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Two W.Va. Schools Receive 2014 Blue Ribbon Honor

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September 30, 2014

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Two West Virginia schools have been recognized as among America's best. C. W. Shipley Elementary School in Jefferson County and Woodsdale Elementary School in Ohio County are two of only 337 schools from 47 states, U.S. Virgin Islands and Department of Defense Education Activity schools in Germany and Japan to be named by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

"The National Blue Ribbon recognition is a great honor not only for the chosen schools but also for our entire state," said West Virginia Superintendent of Schools Michael Martirano. "The award exemplifies the fact that every school and every student has the potential to succeed. The hard work, dedication and commitment of teachers, parents and students to advance teaching and learning can serve as a model for others as we move forward on our journey to improve the state's graduation, attendance and dropout rates."

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.

"These great schools are fulfilling the promise of American education — that all students, no matter their name or zip code, can flourish when schools provide safe, creative and challenging learning environments," Secretary Duncan said. "National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts. We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student."

The U.S. Department of Education will honor 287 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 10-11 in Washington, D.C. Approximately 7,900 public and private elementary, middle and high schools have been honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools since the program's inception in 1982.

For more information, contact Liza Cordeiro in the West Virginia Department of Education Communication Office at (304) 558-2699.

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