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St. Francis of Assisi School recognized as Blue Ribbon School

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This article was updated with photos 10/2.

St. Francis of Assisi School in Triangle has been designated a National Blue Ribbon School for 2019 by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos. The honor was announced Sept. 26.

St. Francis is one of 50 private schools to receive the award and the only school in the Diocese of Arlington to be recognized this year.

“I am very proud to hear that St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School has been recognized as a Blue Ribbon School,” said Bishop Michael F. Burbidge. “This award acknowledges the quality of education at St. Francis of Assisi and demonstrates the collaborative efforts of parents and Catholic educators in the academic and faith formation of our students. I commend and thank the entire St. Francis of Assisi school community for what they have accomplished and ask God to continue to bless all their endeavors.”

"St. Francis of Assisi School community is thrilled to receive the distinction of being named a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the U. S. Department of Education,” said Principal Tricia Barber. “I am most proud of the faculty and students being recognized in the performance category of exemplary high performing schools.”

Barber said the school strives to model the words of St. Francis, “Preach the Gospel at all times, if necessary use words."

“We are thrilled to learn of St Francis of Assisi School’s selection as a Blue Ribbon school,” said Joseph E. Vorbach III, diocesan superintendent of schools. “This national recognition by the U.S. Department of Education is an acknowledgment of the mission-focused commitment to every student that is a hallmark of the St. Francis of Assisi school community.”

“On behalf of the thousands of parishioners of St Francis parish, the Franciscan Friars, and parish staff, I congratulate Dr. Tricia Barber, our faculty and staff for their excellence in administration and teaching,” said Franciscan Father John O’Connor, pastor.

“Excellence in education has been, for hundreds of years, a hallmark of the Franciscan tradition,” he said. “Some of the greatest scholars in the history of the Western civilization were Franciscan — St Bonaventure, Duns Scotus, Roger Bacon. Professors at some of the greatest universities in the world, including the University of Paris and Oxford University, were Franciscan Friars. This is indeed a special moment for St Francis Parish."

The U.S. Department of Education will have an awards ceremony for the 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees in Washington Nov. 14-15.

St. Francis of Assisi School will celebrate its designation at its annual Francis Day in the Park Oct. 2 at Locust Shade Park in Triangle, with students and staff wearing blue ribbons.


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