Schools receive 2016 National Blue Ribbon recognition in Washington, DC

EARTHS Magnet Elementary & Westlake High School awarded coveted honor

On Monday, November 7 and Tuesday, November 8 the U.S. Department of Education formally recognized the 329 schools from across the nation selected as 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools at a special awards ceremony in Washington, DC.

EARTHS Magnet Elementary is one of 25 elementary schools in the state of California to receive the distinguished 2016 National Blue Ribbon Award and Westlake High School is one of just four high schools in the state of California to receive the coveted honor.

Conejo Valley Unified School District Superintendent Dr. Ann Bonitatibus, EARTHS Magnet Elementary School Principal Jeff Rickert and Westlake High School Principal Jason Branham attended the two-day long celebration along with several key leaders from each school site. 

Highlights from the ceremony included congratulatory remarks from John B. King, Jr., Secretary of Education U.S. Department of Education and "Ed Café" roundtable sessions discussing best practices in education, including an "Ed Café" roundtable session led by EARTHS Magnet Elementary.

The event hit a high note on Tuesday when Aba Kumi, Director National Blue Ribbon Schools Program formally awarded each 2016 National Blue Ribbon School their official plaque.

Congratulations to all the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools!

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