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Stewart Elementary named a national Blue Ribbon School

First school in CCISD to receive honor

From the Clear Creek Independent School District

October 3, 2007

LEAGUE CITY— A Title I school that went from Acceptable to Exemplary in state accountability ratings in less than four years has just been awarded the No Child Left Behind- Blue Ribbon award. LaVace Stewart Elementary School in Kemah was named a Blue Ribbon school for making significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

“I am certainly not surprised that Stewart was chosen for this distinguished award. When you walk into that school you can immediately feel the enthusiasm for learning and witness the compassion for children.” said Dr. Sandra Mossman, Superintendent of Schools. “I know the CCISD Board of Trustees echoes my congratulations to Principal Debbie Phillips, the teachers, and students of Stewart on an exceptional job well done.”

Stewart is one of 23 Texas schools and 287 schools nationwide to receive this prestigious education award.

“These schools are proving that when we raise the bar our children will rise to the challenge,” said Margaret Spellings, U.S. Secretary of Education. “It takes a lot of hard work by teachers and students to become a Blue Ribbon school, and it’s a privilege to celebrate their great efforts.”

Stewart is the first school in Clear Creek Independent School District to be named a Blue Ribbon school. The No Child Left Behind-Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or that demonstrate dramatic gains in student achievement to high levels.

LaVace Stewart Elementary is a federal Title I school. The Title I program provides financial assistance to schools with high numbers of economically disadvantaged students.

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