Eight Missouri public schools have received one of the state’s highest honors.
The Department announced the winners of this year’s Gold Star Schools on Thursday. The program recognizes schools that perform at high academic levels or that perform at high levels while serving a significant proportion of disadvantaged students.
This year’s recipients are:
At its May meeting, the members of the Missouri State Board of Education voted unanimously to elect Charlie Shields as President of the Board and Vic Lenz as Vice President.
Kim Kaemmerer, a Missouri Disability Determination Services (DDS) regional manager, was recently honored as a 2015 Missouri State Employee Award of Distinction winner for her leadership skills. The award is one of the highest honors a Missouri state employee can receive.
“Kim is a manager who is conscious of the needs of others. She has always strived to maintain the right balance between production goals and office culture. She leads with the agency mission as her focus and encourages others to do the same,” said Jeff Ripley, DDS field operations manager.
Missouri students can keep their reading skills sharp over the summer months by joining the “Read MOre, Missouri!” reading challenge.
“Kids who read during the summer are much more likely to retain the skills they gained during the school year,” says Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “’Read MOre, Missouri!’ encourages children to read for pleasure and can help reach the goals of Missouri’s Top 10 by 20 initiative.”
Eight public high school students were honored as recipients of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Citizenship Award. The honorees were recognized at an April luncheon at The Missouri Bar in Jefferson City.
Representatives from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the State Board of Education and The Missouri Bar presented the awards. Each student received a plaque.
Many Missouri students are approaching the finish line for this year’s Missouri Assessment Program, or MAP tests.
More than 1.8 million testing sessions have been completed since the assessment window opened on March 30. That number accounts for more than 75 percent of all expected MAP sessions.
“Our students and teachers are to be commended for their hard work in the last few weeks,” said Missouri Commissioner of Education Margie Vandeven. “Our districts should be recognized for providing 21st century test-taking opportunities.”