Challenge Awards Presented to Elementary Schools

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Shawnee Mission School District

Crestview and Merriam Park are 2021 recipients of the Challenge Award.

During the April 11 Board of Education Workshop, Superintendent Dr. Michelle Hubbard led a recognition for two elementary schools that have received an exclusive state honor for academic excellence.

“We are so proud of these schools for being recognized for all they are doing to ensure students are achieving at high levels,” Dr. Hubbard expressed.

Challenge Awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Only 100 schools in Kansas were recognized with this award, administered by the Confidence in Education Task Force. 

Melanie Haas, Kansas State Board of Education member, presented the awards to Amy Simeonov, Merriam Park principal, and Jenna LaPenta, Crestview principal. Haas noted that the Kansas State Board’s vision for education is that Kansas will lead the world in the success of each student and focuses on the needs of the whole child. These needs include kindergarten readiness, individual plans of study focused on career interest, high school graduation rates, social emotional growth, and post-secondary success.

“Assessments are an important tool to help teachers, parents, and students gauge a student’s progress, however, it is important to remember that assessments are just one of several measures  to be considered,” Haas expressed. “The goals of each student from a five-year-old starting kindergarten to a high school senior focusing on the future remain the focus of the state board. I’m honored and excited to present these Challenge awards to these two Shawnee Mission Elementary Schools. ”

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