Rose Acres earns Missouri's Gold Star Schools award

Rose Acres Elementary School has been named a Missouri Gold Star School for 2020. In its announcement on Aug. 20, the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) honored the Pattonville elementary school is one of seven schools across the state recognized in the program, which uses the same criteria as the U.S. Department of Education’s National National Blue Ribbon Schools program. 

The Missouri Gold Star Schools and the National Blue Ribbon Schools programs recognize schools for outstanding academic achievement and/or schools that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
 
  
"This award would not have been possible without the staff and students focus with academics and leadership," principal Steve Vargo said. "Rose Acres Elementary has traditionally been a strong learning community for many years and this award is a result of that. We share this award with our parents who always support the learning process."
 
Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven shared her congratulations.
 
“I am honored to recognize these outstanding schools for their commitment to providing a high-quality education to their students each and every day,”  Vandeven said. “To be acknowledged as Missouri’s representatives in this nationwide program is a testament to their efforts in preparing students of all ages for success.”
 
The U.S. Department of Education’s Blue Ribbon Schools will be announced this fall.
 
Missouri’s Gold Star Schools award was established in 1991. Honorees for 2020 include:
· Clayton High School, Clayton School District
· Festus Elementary, Festus R-VI School District
· Francis Howell High School, Francis Howell R-III School District
· Lincoln Elementary, St. Charles R-VI School District
· Rose Acres Elementary, Pattonville R-III School District
· Sunny Pointe Elementary, Blue Springs R-IV School District
· West Elementary, Ozark R-VI School District
 
(Note: Photo taken in October 2019)

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