Belmont Middle School named to national list of ‘Blue Ribbon’ schools

  • Belmont Middle School students react Friday after principal Aaron Pope, far left, told them their school won a National Blue Ribbon School award. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Published: 9/29/2017 1:55:08 PM

At a school-wide assembly Friday morning, Belmont Middle School Principal Aaron Pope announced the students and staff were one of four schools in the state and 342 nationally, selected to be recognized as a “Blue Ribbon School.” 

The national award, announced by U.S. Secretary of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, recognizes outstanding achievement and performance.

“We strive to awaken in our students the life-long pursuits of self-discipline, tolerance, creativity, responsibility, a spirit of inquiry and a clear sense of local and global citizenship,” the school wrote in its summary for the award. “We firmly believe that education is a responsibility shared among student, school, family/home, and community.”

The other New Hampshire schools to be recognized are the Academy for Science and Design, Nashua; Nashua Catholic Regional Junior High School; and Riddle Brook School, Bedford.

“I am proud of these students, teachers and schools. The diversity of this list is very exciting. This award recognizes that students excel in different environments,” Frank Edelblut, New Hampshire’s commissioner of education, said in a statement.

The principal and one teacher from each school are invited to celebrate the honor at an awards cere mony scheduled for Nov. 6-7 in Washington, D.C. In addition, each school will receive an award plaque and a flag as symbols of their accomplishments.

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