Feb 9, 2010 12:11 PM
Two Pueblo elementary schools have been honored by the U.S. Department of Education as Blue Ribbon Schools under the No Child Left Behind law. Across the country 314 schools achieved that status, out of more than 120,000 schools in the United States.
Haaff and Morton Elementary Schools in the Pueblo City Schools (District 60), received the award, bringing to five the number of Blue Ribbon Schools from the Pueblo district since 2003. That's the largest number for any district in Colorado.
According to the U.S. Department of Education, the purpose is: ‘The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels. In addition to being honored at a ceremony in Washington, DC, where each school receives a plaque and flag signifying their status, these schools serve as models for other schools throughout the nation.'
Of the schools submitted by each state, at least one-third must have 40 percent of the students from disadvantaged backgrounds. The program allows both elementary and secondary schools to be recognized in the same year.
Two people from each school, the principal and a teacher, are invited to a ceremony in Washington, DC, on Nov. 2 - 3 where each school will receive a plaque and a flag signifying its Blue Ribbon status.
Both Haaff and Morton applications for the Blue Ribbon Schools award are attached and contain information regarding accomplishments of the schools for consideration for the recognition.