Howard County middle school named Blue Ribbon school
Lime Kiln gets honor for first time; only one in county chosen
By Sara Toth
A county middle school is one of six Blue Ribbon schools in the state this year.
For the first time ever, Lime Kiln Middle School in Fulton was named a Maryland Blue Ribbon School of Excellence by state Superintendent of Schools Nancy Grasmick.
It is the only school in Howard County to be honored this year.
“Maryland has scores of innovative, highly effective schools, making this selection from our 1,450 schools more difficult this year,” Grasmick stated in a press release.
The honors go to elementary, middle and high schools that have consistently high performances on Maryland State Assessments, or have shown improvement in its scores.
Patti Caplan, director of public relations for Howard County schools, said Grasmick would visit the school in the spring to congratulate the faculty, staff and students, although the date of the visit was not immediately known. All six schools will be honored by Grasmick at an awards banquet March 14, 2011 in Annapolis.
Lime Kiln and the other schools now will represent Maryland in the National Blue Ribbon Schools Competition. Winners will be announced in the fall of 2011.
Lime Kiln scored in the top 15 percent of Maryland schools, based on MSA scores. Seventy-percent of Lime Kiln’s 624 students scored at the advanced level on the reading portion of the MSAs in the 2009-2010 school year, and 51.7 percent scored advanced in mathematics.
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