Thorntown Elementary School is one of eight Indiana schools nominated by the Indiana Department of Education for a Blue Ribbon Schools award.

The nomination was revealed to staff members recently by TES Principal Gary Lanpher, said Susan Ottinger, director of curriculum and instruction for the Western Boone County Community School Corp.

“We are pleased and honored to be nominated for this award recognizing outstanding student achievement,” Lanpher said in a press release. “It is a reflection of many years of hard work and dedication from our students, staff and parents.”

None of the other seven schools will be identified until the Indiana winner is announced in September, said an IDOE official.

“The Blue Ribbon award nomination recognizes the effort our staff and students put forth every day,” said Mrs. Pam Taylor, Thorntown Elementary’s assistant principal.

Susan Ottinger, WBCCSC’s director of curriculum, said the nomination is a “significant achievement,” demonstrating that the school “has identified student learning and academic growth as the number-one priority.”

The Blue Ribbon award, which has been given since 1982, has “honored America’s most successful schools,” Aba S. Kumi, a U.S. Department of Education official, told Lanpher in December.

The DOE uses two criteria for nomination, Kumi told Lanpher. Either students were in the top 10 percent of state tests regardless of socio-economic background, or the school has “shown dramatic improvement” on state tests, with at least 40 percent of students coming from “disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Thorntown is a previous winner of Indiana’s Four-Star School award.

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