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FMS earns prestigious Lighthouse distinction

Fayetteville Middle School has achieved a new level of success as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School, the highest status awarded through the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc.

The announcement was made via a phone call from Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. Bill W. Hopkins, Jr., director of schools, was on hand with FMS Principal Tricia Jean to congratulate faculty and staff on the honor.

“We are honored to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School of Excellence,” said Jean. “This process has encouraged our staff to analyze and reflect on how we can better support, encourage and mentor our students.  FMS was an outstanding school before we began the Blue Ribbon process; however, I feel the priority of focusing on the ‘whole child’ has created a positive school culture for everyone. The entire FMS staff works diligently to fulfill specific social and academic needs of all students.

“I am privileged to be the principal of a school filled with outstanding and dedicated professionals who go above and beyond for each and every student,” Jean added. “I look forward to continuing this journey as we strive to reach all students and build relationships for the best success of our students here at FMS.” 

“The administrative staff and teachers at FMS have truly transformed the middle school environment,” said Dr. Claudia Styles, supervisor with Fayetteville City Schools. “They have worked diligently to implement a variety of clubs, student-led programs and opportunities for student leadership forums. I recently had the opportunity to walk through the classrooms with the Blue Ribbon Schools assessors and was completely overwhelmed with the tremendous energy and high levels of student engagement within the classrooms.” 

Based on the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence assessment process, Fayetteville Middle School has met the required criteria in the nine performance areas of high-performing schools: Student Focus and Support; School Organization and Culture; Challenging Standards and Curriculum; Active Teaching and Learning; Technology and Integration; Professional Community; Leadership and Educational Vitality; School, Family, and Community Partnerships; and Indicators of Success.

“We are greatly honored to recognize such a deserving school working so diligently to fulfill the many learning needs of all students,” wrote Judith Warden Fields, CEO, Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, in a letter of congratulations to the principal.

Designation as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School lasts for five years, at which time the school will be eligible for renewal, Fields explained.  Blue Ribbon Lighthouse Schools commit to sharing expertise and exemplary practices with other schools on a local, regional, and national level, as well as providing mentoring and networking to schools seeking guidance and assistance in school improvement initiatives. 

The award will be presented during the Blue Ribbon Schools Conference in Orlando, Fla., at Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, Dec. 2.

Blue Ribbon Committee Pausing for Photo

Fayetteville Middle School has achieved a new level of success as a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School, the highest status awarded through the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. Pictured here are members of the school’s Blue Ribbon Committee (seated, from left) Assistant Principal Brittany Baker, Principal Tricia Jean, (standing) Anna Henderson, E’Sheia Hicks, Maggie Warren, Lori Frame and Karen Bobbitt.