3 Delaware Schools among National Blue Ribbon honorees

DOVER — The National Blue Ribbon Schools’ honor roll was unveiled this week and three schools from Delaware have made the grade.

Lake Forest South Elementary School (Lake Forest School District), Selbyville Middle School (Indian River School District) and Cedar Lane Elementary School (Appoquinimink School District) are among the schools that will be honored at an awards ceremony Nov. 7 and 9 in Washington, D.C.

The three Delaware schools are among the learning institutions that U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos recognized this week as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

School leaders Clifford S. Owens (Lake Forest South Elementary), Jason M. Macrides (Selbyville Middle) and Melisa Stilwell (Cedar Lane Elementary) will be invited to attend the national awards ceremony in November with a teacher representative from each of their schools.

The three schools from Delaware are among 349 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018.

“To be named a National Blue Ribbon School is a tremendous accomplishment made even more special by Selbyville Middle’s designation as the first secondary school in our district to receive this honor,” IRSD Superintendent Mark Steele said.

“The hard work and dedication required of students and staff to receive Blue Ribbon recognition is simply remarkable. My heartfelt congratulations go out to the entire SMS community for making the Indian River School District and the State of Delaware proud.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.

The coveted award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

National Blue Ribbon Schools are honored in one of two performance categories based on overall student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

• Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

• Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Selbyville Middle School is the first Title I public middle school in Delaware to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance.

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools.

There are more than 130,000 schools eligible to earn a National Blue Ribbon.

 

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