Texico High earns select national honor

By Joshua Lucero
Staff writer
jlucero@cnjonline.com

Commitments to excellence and student success has landed Dora Elementary and Texico High School the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Schools honor.

The U.S. Department of Education selected 289 public and private schools across the nation for the Blue Ribbon program’s Exemplary High Performing Schools award.

Dora and Texico are two of three schools in New Mexico chosen for the honor, according to a Department of Education press release.

Roswell’s Berrendo Middle School was also honored with the Exemplary High Performing Schools award.

The Blue Ribbon Program awards schools at the elementary, middle, and high school levels for their overall academic excellence, according to the DOE website.

Details of the schools achievements can be found on the DOE website.

Texico High School Principal Elnabeth Grau said the credit for receiving the award goes to the school’s staff and students.

“I’m very pleased and proud to be part of the excellent teaching staff and students at Texico High School. They worked hard and rose up to meet the challenge,” Grau said.

Grau said the teaching staff at the high school helped to achieve the Blue Ribbon honor through its expertise and experience.

“(Our teachers) provide a classroom where the expectations and learning level is high,” Grau said.

Grau added, “Our students and staff never stop learning. Teachers are always looking for strategies that help students learn and engage them at a rigorous level.”

Dora Consolidated Schools Superintendent Steve Barron said he attributes Dora Elementary’s success to its staff and small structure.

“(Dora Elementary) staff is comprised of strong, experienced teachers, many of whom have lived their entire lives within the local community and are therefore personally invested in seeing the school succeed. The small school structure allows the staff to personally understand the students’ needs and provide targeted intervention in a timely manner,” he said.

Barron said the school strives to provide additional assistance and time to students who have not mastered specific skills.

Barron said the Dora schools staff plans to continue to provide a positive and engaging environment that is sensitive to student needs at the individual level to ensure their success.

The schools are honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., Nov. 10-11 and will receive a plaque and flag to signify their exemplary status, according to the DOE website.