Academic achievement on a national level has qualified Cache Valley’s Lewiston Elementary School as a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School as designated by the U.S. Department of Education. Lewiston’s Principal, Adam Baker, said the state submitting a nomination was the first step toward this recognition. “At our school we did very well on our AYP (adequate yearly progress) scores and I think that is what motivated the state to nominate us,” said Baker. “After the state’s nomination, the Department of Education contacted us and said we were welcomed to apply. The application process was very intensive, but it was well worth it.” Baker said the vision and the support of Cache County School District leadership is a major element in the Lewiston school’s success. “They’ve got us focused on helping students achieve at school,” he said. “We’re focused on reading and math specifically and those are the areas the AYP scores count in when we’re tested.” Baker said the school’s teachers are working hard to make good things happen in their classrooms. “But also included in all of this is parent support and the students themselves. They work hard, they come to school ready to learn. The parents are so supportive. We have so many parents in our school volunteering. School matters to them, that is really important.” Only two Utah schools earned the Blue Ribbon honor. The other was Upland Terrace Elementary in Millcreek. The two Utah schools were among 304 schools nationally and all of the schools will be honored at an awards ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.
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