Second time to win prestigious award

Augusta’s Robinson Elementary School has been awarded The Challenge Award by Kansas State Department of Education for achievement in the school’s overall performance in 2018.
 The award recognized the school for outstanding achievement and accomplishment based on Kansas Assessment results, the sample size, and the socioeconomic status of those taking the test.
The Challenge Awards are designed to recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. For elementary schools, 75 percent of the criteria is weighted on reading and math achievement.
A special program was held Thursday afternoon to celebrate the accomplishment.  Jim McNiece, a member of the Kansas State Board of Education was the special guest, along with Bob McCalla, Augusta USD 402 BOE President, and Matthew Ward, USD 402 Assistant Superintendent.
Robinson Principal Greg Taylor greeted the audience and students presented a special musical welcome to the visitors, and a video welcome, as well.
BOE President McCalla congratulated the students and said, “We’re here today to celebrate you, your teachers and staff - and never forget moms and dads.”
“The Challenge Award is special - you have to earn it... and you did it not once, but twice.  From the Augusta Board of Education, big congratulations for a job well done and well earned,” he added.
Assistant Ward spoke next, “Students, this assembly is because of your hard work and how special you are.”  
Ward told the students that H.H. Robinson, the teacher and superintendent in Augusta’s educational history and the namesake of their school, would also be proud of their accomplishments.
Special guest Jim McNiece briefly explained to the students the job of the State Board of Education and the definition of accreditation.
“We’re here today to focus on how well you did on your tests.  Congratulations!  You did better than 90 percent of other schools - that means your teachers are really good and you’re really good!”
He also shared that the students’ attendance  played a large role in their outstanding achievement.
After being presented a Robinson Roadrunner t-shirt by Robbie the school’s mascot, McNiece told the students, “I want to be back next year to present the award.”