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Hancock nominated for National Blue Ribbon School program

The Hancock School Board is considering an addition to the Hancock School building. File photo/Stevens County Times

The Minnesota Department of Education nominated Hancock High School as a National Blue Ribbon School. The school is one of eight in the state to be nominated.

The high school has submitted an application to be considered for the National Blue Ribbon School award which will be decided in September by the U.S. Secretary of Education office.

The National Blue Ribbon program is an effort to identify and share knowledge about effective school leadership and promising instructional practices, a news release from the program said.

Hancock High School was nominated in the exemplary high performing schools category. The other category is exemplary achievement gap closing schools.

K-12 principal Tim Pahl said he highlighted several reasons the school was nominated by the state in the application for national consideration.

"We have a small K-12 school approach with a simple focus to do it right. We care. We communicate. We connect. The small school setting has distinct advantages: an engaged staff that knows and cares for all students, direct communication due to a flat administration structure, and connected students that attend class and graduate with high achievement," Pahl said in the application

"At Hancock, high expectations for learning combined with strong teacher support, develop positive student-adult relationships setting the stage for passionate engagement resulting in exceptional assessment scores," Pahl said in the application.

Our practice of promoting school connection is essential to our success. Blum (Educational Leadership, 2005) makes a strong research based case for school connectedness impacting attendance, graduation rates, and student achievement. We affirm those findings