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Smithsburg honored for blue ribbon

January 17, 2001

Smithsburg honored for blue ribbon

photo: RICHARD T. MEAGHER / staff photographer


Blue Ribbon awardSmithsburg Elementary School was recognized Tuesday for being named a 2001 Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.

During a reception at the School Board's Central Office, Washington County Schools Superintendent Herman Bartlett Jr. told Smithsburg Principal Ronald Ingram and teachers that he was proud of their accomplishment.

To be named a Blue Ribbon School is considered by educators to be the highest level of achievement a school can reach on the state level.

Ingram praised his staff and past teachers and administrators for their efforts in achieving the award.

"They're not hard to lead. In many ways they lead me," he said.

Hancock Middle-Senior High School, Salem Avenue Elementary School and Clear Spring High School have been named Blue Ribbon schools in the past.

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Bartlett said receiving a Blue Ribbon "was validation for what we do." He paid tribute to the school's teamwork and dedication.

To qualify, schools must demonstrate high achievement in student performance measured by assessments and other data-based areas, student-focused instruction, school organization, challenging standards and curriculum, active teaching and learning, parent and community involvement, professional development opportunities and leadership and decision-making.

School Board member Paul Bailey suggested he should receive partial credit for Smithsburg's Blue Ribbon designation.

"I signed the application," he joked.

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