Morgan Township Elementary honored by General Assembly

Posted by: Kelly Sweeney  | Wednesday, February 12, 2014 8:00 am

STATEHOUSE – Today, the General Assembly honored Morgan Township Elementary, a National Blue Ribbon Schools Award recipient, for the school’s academic excellence and outstanding student achievement. The resolution, sponsored by State Representatives Rick Niemeyer (R-Lowell) and Ed Soliday (R-Valparaiso) and authored by Senator Ed Charbonneau (R-Valparaiso), was presented to East Porter Schools Superintendent Rod Gardin and Morgan Township Elementary School Principal Michelle Friesen-Carper during ceremonies held in both the House and Senate chambers.

“Students and staff from Morgan Township Elementary deserve recognition for receiving the prestigious National Blue Ribbon Schools Award and for being acknowledged as a leader in academics and student performance,” said Rep. Niemeyer. “With a small number of schools receiving the award nationwide, less than 1 percent, Morgan Township Elementary has brought great credit upon communities in Northwest Indiana and the state.”

Founded in 1982, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes only the nation’s highest performing elementary, middle or high schools. Since the program’s inception, roughly 7,000 awards have been presented. Last year alone, out of the 132,183 public and private schools nationwide, only 337 were nominated and 286 received the award –less than .2 percent.

“After visiting Morgan Township Elementary on several occasions, they have a great team with dedicated teachers, excellent leadership and a student body that is eager to learn,” said Rep. Soliday. “I commend Principal Friesen-Carper and Superintendent Gardin for their leadership and devotion to providing the best education possible and for encouraging each child to reach their fullest potential.”

According to the U.S. Department of Education (USDOE) website, schools are nominated by the Chief State School Officer and must meet certain criteria set forth by the USDOE. For example, schools are only eligible to receive the award if every student tests in the top 15 percent of all schools in the state in both reading and mathematics. Morgan Township Elementary, headed by Principal Friesen-Carper, received the award for exemplary high performance.

“The Blue Ribbon Schools Award is a testament to the hard work of students, teachers, faculty and parents at Morgan Township Elementary School,” said Sen. Charbonneau. “I am so pleased the school’s tradition of excellence in providing a solid foundation for every student’s future has been honored nationally.”

Accompanying the honor, the USDOE presents a plaque and flag to each award recipient to serve as symbols of achievement.

Visit to learn more about Senate Concurrent Resolution 15 or visit to learn more about the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award.