Journal-Times (Grayson, KY)

September 25, 2013

Star Elementary earns national honor

By Joe Lewis - Staff Writer

Sept. 25, 2013 —

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Star Elementary School as a National Blue Ribbon School in a press conference Tuesday.

Star is among only five schools to be honored in Kentucky.

To be eligible for the award, a school’s students must place in the top 15 percent in the state on both reading and mathematics assessments.

Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers,” said Duncan.

National Blue Ribbon schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in American deserves a world-class education.”

We are very proud of the faculty, staff, administration, students and parents at Star Elementary,” said Supt. Ronnie Dotson. “Since 2003, the designation of Blue Ribbon School has only been given to 45 schools in the state of Kentucky.

He continued:

This award recognizes the commitment that Star has for every student at the school. We are delighted to celebrate this outstanding accomplishment with them.”

Star Principal Charles Baker expressed deep pride and appreciation of his faculty and staff upon learning the news.

It’s a tremendous honor to be recognized nationally for all the hard work that everyone in this school does on a daily basis,” said Baker.

He added:

You can have all the strategies in the world, but if you don’t connect with these children, it just doesn’t work. That’s what we try to do here at Star. We want each and every child to know that we believe in them.”

Representatives from each of Kentucky’s five Blue Ribbon schools will join winners from other states at a recognition ceremony in on Nov. 18 and19 in Washington.


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