We have an amazing array of schools throughout Worthington. We’re really lucky! Who has it better than us? No-body! With that said, it’s fun when outside organizations recognize our schools for their work with our students.
Earlier this fall Bluffsview Elementary was designated as an Exemplary High Performing School National Blue Ribbon School for 2019 by U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Bluffsview is one of only 362 schools in the nation and one of only fourteen schools from Ohio to be recognized in 2019.
Since 1982, The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has recognized public and private elementary, middle, and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools, schools demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels.
The formal award was bestowed last week at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center outside of Washington D.C. Bluffsview Principal, Cindy Fox (who has been the principal at Bluffsview now for 17 years) Art teacher, Giannalisa Schumer, Media Specialist, Megan Mott, 6th grade teacher Kate Reik, and a stuffed Bear named Blue, traveled to receive the award on behalf of Bluffsview staff and students.
In September when Bluffsview was selected for this award I sent the following message to Bluffsview staff which encapsulates how I feel about Bluffsview: “It’s an honor for Worthington Schools to have Bluffsview named as a National Blue Ribbon School! Thank you for taking the time to complete the application process and go through the evaluation. Without question Bluffsview is a school of excellence. As a staff member at Bluffsview you know this to be true. Obviously Bluffsview meets the academic requirements for this award. Students at Bluffsview grow and achieve at high levels. More importantly in my mind Bluffsview is just an amazing place for kids. You have created a warm and supportive culture where kids and families know that they are loved. Bluffsview embodied “Be Kind to Kids” before we began using that phrase.
Thank you for showing up everyday committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our students, their families, and our community. Thank you for showing others throughout Worthington what excellence looks like. We’re proud of our Bluffsview Bears!”
We’re proud of all of our schools in Worthington and excited to see one of them recognized with this award!
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent