Roosevelt Middle School awarded Blue Ribbon
Roosevelt Middle School had its first day of classes Friday. Roosevelt was named a National Blue Ribbon School. | Jon Langham~for Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 21, 2012 1:10PM
RIVER FOREST — Roosevelt Middle School was named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.
The National Blue Ribbon School Program bestows the award on schools deemed either Exemplary High Achieving or Exemplary Improving; Roosevelt was recognized in the first category. Public and private kindergarten through 12th grade schools are eligible.
“This is a unique award because you have to be nominated for it,” District 90 Superintendent Ed Condon said. “Each state’s top education official makes the nominations, and then the schools have to go through a fairly time-consuming application process.”
This year, 269 public schools and 50 private schools nationwide received the award. The winners were announced Sept. 7.
This is the first year Roosevelt or any other District 90 school was nominated.
The application process included analysis of standardized test scores from the last five years, as well as questions about the school’s culture, how specific subjects were implemented and what makes the school stand out.
The U.S. Department of Education will hold a ceremony in Washington D.C. for award recipients Nov. 12-13. Each school will send its principal and one other staff member to represent the school. For Roosevelt, eighth grade science teacher Linda Kriegermeier will attend.
Roosevelt will receive a plaque and a flag to signify their status as a National Blue Ribbon School.
“People may think that we’re all really lucky to be at somewhere as good as Roosevelt, and we are, but we also worked really hard to make it that way,” math and humanities teacher Louisa Starr said.