First, the U.S. Secretary of Education, Miguel A. Cardona, Ed.D., notified Principal Ruth White that LMS had been named a 2022 Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School. Lookout Mountain School was one of only 295 schools in the entire country - and one of just six schools in Tennessee - to receive this honor. In recognizing the school’s overall academic performance, Secretary Cardona wrote to Mrs. White, “The U.S. Department of Education acknowledges your unwavering commitment to the well-being of every child and the possibilities that you create for the next generation.” He goes on to say, “Congratulations on your accomplishments. Your school is truly an inspiring example of students, teachers, staff, administrators, parents, families, and community leaders all working together through challenging circumstances to prepare our nation’s students to succeed.” Mrs. White has been invited to attend a ceremony held next month in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the National Blue Ribbon schools and receive the award for LMS.
The second recognition comes from the Tennessee Department of Education, as LMS was once again named a Level 5 Reward School this year. Reward School acknowledgement is based on a school’s Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System (TVAAS) and Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) performance. Level 5 status is conferred upon schools that earn the top rating for academic growth and show “significant evidence that their students exceeded the state growth standard” in several vital subjects including literacy and numeracy. Representatives from the Hamilton County Department of Education visited LMS in mid-September to present the award banner and take a school-wide photo with students, faculty, and staff. Recognizing the Hamilton County Reward Schools, HCS Superintendent Dr. Justin Robertson said, “We are pleased to see the continued growth of students … Level 5 recognition is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers throughout the 2021-2022 school year. We are honored to be able to celebrate this achievement of students’ success.”
Clearly, there is much to praise at LMS! The faculty, staff, parents, PTA, and entire Lookout Mountain community should feel very proud of the school for these accomplishments, and the LMS students should feel exceedingly proud of themselves for the time, effort, and determination that went into these successes. Principal Ruth White shares, “Lookout Mountain School’s mission is to create a learning community that allows all students to achieve success by providing them with research-based instruction in the areas of scholarship, leadership, citizenship, and integrity.” She says that at LMS, “we believe the foundation of lifelong learning for all students should be enhanced through the teaching of related arts, integration of enrichment resources, and development of a strong academic core.” Mrs. White feels like this recognition is “a feather in the cap for all of our community and will last for generations to come” and she “applauds everyone for your part in supporting our school!”
by Meredith Brown