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Fort Knox -- BLUE RIBBON School Celebration

by Catrina Francis, Gold Standard Senior Staff Writer

The Gold Standard
Fort Knox, KY | March 27, 2014

   The red carpet and banners greeted everyone as they entered Kingsolver Elementary School's gym Friday as staff, parents and students celebrated the school being named a National Blue Ribbon School. 
   Last year Laura Gibson, the school's principal, was notified that they would receive the esteemed award."(This) is one of the most historical days of our school," said Gibson.
    "(There are) approximately 130,000 schools in the United States (and) this school year 286 received this award. That is how special our school, teachers, staff, students (and) community is."Brig. Gen. Peggy Combs, the commander of Cadet Command and Fort Knox, said receiving the award was a team effort from parents, students, administrators and the PTO. During her speech Combs asked the students to give themselves a pat on the back for doing such a great job.
   "When I got here about two weeks ago I said Fort Knox students are gold," Combs said. 
   "Ladies and gentlemen, America's treasures (are) sitting right there."Combs also asked that teachers and administrators continue to develop the students' potential because doing so will greatly benefit the community."Congratulations, Kingsolver, (I'm) so proud to have you as Fort Knox gold," she said. 
   Dr. Frank Calvano, the Department of Defense Education Activity Kentucky district superintendent, said the Blue Ribbon is awarded nationally to about 300 schools for either exemplary achievement or significant achievement. And Kingsolver demonstrated exemplary  across all subgroups and all content areas. He pointed out that exemplary is awarded when the students in the most recent year  placed in the top 15 percent of DoDEA for reading and math. The school's scores have been special. He said students score in the 50 percentile, but  Kingsolver students scored higher than an average school."Those scores are uniquely special," said Calvano. "In all my years, I've never seen scores that special." 
   "Today our students are superstars for the day. That's why we have the red carpet," explained Gibson.

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