SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 37
June 6, 1997
|FROM:||Richard T. La Pointe
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Blue Ribbon Schools, 1997-98 Secondary School Recognition Program|
The U.S. Department of Education has issued the 1997-98 nomination package for the Blue Ribbon School Program. The purpose of the program is to identify and give public recognition to outstanding public and private secondary schools across the United States. For a school to receive Blue Ribbon School status, school leaders must demonstrate strong leadership and an effective working relationship among all members of the school community. The school climate should be one that is safe, orderly, purposeful, and conducive to learning. The school should ensure a challenging curriculum and high-quality instructional program. Further, there must be strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. Division superintendents are invited to submit applications of secondary schools in their divisions to be considered for nomination to the Blue Ribbon Schools' program by the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Schools nominated should be those that demonstrate the characteristics specified above. A copy of the application to participate in the Blue Ribbon Schools' program is enclosed. Division superintendents may reproduce the application in the quantities needed. Applications must be postmarked no later than October 3, 1997. Applications for locally nominated schools will be screened by a panel of educators outside of the Department of Education. Schools selected by the panel will be visited prior to the final selection for nomination to the U. S. Department of Education. For further information, please contact Vernon L. Wildy at the Virginia Department of Education, P. O. Box 2120, 101 N. Fourteenth Street, Richmond, Virginia 23218-2120; (804) 225-2877. Application packets should also be sent to this address. RTL/eh Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its enclosure will be sent to the superintendent's office.