Friday, February 7, 2014

Blue Ribbon

Whether it’s a pie contest at the 4-H fair, a spelling bee or a select commission of experts to study public policy, a blue ribbon signifies top performance and excellence. Blue ribbons are awarded sparingly to only the very best.

I was delighted to learn that Roosevelt Elementary School has been nominated by Wisconsin to join “the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.” Roosevelt is one of only eight schools in Wisconsin to be nominated.

Roosevelt is no stranger to blue ribbons. It is a Wisconsin School of Recognition, a PBIS School of Distinction and an Asian Society Confucius Classroom, one of the top 100 Chinese classrooms in the nation.

I am pleased to share with you portions of a letter to Roosevelt Principal Deanne Edlefsen from Aba Kumi, the director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program in the U.S. Department of Education.

January 31, 2014
Deanne Edlefsen
Roosevelt Elementary School
316 S Ringold St
Janesville, WI 53545-4198

Dear Principal Edlefsen:

Congratulations! Roosevelt Elementary School has been nominated by Wisconsin to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are public and private elementary, middle, and high schools that are producing outstanding results for all students. They have demonstrated consistent excellence, and made progress in closing gaps in student achievement. The National Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program is part of a larger U. S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices. 
Again, my sincere congratulations on your nomination! Thank you for demonstrating commitment to educational excellence for all children.

 Aba Kumi
National Blue Ribbon Schools Program
Office of Communications and Outreach 
U.S. Department of Education

I am confident Roosevelt will join Kennedy Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon School. Kennedy received the honor in 2011. The 2013 elections will be announced later this year.

I hope you will join me in congratulating Deanne and the entire staff at Roosevelt for their outstanding effort and this deserved recognition. At the same time, let’s recognize that Roosevelt’s nomination represents another step in our district-wide Journey Toward Academic Excellence. We should all share in celebrating Roosevelt’s success. It’s another example of the hard work we all engage in to fulfill our mission of “Serving our community by educating every child.”

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