Three area schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019 by the U.S. Department of Education.
The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Crestview Elementary School in Convoy, Franklin Elementary School in Delphos and Minster Junior/Senior High School in Minster are three of 14 schools in Ohio that have been named to the list.
Robert Hohlbein, Franklin Elementary School principal, said this is the first time the school has received the recognition.
“The recognition is truly a reward for all of the hard work and dedication of the staff, students and parents all combined,” Hohlbein said. He said it is nice to receive a reward that is based on everyone’s effort, not just an individual’s success.
Brenda Boeke, Minster schools superintendent, said this is the second time the school received the recognition. The high school previously was named a Blue Ribbon School in 2004.
“We are very proud of the hard work our students and staff put in on a daily basis. Being recognized is nice, but it doesn’t change how we approach education,” Boeke said.
She said the community puts a high value on education, and students realize that education is important.
Boeke said the recognition shows the philosophy of the staff and students. When they work together as a team, she said amazing things are possible.
Jessica Schuette, Crestview Elementary School principal, said this is the first year the school received the recognition.
“Crestview Elementary is extremely honored to receive this distinguished award celebrating the hard work of our students and staff,” Schuette said.
The staff, students and community members work together collaboratively on a daily basis to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of students, according to Schuette.
“Through this collaboration, students learn to take ownership of their learning. They embrace their overall development as a young leader. We have a close-knit community that is built upon a strong tradition of excellence and a sense of family at its foundation,” Schuette said.
The U.S. Department of Education recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories based on all student scores, student subgroups of scores and graduation rates.
“We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives,” stated Betsy DeV0s, U.S. secretary of education.
“As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.”
The award confirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
The program is in its 37th year and has honored more than 9,000 schools. On Nov. 14 and 15, DeVos and the Department of Education will celebrate with 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.
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