By Tracy K. Williams
Following Sunday’s 8 a.m. Mass on Jan. 29th, St. Joseph’s teachers were invited literally in front of God and the Parish front and center to receive the special honor of the 2010-2011 Governor’s Award. This is the second time in SJS school history this award has been earned. In order to receive the award, SJS had to meet the following requirements: Must have achieved Standard of Excellence in both reading and math. Must have made Adequate Yearly Progress in both reading & math and attendance. Must have been in top 5% of schools in both reading and math.
These three ‘Must Have’s’ were earned with the dedication and determination of the teachers and students alike.
Only 43 elementary schools, 11 middle schools and 18 high schools qualified for the award this year. Considering there are over 800 elementary schools in the state of Kansas, this is indeed a high honor.
“I am very proud of this school body and all it took to accomplish such an award day in and day out, also, the parents that care your children excel in learning, encouraging them in homework and projects.” Marlene Clayton lead teacher continued, “Everyone present today, for without the support of our parish and community, SJS would not be possible – so thank you and CONGRATULATIONS to us all!”