Colonial is a Blue Ribbon School!

Colonial has been honored as a Blue Ribbon School!
Posted on 11/09/2018
blue ribbonCONGRATULATIONS, Colonial!

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized Colonial Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018. 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.

 On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state's highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school's student groups and all students over the past five years.

The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states.  Colonial was nominated by the Virginia Department of Education and was recognized for being an Exemplary High Performing School.

Mrs. Riggs and Mrs. Steger went to Washington, D.C. to receive the award and attend break out sessions with other Blue Ribbon School award winners.  

The Botetourt County School Board recognized Colonial for this amazing honor during the December School Board Meeting.   Mrs. Riggs and Mrs. Steger shared their experiences among Colonial's award winning teachers.  

image of Mr. Busher holding award

image of Mrs. Riggs receiving award

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