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Carver and Dewey L. Carter Receive Lighthouse School Status

Recently, two schools in Florence 1, Carver Elementary School and Dewey L. Carter Elementary School, received the exciting news that they had been chosen as 2022 Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence (BRSE), Lighthouse Schools. This marks the seventh and eighth school within Florence 1 Schools to receive this designation. 

The BRSE nationally validated assessment process looks at the nine performance areas of high-performing schools to set the criteria for this prestigious award. The nine performance areas the BRSE assessment looks at are:

·  Student Focus and Support

·  School Organization and Culture

·  Challenging Standard and Curriculum 

·  Active Teaching and Learning

·  Technology and Integration

·  Professional Community

·  Leadership and Education Vitality

·  School, Family, and Community Partnerships

·  Indicators of Success

In addition to the comprehensive review process for the nine performance areas, stakeholder surveys, interviews, and onsite school visits were also completed. 

Principal Wendy Frazier said that she was thrilled for the Dewey L. Carter community.  

“Dewey L. Carter is so excited to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School,” Frazier said. “Our school family and community work incredibly hard each day to make learning fun and engaging for our students! We greatly appreciate being recognized for our school's hard work and commitment to education. We could not have earned this award without the tremendous efforts of our students, parents, staff members and community. We love our school family so much and are so thankful to be a part of Florence One Schools!”

Michelle McBride, Florence 1 Schools Assistant Superintendent for Elementary Education, said that she was excited to learn that Carver and Dewey L. Carter had been named Lighthouse schools.

“This is a wonderful accomplishment for Carver and Dewey L. Carter,” McBride said. “Both Principal Frazier and Principal Little have created loving, hard-working school communities with high expectations for their students and staff. They worked diligently during this review process and the district is excited to celebrate with them as they receive the Lighthouse status from Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence.”

Judy Warden Fields, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence CEO, said that BRSE Lighthouse Schools share their expertise and exemplary practices with other schools on a local, regional, and national level, providing mentoring and assistance in school improvement initiatives. 

“We are very excited to receive the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse recognition,” said Carver Principal Josie Little. “I am so proud of the dedication that I have seen from our students and staff over the years. We will continue to make sure that our students achieve academic excellence. I want to take a moment to thank our Carver parents. None of this would be possible without their support. Carver is truly a great place to learn and work!”