On Friday, November 13th, Weathersfield Elementary was presented with its 2020 National Blue Ribbon School Award in a virtual ceremony. The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony is a formal recognition ceremony to honor 367 public and private schools in the 2020 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools. Each school will receive a plaque and a National Blue Ribbon School flag as symbols of their recognition.This year, the special two day, online event, included special presentations and keynote speakers from the U.S. Department of Education.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.
Weathersfield Elementary is one of 36 schools in the state of California to receive the recognition.
“This award is a validation of the incredible commitment to excellence our teachers and support staff have made to our students and families over the past few years,” said, Laurie Davis, Principal of Weathersfield Elementary School. “I want to thank my school team, our PTA, school community, and the CVUSD for keeping the “drive alive” and never giving up on the most important aspect of our job- educating our children both academically and social emotionally! Our team is truly amazing, GO EAGLES!”
Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.
The Education Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:
· Exemplary High Performing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
· Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools – These are among their state’s highest performing in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.
Weathersfield Elementary School is recognized as an Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School.
“It is a phenomenal accomplishment for a school to receive the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award and I am incredibly proud of the whole Weathersfield team and community,” said Dr. Mark McLaughlin, Superintendent of Schools for Conejo Valley Unified School District. “Congratulations on this well-deserved recognition!”
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The U.S. Education Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education (CAPE).