Big cel­e­bra­tion at St. Joe’s

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Gin­ger Rae Dun­bar gdun­bar@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @GingerDun­bar on Twit­ter

Stu­dents at St. Joseph’s School in Down­ing­town cel­e­brate after the school earned the Blue Rib­bon honor.

DOWN­ING­TOWN » A day after learn­ing that their school was named a Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School, stu­dents and school of­fi­cials held a cel­e­bra­tion.

St. Joseph’s School of Down­ing­town, St. Max­i­m­il­ian Kolbe in West Ch­ester, West Ch­ester East High School and SS. Si­mon and Jude Parish in West Ch­ester, were was named a 2017 Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School of Ex­cel­lence and rec­og­nized by U.S. Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos. The four Ch­ester County schools are among the 342 schools na­tion­wide to earn the dis­tinc­tion. Of those, only 50 non­pub­lic schools re­ceived this honor.

“Na­tional Blue Rib­bon Schools are ac­tive demon­stra­tions of pre­par­ing ev­ery child for a bright fu­ture,” DeVos said.

St. Joseph’s School in Down­ing­town re­ceived the Na­tion Blue Rib­bon award for its first time. The fifth through eighth grade stu­dents watched a video an­nounc­ing the news that in­cluded pho­tographs of stu­dents at each of the schools that re­ceived a blue rib­bon honor. They cheered when their school pho­to­graph ap­peared.

“They got so ex­cited when I said it out loud,” Sis­ter Cather­ine Irene Masino, IHM Prin­ci­pal of St. Joseph School said with a smile.

The Catholic school stu­dents of­fi­cially cel­e­brated the news on Fri­day dur­ing a pep rally. Masino said the Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School award af­firms the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion of St. Joseph School’s teach­ers and staff, as well as the com­mit­ment by stu­dents to their ed­u­ca­tion.

“This great honor val­i­dates the solid teach­ing and learn­ing that oc­curs daily at St. Joseph School,” Masino said, “and serves as a tes­ta­ment to the sup­port of the parish and school com­mu­nity to make St. Joseph School an in­no­va­tive, safe and wel­com­ing learn­ing en­vi­ron­ment.”

All schools are hon­ored in one of two per­for­mance cat­e­gories, based on all stu­dent scores, sub­group stu­dent scores and grad­u­a­tion rates:

· Ex­em­plary High Per­form­ing Schools are among their state’s high­est per­form­ing schools as mea­sured by state as­sess­ments or na­tion­ally normed tests.

· Ex­em­plary Achieve­ment Gap Clos­ing Schools are among their state’s high­est per­form­ing schools in clos­ing achieve­ment gaps be­tween a school’s sub­groups and all stu­dents over the past five years.

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St. Joseph’s School stu­dents and staff cel­e­brated on Fri­day after the school in Down­ing­town re­ceived the Na­tional Blue Rib­bon honor from the US De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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St. Joseph’s School stu­dents and staff cel­e­brated on Fri­day after the school in Down­ing­town re­ceived the Na­tional Blue Rib­bon honor from the US De­part­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

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