Wisconsin State Superintendent, Tony Evers, praised SASD's Grant Elementary School, Jefferson Elementary School and Washington for Comprehensive Literacy School for being among 153 schools in the state that received Wisconsin School of Recognition honors for the 2010-11 school year during a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison.
To be recognized, schools must be among those with the highest poverty rates in the state, have met adequate yearly progress goals under federal education law for the past two years, and have student achievement on state mathematics and reading assessments that is higher than schools with similar poverty levels and grade configurations.
"Partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, school staff members, and the community contribute to the academic success of students in schools that receive this honor," Evers said.
When asked about this award, Deb Streblow, Grant principal, said, "Receiving the Wisconsin School of Recognition Award reinforces the outstanding efforts of our staff and parents who are so deeply dedicated to helping our students achieve to their utmost potential. It is also a testimony to our students who work hard each day to do their best."
Bill Klein, Jefferson principal, had a similar message. He said, " Jefferson has received this award for the past three years and we are extremely proud of our students. The Jefferson School is fortunate to have so many dedicated educators. This award is a reflection of their dedication in providing the best educational opportunities for the Jefferson students."
Kathryn Meyer, Washington staff member, added, "Washington's work in Partnerships in Comprehensive Literacy Model has allowed us to have seamless, tailored instruction across the grades. Our school climate is one where professional development is valued, teacher collaboration is abundant, and expectations for student learning are high. There is a feeling of community in our building. A Washington student does not belong to one teacher or classroom; rather it is the responsibility of every staff member to make sure each student succeeds!"
Jefferson staff members Sara Christians, Susan Puls and Vicki Kulhanek, shown from left to right,
with State Superintendent Tony Evers at the State Capitol in Madison.
Washington staff members (left to right) Karin Bulkow, Karl Bekkum and Sarah Schnelle
with State Superintendent Tony Evers after the recognition ceremony.
Accepting the award for Grant Elementary School are from left: Lisa Bieman, school guidance counselor,
Kelly Dominguez, parent of 3rd and 4th grade students, and Shelley Sorenson, classroom teacher.