garcia-Walker, Curriculum, Technology Intervention Coach at De Anza Elementary. 

Additional techniques that inspire their strong campus culture include: incentivized Dragon Dollars for students given by teachers and staff for demonstrating positive behavior, opportunities for the fourth and fifth grade students to be role models by helping and guiding younger grade levels, and the chance to participate in fun campus events and assemblies, among other techniques. 

De Anza is one of seven Baldwin Park Unified schools that earned a PBIS award. Below are the schools that earned 2022-23 California PBIS Awards:


De Anza Elementary School 



Charles Bursch Elementary School 

Margaret Heath Elementary School

North Park Continuation High School 

Tracy Elementary School 

Vineland Elementary School 



Sierra Vista Middle School



DeAnza_Photo1: De Anza Elementary Principal Caroline K. Lau (center) poses with Annette Licata, Julie Garcia Walker (PBIS Coaches), Michelle Zamarripa (AP), and Leslie Karady (PBIS).


DeAnza_Photo2: De Anza Elementary TK student and teacher Mrs. Ramos pose together with the PBIS Platinum Award.

DeAnza_Photo3: De Anza Elementary Student Council and 4th Grade Commissioners pose with the PBIS Platinum Award.

DeAnza_Photo4: De Anza Elementary Mr. Shelton’s fifth grade class pose with the PBIS Platinum Award.

DeAnza_Photo5: De Anza Elementary TK,  Kindergarten, and 1st grade teachers: Alyssa Garza, Romay Chang, Rose Aguirre-Gagner, Aridai Ramos, and Julie Argudo pose together with the PBIS Platinum Award.

DeAnza_Photo6: De Anza Elementary second and third grade teachers: Gabriela Lara, Alicia Benitez, Leticia Chavez, Nubia Jara, Laura Miller, and Andres Quezada pose together with the PBIS Platinum Award.

DeAnza_Photo7: De Anza Elementary fourth and fifth grade teachers: Ed Molina, Frank Lopez, Patricia Shelton, and Victor Shelton pose together with the PBIS Platinum Award.