Beverly Vista School Awarded - the No Child Left Behind - National Blue Ribbon School

Beverly Vista is the first K-8 school in the Beverly Hills Unified School District to be asked to write an application for the National No Child Left Behind - Blue Ribbon School Award. We were one of 311 schools out of 270,000 in the nation to receive this recognition last month.
On November 10th and 11th, Mrs. Bauer and I were proud to represent Beverly Vista at the Awards Ceremony in Washington, D.C. We were also privileged to meet colleagues from around the country working in large cities, suburban areas and very rural, remote communities all of whom are dedicated to providing the best possible education for every child. We attended several panel discussions about critical issues in education and leadership of principals and teachers. Several speakers addressed the importance of standards, assessments and closing the achievement gap for all school-aged children. NO Child Will Be Left Behind.

Margaret Spellings, United States Secretary of Education, and Steve Brien, Director of Recognition Programs for the US Department of Education, praised the group for its hard work, professionalism and commitment to the youth of this country. They told us to be proud of what we are doing and to take credit for encouraging and promoting excellence and in-depth thinking in students.

We met the United States Teacher of the Year, Jason Kamras, a most dynamic, dedicated young man. A graduate of Princeton and Harvard, he chose to work in an inner-city school in the District of Columbia so he could provide the best for needy students. He told us that any extra time he devotes to his students makes a difference in their lives. He is passionate and committed and instilled those feelings in everyone who attended. We have returned with increased enthusiasm and energy to move our students even higher up the proficiency scale.

We thank the entire staff, students, parents, community and District personnel for their assistance and support. We could not have become a National No Child Left Behind -Blue Ribbon School without you. You are the SPECIAL PEOPLE who are BEVERLY VISTA SCHOOL.