Addison Elementary School is a 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award winner. The school, located in Hartford, is part of the Slinger School District. It was one of 329 Blue Ribbon winners from across the country. The school was noted for Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools.
U.S. Secretary of Education John King said the “award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or marked progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.”
King added, “National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate all students can achieve to high levels.”
In his video message, Secretary King praised the 2016 schools: “It takes courage to do the right thing for children, even in the face of significant obstacles. All of you–students, teachers and administrators–deserve our highest praise. You are shining examples for your communities, your state, and the nation.”
Principal John Larkin submitted the 15 page application for the Blue Ribbon Award. In it he touted the TEAM Time program, the hiring of a Response to Instruction Coordinator, and the improvement of core instructional practices throughout the District, along with providing needed resource materials, teacher training, and professional development.
Addison Elementary will be recognized in a ceremony Nov. 7 – 8 in Washington, D.C.