Two PSD schools recognized by U.S. Department of Education for exemplary performance
The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday Zach and Tavelli elementary schools were being recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools for 2018.
This prestigious award honors educators and school communities for creating positive environments where students can master engaging and challenging content. Nationwide, just 300 public schools and 49 private schools were recognized. Blue Ribbon award winners are honored in one of two performance categories based on data including student test scores.
Zach Elementary School was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School, an honor reserved for schools that are among their state’s highest performing schools according to state assessments and nationally normed tests.
“Zach Elementary School continues to be a model of excellence,” PSD Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools Todd Lambert said. “The students achieve and grow at the highest levels because of the talented staff and the strong commitment to education from Zach learning community. This honor is well-deserved and a testament to their hard work and dedication.”
Tavelli Elementary School was also honored for student achievement.
“It is no surprise that Tavelli has received this honor,” Lambert said. “The school administration and staff have worked tirelessly to empower the students in the school to take control of their learning and chase their passions. The Colorado Department of Education has recognized Tavelli for their achievement. Now it’s time to take that to the national level.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program is now in its 36th year. On Nov. 7-8, the Secretary of Education and Department of Education will celebrate with the honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.