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October 20, 2017

Department of Education recognizes Woods Elementary School


Department of Education recognizes Woods Elementary School

FORT SMITH, Ark. —The U.S. Department of Education recognized Woods Elementary School with a National Blue Ribbon award. Blue Ribbon…


The U.S. Department of Education recognized Woods Elementary School with a National Blue Ribbon award.

Blue Ribbon Schools are chosen based on the school’s overall academic excellence or academic progress.

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Woods Elementary School Principal Andrea Schwartz told 40/29 News her school was in the top five percent for both performing schools and growth.

Woods Elementary School teachers work hard to teach students good test taking practices early on, and try to make it fun.

“What we normally do and I think this is what also helped us be really excited and not afraid of the test, is we have a testing theme every year. Last year, the students wanted to do emojis. Every grade level had a different emoji, like a thinking emoji or a winking face and we focused on high yield testing strategies like making inferences or explain your thinking, those types of things,”said Principal Andrea Schwartz, Woods Elementary School.

The Department of Education recognized 342 schools across the country as 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Out of the hundreds of recipients, three are representing Arkansas: Woods Elementary School in Fort Smith, Don Roberts Elementary School and College Station in Little Rock.

Click on this link for a full list of the 2017 Blue Ribbon recipients: 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

November 6-7 Principal Schwartz will travel to Washington, D.C. to be formally recognized by the Department of Education.


Source: 4029 Northwest Arkansas News Department of Education recognizes Woods Elementary School

Department of Education recognizes Woods Elementary School

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