Auburn Public Schools to honor Calvert Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Award Recipient

Auburn Public Schools to honor Calvert Elementary as a National Blue Ribbon Award Recipient

Auburn Public Schools will welcome Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts and Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen to Calvert Elementary on Tuesday, November 21st at 8:30am for Calvert’s National Blue Ribbon Award Ceremony. The ceremony will include comments from Governor Pete Ricketts, Miss Nebraska Allison Tietjen, Auburn Superintendent Kevin Reiman, and Calvert Principal Jackie Kelsay. Autumn Reeves and Cindy Cole, Calvert Teachers who attended the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony in Washington, D.C., will unveil the National Blue Ribbon Flag and Plaque. The ceremony will close with the students and staff raising the National Blue Ribbon Flag outside of Calvert Elementary.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. All schools are honored in one of two performance categories:

  •  Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years.

Calvert Elementary was recognized as an Exemplary High Performing School.

During the National Blue Ribbon Ceremony on November 7th, U.S. Secretary Betsy DeVos highlighted Calvert Elementary in her speech stating, “Faculty and staff at Calvert Elementary School in Auburn, Nebraska, personalize student learning with differentiated and supportive instruction. Students are able to learn and advance at their own pace. Those who need additional time on any given subject get it. While those who are ready to move on, can.
When we focus on the needs of each child, success can then be measured by what he or she learns and masters, not by how long one sits at a desk.”

Comments from Auburn Superintendent Kevin Reiman
I am very proud that Calvert Elementary has been chosen for the 2017 National Blue Ribbon Award. It speaks to the hard work of our students, teachers, staff, Board of Education, parents, and community. The growth in student learning under the leadership of Principal Jackie Kelsay and supported by School Improvement Director Dr. Nancy Fuller and Special Education Director Amy Kroll has been tremendous. Our teachers and staff are truly dedicated to student success. This award reflects that dedication.

I would also like to thank and acknowledge our all of our teachers and staff, parents, community, and organizations that support our students. Organization like Auburn Sixpence, the Auburn Backpack Program, Calvert PTO, and ESU4 are key partners in our success.

Comments from Calvert Principal Jackie Kelsay
Calvert Elementary School in Auburn Public School District has been designated an Exemplary High Performing Schools for 2017 by U. S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. Calvert is one of 4 schools from Nebraska to be recognized in 2017.
We are very honored to have received the Blue Ribbon Award for an Exemplary High Performing School for 2017. This affirms the hard work and commitment our entire student body, staff, families, and community have toward excellence in education. This starts with The Auburn Board of Education, Mr. Kevin Reiman, Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Fuller, Curriculum Director/School Improvement, and Mrs. Amy Kroll, Special Education Director who guided us with the resources needed for exemplary teaching and learning.
Our Mission Statement – Achieving Success Through Innovation and Excellence! Our Children . . . Our Future! sums up our belief in what we strive for everyday when we enter the doors of Calvert Elementary. Our belief is that ALL students can learn, we just have to find what works best for each and every student! Our environment is family centered where we want everyone to feel welcome and safe when they enter our doors!
Calvert Elementary staff and the surrounding community strive to achieve success through innovation and excellence. Teachers put in countless hours to provide excellence to each and every student. Our teachers believe in the potential of every student, and they expect positive results and progress, regardless of a child’s background or socioeconomic status. We pride ourselves in providing our students with a quality education that includes dedication, compassion and determination so that all our students are able to meet their highest potential. As we have done with our students in the past, our students today, and our students in the future, the staff of Calvert Elementary will continue to collaborate, differentiate, and accommodate the needs of all our diverse learners in our ever-changing world to provide high standards of excellence for our dynamic students.
I am very proud of honor for my students, staff, families, and our community! We are a TEAM where “Together Everyone Achieves More!”