Morris Elementary School is proud to be named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School! Back in January, I received notice that we were nominated by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) to receive this award. By March, I had submitted a lengthy application on behalf of our school, prepared by myself and many of the professionals at Morris. The US Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., announced on September 28, 2016 that Morris Elementary School has been named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School!
Our nomination was based on our success in closing the achievement gap for all groups of students. This means that the overwhelming majority of our students, regardless of risk factors such as low-income, disability, or english language learner, are achieving outstanding growth and improvement on MCAS.
While our standardized testing results are certainly impressive, it takes so much more than preparing for a test to successfully educate a child. At Morris we try to maintain an appropriate level of academic rigor within a context of developmentally appropriate practice. We have extremely talented educators who encourage our students to put forth their best possible effort in their learning whether it be learning how to do multi-digit multiplication, learning how to comprehend complex texts, or learning how to be a good friend.
I am so proud to be the leader of this exceptional school and I hope you all feel equally proud to send your children here.
To view our school’s page on the National Blue Ribbon School website click here:
To view the U.S. Secretary’s announcement of the NBRS recipients click here (note that our school’s name/photo shows up around 11:25 in the video):