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Normandale Elementary named 2012 National Blue Ribbon School
French Immersion School one of seven Minnesota schools to earn recognition
EDINA, Minn. – How do you say “Blue Ribbon School” in French? Ask the students at Normandale Elementary French Immersion School, who today learned that they were one of only seven schools in Minnesota, and one of 269 nationwide, to earn the prestigious commendation from the U.S. Department of Education. This is the second time Normandale has been awarded the Blue Ribbon School distinction, previously earning the recognition in 2005.
“We are so thrilled to be named a 2012 Blue Ribbon School, especially as a French Immersion School,” said Gerry Lukaska, principal at Normandale Elementary. “Our students and staff have worked incredibly hard together and are so deserving of this recognition.”
According to Lukaska, key to the school’s designation as a Blue Ribbon School is the collaboration of staff to ensure all students succeed. “It is great to have confirmation that we really can achieve great things when we all focus on a common goal,” she said.
The announcement came this morning when U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools nationwide as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for making progress in improving student academic achievement levels. Normandale was recognized in the former category, being named an Exemplary High Performing School.
“Our nation has no greater responsibility than helping all children realize their full potential,” Duncan said. “Schools honored with the National Blue Ribbon Schools award are committed to accelerating student achievement and preparing students for success in college and careers. Their work reflects the conviction that every child has promise and that education is the surest pathway to a strong, secure future.”
As a Blue Ribbon School, Normandale Elementary is invited to attend a formal recognition ceremony on November 12-13 in Washington, D.C. In addition, a local celebration will be held at the school later this fall.
“We are very proud of the hard work put forth by the teachers, staff, students and families at Normandale,” said Superintendent Ric Dressen. “We have a long history in Edina Public Schools of defining excellence and high academic achievement. Normandale’s recognition today is further evidence that in coming together, we can ensure all of our students have the tools and skills they need to thrive both inside and outside the classroom.”
In its 30-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on nearly 7,000 of America’s schools. In addition to Normandale, five other Edina Public Schools have received Blue Ribbon recognition since the program was started in 1983 – Edina High School received the award in 1984; South View and Valley View Middle Schools (junior high schools at the time) earned the recognition in 1987; Creek Valley Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon School in 1994; and Highlands Elementary School twice earned the award, in 2005 and 2011.
To access the complete list of 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools, click here