On Thursday, March 1 three Dubois County’s schools were honored by Indiana Department of Education: Ferdinand, Pine Ridge and Huntingburg Elementary Schools. Just 15 other elementary schools across the state shared this honor. Dr. Tony Bennett, Superintendent of Public Instruction, wanted to know what we were doing down here to achieve such academic results. The credit goes to many including Superintendents Rick Allen and Terry Enlow and Principals Lee Begle, Ryan Haas, and John Seger and the excellent teachers who helped bring about this achievement.
Indiana is using a new growth model which shows how much students learn compared to their statewide peer group over the course of a year using the ISTEP test scores. Ferdinand Elementary ranked 1st in the state in math and 10th in English. Huntingburg Elementary ranked 4th and Pine Ridge Elementary ranked 6th in math.
These results show the tremendous work of students and teachers to ensure our children are learning essential skills which will open doors to higher education and promising careers. Further, it shows the commitment our communities and families place on education. The future of our nation, state and local communities rests on our ability to grow, invent, design, manufacture, diagnose, and solve problems ranging from agriculture to healthcare to information technology.
Thanks to all those who serve in schools across District 74. And, a special thanks to parents here who particularly understand, as one principal shared at kindergarten orientation many years ago, “You are your child’s first teacher; we are the second.” So, thank you, to so many parents for providing strong, stable, loving home lives and ensuring your children come to school prepared for the learning before them.
Have a great week!