U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced today that Wilson Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School. WES is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor.
Board of Trustees Chair, Patricia Russell upon hearing the news stated, "We are honored that Wilson Elementary School joins Jackson Hole High School as a recipient for this recognition acknowledging district and community-wide commitment to excellence for each of our students."
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Schools may apply for status as Exemplary High Performing-among the top schools in a state-or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing-schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Wilson Elementary Principal, Kathy Milburn stated "We were nominated for the Blue Ribbon Award last spring which lead to a comprehensive review of our school community, staff qualifications, community involvement and assessment scores. As a principal, I get to see the entirety of what makes Wilson a great school. No matter where you look, you see kids getting what they need and more from school. I am so very proud of our staff and students."
Superintendent Chapman commented "We are thrilled that Wilson Elementary has received this national recognition honoring the dedication of staff and students and placing Wilson among the best elementary schools in the country."
TCSD representatives will represent Wilson Elementary School at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., to celebrate their hard-won achievements.
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