News Release, Calvert County Public Schools
Mt. Harmony Elementary School has been awarded the prestigious title of National Blue Ribbon School. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced the recipients of the 2019 award, which were selected on the basis of rigorous state and national requirements for high achievement.
Dr. Daniel D. Curry, Superintendent of Calvert County Public Schools, said, “This is special. The students, staff, and community have all contributed and well deserve this recognition. It’s just another example that supports our observation that families move to Calvert County for the schools.”
Principal Charles Treft said, “Our staff, students, parents, and the community are excited to have been recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for the second time. The 1986 and 2019 awards validate and recognize the culture of excellence that has been a part of the school over the years. We pride ourselves on working collaboratively with each other, our hard-working students, involved parents, and the supportive community to create a school where all students can be successful.”
Mt. Harmony is committed to the academic and social-emotional success of all students. The school staff creates an environment for student success by embracing the school’s core values of being passionate, encouraging, creative, and trustworthy. Students are encouraged to extend their learning by attending after-school clubs and to develop their leadership skills by becoming a school leader. Students are taught to “be kind” and “to attack the problem, not the person” when addressing disagreements with fellow students. The school staff works diligently to build engaged relationships with students, parents, and the community. The school’s PTA officers and members work collaboratively with the school’s staff and parents to plan and host family learning events throughout the school year.
Mt. Harmony was one of six public schools awarded Maryland Blue Ribbon status in December 2018. Those six schools were then invited to apply for the national award.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content.