Cash Valley Elementary School Recognized as 2020 National Blue Ribbon School
School, Staff Honored for Exemplary High Performance
On Thursday, September 24, 2020, U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced that Cash Valley Elementary School was among 367 schools nationwide being recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for 2020. Cash Valley was selected in 2019 as one of six Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools for being an Exemplary High Performing School as measured by state assessment scores in math and English Language Arts.
“Believing Every Connection Counts, we are an educational family acknowledging that positive school-community relationships develop an integrated unit with common expectations for educational success,” said Cash Valley Principal, Dr. Lisa Stevenson. “We attribute this success to our vision, mission, and core values; with school initiatives prioritized on students’ needs delivered through best practices.”
The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. Now in its 38th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards.
“It is always exciting to have our schools and their employees recognized at the state and national levels,” said school board president, Mrs. Tammy Fraley. “I have always said that education in Allegany County is at the top of Maryland, and this shows that others are recognizing that as well.”
Cash Valley serves students in grades pre-kindergarten through grade five, providing education through general classrooms, regional structured learning environments, inclusion services, and early childhood programs beginning at age three. Differentiation is the school’s strategy for academic success. Multi-Tiered Systems of Support identify instructional practices to sustain their improvement initiatives. “Differentiation approaches have unified our school and created an environment with quality feedback, blended learning, and strong relationships to foster a love of lifelong learning,” said Dr. Stevenson.
“Congratulations to Cash Valley Elementary School for receiving this prestigious honor,” said ACPS Interim Superintendent, Mr. Jeff Blank. “I am extremely proud of the hard work and dedication to academic success demonstrated by the school’s staff and students.”
The 2020 National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony will be held virtually on November 12 and 13, 2020. Cash Valley now joins Bel Air, Cresaptown, and Frost Elementary Schools as Allegany County Public Schools who have achieved National Blue Ribbon School status.
We are excited to announce that Cash Valley is a 2019-2020 Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence!
All students will reach their full potential, achieve success, and become productive citizens
The Cash Valley Elementary School Team, in partnership with families and the community, will ensure the success of all students by: Providing a safe, positive learning environment; Challenging students to grow emotionally, socially, and academically; Implementing differentiated instruction to meet diverse needs of all children; Instilling high expectations; and Fostering independent learners who actively participate, work collaboratively, and think critically.
Two new members have recently joined the Maryland State Board of Education. On July 1, Board Member Chuen-Chin Bianca Chang, MSN, PNP, RN-BC and Student Member Kevin Bokoum officially began their terms.
Maryland Career and Technical Education (CTE) students recently participated in technical skill competitions organized by SkillsUSA, a nonprofit organization for students in CTE programs.
Four ACPS Community School Coordinators had the opportunity to give a presentation to more than 100 educators from across the state at the recent 2021 Maryland Community Schools Summer Conference.
Mr. Mohammed Choudhury officially assumed the office of Maryland State Superintendent of Schools, responsible for leading the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the State’s education policy through the implementation of the Blueprint for Education and emergence from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Allegany County Public School’s Center for Career and Technical Education is providing 10 P-TECH students to participate in IBM’s nationwide program that will host 1,000 paid P-TECH interns this summer, with the aim of helping students gain critical professional and technical skills.
ACPS Superintendent of Schools, Mr. Jeff Blank, has announced the appointment of two new principals and a new Supervisor of Social Studies, Professional Learning, Title IIA, and New Teachers for the upcoming school year.
The Allegany County Public School System is proud to announce that students in the graduating Class of 2021 have been accepted to 42 different colleges, universities, and technical schools across the country.