Vandergriff, St. Vincent schools receive Blue Ribbon awards

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Naperville elementary schools earn Blue Ribbon status.

U.S. NORTH COUNTY — Two schools in San Diego County have been recognized as 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools, and were among 29 schools in California selected for the prestigious honor.Naperville School District 203’s Meadow Glens School and Indian Prairie School District 204’s May Watts School were bestowed with the recognition Tuesday by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. “This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said. “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence — in vision, in implementation, and in results — and we want to learn as much as we can from you.” The schools officially will be recognized at a ceremony Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.

Two high schools in the Essex County Vocational Technical School District — Bloomfield Tech and Newark Tech — made the list, elating Superintendent James Pedersen and former interim Superintendent Frank Cocchiola, now an assistant to Pedersen. In an interview, both men credited the district’s collaborative atmosphere, with administrators, teachers and students working in close cooperation to boost academic performance.

Both May Watts Elementary and Meadow Glen were recognized in the category of Exemplary High Performing Schools, those that are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or national tests. The Blue Ribbon award flag gracing a school’s building or entryway has been widely recognized by everyone – from parents to policymakers – in thousands of communities as a symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. It’s just a great honor for the school.” Deer Canyon Principal Terry Worthington told students and staff about the win Tuesday morning after watching Duncan’s announcement via a live Internet video stream. The application goes on to say that in 2014, 8.7 percent of May Watts students had an individual education program designed to meet the special needs of a student. School staff members also work together to address the learning needs of at-risk students as well as encourage students who participate in the gifted and enrichment programs, the application notes.

We deliberately focus on aligning and synchronizing the critical components of professional development, balanced assessment, rigorous and guaranteed curriculum, high-quality instruction, multi-level systems of support and intervention, and resources to maximize learning for all students,” according to the Naperville school’s Blue Ribbon application.

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