CHEYENNE – Woodland Park Elementary School in Sheridan County School District #2 and Evansville Elementary School in Natrona County School District #1 have been selected for the National Title I Association Distinguished School Award.
“Recognition as a Title I Distinguished School is earned, it doesn’t just happen,” said State Superintendent Jillian Balow. “We’re very proud of the exceptional work being done at Woodland Park and Evansville Elementary, and will be looking to them for promising practices and innovations to share with other schools.”
Woodland Park is awarded in the category of Exceptional Student Performance for Two or More Years. Their students have consistently met or exceeded expectations, and their assessment results demonstrate a commitment to high achievement and student learning. The school practices and use of Title I funds show sustained efforts to ensure that all students have an opportunity to succeed, including the manner in which their staff operate as a professional learning community to meet the needs of individual students.
Evansville is awarded in the category of Closing the Achievement Gap for their excellent work helping students on Free and Reduced Lunch perform well above the state average in math. More than 80 percent of their students are proficient or advanced in Math in several grade levels, and the students on Free and Reduced Lunch outperform the average student in the state. Evansville has ensured all students in the school recognize the importance of academics and helped students see the connections to the outside world, in particular through the use of a new greenhouse to promote STEM instruction at the elementary level.
Both schools will be recognized at the National Title I Conference in Long Beach, California February 22-25, 2017.
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Kari Eakins, Communications Director