ASHLAND — The Ashland Elementary School was recognized yesterday by the state Department of Education and has received an Excellence in Education ("EDie") award as the top K-8 school in New Hampshire for 2015
The award came as a surprise ending to a student assembly at which teachers and school workers were honored and students cheered as the banner proclaiming the Excellence in Education award was carried into the school gym where the assembly was held.
Shannon Bartlett, school principal, said that she was informed two weeks ago that Ashland was a winner and she spent the time since then keeping the secret.
She said that he award reflects well on the quality and dedication of the school's teaching staff and the community support the school has enjoyed in recent years.
Bartlett, who has been principal at the school for three years, said that it's nor the first time the school has been honored. In 2007 it was named New Hampshire School of the Year and in 2008 long-time Principal Bill Tirone, who spent nearly 40 years in the Ashland School District, was named Principal of the Year.
The Excellence in Education awards, or "EDies," were created more than 20 years ago to recognize public schools that meet high standards. This year's elementary school winner is the Parker Varney School in Manchester and Bow High School took top honors in the high school division.
On Saturday, June 6, all of New Hampshire's Schools of Excellence will be honored at the 22nd Annual EDies award celebration. This gala event is a collaborative effort of most of the major state-wide education associations.
It is the purpose of the New Hampshire Excellence in Education Awards Program (EDies) to recognize New Hampshire schools and individuals who meet high standards of excellence. The primary sponsor, McDonald's restaurants of New Hampshire, has been dedicated to sponsoring the "EDies" since they began in 1994.
"McDonald's of New Hampshire is so proud to have been part of the EDies awards since its inception over 20 years ago," said New Hampshire McDonald's owner/operator Peter Napoli. "It's a pleasure to recognize educators and schools that go above and beyond the call of duty — and this year's three winning schools are no exception. McDonald's thanks all of our New Hampshire educators for their tremendous dedication, hard work and enthusiasm toward helping our young people grow to be outstanding citizens.''
Ken Darsney, principal of the Barnard School in Hampton, announced at an assembly yesterday that the Ashland Elementary School has been honored for Excellence in Education for meeting high academic standards and has been named award winner in the K-8 category. (Roger Amsden/for the Laconia Daily Sun)
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