Butler County Times Gazette
  • Lincoln Elementary earns challenge award

  • Lincoln Elementary School received a special recognition as the recipient of a state challenge award for their fourth grade math test results.
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  • Lincoln Elementary School received a special recognition as the recipient of a state challenge award for their fourth grade math test results.
    Lincoln staff and Principal Linda Johnson were recognized by the USD 490 Board of Education Monday night for this accomplishment.
    “One of my proudest moments as a principal was when my building earned a challenge award,” said Superintendent Sue Givens. “A challenge award is given to the number one school in each state board region for those top 60 schools. The calculation is based on closing the gap.”
    Sixty schools in the state were identified as high performing for each of the 14 state assessments given last spring. Of those, a top score within each state board region was selected for a certificate of merit.
    “What that says to me is it is people who are making uncommon gains with our most challenged students,” she said. “Last year we got honorable mention in two categories, but this you are the bride, not the bridesmaid.”
    Givens said it was not just fourth grade math teachers who accomplished this.
    “It happens from preschool and food service and secretary and custodian to school principal and every teacher who touches those kids; that’s what creates the capacity to earn that award,” she said.
    She said progress monitoring and intervention for kids is important.
    “It is the whole culture of the school that makes a difference,” Givens said.
    She encouraged the staff to recognize those who may not think they were a part of it because everyone mattered at Lincoln and Jefferson Elementary schools.
    The closing for the award letter to the district stated: “Your school stands as an excellent example of one that believes all children can learn, expects them to do so, and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their substantial abilities.”
    Then on Nov. 13 the school will be recognized with a Certificate of Merit at the 11th Annual Challenge Awards at Junction City where there will be a dinner.
    “I am so proud of you,” Givens said. “It says all the right things about what you are doing at school.”
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