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First Street Elementary School has been named a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School as an Exemplary High Performing School.

First Street was one of 335 schools that U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. These schools demonstrate that all students can achieve to high levels. While the 2015 Blue Ribbon distinction is for exemplary high performance, the elementary school was also a 2007 designee for closing the achievement gap.

The Department will honor the 285 public and 50 private schools at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10 in Washington, D.C.
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle, and high schools where students either achieve very high learning standards or are making notable improvements in closing the achievement gap. The award plaque affirms the hard work of students, educators, families and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The award flag gracing a school’s building is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.

All schools are recognized in one of two performance categories, based on all student scores, subgroup student 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. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates are also at the highest levels.

Exemplary Achievement Gap Closing Schools are among their state’s highest performing schools in closing achievement gaps between a school’s subgroups and all students over the past five years. Student subgroup performance and high school graduation rates for each subgroup are at high levels.

The Department invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education (CAPE) nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The U.S. Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.


First Street is on Twitter: We will be sending out pertitnent news and information via Twitter as a supplemental source of information to our website. Please note that the website and website calendar will still serve as your primary resource for information about FS. Please follow us at "@CMFIRSTSTREET" on Twitter.


Students should not be dropped off at school before 8:25 am.

Kindergarten school times are:

AM 9:00 am-11:45 am

PM 12:45 PM-3:25 pm



All students, staff, parents, and community members play a key role in the success of First Street Elementary School.  Children are encouraged to be responsible and reach their personal best in a child-centered learning environment that thrives on creativity.  Given a nurturing environment that provides support and safety for all, students gain independence to become life long learners.  There are many hearts in this one home.



The district has a strict policy on birthday treats!

Please note in the Canon-McMillan K-4 handbook: Students are only permitted to send in NON EDIBLE TREATS for a child's birthday celebration. Please do not send any items that are food or candy. We are sorry, but we will have to ask you pick them up if food treats are sent to school.


NO PETS on School Grounds During School Hours...

The Canon-McMillan School Board recently passed a policy that prohibits animals, even leashed, on school grounds whileschool is in session. Please leave your pets at home.We appreciate your cooperation.


Going Green...

We will be using the PowerSchool system district-wide for progress reports. We will no longer be sending home paper copies of the progress reports. Additionally, paper items such as community fliers will be sent to your email address. If you have not been getting the emails with these fliers, please call our office to update your email address in our system.


First Street Elementary
803 First Street
Canonsburg, Pa. 15317
Phone: 724-745-3130
Fax: 724-873-5229

Mrs. Shannon Balch

Mrs. Tacy Ross


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