CONGRATULATIONS BLUE-RIBBON WINNER…
We celebrate with St. Paul’s, Orange! Secretary of Education Arne
Duncan recently announced that our sister school was awarded the prestigious
National Blue Ribbon School recognition! Wow! To the best of our knowledge,
St. Paul’s is the first of our district schools to receive this coveted honor. St.
Paul’s is one of 314 schools identified by the U.S. Department of Education as
the No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools for 2009. Schools were selected
either because they dramatically improved student performance on standardized
tests in reading and math or because their test scores placed them in the top ten
percent of schools in the nation or state. The state commissioner of education
nominates public schools for the award and private schools must be nominated
by CAPE. Only fifty non-public schools can be recognized in a given year. (St.
Paul’s is one of only two private schools in California to receive this honor this
year!) “These Blue Ribbon Schools have shown that all children can learn with
appropriate supports,” Duncan said. “They are producing outstanding results for
their students. Some have shown dramatic improvements in places where
students are overcoming the challenges of poverty, and others serve as
examples of consistent excellence that can be a resource for other schools.
They are places where improved teaching and learning benefits every student,
and where students are challenged to meet high expectations with the active
support of teachers, parents and the community.” On top of all that, St. Paul’s
shares the Good News of Jesus Christ daily with students and their families!
Congratulations to Principal Jim Beaudoin, Assistant Principal Dan Moyer
and to the entire staff of St. Paul’s! We are proud of you and celebrate your
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