Staff members were cheering and confetti was flying at Kettering's Indian Riffle Elementary School Monday afternoon, as U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos announced that the school is one of 349 school nationwide and only 16 schools in the State of Ohio to be named a National Blue Ribbon School.
This coveted award affirms the hard work of Indian Riffle staff and families and the ongoing support of the entire Kettering community for high-quality, high-performing schools.
Indian Riffle Elementary School has been designated an "Exemplary High-Performing School," a designation that places it in an elite group of Ohio's highest performing schools. “We could not be more proud of you,” said Scott Inskeep, superintendent of the Kettering Schools, said to Indian Riffle’s staff, who were gathered together for the official surprise announcement. “When I come to this school, I see engaged staff members, kids who are on task, and everyone having fun learning. This prestigious award is a true reflection of each and every one of you and the amazing job you do every day with your kids here at Indian Riffle. Thank you for all you do!”
Getting the good news that Indian Riffle Elementary is one of the top performing schools in the country was the culmination of a year’s worth of work on the part of principal, Debbie Beiter, and her team of staff members who worked on the application.
“The Indian Riffle staff and I are humbled and excited about this national award. Last year, when we were nominated by the Ohio Department of Education, we set to work on the lengthy application, answering questions about Indian Riffle School,” says Beiter, adding, “Over the years, we have figured out a formula that has been successful for our students, and this formula consists of three major components.
“The first component is that we have a very caring and dedicated staff. We work in a climate where we all work together and do what is best for students. It doesn’t matter what position your job is at Indian Riffle, each and every position is important and valuable to the success of our students.
“The second component is a scheduled intervention period for each grade, K-5. By using current student data, studied by grade-level data teams, and connecting intentional interventions to students who need them on a daily basis, we are able to close the gap that some students may have. We also use the intervention period to enhance the learning of our gifted students and students working above grade level. The intervention period, integrated with our strong curriculum, gives our students a well-rounded education built on progress.
“The third component of our success is the support of our Indian Riffle families and community. We appreciate the partnerships our parents, grandparents and guardians share with us to support the education of our students. When we all work together, much can be accomplished.”
Beiter will be accompanied by a staff member to the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards program in Washington, D.C. on November 7 and 8.