Cum­ber­land’s Com­mu­nity School dubbed ‘blue rib­bon’

Pawtucket Times - - FRONT PAGE - By JOSEPH B. NADEAU jnadeau@woonsock­et­

CUM­BER­LAND – A lo­cal el­e­men­tary school has been se­lected to re­ceive a na­tional ed­u­ca­tion award based on its stu­dent progress and suc­cess in clos­ing gaps be­tween stu­dent sub­groups.

Com­mu­nity El­e­men­tary School at 15 Arnold Mills Road was named by U.S. Sec­re­tary of Ed­u­ca­tion Betsy DeVos as a Na­tional Blue Rib­bon School along with Clas­si­cal High School in Prov­i­dence and Fish­ing Cove El­e­men­tary School in North Kingstown as Rhode Is­land’s schools in the na­tional recog­ni­tion pro­gram.

“Na­tional Blue Rib­bon Schools are ac­tive demon­stra­tions of pre­par­ing every child for a bright fu­ture,” DeVos said in a state­ment an­nounc­ing the se­lected schools.

“You are vi­sion­ar­ies, in­no­va­tors and lead­ers. You have much to teach us: some of you per­son­al­ize stu­dent learn­ing, oth­ers en­gage par­ents and com­mu­ni­ties in the work and life of your lo­cal schools and still oth­ers de­velop strong and for­ward-think­ing lead­ers from your teach­ing staff,” DeVos said.

The Na­tional Blue Rib­bon Schools Pro­gram hon­ors pub­lic and pri­vate el­e­men­tary, mid­dle and high schools where stu­dents achieve very high learn­ing stan­dards or are mak­ing no­table im­prove­ments in clos­ing the achieve­ment gap, the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion noted.

The awards rec­og­nized the hard work of ed­u­ca­tors, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties in cre­at­ing safe and wel­com­ing schools where stu­dents master chal­lenges and en­gag­ing con­tent.

The pro­gram, now in its 35 year, has rec­og­nized more than 8,500 schools over the years. The lat­est hon­orees will be cel­e­brated at an awards cer­e­mony at­tended by DeVos in Wash­ing­ton on Nov. 7 and 8.

The schools hon­ored were se­lected for their suc­cess in one of two per­for­mance cat­e­gories that were based on all stu­dent scores, sub­group stu­dent scores and grad­u­a­tion rates.

Those named as Ex­em­plary High Per­form­ing Schools are among a state’s high­est per­form­ing school as mea­sured by state as­sess­ments or na­tional normed test­ing, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion.

The schools hon­ored as Ex­em­plary Achieve­ment Gap Clos­ing Schools, such as Com­mu­nity, are ranked among a state’s high­est per­form­ing schools in clos­ing achieve­ment gaps be­tween a school’s sub­groups and all stu­dents over the past five years.

Up to 420 schools may be nom­i­nated to the pro­gram each year with the Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion in­vites the top ed­u­ca­tion of­fi­cial in each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Vir­gin Is­lands, Depart­ment of De­fense Ed­u­ca­tion, and the Bureau of In­dian Ed­u­ca­tion to nom­i­nate schools. The Coun­cil of Amer­i­can Pri­vate Ed­u­ca­tion nom­i­nates pri­vate schools to the pro­gram.

Cum­ber­land Mayor Wil­liam Mur­ray said on Thurs­day that he hasn’t yet re­ceived a for­mal com­mu­ni­ca­tion about Com­mu­nity El­e­men­tary School’s award but added he was not sur­prised by it given the school’s suc­cess in meet­ing the needs of its stu­dents.

“I have two grand­chil­dren who go there and I know it is a very good school and that it is al­ways ex­tremely high rated on per­for­mance test­ing,” he said.

Like the town’s four other el­e­men­tary schools, Cum­ber­land Hill, Ash­ton, B.F. Nor­ton and Garvin, Com­mu­nity does a good job meet­ing the spe­cific needs of the stu­dents that come through its doors, ac­cord­ing to Mur­ray.

“From what I can see, we have been for­tu­nate over the years in hav­ing strong prin­ci­pals run­ning th­ese schools,” he said. “Each one is dif­fer­ent, and have stu­dents with dif­fer­ent needs, but they are all well run and that is good for our school sys­tem,” he said.

In ad­di­tion to strong ad­min­is­tra­tive lead­er­ship, Mur­ray said the schools also have “very good teach­ers who are ded­i­cated to all of th­ese stu­dents and do a won­der­ful job.”

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