Eastover Elementary Earns 2015 National Blue Ribbon School Recognition!

Former United States Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized Eastover Elementary School as a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Exemplary High Performing National Blue Ribbon School.

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Award is a highly recognized symbol of commendable teaching and learning. Schools are honored at a ceremony in Washington D.C. with a plaque affirming the hard work of students, educators, families and communities, and presented with a special flag to grace the school building. "This is an incredible honor for our school," said Principal Carey Crocker. "The teachers, students, and families have worked hard to earn this distinction."

Eastover Elementary practices both Visible Thinking and Sustainability.

Visible Thinking is a framework and philosophy that challenges students to think, work through a productive struggle, reason with evidence, question, and make connections between the real world and the curriculum. As teachers create a culture of thinking in their classrooms, they make time for thinking, use language of thinking, and make the classroom environment rich with displays of thinking processes.

Through the Eastover Sustainability initiative, students are taught to think about how humans impact the environment, how to preserve and protect natural resources, and how to increase efficiency by reducing waste. Students participate in many "green" practices including planting and harvesting in a student garden, while making connections to math, science and social studies concepts. The Eastover mobile kitchen, funded through a grant a few years ago, provides opportunities for students to cook in the classroom using ingredients from the garden.

"We are so proud of this accomplishment. This was made possible by the efforts of many people. A former staff member once said, 'it is not work, it is family.' It truly is a family atmosphere at Eastover. Everyone works together in collaboration to achieve the highest levels of learning for all students," said Crocker. "Our work is far from over, but what we have accomplished together has made a difference. We couldn't have done this without the support of our families, community and the Board of Education. Thanks really go to everyone that touches Eastover. We will continue this journey together, with more dedication than ever."

"This incredible distinction for Eastover Elementary is in line with our 'Ten Guiding Principles' which encourage curriculum depth, student ownership and control of learning, and meaningful work connecting students to the world in which they live," said Dr. Rob Glass, Bloomfield Hills Schools Superintendent. "I am so very proud of the tremendous work done by Principal Carey Crocker, her team, and the students and families. This is a true testament to the strong, caring relationships at Eastover."