17 schools recognized by state for achievements

Seventeen schools in the state were recognized for academic achievement in a ceremony last week.

The schools were recognized by Delaware Secretary of Education Susan Bunting in a ceremony at North Dover Elementary School, one of the schools recognized at the event.

Shani Benson, principal of North Dover, said that the school is dedicated to “educating the whole child.”
“At North, there is a collaborative spirit aiding teachers in improving their craft for the benefit of their sacred center, the child,” she said in a prepared statement.

“The staff looks at all academic and social emotional needs to ensure students become well rounded citizens of the Dover community and beyond.

“They strive to communicate with all stakeholders and build a community grounded in mutual respect and collaboration for the betterment of all students.”

Schools were selected on how students’ performed on state tests, or if the schools made progress in closing the achievement gaps between student groups, including those from low-income families, racial minority groups and students with disabilities, according to a news release.

Schools were recognized as 2019 Recognition School or National ESEA Distinguished Schools.

Recognition Schools will receive an $8,000 award. Funding for the awards comes from the state’s school improvement funds.
• Downstate winners for Recognition Schools include:
• Beacon Middle School, Love Creek Elementary School, Rehoboth Elementary School and Milton Elementary School of Cape Henlopen School District

• John M. Clayton Elementary School and Georgetown Middle School of Indian River School District
• Frederick Douglass Elementary School of Seaford School District

• Allen Frear Elementary School and Star Hill Elementary of Caesar Rodney School District
• North Dover Elementary School of Capital School District
• Lulu M. Ross Elementary School of Milford School District

Cape Henlopen’s Rehoboth Elementary School was one of two buildings in the state recognized as National ESEA Distinguished Schools, as well as a Recognition School.
Amanda Archambault, principal of Rehoboth Elementary School, said that the school believes in connections and celebrations.

“The staff focuses on our ‘why,’ in terms of academics and behavior. This drives daily instruction and interactions, while creating a level of vulnerability and self-reflection that makes everyone better than the day before,” she said in a prepared statement.

“The staff is confident that their efforts to make sure that all students are exposed to grade level thinking and instruction, exposed to mindful intervention planning, and involved in rigorous, engaging instruction made for excellent test results in 2019.

“The school is proud of the dedication and love the staff brings to school every day.”

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