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Penny Wars

Dec 2020 – Penny Wars (St George News Article)

FROM ST. GEORGE NEWS: Adam Baker, principal of Crimson View Elementary, sat down Thursday morning to have his head shaved after the school surpassed their goal of raising $5,000 for Riley Slack, a sixth grader battling lymphoma.

Baker told St. George News that the “Penny Wars” fundraiser began Dec. 1, and since then, they were able to raise $6,273 for the Slack family.

Penny Wars is a friendly competition in which jars were placed in classrooms schoolwide to collect donations. Students could place money in any jar. Pennies and paper money would increase the total points in the jar, while silver coins could be put in others’ jars to decrease the total points. All money was donated to the Slack family. — article continues (click the link for the entire article)

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Crimson View Elementary Principal Adam Baker gets his head shaved after students raise more than $5,000 for Riley Slack, a sixth grader fighting cancer, St. George, Utah, Dec. 17, 2020 | Photo courtesy of Adam Baker, St. George News

Crimson View Teacher Finalist for PAMEST Award

December 2020

St. George News Story: CLICK HERE

St. George Spectrum Story: CLICK HERE

Dixie Direct – fundraising

January 2020

St. George News Story: CLICK HERE

2019 National Blue Ribbon School story: CLICK HERE

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ABC 4 Utah Story: CLICK HERE

Southern Utah Now Article: CLICK HERE


September 26, 2019

Crimson View Elementary was announced this morning as a 2019 National Blue Ribbon School by the US Department of Education. Crimson View is located in St. George, Utah in the Washington County School District. Crimson View was opened in 2013 by Principal Nathan Esplin along with an exceptional group of educators and support staff, focusing on STEM education. The school has continuously performed exceptionally well on student performance benchmarks. Additionally, Crimson View received Platinum STEM School designation by the Utah Board of Education, which is the highest designation possible and shows how dedicated the teachers and staff are to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education.  
It is an honor for the entire Crimson View community of students, teachers, support staff, parents and patrons to achieve this accomplishment. Crimson View is a wonderful place for students to learn and grow into amazing young adults. Our teachers and staff are completely dedicated to creating a learning environment that is beyond compare! As a school staff we strive each day to make our mission statement come to life, which states, “we inspire creative confident leaders of tomorrow who live life to explore, create and discover.”

School Profile @ National Blue Ribbon School website


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U. S. Secretary of Education Announces 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos today recognized 362 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2019. The recognition is based on a school’s overall academic performance or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.

“We recognize and honor your important work in preparing students for successful careers and meaningful lives” said U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos in a video message to the honorees. “As a National Blue Ribbon School, your school demonstrates what is possible when committed educators hold all students and staff to high standards and create vibrant, innovative cultures of teaching and learning.”

The coveted National Blue Ribbon Schools award affirms the hard work of educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging and engaging content.

Now in its 37th year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed recognition on more than 9,000 schools. On November 14 and 15, the Secretary and the Department of Education will celebrate with 312 public and 50 non-public school honorees at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C.

The Department recognizes all schools in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, student subgroup scores and graduation rates:

  • Exemplary High Performing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools as measured by state assessments or nationally normed tests.
  • Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s student groups and all students.

Up to 420 schools may be nominated each year. The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in all states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and the Bureau of Indian Education. Private schools are nominated by The Council for American Private Education (CAPE).

NOTE TO EDITORS: Photographs and brief descriptions of the 2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools are available at blue ribbon schools.

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Crimson View Greenhouse

Sept 2016
The Spectrum News Story: CLICK HERE

May 2015
St. George News Story:  CLICK HERE