Jefferson Elementary Receives State Recognition
Left, Jefferson Elementary students- and mascot- at June’s district track meet. (City-Times photo)
By Patrick Lynn
Jefferson School for the Arts has earned a Wisconsin Title I Recognition Award for the third consecutive year.
The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) is required to identify Title I schools which are among the highest achieving in the state, and those that have the most significant improvement from one year to the next. Title I is a federal program which supports schools serving low- income students.
Jefferson Elementary qualifies in part because the state determined it exceeded expectations on the school report card, meets a predetermined number of students eligible for free/reduced lunches. Test scores and attendance goals were also considered.
The school also have above average student achievement in reading and mathematics compared to schools from other similarly- sized districts, according to a press release from the Stevens Point Public School District. schools, grade configurations and poverty levels; and they meet the state’s test-participation, attendance and dropout goals.
School principal Dave Lockett said there’s no secret to the school’s success.
“It is about dedicated professionals working hard and doing what is necessary,” Lockett said. “We are a little school that continues to perform and I am proud of our students and our teachers”.
The school will be recognized by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction during a ceremony at the State Capitol in October. School leaders will receive a plaque of recognition and $500 for use by the school.