West Side Education News & Notes
Elms Elementary recognized as national Blue Ribbon School
WEST AKRON — Our Lady of the Elms Elementary School has been awarded the 2012 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement Sept. 7.
According to school officials, only 50 private schools in the nation are eligible to receive the award each year. Elms Elementary is receiving the award for exemplary high performance on nationally normed tests for the past five years, as well as high standards in the core curricular areas, according to school officials.
“This award is a testament to the exemplary teaching of our faculty and the dedicated efforts of our students to exceed expectations and reach their highest potential,” said Principal Marie Reichart. “I am proud that we have achieved our goal of becoming a Blue Ribbon school.”
The U.S. Department of Education will honor about 220 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 in Washington, D.C.
“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”
To select National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department of Education requests nominations from the top education official in every state, as well as the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools.
Juvenile court seeking students for advisory board
SUMMIT COUNTY — Summit County Juvenile Court Judge Linda Tucci Teodosio has announced the court will seek applicants from local high schools to serve on its High School Advisory Board.
The students should have a strong grasp of issues germane to their school and their community, as well as issues that confront today’s young adults. Members will hold discussions with court staff to get their input on matters concerning the court and its programming.
The court is contacting high school administrators, but nominations are open through September. A form can be found at www.co.summit.oh.us/juve nilecourt/index under “Forms.”
Mail all nominations to Don Ursetti, 650 Dan St., Akron, OH 44310-3989.
Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.
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