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Alaiedon Elementary Named a National Blue Ribbon School


Mason, MI – It was announced today that Alaiedon Elementary, one of Mason Public Schools’ exemplary elementary schools, was named a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School (NBRS). The award from the U.S. Department of Education is based on a school’s success in maintaining high academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. This prestigious award has been given to Alaiedon Elementary for consistently maintaining high M-STEP (Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress) scores for all grades and being a top performing school in the State of Michigan.

The U.S. Department of Education says, “The National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon Schools flag gracing a school's building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning. National Blue Ribbon Schools are an inspiration and a model for schools still striving for excellence.”

“I am proud that Alaiedon has continued to perform at such an excellent level in Ingham County and the State of Michigan on our state assessment. The collective efficacy of our entire Alaiedon staff is an influencing factor contributing to the growth and achievement of all our students,” said Shana Barnum, Principal of Alaiedon Elementary.

“Congratulations to the entire staff at Alaiedon, current and former, for this achievement. To be recognized as a NBRS is well-deserved and a huge accomplishment!” said Ronald Drzewicki, Ed.S., Superintendent of Mason Public Schools. “Every member of our team has contributed to the continued excellence of the District. Our work in professional learning communities, quality instruction in the classroom and excellent support services makes this all possible district wide. Thanks to the hard work of our team, we can showcase Alaiedon and the rest of Mason Public Schools as being an exemplary learning community.”

The District will be hosting a community celebration at 5pm on Monday, October 4 with a back-up rain date of October 6. For more information about the NBRS program, visit


Please take a minute to watch this video from Superintendent, Ronald Drzewicki -