South Lawn Named National Blue Ribbon School

South Lawn Elementary Named 2015 National Blue Ribbon School

South Lawn Elem. Named 2015 National Blue Ribbon School
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September 29, 2015 – U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced this morning Amarillo ISD’s South Lawn Elementary School has been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for its exemplary performance. South Lawn Elementary joins Canyon Intermediate and Vega Elementary in representing Texas Region 16 for this distinction.

Founded in 1982, National Blue Ribbon Schools is a U.S. Department of Education program which recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students perform at very high levels.

“The Blue Ribbon award is a special accomplishment. Lisa Morgan, the former principal of South Lawn, along with the teachers, worked diligently, hand in hand, to ensure each student achieved academically at high levels. I am humbled and grateful to now be a part of South Lawn. Working with exceptional parents, students and teachers is an absolute honor,” explained Donna Harris, principal of South Lawn Elementary.

South Lawn is one of 27 Texas public schools to receive the prestigious award and the first AISD school to be named a Blue Ribbon winner since 2008.

All schools nominated for the 2015 honor were selected as exemplary high performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. Each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 25 percent or greater. Twenty-six schools in Texas were nominated for this recognition.

“An ordinary day at South Lawn includes engaging work for scholars and collaboration for teachers and administrators. Everyone from the custodians to the secretaries to the assistants is an integral and valuable part of the team. The attention to the ordinary, everyday work of all creates extraordinary results,” shared Superintendent Dr. Dana West.

A “Blue Ribbon Celebration and Pep Rally” will be hosted by South Lawn Elementary for their school community on Tuesday, September 29 at 2:15 p.m. in their cafeteria.

South Lawn Elementary will be recognized alongside other award winners at the National Blue Ribbon School annual awards ceremony November 9-10, 2015 in Washington, D. C. At the ceremony, South Lawn Elementary representatives will receive the National Blue Ribbon School flag and an engraved plaque as symbols of their success.

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