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Wednesday, 04 October 2017 14:16

Riverbend named Blue Ribbon School

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U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools, which included Riverbend Elementary School in Haywood County.

Riverbend was previously recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2011.

The award is based on the overall academic excellence or the progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“We have the most beautiful, hardworking and talented children who come to school each day ready to grow and learn,” said Riverbend Principal Jill Chambers. “I could not be more proud and honored to be their principal. Riverbend has such a great atmosphere and that doesn't happen by accident. It takes our students, parents, staff and community all striving for excellence to make this happen.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

“Riverbend Elementary School has achieved an A+ rating for the last three years and has been among the top performing schools in the state for the last five consecutive years,” said Superintendent Dr. Anne Garrett. “They have worked very hard for this honor and we are proud of what they do for our children each and every day.  Riverbend is a wonderful school in a wonderful school system.”

Now in its 35th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on a small number of schools achieving academic excellence. On Nov. 6-7, the United States Department of Education will formally recognize Riverbend Elementary School at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

“Riverbend is to be commended for leading the way,” said Associate Superintendent Dr. Bill Nolte. “Haywood County Schools has gone from average to consistently and persistently high performing over the last decade. Riverbend’s second National Blue Ribbon recognition is the latest indication of our overall academic and extra-curricular success.”

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