Sheboygan Area School District schools have been recognized as New
Wisconsin Promise Schools of Recognition for the 2008-09 school year.
Farnsworth Middle School, which has been recognized for the fourth
consecutive year, and Grant and Jefferson Elementary Schools were
notified of this honor.
A total of 182 schools across the state that will be honored this year at a ceremony in Madison on Monday, Oct. 13, 2008.
be recognized, schools must be eligible to receive federal Title I
funding and be among the highest poverty schools in the state based on
free and reduced-price school lunch data. Additionally, student
achievement on statewide reading and mathematics assessments must
outperform the state average for schools with similar poverty rates and
grade configurations. Finally, the school must have made adequate
yearly progress for the past two years as defined under the federal No
Child Left Behind Act.
a New Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition celebrates the efforts
these schools make to create a learning climate that supports every
student," State Superintendent Elizabeth Burmaster said. "It is the
work of teachers, parents, administrators, and other staff members at
these schools that contribute to student success and help us fulfill
our New Wisconsin Promise to provide a quality education for every
child and to close the achievement gap between economically
disadvantaged students and their peers."
meeting all four criteria will receive award plaques at an Oct. 13
ceremony at the State Capitol and $1,500 for use by the school. During
the awards ceremony, 15 schools will receive flags for earning the New
Wisconsin Promise School of Recognition award for five consecutive
years. Another 14 schools have been named for recognition since the
program's inception. They received flags last year.
democracy depends on an educated citizenry," Burmaster said. "The
strength of our public schools directly contributes to the strength of
our nation and our economic well-being. We must invest in our public
schools to ensure our young people graduate with the skills they need
to take their place in our interconnected world and the 21st century