The Department of Education named Cielo Vista Elementary and Transmountain Early College High School 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools.
September 30, 2014 — EPISD News
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan made the announcement via the department’s USTREAM channel on Sept. 30.
“National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts,” Duncan said, “We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”
Students and teachers at Cielo Vista were poised in their classrooms waiting for the announcement.
“I hope we win. I’m very, very excited. I just feel very confident because we are a really good school. I know because I’ve been here a long time,” fifth grade student Nathan Garcia said.
When they found out the school was chosen they burst out in cheers.
“Being nominated is a great honor because it means we did a great job and that we are one of the best schools in the United States,” student Erika Cortez said.
Cielo Vista and Transmountain were among the 25 Texas schools nominated in February and two of the 337 schools nationwide to receive the honor. Schools are selected based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups demonstrating all students can achieve to high levels.
“Cielo Vista was nominated to be a Blue Ribbon School, and we had to fill out a very extensive application,” Cielo Vista Elementary principal Kathryn Mcmillan said. “It was good opportunity to do some soul searching about what was important to our school, who we were and what we had accomplished.”
A team of eight teachers and staff wrote and put together the application packet.
“A lot of teachers and staff have dedicated their whole career to Cielo Vista, and I want them to know all their hard work and dedication is paying off,” Mcmillan said.
All the national award winners will receive recognition at the Blue Ribbon School conference in Washington D. C. in November.