“To be recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School based on our student learning and growth through the first year of the pandemic is an amazing reflection of the tireless efforts of our educators, the fervent support of our families, and the deep investment of our seventh and eighth graders. We have always been inspired by our students, and they are absolutely deserving of this honor,” OJH Principal Tim Badenhop said.
According to Versailles’ application, Versailles has a high focus on “social-emotional learning,” and students are taught to view the work of themselves and others “with respect and pride.”
Brenda Braun, Versailles Elementary principal, said she’s proud of the accomplishments of the students and staff, and feels honored to be recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.
“This week has been a time to celebrate the hard work, dedication and focus of our students, staff, families, and community as evidenced by the Blue Ribbon Award as well as the district’s recently announced report card results and state ranking,” Braun said. “We will continue to be driven by our district’s commitment to educate, prepare and to challenge all students to demonstrate integrity, responsibility and respect in society.”
Versailles Superintendent Aaron Moran said the award reflected the hard work of students and staff over the last three years.
“I am particularly proud of the focus and improvement to instruction made by staff to grow our students to reach their potential,” he said. “We as a district will continue to strive to improve our instructional practices and opportunities for the success of each of our students.”
U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona said he applauded the Blue Ribbon honorees “for creating vibrant, welcoming, and affirming school communities where students can learn, grow, reach their potential, and achieve their dreams.”
All winning schools will be recognized at the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award ceremony in Washington, D.C. Nov. 3 and 4.