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Confidence Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School

Superintendent of Schools Chuck Hatfield has announced that Confidence Elementary School has been named a National School of Excellence and will be awarded the Blue Ribbon at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.

Confidence was one of 219 public schools nationwide to be named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan on Sept. 14.

Confidence is being recognized for overall outstanding academic excellence and student achievement. Their students consistently lead the state in assessment scores and show no achievement gap between student subgroups.

"This award is well-deserved," said Hatfield. "That Confidence is able to offer a world-class education in spite of the challenges [they faced in the old facility and with nearly 40 percent low SES rate] is proof that all students can achieve to high levels. It is the staff that makes the difference."

Confidence Elementary Principal Colleen Huston is quick to share praise.

"Confidence is a family," she said, "and every member contributes to our success."

Students and staff have much to celebrate this year. The Blue Ribbon designation will grace their new state-of-the-art facility that opened in August.

(Source: Putnam County Schools)


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