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Churchill school gets 'blue ribbon' for closing the gap

 

September 23, 2022

Jana Peterson

Churchill principal Dave Wangan greets students with fist bumps, lots of "Good Morning" greetings and the occasional hug Wednesday morning before school. The Cloquet elementary school was recognized as a national Blue Ribbon School for 2022. The recognition is based on a school's overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

Nothing changed at Churchill Elementary School on Friday when U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona announced the 2022 National Blue Ribbon Schools - and the Cloquet school as one of 297 to make the list.

Teachers and staff at the school were still doing what they do, students were still attending classes, studying and hanging out with friends. But there was extra excitement in the air, a little sense of being recognized as something special.

It's a big deal.

National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective school practices for state and district educators and other schools th...



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