Dix Street Elementary was among 342 schools in Washington, DC last week to officially receive the National Blue Ribbon School award. Dix Street Elementary was named a National Blue Ribbon School for its high academic performance. “The trip to DC to receive this National Blue Ribbon award was wonderful,” says Dix Street Elementary Principal, Dr. Mark Rollandini, “We were treated like celebrities and had opportunities to network with other educators from around the country. I continue to be humbled by the attention and honored to have Dix Street be recognized for the hard work of our staff and students.”
The NBRS program invites the school’s principal, a teacher and the district superintendent to participate in a two-day event where they networked with other blue ribbon schools, heard from the national Teacher of the Year and receive their official award and recognition. National Blue Ribbon schools represent a very small portion of all schools nationwide, “To reflect on what Dix Street Elementary has accomplished is just amazing as there are over 130,000 eligible schools but only 342 were selected to the highest level of excellence in our nation,” says Supt. Jeff Haase.
Through a lottery, Gina Watson, a first grade teacher at Dix Street, represented the staff in DC, “It was such an honor,” she says. She carried a staff photo with her on stage and everywhere they went so that the entire staff could be with them in spirit. The day of the award included congratulatory remarks from U.S. education Secretary, Betsy DeVos. There was music playing throughout the event to announce each of the schools winning the award, “Excitement was in the air as soon as the ceremony began. The ceremony was definitely a celebration for all the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities.
“A common thread that seemed to flow throughout the ceremony was the value of positive relationships, and how critical it is to gain trust with students, colleagues, and families. Positive relationships are key to continued success. I truly appreciate this opportunity and look forward to continued success at Dix Street Elementary,” Watson says.
Dix Street Elementary received a plaque and a flag that lists its accomplishment as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School.