What does it mean to be a blue ribbon school?
The Department of Public Instruction nominates schools each year--Rockfield was nominated based on high student achievement and was one of eight public schools in the state for 2012 to receive this National prestigious award.
To be named a National Blue Ribbon School is to join an elite group. Only 7,110 schools have earned this status since the program's inception in 1982. This year, of more than 133,000 public and 36,000 private schools in the United States, only 264 public schools and 50 private schools earned this coveted award.
The purpose of the blue ribbon program is to bring public attention to American schools that are successful. The blue ribbon program is also part of a larger effort by the Department of Public Education to identify and share knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.
School representatives gather in Washington D.C. each fall to attend an awards ceremony. In November of 2012 over 800 educators met to attend seminars and receive a plaque and flag to signify their school's success. Mr. Bingen, principal from 2000-2011, Mrs. Bub, current principal, and Mrs. Schowalter, grade three teacher, represented Rockfield Elementary.