Sunderland Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

Sunderland Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School
Posted on 09/28/2017
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September 28, 2017


Sunderland Elementary Named National Blue Ribbon School

Sunderland Elementary School has been awarded the prestigious title of National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today announced the recipients of the 2017 award, which were selected on the basis of rigorous state and national requirements for high achievement.

Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent, said, “Sunderland Elementary exemplifies excellence and achievement. The staff, administration, families, community, and former principal Karen Vogel are to be commended for the work they do on behalf of students.”

Principal Pam Kasulke said, “At Sunderland Elementary, we focus on the development of the whole child to ensure that students are developing socially and emotionally while being challenged with rigorous academics that both remediate and enrich based on students’ needs. We strive to be the best in all we do, and we challenge students to be their personal best.”

In addition to promoting high academic achievement, Sunderland encourages volunteerism and has a Family Student Organization (FSO) that also assists with fundraising efforts. All students become “future ready” by using tablets, document cameras, interactive white boards, and laptop and desktop computers. In grades 4 and 5, a 1:1 device program allows students to utilize technology in daily instruction. The school offers services for students with disabilities, as well as regional programs that include inclusive pre-K, co-taught kindergarten, and HeadStart. The Seahawk Kindness Crew works in partnership with Huntingtown High School’s Key Club to foster respect and kindness. Community partnerships with local churches provide support for families in the school though the HeartFelt Backpack Program and the Angel Tree Project.

Sunderland was one of six public schools awarded Maryland Blue Ribbon status in December 2016. Those six schools were then invited to apply for the national award.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.


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