SUPTS. MEMO. NO. 3
January 15, 1999
|FROM:||Paul D. Stapleton
Superintendent of Public Instruction
|SUBJECT:||Blue Ribbon Schools, 1999-2000 Middle School and Secondary School Recognition Program|
The U.S. Department of Education has issued the 1999-2000 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 middle and 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 ensure a challenging curriculum and high-quality instructional programs. Further, there must be a strong commitment to educational excellence for all students. Division superintendents are invited to submit applications of middle and 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 1, 1999. The nomination packet is also available on the U.S. Department of Education's home page. The address of the Blue Ribbon Schools' home page is: http://www.ed.gov./gov/offices/OERI/BlueRibbon Schools/. Schools can also access the home page by going to the U.S. Department of Education's home page at www.ed.gov/. Click on "Topics A-Z." Click on "B" for Blue Ribbon Schools. 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. PDS/eh Enclosure: A hard copy of this memo and its attach- ment will be sent to the superintendent's office.