Monday, April 4, 2016

School of Recognition - Fourth Consecutive Year!

Congratulations Jackson Elementary School!

State Superintendent Tony Evers congratulated Principal Kristen Moisson and Jackson Elementary School for being among 169 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2015-16 school year during a special March 14 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison.  Jackson Elementary was awarded as one of the 117 Beating-the-Odds schools in the state.  This is the fourth consecutive year that Jackson Elementary has been recognized for their outstanding work in student achievement.

To be eligible for this distinction, schools must receive federal Title I funding and provide services to high percentages of economically disadvantaged children.  Jackson Elementary has a high population of English Language Learners, is in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state (with a poverty rate of 83.69%), and achieved higher scores in reading and math compared to similar schools.

This success can be attributed to the leadership and fidelity through the careful implementation of the literacy principles used at Jackson Elementary School under the direction of Principal Moisson. 

Leadership in Literacy

The school was chosen by the Imagine Learning company to pilot their literacy program because of the makeup of their student population. Imagine Learning puts literacy right at the students’ fingertips providing engaging and interactive content. This comprehensive fluency program covers important areas of literacy, such as, phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, vocabulary, reading comprehension and listening and speaking. The program is appealing to the students because it is implemented through the use of computers that allow them hands on adaptive instruction.  There are more than 4,300 engaging activities providing effective practice and repetition. It is wonderful to see this example of leadership achieve this ongoing acknowledgement as a School of Recognition.

“These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. These efforts will help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready,” Evers said. 

All Kids Will Achieve!

Principal Moisson is elated with this ongoing recognition and attributes this success to the “commitment and dedication of the Jackson staff to their unconditional attention to the belief that All Kids Will Achieve!”  Mrs. Moisson also points out that Academic Learning Coach Sue Ann Eicher and Innovation Specialist Ann Marshall were important catalysts in implementing curriculum and assessments and the promotion of blended learning for staff and students to reach this achievement. Congratulations Principal Moisson and the Jackson Elementary School family for your achievement and commitment to literacy and education for all your students!

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