Reno, NV (October 1, 2018) – The U.S. Department of Education has designated Roy Gomm Elementary School and Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages as National Blue Ribbon Schools, based upon their students’ overall academic performance. This national honor recognizes public and private elementary-, middle-, and high schools whose students perform at very high levels or where significant improvements are being made in students’ level of achievement.
“What a tremendous honor for our students, staff members, and families at Gomm Elementary School and Mt. Rose K-8 School,” said Washoe County School District (WCSD) Board President Katy Simon Holland. “We are proud of their hard work and perseverance as they have strived for continuous improvement and reached their academic goals. Congratulations to everyone whose efforts led to this amazing national honor.”
“These awards are testaments to the strong commitment to excellence at Gomm and Mt. Rose schools,” said WCSD Superintendent Traci Davis. “They have worked so hard to help their students learn and succeed, and I could not be more proud of their success. This is great news, and I join with the Board of Trustees and all of our administrative staff in congratulating them for this high honor.”
The National Blue Ribbon Schools award program honored Roy Gomm Elementary School and Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages in the “Exemplary School Performance Category.” One other school in Nevada—John & Judy Goolsby Elementary School in Clark County—was similarly recognized. All three schools were nominated by the Nevada Department of Education.
“The leadership of Krissy Brown and John Sutherland—both veteran principals in our District— is outstanding, and this national honor stands as a tremendous tribute to their work,” said WCSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill. “Their dedication to their school communities has always been exceptional, and we are excited about this recognition.”
“We are so proud of the outstanding work that has been done at Mt. Rose and Gomm Elementary Schools to reach Blue Ribbon status,” said Dr. Troy Parks, the WCSD area superintendent who oversees both schools. “Congratulations to all of the teachers, staff, and families at these sites for this tremendous accomplishment.”
“Being identified as a Blue Ribbon school is a wonderful recognition of the dedication and hard work of the Gomm staff and the incredible support of our Gomm families,” said John Sutherland, principal of Roy Gomm Elementary School. “I’m very proud of the entire Gomm community.”
“We are extremely excited and honored to receive recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Krissy Brown, principal at Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages. “Our staff, students, parents, and community members work so hard each and every day to ensure our students reach their highest achievement goals and beyond. Our Mount Rose School community is more than deserving of being recognized for their work on a national level. I am so proud of all we have accomplished together, and even more excited to see what our future holds.”
In its 36-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this award on more than 8,800 schools. On November 7 and 8, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the Department of Education will celebrate with all honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.