Mendota Elementary: a 2006 'Blue Ribbon' school

School District 197's Mendota Elementary is one of only 200 public schools in the nation and one of eight in the state selected as a 2006 "Blue Ribbon" school by the U.S. Department of Education. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private K-12 schools that are either academically superior in their states or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement. Mendota Principal Steve Goldade was notified of the award on Friday, Sept. 22.

Goldade and one teacher have been invited to attend an awards ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C. Schools singled out for national honors "reflect the goals of our nation's new educational reforms for high standards and accountability," said U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spelling.

"This is a great honor for Mendota and for our district," said Superintendent Jay Haugen. "Congratulations to Steve Goldade and the entire Mendota community as well as all those involved in implementing our district's outstanding curriculum."

Mendota's scores on the 2005 tests used to measure progress under No Child Left Behind legislation were extremely high, prompting the school's nomination by the state for federal honors. Quality of curriculum and staff, community involvement and other factors were weighed in final selections.

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