Silver Spur Awarded Blue Ribbon
• Silver Spur Elementary wins 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award.
Silver Spur Elementary School has been awarded the 2017 National Blue Ribbon School Award, one of the most difficult school titles to receive.
The Rancho Palos Verdes School was one of only 25 schools in California and one of the 342 schools in the U.S. that got the award.
The award is an honor given to the most outstanding public or private schools, elementary, middle and high school.
Silver Spur won it for being an exemplary, high-performing school in test scores, rankings and overall academic excellence. Schools have to be nominated by a state official a year in advance and then they can start the application process.
It took Silver Spur two months to thoroughly fill out the application due to the many essays on multiple topics, such as “core curriculum areas, other curriculum areas, professional development, school leadership, engaging families and communities and interventions,’’ said Silver Spur teacher Jasmine Arjasbi.
As part of the celebration of winning, Principal Marta Jevenois-Richardson and a Silver Spur teacher Jasmine Arjasbi went to Washington, D.C. to receive the award and brought home a plaque and banner given by the Secretary of Education, Betsey DeVoss.
At an assembly, the students were awarded a lanyard and a pin that have the National Blue Ribbon symbol on it.