Fairmount Elementary School receives prestigious Blue Ribbon award

Fairmount Firebirds Burn Blue!

Corinne Westeman
cwesteman@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/11/22

The Firebirds of Fairmount Elementary School have transformed from red to blue — burning hotter and brighter than before — as the school recently received the prestigious Blue Ribbon award.

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Fairmount Elementary School receives prestigious Blue Ribbon award

Fairmount Firebirds Burn Blue!

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The Firebirds of Fairmount Elementary School have transformed from red to blue — burning hotter and brighter than before — as the school recently received the prestigious Blue Ribbon award.

In September, the U.S. Department of Education named Fairmount as a 2022 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School.

Only four schools in Colorado received the award this year, Principal Sally Mills explained, and it was based on three years’ data and months of application work.

Mills told the students that being named a Blue Ribbon School was like winning the state competition in sports and then going onto nationals.

On Nov. 9, the Fairmount community — students, staff, parents and supporters — celebrated with a special aerial photo of the student body in the shape of a blue ribbon. The celebrations also included singing the school spirit song before eating popsicles and cookies.

“You should be so proud of yourselves,” Jeffco Superintendent Tracy Dorland told the school community. “ … (This award) is well-deserved.”

Assistant Principal Chris Kruse felt likewise, describing how she was immensely proud of all the students, staff members and community members’ hard work.

During the Nov. 9 celebration, Mills thanked the current and former students whose diligence has made this possible; all the teachers and staff members who’ve dedicated themselves to supporting students in the classroom and around the school; the parents, volunteers, PTA members and other supporters who make Fairmount feel like a community.

Dorland said she was grateful to all those groups too, but also wanted to recognize Mills and Kruse for all their efforts as Fairmount’s principals.

The Blue Ribbon award had a multitiered application process, Mills explained. The Colorado Department of Education nominated Fairmount based on three years’ worth of data. Then, the school had to submit an intense proposal, which Mills said staff started working on last spring.

At the very end of the application, Mills said, one of the questions asked about what sets Fairmount apart from other schools. Mills described how the teachers’ collaboration in their Professional Learning Communities over the past six years has bolstered them and subsequently the school.

Mills was overjoyed to see Fairmount receive the award. She believed it was a testament to how hard the staff members have worked in recent years, saying, “Teaching is a hard profession and very time-consuming.”

With the Blue Ribbon in hand, though, Fairmount can’t afford to rest on its laurels, she continued. She wanted the school to continue its best practices and social-emotional emphasis and encouraged the students to keep working hard in the classroom.

“Who knows,” Mill told the school community, “maybe we’ll win another Blue Ribbon.”

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