BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Walk through the doors of North Bay Elementary, and you are walking into excellence. Flags are flying high outside, and so is school spirit in the classroom.
The school's principal, Dr. Laurie Pitre is a hands on leader. This is a crowning moment in her career. "It's just a wonderful validation of all the students, the teachers and the parents." Pitre said. "It's very exciting to be in this process."
It's obvious the teachers are passionate in the classroom. Students are focused on learning. High tech teaching tools also help the educational process. One of the teachers is Cherie Payne. She's making sure the students work will add up to the blue ribbon award next year. "Well, it's very rewarding." Payne said. "We worked so hard and it's just good to see that our hard is paying off, the teachers and the students."
Being nominated as a blue ribbon school is only half of the lesson plan. The folks at North Bay Elementary won't find out if they win until next year. Between now and then, there's a lot of work to do, and the principal will make sure that happens. "We already started today." Pitre said. "Dr. Tisdale came over today and gave us the good news but reminded all of our students and teachers that we have lots of work to do. We have to work very hard between now and May when we take the MCC2 to continue our excellent achievement."
And continued high achievement is now be on display everyday at North Bay Elementary School.
In addition to doing well on the tests in May, the school must also meet educational growth components, and have a 95% attendance rate. If that criteria is met, North Bay will achieve Blue Ribbon status in September of next year.