State Superintendent Tony Evers offered congratulations to Eagle Point Elementary School for being among 173 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2014-15 school year. “These schools are examples of the success we need in all of our schools to close the achievement gap,” Evers said.
The schools were recognized during a special Oct. 13 ceremony at the State Capitol in Madison hosted by Deputy State Superintendent Mike Thompson. Pictured with Thompson, from left: Principal Ann Schoenberger and Reading Specialist Sharon Ganster. During the program, special recognition went to seven High-Achieving schools and 29 High-Progress Schools. Eight schools earned both High-Achieving and High-Progress honors. Three schools earned the award for a 10th consecutive year, while 10 schools earned the award for a fifth consecutive year.
According to Eagle Point Principal Ann Schoenberger, Eagle Point earned the rating of Exceeds Expectations on the state report card for the past three years, and placed in the top ten percentile of schools that showed growth in their WKCE scores last year. “While we do have some achievement gaps, we have also made progress toward closing those gaps. This progress is the main reason we were acknowledged as a School of High Progress – something that was awarded to only 45 schools across the state of Wisconsin,” said Schoenberger.
Schoenberger attributes the school’s achievements to a couple of things. First, Eagle Point began implementing RtI (Response to Intervention) strategies in kindergarten and first grade back in 2007. This allowed for extra help to young students when they started to struggle in reading. RtI is now school wide and staff provide literacy and math support depending on the grade level and what the greatest need is.
“Having Title I specialists work on math skills has been a great help as well,” Schoenberger said. “Sharon Ganster, our Reading Specialist, has played a large role in supporting our teachers and students and matching our interventions with our students’ needs. Our teachers, staff, and volunteers work incredibly hard to provide extra support to our students and move them forward – from those who are struggling to those who need more challenges. And, of course, our parents/guardians are our students’ most important teachers! It truly takes a team working together to provide the best learning opportunities possible!”