Newland School earns Blue Ribbon honor

Newland Elementary School has been named a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School – one of only three in Orange County to earn that recognition.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan announced the names of this year’s Blue Ribbon schools on Tuesday.

“National Blue Ribbon Schools are models of consistent excellence and a resource for other schools and districts, “ Duncan said. “We celebrate them for their tireless effort and boundless creativity in reaching and teaching every student.”

Newland Elementary, a Fountain Valley School District school, was one of only 48 schools nationwide designated an “Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing School.”

“We are very pleased with how teachers, staff, parents and students work together to give each and every student the opportunity to achieve excellence in their education,” Newland School Principal Christopher Mullin said. “The success of every child is important to each one of us here at Newland Elementary and in the Fountain Valley School District.”

Added FVSD Superintendent Marc Ecker: “We are very pleased that Newland Elementary has won this highly prestigious award. We join the staff and parents of Newland in celebrating this first National Blue Ribbon award for our school district.”

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