Holy Family School in Great Bend
receives Governor’s Award
for third straight year
For the third consecutive year, Holy Family School in Great Bend is the recipient of the prestigious Governor’s Award for the students’ test taking skills on the state assessments.
Schools must have earned the Standard of Excellence in reading and mathematics for 2009 in order to be presented the award. The school must also have achieved adequate yearly progress (AYP) in reading and mathematics, as well as in attendance in 2009.
Also, schools are required to have been among the top five percent of all Kansas schools in both reading and math on the 2009 state assessments for its level: elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, or high schools.
“Our staff found out right before Christmas break and we were planning to surprise the students after we returned in January, however, the Associated Press beat us to the punch,” said Karen Moeder, Holy Family principal.
“Our school is so awesome and this is just one really fun way that we get to shout our excellence to everyone else. Lots of praise to the students who prepared and took these tests this last spring; lots of praise for the wonderful teachers and staff who make learning so important; tons of praise to our parents and families of our students who make learning so important.
“God has truly blessed our school with such a winning team all around. We also know that because of God working through us that we will succeed.”
In an article in the Great Bend Tribune, Kansas Education Commissioner Dr. Diane DeBacker was quoted as saying, “These schools are to be commended for having achieved this recognition. The Governor’s Achievement Award identifies a school as not only setting high expectations, but helping students gain the skills and knowledge needed to achieve to those expectations and beyond.”