Spring Creek Elementary School celebrated on Friday after being named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Several officials spoke at the event, including State Superintendent Jillian Balow, Albany County School District One Superintendent Dr. Jubal Yennie, School Board Chair Janice Marshall, and Spring Creek’s Principal, Dr. Liann Brenneman.

“Spring Creek is full of very talented students who work hard on a daily basis,” said Dr. Brenneman. “The teachers in our school spend countless hours working on lesson plans that will engage, challenge, and provide wonderful learning opportunities for all students. Parents provide amazing support through volunteer hours, book fairs, and learning support for their students. Our support staff works tirelessly to ensure that students are challenged at their level, and provided essential support from breakfast to boarding the bus. Only through this team effort and endless dedication to learning can we all achieve our goal of Reaching the Peaks Together."

The school’s gifted and talented (GATE) program and Response to Intervention (RTI) model are just two of the factors that combined to make Spring Creek Elementary the only school in the state of Wyoming to be named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes private and public elementary, middle, and high schools with either very high-achieving students or where notable improvements are being made to close the achievement gap.  A total of 335 schools across the country were recognized this year.

"The culture at Spring Creek is supportive, positive, and focused on student success," said Balow. "Dr. Brenneman and her excellent staff use data and best practices to meet the needs of every learner.”