St. Katharine Drexel Holds Ceremony to Celebrate Blue Ribbon Distinction
HOLLAND PA: On Sunday, November 11, St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School celebrated being recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos as one of only 49 private schools nationwide to be selected as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. This is SKD’s first year eligible for the award since it’s opening in the 2012-2013 academic year. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups.
The students gathered on the school’s campus at St. Bede the Venerable Church for a Mass of Thanksgiving at 12:30 to celebrate the designation. Following mass, students processed out to the front of the school to reveal and bless the new signage bearing the Blue Ribbon seal. There was a Blue Ribbon Reception and Open house immediately after the celebration. Members from various String Bands were present in their Mummers costumes to help us celebrate and there was a performance by the school’s cheerleaders, drum line, and award-winning choir.
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. To qualify for the award, the school’s standardized test scores need to be in the top 15% in that
Ms. Laura Clark, Principal at St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School said “This recognition is a reflection of the hard work of so many faculty and staff, both past and present, who believe in the mission of St. Katharine Drexel Catholic School. I could not be more proud of our students and everyone who made this possible.”
Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).