Lewis Vincent Elementary Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Award

Lewis Vincent Elementary Celebrates National Blue Ribbon Award
Posted on 11/27/2018
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Lewis Vincent Elementary Celebrates

National Blue Ribbon Award

 

DENHAM SPRINGS, La. – Students at Lewis Vincent Elementary celebrated and gave thanks before the Thanksgiving holiday break, but not quite like one would think.

 

They took time before the holiday break to proclaim their excitement for Lewis Vincent Elementary being named a National Blue Ribbon School in recognition of the school’s overall academic performance and progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups.  Lewis Vincent is one of only six school in Louisiana to receive the award this year, and only the second in Livingston Parish to ever receive the coveted award.

 

The students participated in a school-wide parade and special ceremony led by Superintendent Rick Wentzel and attended by many parents and community members.

 

“The kids understand that what they have achieved is a high-level of success.  The National Blue Ribbon designation is not something that is handed out every day,” Lewis Vincent Elementary Principal Lynette Wheat said.  “We want them to know they can continue to accomplish great things here, and throughout life, if they will work hard and strive to do their very best.”

All the students wore gray and blue t-shirts screened with the National Blue Ribbon medallion, and they marched through the campus and to the front of the school with a banner proclaiming the school’s National Blue Ribbon Award School designation.

 

Wheat noted that the school’s performance score improved 13.1 points from the 2014-2015 school year, and is in the top 15 percent statewide for closing the gap between the academic performance of the general student population and economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities and English as a Second Language (ESL) students.

 

The school has more than 400 students, many of who come for low-income families, she said.  Approximately 62 percent qualify for reduced and free lunches – a number that is up from before the August 2016 flood.  The school has also seen an increase in its Hispanic and ESL population.

 

Wheat said she and her staff encourage attendance and positive behavior among students.  The school offers a variety of incentives, including the Principal’s 200 Club, which rewards good behavior and peer leadership.  The school also implemented a small group intervention program in 2016, which targets academic weaknesses among students.  Students are put into small groups to work on identified skill needs with tutors and certified teachers. Before and after school tutoring programs also help struggling students, while pushing stronger students to the “next level,” she said. 

The school also added a pre-school program to the campus this school year to engage children in learning activities at an earlier age.  Currently, 26 students are in the program.

The school also added a pre-school program to the campus this school year to engage children in learning activities at an earlier age.  Currently, 26 students are in the program.

 

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LVE Blue Ribbon Ceremony

LVE Blue Ribbon Celebration Ceremony – Lewis Vincent Elementary Principal Lynette Wheat speaks to students during the school’s celebration of its 2018 National Blue Ribbon designation.  The school celebrated with a short ceremony and parade through the campus.


LVE Blue Ribbon Parade

LVE Blue Ribbon Parade – Lewis Vincent Elementary students and their teachers march throughout the campus waving pompoms and carrying a blue banner that proclaims their school’s designation as a 2018 National Blue Ribbon School.





 

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