For Immediate Release:
Sept. 7, 2012
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Arlington Traditional School Named 2012 Blue Ribbon School
ATS one of 269 Schools Nationwide to Receive the Honor
Arlington Traditional School was named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education based on its overall academic excellence.
ATS is one of only 269 schools nationwide and one of seven elementary schools in Virginia to receive this prestigious honor. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan presented the award to Principal Holly Hawthorne at a school-wide assembly this morning. Also in attendance to celebrate the award were Congressman Jim Moran, School Board Vice Chair Sally Baird and School Board member Abby Raphael, County Board member Libby Garvey, State Senator Barbara Favola, Delegate Patrick Hope and State Board of Education President and former Arlington School Board member Dave Foster.
“This is a tremendous honor for us. Great schools don’t happen by chance, they happen by design,” said Hawthorne. “We know the quality of the education at ATS is the result of the efforts of our talented and dedicated teachers, our hard-working and focused students, and our involved and caring parents. The strong partnerships ATS has forged with families and the community help foster each child’s whole development. Students leave ATS with the skills and attitudes of lifelong learners, prepared to become caring and contributing citizens.”
This is the second time in eight years that ATS has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School.
“I want to congratulate the entire ATS community on receiving this prestigious honor,” said Superintendent Dr. Pat Murphy. “This recognition rewards the time that teachers spend each day making sure that their students have the tools to help them succeed in the classroom. It recognizes the time that students put into learning as well as the time that parents spend supporting their child’s education. The staff at ATS is to be recognized for building a strong foundation for its students to learn and grow.”
Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has honored America's most successful public and private elementary, middle, and high schools. The National Blue Ribbon Schools award honors schools where students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ levels of achievement. The award acknowledges and validates the hard work of students, staff members, families, and communities in reaching high levels of student achievement.
The US Department of Education will honor all of the nation’s 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools during a conference and awards ceremony November 12-13 in Washington, D.C. A list of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools and more information on the Blue Ribbon award is available at www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools