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Elmhurst Awash in Blue Ribbons

Lincoln and Bryan schools, recognized nationally for high achievement, prepare for pep rallies this week.

Elmhurst residents driving around town may have wondered why blue ribbons were tied around parkway trees near Lincoln Elementary School and Bryan Middle School recently. It's all in preparation for a big celebration this week.

School officials learned back in September that Lincoln and Bryan were named National Blue Ribbon Schools by the U.S. Department of Education. The schools were honored in the "Exemplary High Performing" category.

The program recognizes both public and private schools at all levels, from elementary to high school. Only 21 schools in Illinois and 269 schools nationwide earned Blue Ribbon Awards.

Earlier this month, Lincoln Principal Kathleen Tomei, Lincoln third-grade teacher Barb Clancy, Bryan Principal John Glimco and Bryan eighth-grade teacher Kurt Baumeister traveled to Washington, D.C., to accept the awards. This week, students will celebrate the honor.

On Thursday, Nov. 29, the schools will hold pep rallies, complete with comments and congratulations from dignitaries, songs and tons of school spirit.

Those in attendance will include:

  • District 205 Superintendent David Pruneau
  • Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni
  • District 205 School Board President Jim Collins
  • Former Lincoln School Principal Mary Ann Kalis
  • Illinois State Board of Education member Jim Baumann
  • Julie Ewart, U.S. Department of Education Director of Communications and Outreach, Great Lakes Region

Lincoln's celebration begins at 12:45 p.m. and will conclude with students tying nearly 600 blue ribbons on the fence at Hillside and Montrose streets. Bryan's celebration kicks off at 2 p.m.

Schools are chosen for Blue Ribbon Awards based on student achievement on nationally normed tests and state assessments.

"This is a significant accomplishment that is indicative of all the work that goes on in all our schools," Superintendent David Pruneau said in September.

TrishWms November 28, 2012 at 01:36 PM
So proud to be a part of the District 205 community, and to have children at both schools! Congratulations to MaryAnn Kalis and to Kathleen Tomei. This is the second time that Lincoln has won this prestigious award!
TrishWms November 28, 2012 at 01:38 PM
Congratulations to John Glimco as well! What a great addition to Bryan!
Antonio M November 28, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Congratulations Mrs. Clancy!
Joseph Beja January 10, 2013 at 04:07 PM
Congratulations all! It took time for news of this award to reach our retirement home in Arkansas. Pleased to have been principal of both Bryan and Lincoln in the 70's and on into the 80's. I was proud of those schools then and see good reason to be proud of them now. Joe Beja
Alan Brinkmeier January 10, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Mr. Beja, We were all very proud of you during your years here in Elmhurst. And I was pleased to know you as a child growing up in Lena where you were a leader of our schools there before your Elmhurst days. Thanks for your well wishes and you have them right back at you from Elmhurst. Your great legacy and your passion for educating children lives on strong! Alan Brinkmeier
Emma Simpson March 10, 2013 at 07:30 AM
I just saw this after searching for why there were blue ribbons on my street. I chose to move to Elmhurst from Oak Park purely for the school district (I have a third grader) - my commute to the city increased by 45 mins, and my instincts proved correct: the extra miles are worth every minute in terms of the premier education my child receives. Congratulations to the Blue Ribbon schools! And a special mention to the staff at MY local elementary: Jackson.

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