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Roosevelt Elementary Named a 2022 National Blue Ribbon School

The U.S. Department of Education has named Roosevelt Elementary School in Bismarck a National Blue Ribbon School for 2022.  Roosevelt is one of three schools in North Dakota, and 297 nationwide, to receive this honor.  Selection is determined by a school’s overall academic performance and success at ensuring positive achievement outcomes for students of disparate backgrounds. 

As part of being considered, Principal Beiswenger provided a detailed, data-supported narrative about how Roosevelt has created an environment that fosters student success.  After reviewing Roosevelt’s information, the U.S. Department of Education categorized Roosevelt as an “exemplary achievement gap-closing school” for their status as one of the state’s highest performing schools in closing gaps between their student population and students community-wide. 


Regarding the award, Principal Brenda Beiswenger stated, “It is an honor to be selected as a National Blue Ribbon School.  To be recognized for the collaboration, hard work, and dedication of all staff at Roosevelt to ensure learning and growth for all of our students is commendable.  It is a joy to go to work each day knowing that the team is there to support one another through moments of celebration and moments of struggle.  We have put a focus on teaming specifically in the area of literacy, which has paid off in our academic success.  We have also been innovative in promoting a sense of belonging for all which allows for students to feel safe and take risks.  Thank you to the Roosevelt parents and community for your continued trust and support!”   Assistant Superintendent Brad Barnhardt added, “The Roosevelt family, including Principal Beiswenger and her dedicated staff, along with all of the hardworking students, are beyond deserving of this honor.  Their work brings our district mission, vision, and values to life.  The Roosevelt team has provided a foundation for students to be successful life-long learners, which is truly a blue ribbon feat!”

Representatives from Bismarck Public Schools will attend an in-person award ceremony in November, to be held in Washington DC.  Students and administration from Bismarck Public Schools will hold a school assembly at Roosevelt to celebrate the achievement, with students being given blue ribbon stickers to wear on their shirts.  Roosevelt now joins the ranks of several Blue Ribbon schools in the BPS district, with Highland Acres being the most recent past honoree.