USD 457 schools earn Standard of Excellence Awards

9/22/2012

By RACHAEL GRAY

By RACHAEL GRAY

rgray@gctelegram.com

Garden City Public Schools received 50 Standard of Excellence Awards in reading, math and/or science from the Kansas State Department of Education for 2012. The district received Standard of Excellence Awards at 14 schools by grade level and/or building-wide, based on the school's performance on the 2012 state assessments taken last spring.

The Standard of Excellence Awards were given to 10 elementary schools, an intermediate center, the two middle schools and the high school. Thirty of the awards were given in math, 18 were given in reading and two in science, according to a release from USD 457.

Standard of Excellence is based on Kansas state assessment data. For a school to receive Standard of Excellence, a certain percentage of students must score exemplary on the assessments and only a small percentage of students be placed on academic warning. The percentages vary by grade level, the release said.

Julie Koerperich, Alta Brown Elementary School principal, said she is proud of her students and staff.

The school received awards in both third and fourth-grade levels in math, building-wide in math, and an award in reading for fourth grade.

"We feel like we worked extremely hard and we're very proud of our accomplishments," she said.

Koerperich said teachers have continued to raise expectations and have continued to provide rigorous instruction in the classrooms. "It's paying off," she said.

Koerperich said that will continue.

"We have a great school and great teachers, and we'll continue to push each other and push our kids and continue to grow in the years to come," she said.

Garden City High School Principal James Mireles were unavailable for comment at press time.

Superintendent Rick Atha said in an email that Garden City Public Schools have a history of continuous academic improvement.

"Each of the last seven years, the district has increased the number of Standard of Excellence awards earned from the Kansas State Department of Education," he wrote. "To earn 50 Standard of Excellence awards is a fantastic accomplishment and one that should be celebrated by the community. I personally would like to congratulate our students for this achievement as well as our principals, teachers and staff for their continued hard work and dedication."

The schools and the Standard of Excellence Awards received include:

Abe Hubert Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Abe Hubert Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Alta Brown Elementary School: Reading 4

Alta Brown Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Alta Brown Elementary School: Mathematics 4

Alta Brown Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Buffalo Jones Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Edith Scheuerman Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Edith Scheuerman Elementary School: Mathematics 4

Edith Scheuerman Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Florence Wilson Elementary School: Reading 4

Florence Wilson Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Florence Wilson Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Gertrude Walker Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Gertrude Walker Elementary School: Mathematics 4

Gertrude Walker Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Jennie Barker Elementary School: Reading 6

Jennie Barker Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Jennie Barker Elementary School: Mathematics 4

Jennie Barker Elementary School: Mathematics 5

Jennie Barker Elementary School: Mathematics 6

Jennie Barker Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Reading 3

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Reading 4

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Reading Bldg.-Wide

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Mathematics 4

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Jennie Wilson Elementary School: Science Bldg.-Wide

Plymell Elementary School: Reading 3

Plymell Elementary School: Reading 4

Plymell Elementary School: Reading 5

Plymell Elementary School: Reading 6

Plymell Elementary School: Reading Bldg.-Wide

Plymell Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Plymell Elementary School: Mathematics 4

Plymell Elementary School: Mathematics 6

Plymell Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Victor Ornelas Elementary School: Mathematics 3

Victor Ornelas Elementary School: Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center: Mathematics 7

Charles O. Stones Intermediate Center: Science Bldg.-Wide

Horace J. Good Middle School: Reading 7

Horace J. Good Middle School: Reading 8

Horace J. Good Middle School: Reading Bldg.-Wide

Kenneth Henderson Middle School: Reading 7

Kenneth Henderson Middle School: Reading 8

Kenneth Henderson Middle School: Reading Bldg.-Wide

Garden City High School Reading Bldg.-Wide

Garden City High School Mathematics Bldg.-Wide

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