- Published on Monday, 04 August 2014 13:06
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R.C. Waters Elementary School in Oak Harbor was named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Tuesday. Duncan recognized only 337 schools in the United States for this prestigious honor, with only fifteen of those schools in Ohio.Secretary Duncan commented, "National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student."
The U.S. Department of Education invited National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state and territory. A total of 420 schools nationwide were eligible to be nominated.
According to the U.S. Department of Education’s website, The National Blue Ribbon School Program was the brainchild of the second Secretary of Education, Terrel H. Bell, named by President Reagan. Best known for commissioning the study of American education that resulted in A Nation at Risk, Bell created the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 1982 to bring public attention to the best schools in the United States and to facilitate communication and sharing of best practices within and among schools.
While the schools recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools are diverse, they do share some common characteristics. The Department of Education cites: “Their leaders not only articulate a vision of excellence and hold everyone to high standards, they stay close to the real action of teaching and learning. Mutual respect and trust run deep in their cultures. Faculty are supported by mentoring and professional development and have time to coordinate their work. Data from many sources drive adaptations to support every student. Families and educators work together in trust.”
Representatives from R.C. Waters Elementary will travel to Washington, D.C. in November to be recognized and to share ideas at a conference. The Department of Education indicated that National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as an example to other schools and details of their achievements will be shared.
To celebrate the success of R.C. Waters, the district is planning a celebration for students and staff on Friday, October 10th, the details of which are pending.
Upon learning of the honor, Mrs. Karen Gruber, Principal of R.C. Waters Elementary School commented, “This accomplishment is a testament to what a caring and dedicated staff can accomplish with children when supported by parents and community.” B-C-S Superintendent Guy Parmigian commented that he, the Board of Education, and the entire school district community take great pride in this national recognition. Parmigian added that “this prestigious award is an awesome and well-deserved tribute to of the dynamic and student-centered efforts of Mrs. Gruber and the entire staff of R.C. Waters Elementary.”
- Published on Tuesday, 10 June 2014 09:31
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