Earlier this week we reported that Sagebrush Elementary could be receiving a special honor, and it is now official: Sagebrush in Sheridan and Burlington Elementary School in Burlington are the only schools in Wyoming to be named a No Child Left Behind Blue Ribbon School for 2009 by the U.S. Department of Education.
In a media release from Wyoming's Congressional delegation, Senator Mike Enzi said that he is "pleased to see these schools recognized at a national level for their efforts," adding that "Wyoming schools and teachers have always been extremely committed to teaching our children."
Senator John Barrasso said that "each of these students, teachers, parents and communities are serving as role models of educational excellence."
And Representative Cynthia Lummis commented that "...a quality education for our children is absolutely essential to their futures and ours..."
The schools were selected based on the improvement of students with disadvantaged backgrounds, students who achieve in the top 10% on state tests and private schools that are in the top 10% of the nation.
The principals and one teacher from each school will be invited to attend a ceremony in Washington, D.C. in November, where they will receive a plaque and a flag to acknowledge their achievements as a Blue Ribbon School.