District, Six Schools Receive ODE's Momentum Award

District, Six Schools Receive ODE's Momentum Award
Posted on 11/21/2017
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Second Year in a Row for the District, First Time for Schools

Lakota Local Schools, including six individual schools within the district, has received the Ohio Department of Education’s Momentum Award for 2017.

ODE's Momentum Award logoThis annual recognition is given to districts or schools that have received A’s on all Value-Added measures on the state report card. In addition, winners of the award must also have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, including gifted, lowest 20% in achievement and students with disabilities.

This is the second consecutive year that Lakota has earned this award. Endeavor Elementary, Hopewell Elementary, Freedom Elementary, Lakota Plains Junior School, Lakota West High School, and Lakota East High School are receiving the notable award for the first time.

“Last year, the district was recognized with this honor; however, we have not had an individual school recognized…until now,” said Keith Koehne, Executive Director of Curriculum and Instruction for Lakota. “Receiving the Momentum Award is the direct result of the hard work and dedication of our teachers, staff and students.”

As reported at the release of the 2016-2017 district report card results, Lakota’s overall ‘A’ for progress measures the growth that all students made in the last year, based on their past performance.

In a statement announcing the 2017 Momentum Award recipients, State Board of Education President Tess Elshoff says, “The State Board of Education is proud to recognize these students, teachers, administrators and parents for their accomplishments.”

Superintendent Matthew Miller is proud of the district’s performance. “Lakota continues to make great strides in the education of our students. While the state report card only tells part of the story, it does show that our students continue to grow every year. I am proud of our teachers and staff who show our kids every day that a good education is student centered. They are innovative in their teaching in order to engage their students in learning.” Miller continued, “I am very happy to see six of our schools being recognized at the state level for the hard work being done in our classrooms.”