Jefferson City School Superintendent Dr. Donna McMullan and Associate Superintendent Brian Moore are shown visiting JMS classrooms after the announcement for the 2021 National Blue Ribbon School award was made. They went to each classroom explaining to students what the recognition meant while congratulating the teachers and students for this elite honor.

Jefferson Middle School has been recognized as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

All schools, both public and private, are eligible for this award based on outstanding school performance and may only be nominated once every five years.

Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education, announced 325 schools as recipients of the National Blue Ribbon Schools award.

"This year's cohort of honorees demonstrates what is possible when committed educators and school leaders create vibrant, welcoming, and affrming school cultures where rich teaching and learning can flourish," said Secretary Cardona. "I commend this school and all our Blue Ribbon honorees for working to keep students healthy and safe while meeting their academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs. In the face of unprecedented circumstances, you found creative ways to engage, care for, protect, and teach our children. Blue Ribbon Schools have so much to offer and can serve as a model for other schools and communities so that we can truly build back better."

Jefferson Middle School was the only middle school in Georgia, and one of 45 middle schools chosen nationwide, for this recognition. The U.S. Education Department recognizes schools in one of two categories: Exemplary High-Performing or Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing. Jfferson Middle School was among the Exemplary High-Performing Schools, as measured by state assessments and nationally normed tests.

“We are extremely proud of our students and teachers for maintaining the high level of academic excellence evidenced by this elite recognition,” said JMS Principal Carol Ann Knight. “Thank you for the commitment and hard work from our board of education, system leaders, teachers, and students that allow Jefferson Middle School to continue to provide face-to-face instruction, which is what sets us apart from other schools who were nominated for this award.”


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