On Thursday, September 28, the U.S. Department of Education announced that Littlebrook Elementary School was named a National Blue Ribbon School.
“I am so proud of our staff for the work they do each day to make Littlebrook Elementary a warm and welcoming school where students thrive.” said Annie Gonzalez Kosek, the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction for Princeton Public Schools who was principal of Littlebrook Elementary for the past 14 years. “Littlebrook teachers cultivate students' natural intellectual curiosity and engage the whole student in learning.”
Blue Ribbon Schools are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education for their high student achievement and quality programs. Littlebrook Elementary was one of only nine public schools in New Jersey to receive the distinction this year.
"Littlebrook's Blue Ribbon award is more than a celebration of our students' outstanding academic performance," said Superintendent Steve Cochrane. "It is also a celebration of the school's caring relationships and innovative instruction.”
Littlebrook Elementary is a school of approximately 350 diverse students, with more than 20 languages spoken by students. The school places a strong emphasis on caring, kindness, and collaboration, and teachers actively engage students in a variety of learning experiences - including an annual day-long Science Expo where local scientists inspire students through hands-on exploration and the daily Morning Meetings that promote positive social-emotional growth in every class.
"I want to congratulate Annie Kosek, all the staff at Littlebrook Elementary School, the parents, and the students themselves," said Supt. Cochrane. "This is a wonderful distinction for the school, for our district, and for our entire community."
National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored at an annual awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on November 6-7. Each school will receive a plaque and flag to signify its exemplary status. Details of the schoolsí achievements are provided on the U.S. Department of Education's website.