Dooley named Blue Ribbon School
Dooley Principal Beth Erbach and District 54 School Board President Mary Kay Prusnick surprised staff and students with the announcement during an all-school assembly, which kicked off a week of activities and events celebrating the award with Dooley students, staff and families.
“Dooley is an awesome place to be because of our parents and all the support they give us, the staff here and at the district office, and finally you – our students – because you work so hard here every single day,” Erbach told the students. “This is a very special award and a very high honor.”
The National Blue Ribbon School Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve at high levels or where the achievement gap is narrowing. Dooley was chosen as a school whose students are high performing. Dooley offers a comprehensive education for students living within the school boundaries, and is also home to students from throughout the district who enrolled in the Japanese-English Dual Language and Early Instrumental Music (violin) programs at Dooley.
“It is my privilege to congratulate the Dooley staff, students, parents and the whole community on this tremendous distinction,” School Board President Mary Kay Prusnick said during the assembly. “We are so proud to say that in its 50th year, Dooley’s academic excellence and exciting programming is proof positive that Districts like ours can offer our families choice within a rigorous and outstanding public school setting.”
Click here to view a video of life at Dooley School, which was shown at today’s assembly.
Seven other District 54 schools have previously received the Blue Ribbon Award. They are Mead Junior High School, Collins Elementary School, Armstrong Elementary School, Stevenson Elementary School, Link Elementary School, Frost Junior High School and Fairview Elementary School.
Before selecting National Blue Ribbon Schools, the Department of Education asks for nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The schools are then invited by the U.S. Secretary of Education to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.
In its 35-year history, more than 8,500 schools have received a National Blue Ribbon award. The U.S. Department of Education will recognize the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 6 and 7 in Washington, D.C. A list of the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools is available at http://www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools.