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Park View Middle snags Blue Ribbon / September 30, 2020
Park View Middle School has been named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020.

Each year, the U.S. Department of Education recognizes schools based on academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps. “Exemplary High Performing Schools” are among their nation’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests. “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools” are among the highest performers in closing achievement gaps between individual student groups and all students.

Park View Middle School was selected for being an “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School.” It is one of only four schools in Virginia to earn the federal distinction, along with three elementary schools in Albemarle, Scott and Fairfax counties. Virginia saw three schools earn the Department of Education’s “Exemplary High Performing” award, giving the Commonwealth a total of seven honoree schools.

Across the U.S., 367 schools earned Blue Ribbon honors, either for exemplary overall performance or for closing achievement gaps. Over 38 years, the program has bestowed 10,000 awards on more than 9,000 schools. The winners include elementary, middle, and high schools.

Superintendent of Schools Paul Nichols shared the “wonderful announcement” of PVMS’s recognition in a message on Monday: “Please join me in sending hearty congratulations to Mrs. Joan Hite [executive director of curriculum and instruction for Mecklenburg County Public Schools], Mr. Jonathan Dixon [PVMS principal], Mrs. Lekeisha Horton [PVMS assistant principal], and all the staff at Park View Middle School!”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools designation recognizes the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content, U.S. Department of Education said in a media statement. Virginia Superintendent of Public Instruction James Lane added that “(e)arning a Blue Ribbon School Award is a great honor, and I congratulate the students and the dedicated teachers, principals and support staff of all of these schools for their commitment to excellence and to closing achievement gaps.

“Each of these schools is the center of a learning community dedicated to the success of every child and our shared values of inclusion, excellence, service and optimism,” Lane said. “I think it is especially important that we recognize and celebrate schools that are leading the way in achieving equitable outcomes for all students.”

The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Awards Ceremony will be held online Nov. 12-13 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, each Blue Ribbon School will receive a plaque and flag for their achievement.

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