Fair Lawn Schools in Bogota, New Jersey Achieve National Blue Ribbon Recognition
Teaneck School named after civil rights activist Theodora Smiley Lacey
Teaneck appoints an elementary school for civil rights activist and Teaneck resident Theodora Smiley Lacey.
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Two schools in Bergen County are among nine schools in New Jersey recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2020.
The awards, based on a school’s overall academic performance or on progress made in reducing achievement gaps among subgroups of students, were awarded to the Lillian M. Steen School of Bogota and the Henry B. Milnes Elementary School at Fair Lawn.
US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the winners on Thursday.
Milnes Elementary School Principal Stephanie Primavera said: “I am so proud of the positive school culture we have here at Milnes School. All staff members are committed to helping our students learn, grow, and achieve academic, social and emotional success. She met with teachers in the Milnes media center to watch the ad on Thursday.
“All the credit is really due to the hard work of our teachers, students and supportive parents,” she said. Milnes School has approximately 500 students from Kindergarten to Grade 5.
In Bogota, Principal Dayle Collins said the Blue Ribbon designation “is a huge honor for us. It is a recognition of the hard work, dedication and passion that teachers, students, families and the community put into. in schools.”
The grade five principal said her school was still fully isolated, but when the students return and it is safe to do so, “we’ll all do something” to celebrate. The school has 320 students from kindergarten to grade 6.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award confirms the work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has awarded nearly 10,000 awards to over 9,000 schools, some of which have won multiple awards. Schools are eligible for nomination after five years.
The 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 the best performing schools in their state as measured by state assessments or nationally standardized tests.
- Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among the best performing schools in their state at closing achievement gaps between groups of students in a school and all students.
In all, 367 schools were honored across the country. Other recognized Garden State schools were Gould / Mountain School in North Caldwell; HCST County Preparation High School in Jersey City; Old Turnpike School, Tewksbury Township; Island Heights Elementary School in Island Heights; Riverview Elementary School in Denville; Clark Mills School, Manalapan-Englishtown Regional School District and School 5, Linden.
Up to 420 schools can be nominated each year from all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education and the Office of Indian Education. Private schools are designated by the Council for American Private Education.
The 2020 Blue Ribbon National Schools Awards Ceremony will take place practically on November 12 and 13.