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Peters Township Middle School named National Blue Ribbon School

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Assistant Principal Mike Henaghan talks with students at Peters Township Middle School during a Community Chat, in which student volunteers speak frankly with building administrators about changes they want to see in the school. Peters Middle School was recognized Tuesday as a Blue Ribbon School.
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McMURRAY – Peters Township Middle School was named a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, one of 286 schools honored nationwide. The designation is based on overall academic excellence or for success in closing achievement gaps.


The designation was issued through the U.S. Department of Education.


The department will honor the 236 public and 50 private schools at a conference and awards ceremony Nov. 18 and 19 in Washington, D.C.


“We are so pleased to have the outstanding achievements of our students recognized on a national level,” said Robert Freado, middle school principal. “We share this honor with not only our students and current staff, but with the entire district, community and the staff members who have contributed over the years to our tradition of excellence.”


A total of 15 schools in Pennsylvania were named Blue Ribbon schools. Lincoln Elementary School in Mt. Lebanon School District also was recognized.


The Peters middle school is the second building in the district to receive the honor. Pleasant Valley Elementary, which is attended by students in kindergarten through third grade, was named in 2011.