Rachel Carson ES Named a Maryland Blue
Rachel Carson Elementary School was named a Blue Ribbon
School by the Maryland Department of Education Tuesday. The school will now
compete to become the 35th National Blue Ribbon School in
Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS).
“Congratulations to the staff, students and community of
Rachel Carson for this much-deserved recognition,” said Board of Education
president Shirley Brandman. “Rachel Carson is clearly doing an outstanding job
serving the educational needs of all its students and today’s award recognizes
that great work.”
The Gaithersburg school was honored for its outstanding
academic performance, as well as its leadership, professional development and
instructional programs. MCPS Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr
attended Tuesday’s announcement in Baltimore with Rachel Carson principal
Lawrence Chep and other school and system staff. The announcement
was made by Interim State Superintendent of Schools Bernard J. Sadusky.
“Rachel Carson is a shining example of excellence that
comes from great leadership, professional collaboration and strong community
support,” Dr. Starr said.
As a state winner, Rachel Carson will now compete in the
National Blue Ribbon Awards program. The National Blue Ribbon Schools will be
announced in September by the U.S. Department of Education. MCPS has had
34 National Blue Ribbon Schools, the most recent being Highland Elementary
School in 2009.
As the announcement was being made in Baltimore, Mr. Chep,
Rachel Carson’s principal, shared the news of the award with his staff and students
through a prerecorded video that was broadcast in every classroom.
am so proud of our students and staff and appreciate the unwavering support we
receive from our parents and our community members,” Mr. Chep said. “Our
staff is completely dedicated to providing every student at Rachel Carson with
an outstanding education, while making sure they enjoy learning and have fun.”
Maryland State Department of Education News Release
MD Blue Ribbon Schools Program