From the Washoe County School District:
For the first time in at least a decade, two Washoe County School District schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Elizabeth Lenz Elementary School and Ted Hunsberger Elementary School were among 286 schools nationwide recognized by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students' levels of achievement.
"I am delighted that two of our schools have received this national honor," said Superintendent Pedro Martinez. "Our District is dedicated to improving student achievement, and these schools are prime examples of this effort. We are tremendously proud of Lenz and Hunsberger schools, and we continue to strive to achieve excellence in all of our schools."
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award program designated Lenz and Hunsberger schools as "Exemplary High Performing" schools. These schools are recognized among the state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The schools were nominated by the Superintendent of Public Instruction from the Nevada Department of Education.
Lenz Elementary School Principal Teri Vaughan and Hunsberger Elementary School Principal Jenny Ricci learned of the blue ribbon designations today. Their schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November.
"The National Blue Ribbon Schools award is a tremendous honor for Elizabeth Lenz Elementary," said Principal Teri Vaughan. "The collective efforts of the entire Lenz staff, student body, parents, and community made it possible. It is truly an honor and privilege to lead a school that always has the best interests of students in mind at all times."
"As a school community, we are greatly humbled and honored to be receiving this award," said Hunsberger Principal Jenny Ricci. "We did not make the journey here alone. We would like to offer our sincerest gratitude to our students, staff, families, and community members who contribute to our excellence on a daily basis. We look forward to continuing our school mission for maximizing student growth for all as we share this award."
Secretary Duncan recognized 235 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide in today's
announcement. In the 31 years since the award was created, the U.S. Department of Education has bestowed the honor on nearly 7,500 schools across the country.
From the Washoe County School District