Tompkinsville Elementary School is one of five schools in the state of Kentucky to be nominated as a “Blue Ribbon School” by Education Commissioner Dr. Terry Holliday. If awarded this prestigious honor, this will be the second school in Monroe County in as many years recognized as one of the top in the nation.
Tompkinsville Principal Kirk Biggerstaff announced the nomination to his staff and students at an assembly program on Monday, Jan. 9 adding that the nomination in itself is a great honor. Dr. Holliday informed Biggerstaff of the nomination via e-mail on Wednesday, January 4 inviting TES to participate in the Blue Ribbon School application process from the United States Department of Education. If Tompkinsville Elementary is successful in their application, they will join Gamaliel Elementary, the 2011 Blue Ribbon School of Excellence award-winning school.
“The next step is for the U.S. Secretary of Education to invite Tompkinsville Elementary o submit an application for possible selection as a Blue Ribbon School,” Dr. Holliday added. “Although this is just the first step to be considered for this national honor, I congratulate your school on the outstanding performance that qualified you for my nomination,” he added.
Biggerstaff stated, “Since there are over 1,200 schools in the state, being one of the only five Kentucky schools nominated for the Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award by the Kentucky Department of Education is an accomplishment in itself. The fact that TES will be acknowledged state-wide, and possibly by the nation, for the dedication and determination our students and staff exhibit on a daily basis is humbling and encouraging. Our students work diligently every day in order to reach proficiency and beyond, and I am indeed proud of their academic achievement. Our teachers and staff also hold high expectations for our students and spend numerous hours in and outside the classroom designing lessons and activities that require each child to think at high levels. This nomination validates the hard work of our entire school community, and although we will certainly take a moment to celebrate our success, our commitment to providing a high quality education for our students will never cease.”
“If our school is named a Blue Ribbon School, it would be awesome! TES is such a great school with great teachers, and everyone would then know how great we are if we won this award,” said fifth grader Austyn Belcher.
“Being nominated for a National Blue Ribbon is such an honor for our students, staff, parents, and community at Tompkinsville Elementary. I am very proud to be part of a school that cares deeply about each and every child’s education. We have always known that we are doing the right things for our kids at TES, and we now have the validation and recognition of the Kentucky Department of Education to prove it.” Assistant Principal Stewart Turner added.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their state or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Tompkinsville Elementary School qualified as a high performing school (top 10% in the state in reading and math).
Each year since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has sought out schools where students attain and maintain high academic goals. Using standards of excellence evidenced by student achievement measures and the characteristics known from research to epitomize school quality, the Department celebrates schools that beat the odds of high poverty, tight budgets, assessment fatigue, and high percentages of English language learners. At the same time, communities, states, and the nation have raised the bar and the stakes, for school achievement. With commitment, high energy, research-based knowledge of what works in schools, and the results of quality assessments, Blue Ribbon Schools have shown us the way over these and other hurdles.