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Miamitown Elementary Named Blue Ribbon School

Posted On September 28, 2017

By Travis Thayer

(Miamitown, Oh.) – One Southwest Local School District school has received a national honor for academic performance.

On Thursday, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced Miamitown Elementary School as one of 342 school nationwide to receive National Blue Ribbon recognition.

Both students and teachers were surprised with the news today at a special celebration put together by Principal Dave Kelly and SLSD Superintendent John Hamstra.

“It was total shock,” said Kelly. “This justifies the hard work, thinking out of the box, and working with the community and kids. It’s nice that somebody recognizes our hard work.”

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Kelly added that Miamitown earned the Blue Ribbon with great test scores, attendance, a series of essays, closing achievement gaps among student subgroups and many other factors.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are active demonstrations of preparing every child for a bright future,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos to the honorees. “You are visionaries, innovators and leaders. You have much to teach us: some of you personalize student learning, others engage parents and communities in the work and life of your local schools and still others develop strong and forward-thinking leaders from among your teaching staff.”

Now in its 35th years, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,500 schools.

On November 6-7, the Secretary and Department of Education will celebrate this year’s honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Kelly and special education teacher Bridget Tenhundfeld are expected to attend the ceremony.

For more information on the National Blue Ribbon program, visit https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov.