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Mt. Hall, Naples Elementaries recognized

February 21, 2013
Two Boundary County elementary schools, Mount Hall and Naples, were recognized earlier this month by Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna, who may pay a personal visit to see what's making them do so well.

On February 14, Jim Nash, who is principal at both schools, received two letters from Luna praising Mt. Hall and Naples as four-star schools, ranking them among the best schools in the state.

According to Luna, the state's new Five Star rating system sets a high bar for school and student achievement, using multiple criteria by which to gauge success, with the identified goal of seeing 60-percent of Idahoans earn a post secondary degree or certificate.

"It all starts with students who graduate from high school prepared to go on," he wrote. "The State Department of Education celebrates your success with you, and we would like to learn more about the strategies you have used to improve student achievement. Stories like yours are an encouraging example to others who seek to duplicate your success."

Luna went on to say that he'd love to visit both schools to learn more and to congratulate Mr. Nash, the teachers and the students personally.
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