NORTH OLMSTED, Ohio-Butternut Primary School in North Olmsted, the home of the eagles, is soaring with pride and with good reason. It has been recognized as an “exemplary high performing school.”
It was one of 14 schools in Ohio and one of just 259 schools in the country to be named a 2012 National Blue Ribbon school. That is the highest honor a school can receive from the Department of Education.
Principal Chris Caleris said the teachers lead with their heart. Second-grader Mallory Herwerdeen agrees. “There’s a lot of nice teachers that can teach you really fun things,” she said.
The goal is to create a positive student centered education for each child. “The secret is that you believe in them every day. You have hope that they can learn every day. That’s the secret,” Principal Caleris added.
At Butternut, it’s all about reading. Anywhere you go, you’re likely to find a book in a student’s hand.
The buddy reading program pairs older students with the younger ones. “We read a different book and we partner up with different partners,” first-grader Claire Martin said.
Second graders have what’s called the “Daily 5” assignment. “There’s read to someone, read to self, work on writing, word work and meet with the teacher,” Mallory said.
At Butternut, they want to make sure each student has a book to read at home every night. On Friday, they do a “book swap.” Students bring back the old book and get a new one for the week.
Students have their reason why they think Butternut Primary is a “Cool School.” First-grader Mickey Ward summed it up this way: “Butternut is a cool school because I get to make friends.”
In addition to be named a National Blue Ribbon School, Butternut Primary has received a rating of “excellent” on the state report card and has been recognized as a “School of Promise” by the State Superintendent.