State Superintendent Tony Evers named G.D. Jones and Thomas Jefferson elementary schools as Title I Schools of Recognition for the 2016-2017 school year. School of Recognition awards highlight schools that have demonstrated success in educating students from low-income families. “These schools stand out for their efforts to educate our kids,” Evers said. “They are staffed by dedicated educators who work with parents, families, and the school community to support the needs of all kids through rigorous programming and attention to student needs.”
These two elementary schools are identified as “Beating-the-Odds Schools” as they are in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and have above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations, and poverty levels.
This is the eighth consecutive year that Thomas Jefferson Elementary School has received this recognition. Principal Cathy Prozanski said, “Eight years in a row! The students, staff, and families at Thomas Jefferson worked hard to achieve this recognition. We are focused on student learning and are dedicated to helping our students be college and career ready. This award validates our hard work.”
“It is truly an honor for G.D. Jones School to receive this award. As a team of families, students, and staff, we will continue to work hard to ensure that Jones students are college and career ready,” said G.D. Jones Elementary Principal Robin Franks.
A recognition ceremony is planned at the State Capitol on May 1, 2017.