Two Reno schools receive national recognition

The U.S. Department of Education provided this photograph of the Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- The U.S. Department of Education named two Reno elementary schools as 2018 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

The government announced the designation for Roy Gomm Elementary School and Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages on Monday.

The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups, the department said in a press release.

“Being identified as a Blue Ribbon school is a wonderful recognition of the dedication and hard work of the Gomm staff and the incredible support of our Gomm families,” John Sutherland, principal of Roy Gomm Elementary School, said in a statement from the school district. “I’m very proud of the entire Gomm community.”

“We are extremely excited and honored to receive recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School,” Krissy Brown, principal at Mt. Rose K-8 School of Languages, said in a statement from the school district. “Our staff, students, parents, and community members work so hard each and every day to ensure our students reach their highest achievement goals and beyond. Our Mount Rose School community is more than deserving of being recognized for their work on a national level. I am so proud of all we have accomplished together, and even more excited to see what our future holds.”

WCSD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Kristen McNeill said the recognition was a tribute to the work of Sutherland and Brown.

““Their dedication to their school communities has always been exceptional, and we are excited about this recognition,” McNeill said in a school district statement.

Judy & John L Goolsby Elementary School in Las Vegas was the only other Nevada school honored in 2018.