by MATT SCHOEN,
SUPERINTENDENT, DELANO PUBLIC SCHOOLS
In September I wrote an article highlighting the successes that Delano Elementary School (DES) has achieved. I would like to continue updating you on accomplishments at our elementary school at the mid-way point of our school year.
On Nov. 26, the Minnesota Department of Education informed DES Principal Darren Schuler that DES was nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School by the United States Department of Education. The National Blue Ribbon Schools program is a federal government program created in 1982 to honor and recognize schools which have achieved high levels of performance or made significant improvements in closing achievement gaps.
DES, along with seven other schools in Minnesota, now will enter the nomination/application process to receive this prestigious award. This review process is extensive and will take several months, with the official announcement coming next fall. Delano High School (DHS) was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School back in 2009. Several years ago, the middle school was also recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. This goes to show you that we have continued the tradition of educational excellence at every level of our school district.
I congratulate the entire staff and students of our elementary school for all their hard work and dedication to excellence in education.
Also, a new addition to our property behind the elementary school will be used to continue to engage students in outdoor activities. The Delano Youth Basketball Association recently donated and built an outdoor sports court at DES. The $35,000 donation was made possible from all the parent and student volunteers who worked at numerous basketball tournaments over the last several years. The court will be used as a physical education station, for outdoor recess, and it also is available for use by the community. Although it was built primarily as a basketball court, the surface allows it to be a multiple physical education station as well. This is a first-of-its-kind court in Delano.
Contact Matt Schoen at [email protected]