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Blog Posts


Changing History at Excellence Girls Charter School

Excellence Girls Charter School Teacher and Students Excellence Girls Charter School (Brooklyn, New York) was founded, at parents’ urging, as a companion to Excellence Boys Charter School, part of the Uncommon Schools network. Led by Nikki Bowen, Principal of the Elementary Academy, and Meredith Anderson, Principal of the Middle Academy, Excellence Girls is dedicated to preparing young women to be “fierce females”—confident, knowledgeable, and articulate women in a world that has not always made room for women, especially women of color.

Read the Excellence Girls National Blue Ribbon School profile.

 


Podcasts

The National Blue Ribbon Schools media library contains more than 30 school site visit videos (more to come) as well as video interviews with 2015 Terrel H. Bell Leadership awardees and audio recordings of previous Bell awardees and ceremony participants. Learn about exemplary practices and hear what outstanding principals and others say about their schools.  

 

All of these materials are available via a NBRS podcast channel.


NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Maryland

Maryland liaison Darla Strouse reflects on the value of educator recognition programs and describes some special ways that Maryland celebrates National Blue Ribbon Schools.

 

 

For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact your state liaison.


NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Georgia

Georgia liaison Keisha Ford-Jenrette stresses the importance of recognizing schools that are making great improvements as well as high-achieving schools.

 

 

For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact your state liaison.


Field Experiences Spark Students’ Passion for Science


Deer Park Environmental Science Magnet Elementary School (Newport News, VA) seeks to develop engaged students who bring their learning to life through caring for the environment. Immersing students in critical STEM explorations both on campus and off, Deer Park is home to more than 50 animal habitats. Each classroom hosts at least one habitat, teaching students the basics of caring. In addition to a science-intensive outdoor learning space, external partnerships with the Elizabeth River Restoration Project and the Virginia Living Museum give students further hands-on experience in environmental stewardship and restoration. This video created by Newport News Public Schools highlights some student activities.

Download the transcript of Deer Park transcript.
Download the Deer Park ES application.

Learn more about Deer Park Elementary School.

Contact Information
Mary Jo Anastasio, Principal
11541 Jefferson Avenue
Newport News, VA 23601-1930
(757) 591-7470
Website: http://deerpark.nn.k12.va.us/
Email: mj.anastasio@nn.k12.va.us

Student Demographics 2016

Number of students K – 5 526
Students eligible for subsidized meals 42%
Limited English Proficient students 7%
Students receiving special ed services 4%
Student mobility rate 2%
White students 46%
African American students 34%
Hispanic or Latino students 9%
Students of 2 or more races 7%
Average student daily attendance 97%

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

 Joe McTighe, Executive Director of CAPE, describes CAPE’s role in nominating exemplary non-public schools for National Blue Ribbon School recognition and affirms the importance of honoring outstanding educators.

 

 

For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact your state liaison.