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Stapleton Elementary Chosen as a Blue Ribbon School

Stapleton Elementary Schools was nominated by Dr. Matthew L. Blomstedt, Commissioner of Education, to join the esteemed community of National Blue Ribbon Schools on Jan. 20, 2016, as an exemplary high performing school.  Exemplary high performing schools are among their state's highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests in reading or English language arts and mathematics.  The school must be in the top 15% of all schools in the state.  The U.S. Secretary of Education then invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Since its inception in 1982 the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized more than 7,000 Great American Schools.  Stapleton Elementary School was one of the four outstanding schools nominated from Nebraska.

Secretary King announced the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools on Wednesday, September 28th at 1:00 EST.  As a newly recognized school we have been invited to gather for a ceremony in Washington D.C.  We will receive a plaque and a Blue Ribbon Flag.  I have included a summary of our application process below.

Stapleton Elementary School, located in the Sandhills of Nebraska, is a great place to learn and achieve.  However, six years ago our school was labeled as a persistently lowest achieving school, ranking in the bottom ten percent of schools in Nebraska.  This is not a place where we wanted to stay.

To overcome these challenges, learning time was increased through additional minutes and days.  Summer school was added.  A center for school transformation provided professional development for all instructors and administrators for three years.  They assisted the staff in designing: an instructor evaluation system based on the Charlotte Danielson model, designing positive behavior and RTI (Response to Intervention) systems, forming data collection teams and implementing parent nights. Identifying essential standards, building formative and benchmark assessments, developing a standards-based curriculum and report card were especially valuable in attaining academic achievement.  A dedicated staff showed great perseverance by putting in countless hours, meeting as a PLC, (Professional Learning Committee) to rebuild the integrity of the school.  

Stapleton Elementary School is currently in the third year of operating independently.  The climate in our school has changed dramatically through this process. Collaboration, commitment, engagement, excellence and accountability guide our school.  We have maintained both instructional strategies and our academic success.  In fact, we continue to grow.   Our academic scores now rank us in the top ten percent of the state rather than the bottom ten percent. We intensely celebrate this milestone.

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Stapleton Public Schools702 6th StreetPO Box 128Stapleton, NE  69163

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