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Linthicum Elementary among six named Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools

Linthicum Elementary School’s success

Linthicum Elementary’s intense focus on increasing rigor and providing differentiated support for students has been met with outstanding success, with 97.8 percent of students scoring proficient or advanced in math and 96.9 percent hitting the mark in reading on the 2012-13 Maryland School Assessments. There was virtually no achievement gap with regard to students receiving free and reduced-price meals, as 98.1 percent were proficient or advanced in math and 96.1 reached the mark in reading. Overall, 59.1 percent of students scored advanced in math and 57.3 percent were advanced in reading.

Linthicum has cultivated many external partnerships with its community and business partners, including mentor programs for students with BWI Doubletree Hotel and AETNA employees. The school is a Professional Development School for Goucher College, and students from nearby North County High School work with Linthicum students as well.

The school’s PTA has been integral to its success and has supported teachers through a variety of initiatives, including raising funds to purchase SmartBoards for every classroom to increase the use of technology in lessons.

Linthicum is the 11th county elementary school to earn the award, and the first in the North County cluster. It is the seventh time in the last nine years and 11th time since 2000-2001 that the county has had a Maryland Blue Ribbon School.

Robert Goddard French Immersion School stands out

Robert Goddard French Immersion School students obtained overall proficient or advanced scores of 94.4 percent in math and 95 percent in reading, while meeting its Adequate Yearly Progress targets for 12 consecutive years. The second oldest full or total immersion school in the United States, Goddard French Immersion has many of its 578 culturally diverse students receiving top honors in programs such as the Diplôme d’Etudes en Langue Française, an official qualifications awarded by the French Ministry of Education to certify the competency of candidates from outside France in the French language, Final Frontiers, National Science Bowl, annual top honors in the Prince George’s County Instrumental Music Assessment, Destination Imagination, and the Russian Olympiada.

The school is also characterized by its community giving and has donated thousands of dollars to local and national charities including the P.G. Public Safety Assistance Program Food Drive, March of Dimes Foundation, and Pennies for Patients, American Diabetes Walk, and the Marine Corp “Toys for Tots.” It has been a Maryland Green School since 2004 and a PBIS Bronze Medal Recognition School for the last two years.

The other schools to receive blue ribbons are Frost Elementary School in Allegany County, Western School of Technology & Environmental Science in Baltimore County, Northern Garrett High School in Garrett County and Cashell Elementary School in Montgomery County.

The six new Blue Ribbon schools will be invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply to be National Blue Ribbon Schools. With underwriting of Maryland sponsors, each school will receive a Maryland Blue Ribbon Flag, a monetary prize, an interactive Smart Board, and a school-wide Pizza Party. A dinner in Annapolis will be held in honor of the winning schools next Spring. On that date, each Blue Ribbon School will be honored by the Maryland House of Delegates and the Senate.

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