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Jensen Ranch Elementary Recognized as a Blue Ribbon School

The Department of Education has awarded Jensen Ranch Elementary as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

Credit: Patch archive
Credit: Patch archive

Castro Valley’s Jensen Ranch Elementary School was recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 13 out of 236 California public schools for their high-performing or significant academic improvement.

“The entire Jensen Ranch community is so very proud to be recognized as a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School,” said Melodie Stibich, Principal of Jensen Ranch Elementary. “I personally feel extremely fortunate to be part of the Jensen Ranch family and Castro Valley Unified School District.  It truly is an exceptional place to work, learn, and grow.  Our parents and staff are completely dedicated to see our students reach their highest potential and we strive to create well-rounded, high-achieving students.  It is the driving force behind everything we do, and it is exciting to see our efforts acknowledged!” 

Two representatives from Jensen Ranch Elementary will attend the award ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 18-19. The school will receive a National Blue Ribbon Schools plaque and flag to fly at the school as a symbol of academic excellence.

“I applaud the faculty, staff and students at Jensen Ranch Elementary School in Castro Valley on this well-deserved national honor,” said Representative Eric Swalwell. “Schools like Jensen Ranch provide an exemplary education to our children and spark a love of learning that will stay with them throughout their lives. This award is a reflection of the hardworking teachers and staff at Jensen Ranch and our community’s commitment to a stellar education system.”

To see a list of all the schools awarded the Blue Ribbon award, click here.

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