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Middletown Middle School earns national honors

May 20, 1998

MIDDLETOWN, Md. - Middletown Middle School was recently named one of the top schools in the United States.

School administrators and staff learned Monday from Sen. Paul Sarbanes, D-Md., that their school was named a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

The honor is awarded for distinction in effective schooling characteristics such as student focus and support, school organization and culture, challenging standards, and parent and community involvement. The Blue Ribbon program encourages outstanding schools to share information about the practices that make them successful.

In March, a delegation from Middletown Middle was honored, along with representatives from 11 other Maryland schools, as a Maryland Blue Ribbon School. That award made the school eligible for the national competition, judged by a panel of 100 educators from across the United States. As a national winner, Middletown Middle will be honored in special ceremonies at the White House.

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Last year, the State Board of Education presented the school a cash award of $32,848 in recognition of two consecutive years of statistically significant gains in the Maryland School Performance Assessment Program.

Other schools in the Frederick County public school system that have been in the ranks of National Blue Ribbon winners include Frederick, Governor Thomas Johnson, Linganore and Middletown high schools, and Middletown and Yellow Springs elementary schools.

Catoctin and Walkersville high schools and Green Valley Elementary have been Maryland award recipients, and Brunswick High School earned honorable mention at the state level.

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