Roberts Elementary Students Earn Coveted Blue Ribbon DistinctionToday

           Children with hands in the air reaching for blue confetti dropping from ceiling 
 
In a school-wide assembly today, students and staff at Don Roberts Elementary School
learned that they had been designated as an Exemplary High Performing School for 2017 by
U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos - earning a National Blue Ribbon distinction. Roberts is one of 342 schools in the nation and one of 3 schools from Arkansas to be recognized in 2017.
 
The "National Blue Ribbon Schools" program recognizes schools in two areas of performance:  "Exemplary High Performing" - recognized among their state's highest performing schools, measured by state assessments for nationally-normed tests; and "Exemplary Improving" - at least 40% of the schools' disadvantaged students demonstrate the most progress in improving achievement levels, measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Top education officials from each state nominate schools for this distinction.  This coveted recognition has been bestowed on nearly 9,000 of the nation's schools since the program's inception 30-years ago.  

 

Representatives from Roberts will travel to Washington DC to be recognized during an awards ceremony in early November.  Ceremonial events and activities begin the afternoon of Monday, November 6 and culminate in the awards lunch and presentation on Tuesday, November 7.

   
Decked in blue clothing, students were only told that they would be participating in a special assembly today.  The surprise video announcement by Secretary DeVos left them roaring with excitement.  Following the announcement, students were treated to "blue" snow cones.   
 
Roberts joins Forest Park Elementary as the second elementary school in the district to be awarded National Blue Ribbon status.  Congratulations to the students, staff, administration, and families at Don Roberts Elementary.