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School, Faculty & Staff Awards

2014 USDE Green Ribbon School

Teachers Rob Breshears, Jo Dixon, and Allison Pearse accompanied Principal Tom Dodd to Washington, DC for the US Dept. of Education's (USDE) Green Ribbon Schools ceremony at the US Dept. of Commerce on July 22, 2014 where Lesher was 1 of 3 Green Ribbon Schools (http://www2.ed.gov/programs/green-ribbon-schools/index.html) from Colorado and 48 in the nation recognized with a plaque and banner by US Secretary of Ed. Arne Duncan. On August 13th, Lesher was recognized by the State Board of Education at a state board meeting at the Colorado Dept. of Education in Denver. On September 17th Lesher was part of the USDE Green Strides Green Ribbon Schools Best Practices Tour based on its achievement in the 3 Green Ribbon Schools Pillars:

1) Reduced Environmental Impact and Costs

2) Improved Health and Wellness of Students and Staff

3) Effective Environmental and Sustainability Literacy Incorporating STEM and Green Career Pathways

2014-17 CAMLE School to Watch

Teachers Jenna Ellingson, Janice Martinez, and Jo Dixon accompanied Principal Tom Dodd to Washington, DC on June 26, 2014 to the National Schools to Watch Conference where Lesher was 1 of 116 middle schools in the nation and 1 of 4 in Colorado recognized as a 2014 School to Watch (STW) through the National Forum to Accelerate Middle Grades Reform (the other 3 were Russell MS- Colorado Springs, Jenkins MS- Colorado Springs, and Powell MS- Littleton http://middlegradesforum.org/colorado/) and Colorado Association of Middle Level Education (CAMLE) based on the 4 Domains of:

1) Academic Excellence

2) Developmental Responsiveness

3) Social Equity

4) Organizational Supports and Processes

At the time Lesher was the 19th Colorado middle school recognized in the 10 years of the program.