Sandymount Elementary School in Finksburg was designated one of 11 Maryland Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence for 1996 yesterday by Nancy S. Grasmick, the state superintendent of schools.
This honor puts Sandymount in the running for the National Blue Ribbon School competition sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.
Blue-ribbon schools are selected on the basis of leadership, teaching environment, curriculum, student environment, parent and community support, and performance. Sandymount and the other 10 schools applied for consideration and were chosen over about 800 other elementary schools statewide.
"That is an absolutely wonderful reflection of that staff and that school, and what they do for those children day in and day out," said Gary Dunkleberger, assistant superintendent of schools in Carroll. "Something like this does not happen by accident or happenstance. A lot of work went into this."
Sandymount, under Principal Linda Mills, has an active parent-grandparent volunteer program. In addition, teachers come in before school for "breakfast bunch" meetings to discuss new trends and issues. And experienced teachers serve as mentors to new staff members.
Pub Date: 11/05/96