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Lee Elementary School Named a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School

Post Date:10/03/2018

Lee Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2018 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Secretary DeVos recognized 349 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“Lee Elementary School is a great place to learn and grow,” states Principal Mindy Sanders. “Our staff, students, families, and community have worked together to create a unique learning environment right here in the heart of the Flint Hills.  We feel very grateful to have received this honor and are thankful for the 66 years of support from our dedicated Lee Longhorns.  We would like to extend a special thank-you to our distinguished alumni, both staff and students, that have helped to make this award possible.”

“USD 383 takes great pride in the success and recognition of our students, staff and schools,” states Superintendent Dr. Marvin Wade. “We are extremely proud that Lee Elementary was announced as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School.  Congratulations to Principal Mindy Sanders and all the other educators and families for this well-deserved recognition of Lee Elementary as a safe and supportive environment where students succeed at high levels on a regular basis.” 

“I'm pleased to celebrate with you as your school is named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees.  “We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives. Congratulations on your students' accomplishments and for your extraordinary commitment to meeting their unique needs.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. 

Now in its 36th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7-8, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 300 public and 49 private school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

All schools are honored in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students over the past five years.
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