Schools Celebrate Their Blue Ribbon Awards With Song, Dance
- November 26, 2008
Two schools in the East Baton Rouge Parish School System (EBRPSS), out of only six in the state, won national Blue Ribbon Schools awards this year. And their official celebrations got underway Thursday, November 20, with singing, dancing and much more.
Representatives from the US Department of Education were in Baton Rouge to recognize Forest Heights and Westdale Heights elementary schools for their accomplishments as 2008 Blue Ribbon Schools. In the past 23 years, only 11 area schools have been named a Blue Ribbon School, and seven of those were from the EBRPSS.
Special guests and speakers at both school ceremonies included: Tracy D. Young, deputy regional representative for US Department of Education Secretary Margaret Spellings; Patrice A. Saucier, division director of the Professional Development Office of Louisiana State Superintendent of Education; Charlotte D. Placide, superintendent of EBRPSS; and Jerry Arbour, president of the EBRPSS School Board.
In addition, Louisiana First Lady Supriya Jindal (first photo with Principal Myra Varmall) and Board member Vereta Lee spoke at Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School’s ceremony, which included performances by the school’s Dance Ensemble, Honor Band and Choir and by the Glen Oaks High School Band. Each student also released a blue balloon into the sky at the end of the celebration (second photo).
The Westdale Heights Academic Magnet School’s ceremony (third photo with Principal Cheryl Singer and Superintendent Placide in back, at right) featured a special performance by teacher Joy Hammatt's kindergarten class and the WHAM Whiz Kids.
Principal Brister in Washington, D.C., to Accept McKinley Middle School’s Second Blue Ribbon Award
On Tuesday, November 13, 2012, Principal Herman Brister (pictured, left) and the school’s Teacher of the Year, Lynn Williamson (right), were in Washington, D.C., accepting McKinley Middle Academic Magnet School’s National Blue Ribbon Award from U.S. Department of Education’s Director of National Blue Ribbon Schools Program Aba Kumi (center). The event, which recognized some 314 schools from across the United States, was held at the Omni Hotel. Click herefor story.
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