Muldrow Middle School has been named a 2020 recipient of the National Blue Ribbon Schools award, which recognizes schools on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Muldrow Middle School is one of 367 schools in the nation, and six Oklahoma schools, that received the honor in 2020, Superintendent Ron Flanagan said Monday.
Flanagan noted that the school’s award was made possible because of the staff and teachers who have joined forces to make sure the school year goes off without a hitch.
The school received a commendation letter Sept. 24 from U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, which reads “Congratulations on your recognition as a 2020 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School.” DeVos’ statement added that “the U.S. Department of Education acknowledges students’ success as an inspiring example of how teachers, parents and community leaders can work together to help students prepare for what comes next.”
“Congratulations on your recognition as a 2020 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School! The U.S. Department of Education acknowledges your students’ success as an inspiring example of how teachers, parents, and community leaders can work together to help students prepare for what comes next,” DeVos’ letter continued.
DeVos praised the school’s administration, teachers and staff, saying, “Our country needs more dedicated educators like you. It is my hope that you will become a beacon for other educators, working with them, and sharing the practices that make your students so deserving of this national recognition.”
DeVos’ letter also said, “A world-class education must be available to every young person if our nation is to meet the challenges of the future—and of right now. Great school leaders pivoted and kept learning going for their students as health realities disrupted everything.”
Because of state and local restrictions on in-person gatherings to quell the spread of the coronavirus, the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony will not be held in person as previously planned. There will be a virtual recognition ceremony Nov. 12-13 to celebrate the Muldrow Middle School’s success.
The list of all 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools is also available on the U. S. Department of Education’s website, https://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools and National Blue Ribbon Schools website at https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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