Baker Elementary Earns Second National Blue Ribbon Award
Upper St. Clair School District is proud to announce that Baker Elementary School is one of 335 schools nationally to earn a 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award.
“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said in a video message on www.ed.gov/nationalblueribbonschools to the awardees. “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you.”
Dr. Patrick T. O’Toole, Superintendent of Schools, stated, “The Board of School Directors and I wish to commend the Baker leadership team, teachers, support staff, parents, and most of all our students for this significant achievement. Their hard work and talent made this prestigious honor happen.”
“I feel tremendous pride that the Baker Family has been honored with the 2015-2016 Blue Ribbon,” commented Dr. Patrick McClintock-Comeaux, Baker Elementary School Principal. “It validates all of the hard work of our students, families, and the entire Baker staff. The whole team has a common goal of meeting student needs and it is wonderful to be recognized for our efforts.”
Dr. McClintock-Comeaux and Mrs. Pamela Dillie, Baker Elementary Teacher and Elementary Science Curriculum Leader, will travel to Washington, D.C. when the U.S. Department of Education will honor the National Blue Ribbon Schools with a plaque and flag as symbols of their recognized status.
The 2015 National Blue Ribbon Award is the second received by Baker Elementary School, having first earned this distinction in 1998-99. Previously, Upper St. Clair High School and Fort Couch Middle School were presented with three and four National Blue Ribbon Awards, respectively. Boyce Middle School and Eisenhower and Streams Elementary Schools have each received one National Blue Ribbon Award.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award plaque affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The award flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.
A typical classroom of students and staff at Baker Elementary School, a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, is always filled with hands-on activity and “customized learning.”