Cleveland County Board of Education members, school staffers, Central Services administrators and community members came together to celebrate in appreciation for the school’s relentless dedication to excellence. Congressman Patrick McHenry delivered heartfelt remarks about West Elementary being one of only five schools in the state achieving an academic level worthy of being named a National Blue Ribbon School. For this accomplishment, he presented Principal Heather Pagan with an American Flag that has flown over the U.S. Capitol.
Additionally, on behalf of the City, Kings Mountain Mayor Rick Murphrey presented an official proclamation dedicating November 3rd as West Elementary School Day. Mayor Murphrey noted the school’s track record of excellence as he recognized the staff’s efforts and the community’s support.
“Excellence is not an accident,” says Dr. Stephen Fisher, Superintendent of Cleveland County Schools. “It is a product of hard work, dedication, and collaboration.”
School administrators will attend the Nov. 10-11 national recognition conference and awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The school will receive a plaque and a banner signifying their National Blue Ribbon School status.
Blue Ribbon Schools
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.
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