by Terry Rogers
On Tuesday, January 16, Mispillion Elementary School was one of 15 school recognized by the Delaware Department of Education as a 2017 Recognition School. As a result of this recognition, the school will receive $8,000 to benefit students and the school as a whole from the State of Delaware School Improvement fund. The school will also receive a banner to display in their lobby as recognition of their accomplishment.
“I congratulate the students, educators and families whose hard work and support led to these achievements,” Susan Bunting, Secretary of Education, said. “These school communities have provided educational programs and created school cultures that allow students to thrive. We must learn from what is working well in these buildings and replicate these successes across our state.”
In 2009, the Delaware General Assembly created the Recognition School Awards to acknowledge schools whose students were performing at an exceptionally high level. The award was to particularly recognize schools where a large percentage of students are from low-income households. The awards also acknowledge schools who are closing achievement gaps for students who often struggle in school, including low-income, minorities and those with disabilities.
The monetary award can be used for anything that benefits students or the school. The decision on how to use the funds will be determined by a committee appointed by the school which will include teachers, administration, support staff and parents.
Dr. Kevin Dickerson, Superintendent of Milford School District, said that the teachers, support staff and leadership have devoted significant effort to ensure that student’s needs are met, working together to focus on achievement, support, curriculum and instructional strategies. Dr. Dickerson pointed to the collective concern for each student’s educational progress as well as their overall well-being as to why Mispillion has been so successful.
“This is a tremendous honor for the Mispillion Elementary School community,” Dr. Dickerson said. “We are extremely proud of our Mispillion students, teachers, support staff, families and school leadership for their accomplishment. We are fortunate to have such amazing and talented students at Mispillion. They are to be commended for their academic success, how well they conduct themselves in school and for representing Mispillion and Milford School District so well. Additionally, Mispillion has had great support from our families and community which has also had a huge impact on Mispillion’s success.
Schools who receive the award may also be recognized next year, but will be named Schools of Continued Excellence. If recognized in 2018, Mispillion will be eligible for another monetary award. Four schools were recognized for the second year in a row while two schools also received the National Distinguished Title I Schools and Recognition Schools at the awards ceremony.
“Mispillion’s award is very exciting and reflects upon the great work their school community has done,” Renate Wiley, President of Milford School District Board of Education, said. “We are proud of all of our students, families, teaches, support staff and administrators throughout Milford School District.
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