Ardmore Middle School Day

By: KXII-TV Staff Email
By: KXII-TV Staff Email

ARDMORE, Okla. -- Ardmore mayor Sheryl Ellis proclaimed Wednesday "Ardmore Middle School Day" this morning after the United States Department of Education awarded the school "Blue Ribbon" status.

Few things are more important to parents than their child's education. One group of youngsters in Ardmore is still enjoying the spotlight.

"It is just an awesome award," Principal Ron Beach said.

If you think these people are proud of their kids, you would be right.

"I am very, very proud to tell you that Ardmore Middle School was among the six schools that were honored as Blue Ribbon Schools in Oklahoma," Ardmore superintendent Dr. Ruth Ann Carr said.

School officials were so proud they called a press conference and pulled the kids out of class to make sure they knew what they had accomplished.

"Ardmore Middle School is being recognized for dramatic improvement in student performance among all its student population," Dr. Carr said.

The U.S. Department of education's Blue Ribbon designation was given this year to just one middle school in Oklahoma.

The mayor proclaimed September 10th "Ardmore Middle School Day," and blue wristbands were given to the students as a reward.

Principal Ron Beach says his students' accomplishments are the result of one thing.

"Teamwork -- it takes all of use working together. Not only Ardmore Middle School but the elementary, Will Rogers, Early Childhood, all the way through high school. It’s a cumulative effort that we are here today. It's just everybody working together," Beach said.

Ardmore Middle School was the only middle school chosen of the six Oklahoma campuses that were honored.

So what does it mean for the district?

"Well what it means is that it is a validation, a confirmation, that what we are doing at Ardmore Middle School actually is working. It actually is changing lives on a daily basis," Beach said.

And today in the hallways, bragging rights are priceless.

"Dr. Carr once said that if you take care of the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. And that's what we've tried to do, and it's obviously worked."

A formal awards ceremony will be held October 20th in Washington D.C. to honor Ardmore Middle School on a nationwide stage.


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  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Sep 12, 2008 at 09:48 PM
    Retired, you must be Ms Carr's houseboy or maid, anyway, I just gave praise to the students and teachers in my first post, duh!!! I will give credit where credit is due, to the students and teachers on this one! Forgive me if my heart doesn't bleed for the school board and administrators! Just imagine how better Ardmore would be without all the outsiders running OUR school district!
  • by retired Location: ardmore on Sep 11, 2008 at 04:19 PM
    Leave it up to Republican to post a negative comment. Have you ever said or done anything positive and helpful? Carr has not divided the community; you negative naysayers and disgruntled former employees and incompetent consultants who don't get hired can always be counted on to condemn. Carr didn't take credit. Read the article and stop spewing your venom. It helps no one--certainly not the schools and the students. Here's a good news story for Ardmore and the school system but all you do is take the good feelings away. No wonder this community is not reaching its potential.
  • by Republican in Ardmore Location: Ardmore on Sep 11, 2008 at 12:51 PM
    Mark in Ardmore, I extremely contest your remark about Ardmore having one of the best superintendents in the state. This woman has done nothing except divide this community and turned friends and neighbors against each other concerning her warehouse elementary school she supports! She is an outsider and needs to go somewhere else! The real credit needs to go to the students and teachers for this accomplishment, the people you failed to mention! It doesn't surprise me that the over-paid, inconsistant ACS administration would steal the credit from the teachers and children!
  • by Mark Location: Ardmore on Sep 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM
    Congrats to Ardmore City Schools. We have one of the best superintendants in the state. It would be great to see the academic progress we could make if the entire community got behind her and gave her the resources she has asked for.
  • by Larry Location: Plano, TX on Sep 11, 2008 at 05:06 AM
    This is the 2nd time AMS has been named a Blue Ribbon School. AHS was also named on the very first list, back in the early 80's.
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