The school, part of the Southwest Local School District, was one of only nine schools in the state to be selected this year.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” states U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”
The official recognition will occur in early November, but Principal Dave Kelly recently shared the good news at an all school assembly. “We were able to achieve this honor thanks to the hard work of our students, our staff, our families and our community,” Kelly states. “This is a well-deserved recognition, reflecting the good work happening here and the spirit of our school.”
SLSD Superintendent John C. Hamstra also commended the students and staff, saying, “We are proud of the dedication you show to this school and to education. Your hard work, commitment to excellence and teamwork are celebrated in this award.”
Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools. Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. Every SLSD school has received the honor, with Miamitown Elementary also being named a 2000 National Blue Ribbon recipient.
Click here for the video as Principal Kelly shares the good news with the students and staff.