For Immediate Release: September 20, 2005
Contact: Jesse Jacobs, Andrew Burkowske
SARBANES AND MIKULSKI ANNOUNCE SELECTION OF SIX MARYLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS AS BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL AWARD WINNERS FROM U.S. DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Senators Paul S. Sarbanes (D-MD) and Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) today announced that six elementary schools across the State of Maryland have been named Blue Ribbon School Award winners from the United States Department of Education. The six Maryland schools are 6 of only 295 elementary schools nationwide to receive this prestigious school designation for public and private schools. All the schools nominated by the State of Maryland were selected by the Department of Education as Blue Ribbon School Award winners.
The six winning elementary schools are:
• Folger McKinsey Elementary School in
Severna Park, Anne Arundel County
• Sparks Elementary School in Baltimore County
• Clarksville Elementary School in Howard County
• Rock Hall Elementary School in Kent County
• Viers Mills Elementary School in Silver Spring in
• Showell Elementary School in Berlin in
Sarbanes, who was calling each of the winning elementary school principals today to tell them the great news, said “this designation is a ringing endorsement of the efforts underway in these schools to provide an opportunity for these students to succeed and achieve. Over the past few years, I have made a commitment to try and visit each of the Blue Ribbon Schools and have always been delighted to see first hand the interaction of parents, teachers, and the community in the success of the school.”
"Education must focus on the basics -- tough academic standards, safe and drug-free schools, and the latest in math and science technology," said Senator Mikulski. "Those are the key ingredients for educational excellence -- and the schools in Maryland that have won the Blue Ribbon School Award all have mastered these ingredients. They provide an opportunity structure for all children and equal opportunity for all children."
According to the Department of Education, Blue Ribbon Schools have been judged to be particularly effective in meeting local, state and national goals. These schools also display the qualities of excellence that are necessary to prepare our young people for the challenges of the next century. Blue Ribbon status is awarded to schools which have strong leadership; a clear vision and sense of mission that is shared by all connected with the school; high quality teaching; challenging, up-to-date curriculum; policies and practices that ensure a safe environment conducive to learning; a solid commitment to parental involvement; and evidence that the school helps all students to achieve high standards.
After a screening process by each State Department of Education, the Department of Defense Dependent Schools, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Council for American Private Education, the Blue Ribbon School nominations were forwarded to the U.S. Department of Education. A panel of outstanding educators and other professionals then reviewed the nominations, selected schools for site visits, and made recommendations to the Secretary of Education.
Sarbanes and Mikulski announce 2005 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award Winners Press Release
SIX MARYLAND SCHOOLS NAMED NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOLS