Newton Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

Newton Elementary was among 5 Alabama schools named Blue Ribbon Schools
Published: Sep. 16, 2022 at 2:46 PM CDT
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NEWTON, Ala. (WTVY) - Newton Elementary School in Newton, Alabama is among five schools in the state to be named 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

This honorable recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps.

Former principal of Newton Elementary Patrick Reed said, “Education, it takes time to see results. It’s not something that’s instant gratification and it’s great to see the smiles on the kids’ faces, the excitement from the staff. Teachers are underappreciated in a lot of places and they feel validated today.”

The other Alabama schools named were:

  • Walter Jackson Elementary School in Decatur
  • Elberta Elementary School in Elberta
  • Moody Elementary School in Moody
  • Piedmont Elementary School in Piedmont

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona made this announcement during his Road to Success Back to School bus tour.

“I applaud all the honorees for the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams,” said Secretary Cardona. “As our country continues to recover from the pandemic, we know that our future will only be as strong as the education we provide to all of our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have gone above and beyond to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. These schools show what is possible to make an enduring, positive difference in students’ lives.”

The National Blue Ribbon School award validates and praises the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities that strive for and achieve exemplary academics.

These schools serve as models for effective school practices for the state and districts they are in and for schools around the nation.

Newton Elementary was the second highest ranking school out of the five awarded from Alabama.

To learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program and the other schools ranked, click here.

To learn see what the Program had to say about Newton Elementary, click here.

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