Delano Elementary celebrates Blue Ribbon School award

DES is one of seven elementary schools in state to get honor

Students and staff from Delano Elementary School wear blue shirts given to them during a schoolwide celebration of its national Blue Ribbon School award for student achievement, held Monday, March 3. (Photo by Joe McDonald)

Students and staff from Delano Elementary School wear blue shirts given to them during a schoolwide celebration of its national Blue Ribbon School award for student achievement, held Monday, March 3. (Photo by Joe McDonald)

Delano Elementary School, Monday, March 3, celebrated being named as a national Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

The entire school, both staff and students, turned out for a program in the school gym. Current and past staff joined special guests at receptions. Among the honored guests was Dr. Brenda Cassellius, Minnesota Commissioner of Education.

Delano Elementary School is one of seven Minnesota elementary schools to receive this award, given in late 2013. The other six schools are Annandale Elementary, Deephaven Elementary, Garfield Elementary in Garfield, Hanover Elementary, International Spanish Language Academy in Minnetonka and Winsted Elementary School. The Department of Education chose them because of their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

Delano Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School because it was considered to be amongst Minnesota’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

The selection process for National Blue Ribbon Schools begins when the Department of Education requests nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.

A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The Secretary of Education then invites all nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

The Department of Education honored 236 public and 50 private schools as Blue Ribbon Schools at a recognition ceremony in November in Washington, D.C. Honorees included elementary, middle and high schools.

In its 31-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this award on nearly 7,500 of America’s schools. Delano High School was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2009. Several years ago, the middle school was also recognized as a Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award was created 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. National Blue Ribbon School principal and teacher leaders are called on to give presentations at state, regional and professional meetings about practices that have made a difference for their students and faculty. District and state educators visit these model schools to learn about promising leadership and instructional strategies.

 

Compiled by Susan Van Cleaf. Contact her at susan.vancleaf@ecm-inc.com

 

 

 

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