Lincoln Elementary named 2020 National BLue Ribbon Schools award winner
The City of St. Charles School District is proud to announce that Lincoln Elementary has been recognized as a 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools award winner by the U.S. Department of Education. The announcement was made this afternoon by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a ceremony that was live streamed on the Department’s social media pages. This is the first time a school from the City of St. Charles School District has been named as a National Blue Ribbon Schools award winner.
“It’s truly a great honor to have Lincoln Elementary awarded the 2020 National Blue Ribbon,” said Dr. Jason Sefrit, Superintendent of Schools for the City of St. Charles School District. “The Lincoln staff have done an outstanding job for a long time now and it’s great to see them earn the recognition they deserve.”
Schools can be nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Schools award in one of two categories: exemplary high performance school and exemplary improving school. Lincoln was nominated as an exemplary high performance school.
“Being awarded the 2020 National Blue Ribbon means a great deal to our school community,” said Julie Williams, Lincoln Elementary principal. “Being selected in the area of exemplary high performance means we are in the top 15% of the country. Everything we do is to set our students up for success and to be recognized with this award is affirming and a great compliment to our team.”
Lincoln Elementary is just one of seven schools in the state of Missouri that was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Schools award. In total, 367 schools across the country earned this distinction. To honor these schools, the 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award Ceremony will be held virtually Nov. 12 and 13.
Lincoln Elementary went through an evaluation process that started back in February when they were nominated for the National Blue Ribbon award. While the process has been long, receiving the award is validation of how special a school Lincoln Elementary is to the St. Charles community.
“Lincoln is a special place and the amount of love, care and belief that our staff has for each student is special,” Williams said. “You can feel it when you enter the building, you can see it in our students' and staff behavior and you can see it in our results.”