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McNair Elementary School Celebrates Earning Blue Ribbon School Status

There was singing, smiles, and joy at Ronald McNair Elementary School on Wednesday afternoon as Maryland state education dignitaries and Montgomery County schools officials gathered to celebrate the awarding of Maryland Blue Ribbon status on the Germantown school.

In December, the school was named one of six Blue Ribbon school in the State of Maryland for the 2016-2017 school year. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes and honors schools that exhibit high performance or significant improvement in reading and mathematics achievement as measured by Maryland assessments. Schools must meet other rigorous standards developed by Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, including school leadership, professional development, and instructional approaches based on school-age population.

Yesterday’s celebration included visits from Dr. Karen Salmon, State Superintendent of Schools, as well as Dr. Jack Smith, Superintendent of Montgomery County Public Schools; Michael Durso, President other Montgomery County Board of Education; Del. David Hidalgo-Fraser (District 15); Dr. Darla Strouse, Director, Blue Ribbon Schools; and Gregory Edmundson, the Elementary Director of School Support and Improvement with MCPS, and of course Principal Sherilyn Moses, who came back to the school for celebration for the first time since leaving for maternity leave.

The celebration which was held in the gymnasium included the entire school, students, staff, and parent volunteers included a performance from the Fourth Grade chorus and remarks from the visiting dignitaries.

“You deserve a tremendous amount of congratulations,” Dr. Smith told the McNair students. “Another group of people that deserve a tremendous amount of congratulations for earning this recognition is the staff members here at McNair ES. Without them, you would not have the understanding and knowledge that you need.”