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West Elementary among five in state named 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

posted Oct 1, 2014, 2:17 PM by Greg Shull   [ updated Oct 1, 2014, 5:08 PM ]
The U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan named five North Carolina public schools as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools. West Elementary is among 287 public and 50 private schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvement in closing the achievement gap. West Elementary is among only one other school in the state honored as an Exemplary High Performing School.

"We are honored to be recognized as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School, says Heather Pagan, Principal of West Elementary.  "This award comes with hard work and true dedication to the students we serve each day."  Principal Pagan adds, "Parents and community members are supportive of our mission to provide an enriching educational experience for all students entrusted to us each day. Maintaining exemplar status for high student performance is a goal that can be achieved when all stakeholders are united in deriving exponential results."

“The students and staff at West Elementary exemplify classroom excellence,” says Dr. Stephen Fisher, Superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. “The everyday work ethic, creativity, and rigorous expectations are to be attributed for achieving this esteemed recognition.”

For the past 32 years, this prestigious award has been bestowed to just under 7,900 of the nation’s most successful schools. Schools selected model excellence in leadership, teaching, curriculum, student achievement and parental involvement.

The school will be honored at a Nov. 10-11 conference and awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The school will receive a plaque and a flag signifying their National Blue Ribbon School status.

About Blue Ribbon Schools Program
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. More than 7,500 of schools across the country have been presented with this coveted award. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.