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Congratulations to Drakes Creek Middle School for being named a 2023 National Blue Ribbon School!

The U.S. Department of Education today recognized 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon
Schools
for 2023. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or
progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments.

The U.S. Department of Education today recognized 353 schools as National Blue Ribbon
Schools
for 2023. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or
progress in closing achievement gaps among student groups on assessments.


“The honorees for our 2023 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award have set a national example
for what it means to Raise the Bar in education,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel
Cardona. “The leaders, educators, and staff at our National Blue Ribbon Schools continually
inspire me with their dedication to fostering academic excellence and building positive school
cultures that support students of all backgrounds to thrive academically, socially, and
emotionally. As the Biden-Harris Administration partners with states and schools to accelerate
academic success and transform educational opportunity in this country, we take tremendous
pride in the achievements of these schools and their commitment to empowering educators,
serving students, and engaging families.”


With its 40th cohort, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed approximately
10,000 awards to more than 9,700 schools. The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms and validates the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in striving for – and attaining – exemplary achievement. National Blue Ribbon Schools represent the full diversity of American schools and serve students of every background.


While awardee schools represent the diverse fabric of American schools, they also share some
core elements. National Blue Ribbon School leaders articulate a vision of excellence and hold
everyone to high standards. They demonstrate effective and innovative teaching and learning,
and the schools value and support teachers and staff through meaningful professional learning.
Data from many sources are used to drive instruction and every student strives for success.
Families, communities, and educators work together toward common goals.

National Blue Ribbon Schools serve as models of effective and innovative school practices for
state and district educators and other schools throughout the nation. A National Blue Ribbon
School flag gracing a school’s entryway or on a flagpole is a widely recognized symbol of
exemplary teaching and learning.

The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all
student scores, subgroup student scores and graduation rates:

• Exemplary High-Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing
schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.

• Exemplary Achievement Gap-Closing Schools are among their state’s highest
performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and
all students. Nominated schools also complete an extensive narrative application
describing their school culture and philosophy, curriculum, assessments, instructional
practices, professional development, leadership structures, and parent and community
involvement.

Congratulations to Mrs. Nadina Alexander on being selected as the next principal of North Warren Elementary!

Mrs. Alexander is an accomplished educator with 18 years of experience, 16 years of those in the classroom.

Mrs. Nadina Alexander has been selected as the next principal of North Warren Elementary.  
 
Mrs. Alexander is an accomplished educator with 18 years of experience, 16 years of those in the classroom. She has been employed by the Warren County Public Schools (WCPS) district since 2021, serving most recently as the assistant principal of Jennings Creek Elementary. From 2021-2022, also at Jennings Creek Elementary, she served as the dean of students. Prior to her employment at WCPS, Mrs. Alexander worked for Edmonson County Schools and taught third, fourth, and fifth grades at both the Edmonson County 5th/6th Center and South Edmonson Elementary schools. She also taught third and fourth grades at North Butler Elementary School.  
 
Stated Mr. Rob Clayton, Superintendent of Warren County Public Schools, "We had a strong pool of finalists for the North Warren principal position and Mrs. Alexander’s previous work experiences and performance provide me tremendous confidence in her ability to successfully lead North Warren Elementary School. Nadina quickly distinguished herself as a servant leader when she joined Team WCPS back in 2021 and she is well respected by her colleagues. Her vast experiences, coupled with her heart for students, will be instrumental as she continues to build upon the special attributes and long standing success of our North Warren school community. I look forward to working collaboratively with Mrs. Alexander as we continue our focus on ensuring safety, achievement, and opportunities for all of our students and staff.”
 
Upon learning of her selection as principal, Mrs. Alexander said, “I am excited to be named the new principal of North Warren Elementary School. Smiths Grove is similar to the community where I grew up and attended elementary school. It is a close-knit group of people who are very proud of their heritage and want the absolute best for their children. I look forward to working with our students, their families, North Warren Elementary’s faculty and staff, and our community partners as we collaborate to provide our students a safe school for which to grow, both academically and personally, as we develop their leadership skills and prepare them for future success. This is a tremendous opportunity, and I thank the SBDM council members, along with Mr. Clayton, for the confidence they have placed in me. I can assure the staff, students, and parents/guardians that you are getting a hard-working, dedicated professional.  Go Eagles!” 
 
Mrs. Alexander earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Science in Library Media Education, and Rank I in Educational Administration, all from Western Kentucky University. 
 
Mrs. Alexander will assume her new responsibilities on October 9th.



 
Affordable Connectivity Program

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more.

The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

The Affordable Connectivity Program is limited to one monthly service discount and one device discount per household.

A household is eligible for the Affordable Connectivity Program if the household income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, or if a member of the household meets at least one of the criteria below:

  • Received a Federal Pell Grant during the current award year;
  • Meets the eligibility criteria for a participating provider's existing low-income internet program;
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs:
    • Free and Reduced-Price School Lunch Program or School Breakfast Program, including at U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Community Eligibility Provision schools.
    • SNAP
    • Medicaid
    • Federal Housing Assistance, including:
      • Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program (Section 8 Vouchers)
      • Project-Based Rental Assistance (PBRA)/Section 202/ Section 811
      • Public Housing
      • Affordable Housing Programs for American Indians, Alaska Natives or Native Hawaiians
    • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
    • WIC
    • Veterans Pension or Survivor Benefits
    • or Lifeline;
  • Participates in one of these assistance programs and lives on Qualifying Tribal lands:
    • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
    • Tribal TANF
    • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations
    • Tribal Head Start (income based)

 

Two Steps to Enroll

  1. Go to GetInternet.gov to submit an application or print out a mail-in application.
  2. Contact your preferred participating provider to select a plan and have the discount applied to your bill. Apply Now

Some providers may have an alternative application that they will ask you to complete.

Eligible households must both apply for the program and contact a participating provider to select a service plan.