Chesterfield Elementary School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School, the latest on a list of 10 Rockwood schools to have earned this distinction. While eight Missouri schools were honored, Chesterfield Elementary was the only local honoree.
According to Rockwood Superintendent Dr. Eric Knost, this recognition affirms the hard work of Chesterfield students, educators, families and community.
“Being named a National Blue Ribbon school is a high honor. I’m proud of our Chesterfield school community for their work in promoting academic excellence for all children.”
As a previous National Blue Ribbon recipient, Chesterfield Elementary understands the importance of student leadership, and this work has yielded a high rate of achievement and positive behavior among students. In addition, Chesterfield was named a Missouri Gold Star School last spring, also for the second time.
Principal Dr. Meg Brooks will represent the school community at a two-day awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., in November.
“Chesterfield Elementary has a rich tradition of focusing on student core ethical and performance values. Teachers and staff are dedicated to the belief that every child can learn, and they help all students grow academically, emotionally, physically, culturally and socially,” she noted.
Schools are nominated for the award by the state’s department of education. They then complete a comprehensive application about school practices to move forward to the national level.