CUMBERLAND – The Cumberland School Department on Tuesday announced that Ashton Elementary School has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students are excelling with high learning standards, or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap.
Ashton Elementary is being applauded as an exemplary achievement gap closing school.
“This recognition is a testament to the hard work of the faculty and the entire school community,” said Principal Nidia Karbonik. “Our teachers are diligent in ensuring students have the support they need to reach proficiency. Our students are working hard and our families are very supportive. It is that partnership and the support system created within the school that have led us to this achievement. We are honored to receive the Blue Ribbon School recognition and we are proud of everyone in our community.”
Supt. Phil Thornton said the prestigious national award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the administration, faculty and staff of Ashton Elementary School.
“We are all very proud of Ashton School,” he said.
“We’ve been watching the positive increases in student achievement at Ashton School for several years, said School Committee Chairwoman Karen Freedman. “Under Principal Karbonik’s stellar leadership, the teachers, staff, students and families have been committed to closing achievement gaps for all students. Receiving the National Blue Ribbon Schools designation is a recognition of a lot of hard work and a commitment to making data-driven decisions to improve student outcomes.”
Mayor Jeff Mutter congratulated the entire Ashton Elementary School community
“We are so thankful for everyone’s hard work to close achievement gaps and their ongoing commitment to academic excellence led by Principal Karbonik,” he said. “These achievements only happen through consistency and collaboration and the entire Cumberland community should be very proud.”
A total of 325 schools were recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education this year. Three schools in Rhode Island earned the distinction, Ashton Elementary being one of them.