MacArthur Elementary is named a Blue Ribbon school
By Kitty Conley firstname.lastname@example.org September 11, 2012 3:08PM
Students at MacArthur Elementary School stand outside their school and release balloons after they were designated a National Blue Ribbon school. | Photo Provided~Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 11, 2012 3:08PM
CEDAR LAKE — Marian Buchko, principal of MacArthur Elementary School, was very excited and proud to announce that the school has been awarded the highest honor an American school can achieve — the designation as a National Blue Ribbon School.
What excitement for the entire team of teachers and support staff, students and parents.
“I am blessed to have an amazing team,” Buchko said. “I have been here for 17 years. Getting a state 4-Star was our ultimate goal, and then when this happened. Wow!”
MacArthur is among eight schools in the state, and one of two from Northwest Indiana, to earn the designation this year. Northview Elementary School in Valparaiso is the other area school.
The U.S. Department of Education website describes the program with great honor. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. The program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals.
Using standards of excellence evidenced by student achievement measures and the characteristics known from research to exemplify school quality, the department celebrates outstanding schools from states across the country.
For many schools, attaining the National Blue Ribbon School award and recognition is a realization of a long-held dream.
As with last year, when Eisenhower Elementary School became the first of Crown Point Community School Corporation to get the Blue Ribbon, MacArthur has set the challenge to all the other schools in the corporation.
“That is just a wonderful accomplishment by the staff and students at MacArthur. It just goes to show what teamwork will do when everyone has the same goal in mind,” said School Board president Scott Angel.
MacArthur along with all the 2012 awarding winning schools in the country is honored at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 12 and 13. Each Blue Ribbon school receives a plaque and flag to signify its National Blue Ribbon School status. The celebration at home will take place at 2 p.m. Nov. 16, said Buchko.