|Wednesdays on Beartooth News at Six Weekly look at individuals, groups and organizations going "above and beyond" to better the community|
Class Act: Blue Ribbon Schools Award
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Denise Juneau nominated three schools for the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award. In this week's Class Act, we talk to a principal of one of the nominee's, Montana City Elementary School.
Montana City School's Kindergarten through 3rd grade Principal, Steve Connole, says their motto is educational excellence above the line of design.
“That's conveyed throughout our entire school and really we work toward making sure that we meet that standard all the time and we expect that of our kids and our kids know that the bar is set high and they really work hard to achieve those high goals,” says Connole.
The school is one of three nominees in the category of "Exemplary High Performing School" for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.
“This year, what's really exciting about all of our nominees is they are in the high performing category and so that means on our state tests, they are among the top tier of the schools that are performing in reading and math,” says Juneau.
“To be nominated is a big honor. It really reflects all the hard work that our staff and our kids and our parents have done in creating this culture where we really value educational excellence and we're working towards each child meeting their individual potential,” says Connole.
“At the end of the day, what it's really about is making sure students are provided a quality education and theses three schools that we've nominated just epitomize that sort of process,” says Juneau.
Setting a great example for schools across the state makes Montana City Elementary School a Class Act.
A Blue Ribbon School will be selected from each state in September.
Story by Kristin Price, Beartooth NBC.
Sponsored by Sylvan Learning Center of Helena.
Copyright ©2012 Beartooth Communications Company. All Rights Reserved.