In November of 2009, then Superintendent Matt Underwood was notified that Mason High School had been nominated as a 2010 Blue Ribbon School. Since that time, the faculty at MHS has been hard at work readying their application due to be submitted to the United States Department of Education in mid-February.
The Blue Ribbon Schools program was established in 1982 by the US Department of Education and was redesigned in 2002 under No Child Left Behind to reflect the program’s high standards and accountability. The Blue Ribbon program recognizes schools that are either academically superior (as is the case in Mason High School’s selection) or that demonstrate dramatic and consistent gains in student achievement. In 2009, of the 26 schools in Texas that were selected for Blue Ribbon status, only four were high schools. And this year again, Mason High School joins only three other high schools for this honor.
The nominated schools were recommended by an intra–agency committee that examined student achievement statistics for the more than 8,000 public school and charter campuses in the state. The schools selected have demonstrated success in closing the achievement gap and each school has an economically disadvantaged population of 40 percent or greater. Schools nominated for the award serve as models of best practices for schools across the state.
High School principal Pam Kruse was in Austin on Monday, January 25th to attend a special breakfast meeting for Blue Ribbon Schools. The 2009 Blue Ribbon Schools received special recognition for their efforts at a special ceremony. Representatives from each school were introduced and then took the stage for a photo with Commissioner Robert Scott. As a nominee for 2010, this is what we will have to look forward to next year! Mrs. Kruse said, "The Blue Ribbon nomination is something that we are very excited about , and it confirms what we have known to be true all along: Mason ISD has the best students and the best faculty in the state of Texas!"