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SOUTH WHITLEY â€” Students doing well academically and showing their progress across the board â€” that is what Whitko School Corporation officials are saying resulted in one of their elementary programs being lauded by the state.
A contingent from South Whitley Elementary School traveled to Indianapolis Tuesday to collect the schoolâ€™s â€śTop Gainerâ€ť Award at the seventh annual Indiana Conference on Learning.
Principal Bruce Hansen, along with kindergarten teacher and literacy coach Diane Williams and fifth-grade teacher Gina Borton traveled to the state capital to receive the award.
SWES was one of 47 schools in the state who garnered the honor.
â€śIt (the award) tells me the teachers and staff at SWES continue to provide an excellent instructional program to our students,â€ť said Whitko Superintendent Steve Clason.
â€śThey work extremely hard to make certain each student has their needs addressed and hold children to high expectations.
â€śFor the most part, those expectations are met and with the cooperation of the parents, students and staff, the school continues to get great achievement results.â€ť
Schools are named Top Gainers based on student achievement over a two-year period.
This yearâ€™s honor makes the third for SWES.
Clason said while the award is a nice feather in the corporationâ€™s cap, itâ€™s what can be taken away from the conference that provides the most value in the school systemâ€™s continued growth.
â€śHaving attended the conference in the past, I would presume there are several things they (SWES staff) would have brought back to at least investigate a possible impact on SWES,â€ť said Clason.
â€śThat is part of the process. The conference is all about school improvement and not being satisfied with the current results.â€ť
Aside from being recognized as an outstanding elementary school in the state, the SWES contingent that attended the conference participated in a statewide conversation about strategies that work, high achievement and high growth.
The Indiana Conference on Learning will help schools explore practical strategies for raising student achievement and closing achievement gaps.