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Seaborn Elementary claims Blue Ribbon

WEATHERSFIELD — Seaborn Elementary School was one of 13 schools in Ohio, including three in the Mahoning Valley, to be named a Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

A total of 297 schools nationwide received the designation, which is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Every year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great schools, demonstrating that all students can achieve to high levels. With its 39th cohort of awardees, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed more than 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards.

Other local districts earning a Blue Ribbon designation are Canfield Village Middle School and South Range Elementary School.

Schools are eligible for nomination after five years. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s website.

The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

“It really shows that all that work and all those ideas have come to fruition. I couldn’t be more proud of everybody that has done the hard work to be able to pull this off. I have to thank the students, the families, the community, and the entire Weathersfield community for that,” Weathersfield Superintendent Damon Dohar said. “Everybody does a great job working together with one goal, and that’s to give the best education we can to our students.”

Seaborn Elementary principal T.J. Koniowsky said the honor is a true team effort that should be celebrated.

“Almost like a proud dad, you know when you see your kid hit that baseball or get an A on their report card to see how excited they truly were. Our kids really love coming to school here. Anyone who would want to come on the last day to see our sixth graders, they’re crying because they don’t want to leave. And that’s what we strive for, a good experience, as best we can here at Seaborn,” Koniowsky said.

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