Lucy V. Barnsley Celebrates Maryland Blue Ribbon
Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford and State Superintendent of Schools Karen Salmon joined Board of Education President Shebra Evans, Superintendent Jack Smith, Deputy Superintendent Monifa McKnight and other state and county officials to celebrate Lucy V. Barnsley Elementary School being named a 2019-2020 Maryland Blue Ribbon School.
The event included a schoolwide assembly, with a performance from the fifth grade chorus, and tours of kindergarten, first and second grade classrooms. Watch a video here.
The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes and honors schools that exhibit high performance and/or significant improvement in reading and mathematics achievement as measured by Maryland assessments. Schools must meet other rigorous standards developed by the Maryland State Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Education, including school leadership, professional development, and instructional approaches based on school-age population.
Barnsley is the first school in the state of Maryland named after a woman, and has 746 kindergarten to Grade 5 students. More than 40 percent of the students represent socioeconomically disadvantaged families, special needs students, or English language learners. The school offers a Deaf and Hard of Hearing sign language program, and is the only elementary school in Montgomery County with a Gifted and Talented Learning Disabled program. It also serves as a Center for Enriched Studies, bringing together students from several clusters for high-level, fast-paced instruction. Barnsley has an award-winning Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program.
Barnsley will receive a Maryland Blue Ribbon flag, a monetary prize, $1,000 in office supplies and interactive technology equipment. A dinner in Annapolis will be held in honor of the winning schools on March 2, 2020. The winning schools will also be invited by the U.S. Department of Education to apply to be National Blue Ribbon Schools. MCPS has 41 National Blue Ribbon winners.