Ridge Elementary School is a recipient of the 2014 Governor’s Distinguished
Improvement Award for showing exceptional student growth over the past year.
Principal Roger Vadeen and Superintendent Pam Swanson accepted the award during
a ceremony at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) headquarters on
“It is nice that the effort of the Sunset Ridge teachers and support staff is
being recognized,” said Vadeen. “Our outstanding staff works very hard and
takes great pride in giving our students a first-class education.”
Sunset Ridge exceeded expectations on state measures of academic growth and met
or exceeded expectations on efforts to close academic growth gaps. Sunset Ridge
is already rated as one of District 50’s highest performing elementary schools.
CDE rates Sunset Ridge as a “Performance” school.
When Principal Vadeen was notified about the award, he had the entire school
gather in the gymnasium for a group photo that was used by CDE during the