When it comes to national education rankings, Nevada has continuously been placed at the bottom of the list.
But there was some positive news on Tuesday when the Clark County School District had three schools recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools.
Schools with that designation are considered among the best in the country. The local schools are: Sig Rogich Middle School, Glen Taylor and Sue Morrow Elementary Schools.
“Good morning! What an amazing day we have today,” said Suzie Harrison as she greeted students during an assembly Tuesday.
It’s a proud day for the Rogich Principal. For the first time, her school has been named among the very best in the nation.
“It’s so exciting. I can’t even tell you,” Harrison said.
Rogich Middle School is one of 335 schools selected from across the country to get the national blue ribbon.
The schools stand out for overall academic excellence or for their progress in closing achievement gaps among different groups of students.
“This award is a reflection of your hard work in the classroom,” said businessman Sig Rogich, the school’s namesake.
Rogich, who is a political consultant, believes making music and art a key part of the curriculum has paid off in getting kids to be both creative and more focused.
“We do little things and it pays off in my opinion,” he said.
Across town at Glen Taylor Elementary School, Principal Nicole Coloma says she was also surprised by the award.
“To get the actual news today that we got the award, it was a huge honor,” she said. “My staff definitely deserves it.”
Coloma credits the low turnover of her teachers and staff for her school’s success. She says this trend fosters stronger relationships with every student.
“Our number one focus is to make sure no one falls through the crack.”
This was the first time that CCSD had more than two schools selected for the prestigious award.
Principals of all three say the award is additional incentive to keep getting better every year.
“There’s always room for growth and we anticipate growing even more,” Harrison said.
Taylor, Rogich and Morrow are all first time recipients of the Blue Ribbon Award.
This is the 23rd year that CCSD has had schools selected for the national recognition.