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April 15, 2011

Looking at the Week HeaderNOSCA Holds National Counselor Conference  

On April 10, Dr. Joe Rochford was a panel member at the National Office for School Counselor Advocacy (NOSCA) national conference in Chicago at the request of the College Board. The conference, Destination Equity 2011: Charting Bright Futures for All Students, focused on counseling practices and programs that encourage access and success for students as they prepare for college and careers.  

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State Board recognizes Massillon's Whittier Elementary as Number of Stark Blue Ribbon LogoCounty "Blue Ribbon" Schools Continues to Grow

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program sets a standard of excellence for all schools striving for the highest level of achievement. - U.S. Department of Education

This week at its April meeting, the State Board of Education honored Massillon's Whittier Elementary as one of 18 Ohio schools to receive the U.S. Department of Education's coveted "Blue Ribbon School"[1] designation in 2010.

Whittier is the fifth Stark County school to be so named since 2005. The others are Genoa Elementary School (2005), Jackson High School (2009), Lake Cable Elementary (2009) and Fairhope Elementary (2009).

In nearly thirty years since the award began, only 6,000 schools across the nation have ever earned the "Blue Ribbon" designation. The program recognizes schools that are high performing or have raised achievement to high levels, particularly among disadvantaged students. They are among the top schools in their state and the nation.

Several Stark County schools also were named "Blue Ribbon Schools" prior to 2005. They were Canton Country Day School (1992), Gibbs Elementary School (1986), Saint Barbara School (1986), and Saint Paul School (2001).

Whittier Elementary School Students


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