Cashell Elementary School Named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School

September 30, 2014
Cashell Elementary School has been selected as a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the winners of the award on Tuesday (September 30, 2014).

Cashell, which serves the Rockville and Olney areas, was honored for its exceptional academic performance, as well as its leadership, and instructional programs. Cashell is the 37th school in Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.

“Congratulations to the entire Cashell Elementary School community on being named a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Superintendent of Schools Joshua P. Starr. “Cashell is a great example of how a highly engaged staff can work in partnership with parents and community members, leading to great results for our children.”

Cashell was named a 2014 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools in December, qualifying the school for consideration as a National Blue Ribbon School.  Cashell is one of six public schools in Maryland and 332 schools nationwide that were honored as National Blue Ribbon Schools this year.

Cashell Elementary School serves more than 320 students from Pre-K through Grade 5, and has four classes serving 3-to-11-year-old students with special needs. Students have scored at high levels on the Maryland School Assessments (MSA) for the last several years.  In 2013, more than 95 percent of the students were proficient in reading, with 52 percent scoring in the advanced range. In mathematics, more than 95 percent of Cashell students were proficient, with 60 percent scoring in the advanced range.

In addition to a robust academic program, Cashell has a strong integrated arts program. The arts team collaborates on several student productions throughout the year, and the Cashell chorus has performed in several Washington, D.C. venues, including the Cherry Blossom Parade.

Cashell principal Maureen Ahern-Stamoulis shared news of the award with her school after the official announcement was made by Secretary Duncan on Tuesday afternoon.

“The National Blue Ribbon Award is a recognition of the hard work of our staff and students and the unwavering support of our parents and community,” principal Ahern-Stamoulis said. “I am proud to be the principal of this school. We will continue to ensure that all of our students receive the education and support they need to thrive today and in the future.”

Cashell and the other 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at a recognition ceremony in November in Washington, D.C.

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