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Schools earn state ‘Honor’

Alissa Widman Neese • Aug 27, 2014 at 2:41 PM

Two elementary schools in the Register’s coverage area recently received the “High Progress School of Honor” distinction from the Ohio Department of Education.

This year’s awardees:

• League Elementary School, Norwalk Schools, Huron County.

• R.C. Waters Elementary School, Benton-Carroll-Salem Schools, Ottawa County.

A “High Progress School of Honor” is in the top 10 percent of schools when measuring student gain in reading and math test scores and graduation rates during the past five years, according to the Ohio Department of Education’s website.

To be eligible, at least 40 percent of a school’s students must be economically disadvantaged.

The department also considers local report card ratings and other growth measurements, which indicate a school fosters high achievement for all its students.

“Our teachers do a great job of differentiating instruction and meeting all learners at their educational level in order to grow them” League Elementary School principal Adam Kreischer said. “They care about each one of our students growing academically”

League Elementary School houses all Norwalk Schools fourth-graders.

Some academic programs the school has initiated recently include a “winter school”after-school program for individualized test preparation, and daily “TEAM” time, which stands for “Together Enriching All Minds.” Students participate in 30 minutes of enrichment activities during the school day in small groups.

“We’re really proud of the staff and students at League Elementary School, and now we’re seeing the fruits of their labor,” Norwalk Schools superintendent Dennis Doughty said.

The Ohio Department of Education designated 37 “High Progress Schools of Honor” this year. The program builds on the state’s “Schools of Promise” distinction, which honored 141 of more than 2,100 eligible schools earlier this year for similar achievements, including League Elementary School.

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