VIENNA, W.Va.-(WTAP) Update: 10/11/2019
The city of Vienna celebrates a "Blue Ribbon" school with a parade.
With fire truck and police sirens sounding, the city held a parade Friday morning, celebrating the recent designation of Greenmont Elementary as a national "Blue Ribbon School" of excellence.
Excited school children, parents and administrators all lined up for the brief parade.
Other Wood County schools have received the "Blue Ribbon" award, but none have celebrated quite like this.
"I think it's wonderful the city of Vienna has recognized Greenmont Elementary School for their achievement," said Christie Willis, Director of Curriculum and Instruction. "(Prinicipal Brett) Ubbens does a wonderful job as principal, the teachers work really hard, the community is really supportive of Greenmont Elementary, so this is truly a celebration for the Greenmont community."
School administrators also were presented with a proclamation at Thursday night's Vienna City Council meeting.
A local school was named as one of the '2019 Blue Ribbon Schools' by the U.S. Department of Education.
Greenmont Elementary in Vienna was one of three schools in West Virginia to receive the national honor for student achievement and academic excellence.
The school received the highest math scores in the state of Wet Virginia, and equally close scores in English Language Arts in standardized testing.
There were also improvements in scores in other subject areas.
Principal Brett Ubbens is grateful for the honor, and says the school is taking to steps to progress even more.
"The fact of the matter is that we have kids that start out high, and it's really important to keep them progressing and moving higher", said Ubbens.
In a ceremony, Wood County Schools Superintendent William Hosaflook, along with U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy Devos through video announcement, present the school with its award.
Two Wood County Schools have been named Blue Ribbon Schools in the past 10 years and superintendent Hosaflook says Wood County students are making academic strides.
"Throughout Wood County, all of our schools are growing and progressing academically. If you look at the state summit test and scores they just released a couple of weeks ago, you'll see that we've made tremendous progress", said Hosaflook.
The Blue Ribbon Schools recognition program began under the No Child Left Behind legislation and is now in its 37th year.