Area schools rec­og­nized by ADE

The Sentinel-Record - - FRONT PAGE - BETH REED

Area schools will re­ceive re­ward fund­ing through the Arkansas Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Arkansas School Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram.

Park Mag­net El­e­men­tary School was named among 51 other schools in the top 5 per­cent based on Ev­ery Stu­dent Suc­ceeds Act scores re­leased by the ADE. Lake­side Pri­mary and In­ter­me­di­ate schools were rec­og­nized in the top six to 10 per­cent among Arkansas schools.

The ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment and Gov. Asa Hutchin­son an­nounced that $6,999,963.62 will be awarded to 175 pub­lic schools through the Arkansas School Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram, which pro­vides awards to the top 10 per­cent of Arkansas schools based

on ESSA rat­ings and cri­te­ria.

Park Mag­net, an In­ter­na­tional Bac­calau­re­ate World School, will re­ceive $26,381.88 in Arkansas School Recog­ni­tion Pro­gram funds based on the 2017-2018 stu­dent en­roll­ment of 269 stu­dents to sup­port the main­te­nance and growth of these ex­cel­lent stan­dards, ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease from the dis­trict.

Lake­side In­ter­me­di­ate will re­ceive $38,374.92 while Lake­side Pri­mary will re­ceive $26,079.08.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­lease, ESSA School In­dex Scores in Arkansas are mea­sure­ments of school per­for­mance based on stu­dent achieve­ment, growth in stu­dent achieve­ment, gen­eral school qual­ity, stu­dent suc­cess, and other cri­te­ria.

“I couldn’t be more proud of our ded­i­cated teach­ers and staff, and our won­der­ful stu­dents,” Park Mag­net Prin­ci­pal Sarah Oatsvall said in the re­lease. “It takes a com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence ev­ery sin­gle day to main­tain this sta­tus. Ed­u­ca­tors are here early and stay late to en­sure that stu­dents are re­ceiv­ing all op­por­tu­ni­ties to mas­ter skills, learn crit­i­cal think­ing, and go above and be­yond class­room stan­dards.

“Thank you to our com­mu­nity and fam­i­lies for sup­port­ing our cur­ricu­lum and spe­cial pro­grams that re­in­force the value of the high­est learn­ing stan­dards pos­si­ble.”

Stephanie Ne­hus, su­per­in­ten­dent for Hot Springs School Dis­trict, said the dis­trict “is do­ing amaz­ing things in main­tain­ing ex­cel­lence and grow­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties.

“Test scores do not be­gin to de­fine the many ways our stu­dents are grow­ing, learn­ing, and con­tribut­ing to our com­mu­nity,” Ne­hus said in the re­lease. “Park Mag­net is a leader in our dis­trict, Gar­land County, and the state for test scores, and we could not be more proud of our staff and stu­dents that make this hap­pen.”

Prin­ci­pals at Lake­side Pri­mary and In­ter­me­di­ate both told The Sen­tinel-Record the recog­ni­tion is a di­rect re­flec­tion of the work staff and stu­dents are do­ing.

“It demon­strates the ef­forts of our teach­ers to pro­vide a qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for all of our stu­dents,” said Sandy Hawkins, in­ter­me­di­ate prin­ci­pal. “This not only rep­re­sents our stu­dents’ high test scores but their growth and at­ten­dance.”

Julie Bur­roughs, pri­mary prin­ci­pal, said this rep­re­sents the “high rigor and ex­pec­ta­tions of fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents. I am very proud of our school.”

Bur­roughs said her school plans to use the fund­ing to pur­chase more re­sources for teach­ers and stu­dents to use in the class­room, such as de­cod­able texts.

“We will dis­cuss needs with teach­ers, stu­dents and par­ents and de­cide how to best uti­lize these funds,” she said.

Hawkins said his school will use funds to give back and re­ward stu­dents while also fund­ing more tu­tor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for stu­dents strug­gling in spe­cific ar­eas.

“I’m just so ex­cited for my staff at the In­ter­me­di­ate,” he said. “We ask so much of them and they came through with fly­ing col­ors once again. This is just af­fir­ma­tion that their ef­forts are pay­ing off. I’m so proud to come to work with each and ev­ery one of them. Our stu­dents take pride in their work and want to be suc­cess­ful be­cause that is the cul­ture here at Lake­side.”

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