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9-21-21 — Mahaffie Named National Blue Ribbon School

Sept. 21, 2021 ~ Mahaffie Elementary School has been selected as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education. Mahaffie Elementary is one of 325 schools nationwide and one of only five Kansas schools selected to receive this prestigious honor this year.

“We are thrilled to celebrate Mahaffie Elementary School’s designation as a National Blue Ribbon School,” said Dr. Brent Yeager, superintendent. “This is a tremendous acknowledgement of the incredible work of our Mahaffie students, staff and community, and is one of the highest honors our schools can achieve. Mahaffie joins a prestigious group of schools across the nation and in our district who serve as an inspiration and a model for schools striving for excellence.”

The National Blue Ribbon Schools program recognizes public and private elementary, middle and high schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. The Department will formally recognize all Blue Ribbon schools at an awards ceremony on Nov. 4 and 5, 2021.

“I feel so proud of our Mahaffie community for being named a Blue Ribbon School,” said Peggy Head, Mahaffie Elementary principal. “It has been such a joy to see the gains our students have made and all the hard work of our teachers and staff. We are grateful to be part of a school district that provides the resources and opportunities needed to ensure a high-quality educational experience for our students each and every day.”

Olathe Public Schools has earned 18 Blue Ribbon School awards. Now in its 39th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed almost 10,000 awards to more than 9,000 schools, with some schools winning multiple awards.