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HOPE VALLEY - At the entrance of Hope Valley Elementary School, a decorative blue ribbon is attached to the wall adjacent to the front door. A similar ribbon can also be found on the door to the schoolâ€™s main office.
The ribbons are commemorative of a prestigious national award that the school received. Hope Valley Elementary was recognized by the U.S. Depth. of Education as a Blue Ribbon award winner. The Blue Ribbon Schoolâ€™s Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools nationwide whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress closing gaps in achievement.
Two Rhode Island schools were among the 305 nationally recognized in the program, on Thursday, Sept. 15. Park Elementary School in Warwick was the other.
According to Hope Valley Elementary Principal Giuseppe â€śJoeâ€ť Gencarelli, the school was given the award for high performance on the New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP), a form of standardized testing.
â€śThe credit goes to the teachers, the students, and really the whole staff,â€ť said Gencarelli. â€śThe students are the ones who took the tests and the teachers are the ones who taught them.â€ť
Gencarelli said that he sent a newsletter to parents on the day following the announcement of the award.
â€śItâ€™s a tremendous honor,â€ť he said. â€śIn the newsletter to the parents, I said it was like winning the Super Bowl, or a gold medal at the olympics. It is an accomplishment that comes around once in a lifetime.â€ť
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