The Butler Elementary School was formally honored in Washington D.C. after recently being named a 2016 National Blue Ribbon School for Exemplary High Performance. Butler is one among 279 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor, and is one of three schools recognized in Massachusetts for this honor.
Former Butler Principal Michael McAllister, now Chenery Middle School Principal, went to D.C. to represent Butler. On November 7 there was a conference to share best practices, and on November 8 there was a recognition luncheon followed by the awards ceremony. “This award confirms what I’ve known all along, and now the public knows, that there is amazing teaching and learning happening at the Butler school,” says McAllister.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state department of education, and are recognized in one of two performance categories; Exemplary High Performing—among the top schools in a state; or Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing—schools making the fastest progress in the their state in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Humbled by the honor, McAllister is aware of the effort and hard work it took to get this recognition, “Blue ribbon schools make up less than one half of one percent of all public schools nationally in a given year,” says McAllister. Current Butler Principal Danielle Betancourt says the honor is well-deserved, “This achievement is a testament to the passion, strategic effort, education and teamwork that each person in the community contributes.”
McAllister came back with a plaque, a blue ribbon flag and a banner which will soon be presented to the Butler school community to display. For more information about the National Blue Ribbon Schools program, please visit http://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/.