Vestavia Hills Living

2018

Official magazine published by the Vestavia Hills Chamber of Commerce for the City of Vestavia Hills which details the quality of life, education, shopping and lifestyle of Vestavia Hills.

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" The award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content. " T Y A R E N D A L L , E D . D . P R I N C I PA L (Left to Right) Dr. Ty Arendall, Principal Vestavia Hills Elementary Libery Park; Aba Kumi, Director of the National Blue Ribbon School Program; Becca Poe, School Counselor at Vestavia Hills Elementary Liberty Park 2 0 1 8 v e s tav i a h i l l s l i v i n g 29 V E S T A V I A H I L L S E L E M E N T A R Y L I B E R T Y P A R K U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos named VHE-Liberty Park a National Blue Ribbon School in September 2017, one of just five schools in Alabama and 342 schools nationwide. For 35 years, the U.S. Department of Education's National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has annually recognized the nation's top schools based on their academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps. The award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content, says Ty Arendall, Ed.D., principal at VHELP. The Alabama State Department of Education nominated VHELP for the Blue Ribbon Award as an "Exemplary High Performing" school. To meet the criteria, nominees must be in the top 15 percent of all schools in their respective states when students are ranked on state assessment results. "We are thrilled to join other schools in our district and across the nation who have been recognized with this prestigious award," Arendall says. "It is a credit to the hard work and dedication of our school as well as the school district and the community as a whole — teachers, students, parents, and leadership."

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