Carrington Elementary Receives National Honor


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( – Carrington Elementary School is one of just two schools in North Dakota to be bestowed one of the top honors in education this year.

Carrington Elementary School and Thompson Public School have been named Blue Ribbon Schools by the Federal Education Department for high academic achievement.

Juanita Short, principal of Carrington Elementary School, says the school was nominated by the state in February, and everyone was thrilled when the school was announced a Blue Ribbon School on Friday.

Short says Carrington was nominated for the award because of its continued high achievement in academics. Short and teacher Lori Cook will attend an awards ceremony Nov. 12 and 13 in Washington, D.C. to accept the award. Short says Cook was chosen to attend because of her constant dedication to the school.

The Blue Ribbon award has been handed out for about 30 years. Short says this is the first time to her knowledge that Carrington Elementary has received the award.  

Short credited several areas in the school for its continued high achievement, including the incorporation of an after-school program and teacher training in areas such as best practices, reading instruction and improving school climate.

Short also says the implementation of RTI (response to intervention) has helped the school and students. RTI is basically a way to use small group teaching to help kids who just need a little bit more instruction to master a specific skill. Carrington has hired staff in recent years to help implement the RTI concept.


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