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Mountain Park Elementary in Roswell honored as Blue Ribbon School
by Nicole Dow
October 09, 2013 11:57 AM | 2536 views | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Staff/Erin Gray<br>From left, Mountain Park Elementary School assistant principal Mary Ellen Robson and principal Stacy Perlman just had the honor of celebrating Mountain Park being named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.
Staff/Erin Gray
From left, Mountain Park Elementary School assistant principal Mary Ellen Robson and principal Stacy Perlman just had the honor of celebrating Mountain Park being named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.
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Blue and white are the school colors for Mountain Park Elementary School in Roswell, but the school was recently recognized for being “blue” in a whole different way.

The U.S. Department of Education named Mountain Park a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School on Sept. 24. The school was the only one from Fulton County, among nine in the state and among 286 across the country to earn the honor.

“We are thrilled that our students, teachers and staff are being recognized for their hard work and achievement,” said Principal Stacy Perlman. “Mountain Park Elementary is a community school and all of our parents, volunteers, business partners and district administrators share the credit for this honor.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes schools that are either “exemplary high performing” or “exemplary improving.” Mountain Park was designated an “exemplary high performing” school.

“Virtually all of our students are meeting or exceeding standards on our state assessment, the [Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests], in grades three, four and five. This is true of our special needs and general education students,” Perlman said.

She said teachers, students and parents work as a team to achieve success.

“Our teachers work together as Professional Learning Communities to plan, collaborate, look at data and examine student work,” she said. “This enables them to differentiate instruction to meet students’ needs.  

“The teachers set high expectations and our students strive to meet them. Our mission statement is ‘Learn to Think! Think to Learn!,’ emphasizing our drive to build critical thinking skills. Our incredibly supportive PTA and community provide additional resources and support to help us in all we do.”

Mountain Park is no stranger to the program. The school, which recently celebrated its 40th anniversary, first received the award in 2003.

“This is the second time in 10 years that Mountain Park has been named a National Blue Ribbon School,” Fulton County Superintendent Robert Avossa said in a news release. “ It’s clear to me that student achievement is their priority and that this school community puts children and their education first.”

Perlman said Avossa and State Superintendent John Barge will visit the school Oct. 22 for a special assembly to honor all of the students and teachers. In November, Perlman and Assistant Principal Mary Robson will travel to Washington, to receive the actual award at a recognition ceremony for all the 2013 Blue Ribbon schools.

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