The Immaculate Conception Catholic School Watertown is still basking in the glow of a major announcement in late September that the school was selected by the U-S Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon winner. Principal Carol Dagel says the announcement was made by U-S Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.  She says schools who receive the award have to earn their way to it.

She said they did that and found out on the 26th of January they had made it through the first round of schools.  Dagel said it was a long wait until September 29th when they found out.

She says it’s a special honor to be selected when you consider there are 133,000 schools that are eligible. On the day of the announcement Carol said there was pandemonium in the gym with the kids and staff when the announcement was made.

It has been a couple of weeks since the announcement and still the students and staff are feeling the excitement.

Carol said that receiving the Blue Ribbon award is like winning the ASPEN recognition except at an elementary school level. She said it’s a big deal for the community.

She’s hopeful the announcement will translate into some grant dollars to help the school get back their science lab and turn it into a smart lab.