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Shiloh Elementary, Weddington Middle named National Blue Ribbon Schools

UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis announces to the teachers at Weddington Middle School that they have been named as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. (Below) Ellis notifies staff and teachers at Shiloh Elementary that for the second time in the school's history, it has been named a National Blue Ribbon School. (They were also named in 1999.)

Two Union County Public Schools have been named National Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the national winners saying, "Excellence in education matters and we should honor the schools that are leading the way to prepare students for success in college and careers. National Blue Ribbon Schools represent examples of educational excellence, and their work reflects the belief that every child in America deserves a world-class education." 

The teachers and staff at Shiloh Elementary and Weddington Middle Schools were informed about the awards recently during a visit by UCPS Superintendent Dr. Mary Ellis.

“My hat is off to you guys,” Ellis said to the Weddington Middle School teachers and staff. “You have autographed your work with excellence since the school was opened.”

“I salute you and I applaud you,” Ellis said at Shiloh Elementary. “This is the pinnacle of a career. Congratulations.”

There were six schools in North Carolina that won this award. Three were early colleges, two were elementary schools and one was a middle school. Two of the six are UCPS schools.

There was only one middle school in North Carolina to be recognized. “We are proud to have been named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School,” said Weddington Middle School Principal Steve Wray. “This level of achievement can be attributed to the dedication of our teachers, staff and students, as well as the support of our community.”
This is the second time Shiloh Elementary has won this award, having also won it in 1999.

“This one is for the entire Shiloh community,” said Shiloh Elementary Principal Scott Spencer. “The Blue Ribbon Award was won by the hard work, daily dedication, and high expectations of the entire Shiloh staff. Likewise, the on-going support from our Shiloh families, as well as the efforts of our awesome students, helped us to win this for a second time. I am so proud of this school, and I feel so fortunate to be a part of this second Blue Ribbon team at Shiloh.”

The U.S. Department of Education recognized 286 schools (236 public and 50 private schools) across the nation as the 2013 cohort of National Blue Ribbon Schools, based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in improving student academic achievement.

The program recognizes schools in one of two performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of their students from disadvantaged backgrounds, demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests.

A list of all of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at the US Department of Education's web site. 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator
Posted: Oct 15, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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