As one of only 20 schools in New York to be named a Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. Department of Education in 2012, Burton Street Elementary had plenty to be thankful for last week. That’s why Principal Mary-Ann MacIntosh and faculty members decided to host a special Blue Ribbon assembly Nov. 20, before students headed into the Thanksgiving recess. Students proudly sported blue ribbons as they filed into the Burton Street gymnasium for a program that included a “human wave” (students threw their hands over their heads as first-grade teacher Courtney Webb jogged past them), a rewritten school song, the Pledge of Allegiance silently delivered by sign language (thanks to some first- and second-graders), and plenty of applause and cheers. Guests included state Assemblyman William Magee, Board of Education member Patrick Vogl, Superintendent of Schools Robert Dubik and Assistant Superintendent Wiliam Furlong and many parents. During the assembly, Mrs. MacIntosh unveiled the banner and plaque she received during the official Blue Ribbon Ceremony on Nov. 13 in Washington, D.C. The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and non-public elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. The program is part of a larger U.S. Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices. After Burton Street Elementary was nominated for Blue Ribbon status by the New York State Department of Education, school officials had to embark on a lengthy application process, Mrs. MacIntosh said.