Superintendent Megan Degenfelder and the Wyoming Department of Education congratulate two Wyoming schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. Sagewood Elementary in Casper, and Southside Elementary in Powell were identified among the 353 schools honored. Both schools were recognized in the Exemplary High Performing Schools category. View the complete list here.
“I am extremely honored to be part of the outstanding community of Sagewood Elementary,” says Principal Anna Lavin. “I am humbled and grateful for this recognition of the incredible achievements of our students and staff. I am amazed by the commitment the staff, students, and parents show each day to each other and our school. This recognition is a great celebration of the work my staff and students do daily.”
The National Blue Ribbon School award recognizes schools for their academic excellence and for closing achievement gaps between students. It affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for, and attaining, exemplary achievement. Around two dozen Wyoming schools have earned the honor in the last decade, some of them multiple times.
“We are humbled to receive the 2023 National Blue Ribbon School award. This award is proof of what our hard-working community of adults at Southside Elementary School do on an everyday basis, to ensure high levels of learning and growth for every student,” says Principal Scott Schiller. “When you combine that hard work with our students’ love for their school and teachers, and then add in the amazing support we receive from our Southside families and the community of Powell, we have an awesome recipe for student success!”
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. Nominations for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award come from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by the Council for American Private Education.
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Linda Finnerty, Communications Director