Elbow Elementary Receives Top Honor 4/18/13
April 18, 2013
What may look like routine speech lessons for students at elbow elementary are having a big impact
"we've just done consistently well,"said Diana Newton, Special Programs Director at Elbow Elementary.
That consistency led the school to receive the distinguished performance schools award for title one schools...which recognizes title one schools with three straight years of a 90 percent pass rate on state wide testing.
"there's only two in our region 18 that received this...and out of about 5700 schools....title one schools in the state there were 211," she said.
Many schools use the same programs as Elbow, such as Accelerated Reader and Sax and Phonix...but principal Randy Bartman says its the combination of parent support students and teachers that breed a unique rate of success
"our teachers are very competitive...they don't want to be out done by each other...they don't want to be out done by other teachers in surrounding areas ," Bartman said.
Principal Bartman joined Elbow Elementary last year and he says its both a relief and a curse to be leading a school with such a history of success but he says he expects to see the education only get better as time goes on due to the high bar set for students
"it's the atmosphere...it's the expectation that is set for them by those classroom teachers...and they don't know any other way," he said.