Montana Distinguished Schools Recognized for High Achievement

Thursday, March 10, 2011
By Allyson Hagen

Montana Distinguished Schools Recognized for High Achievement

HELENA, MT - Montana’s Office of Public Instruction (OPI) will recognize two Montana schools at their annual Title I Conference for their achievements in closing the achievement gap and high academic achievement. Title I funds are used to provide additional academic support and learning opportunities to help economically disadvantaged children master challenging curricula and meet state standards in core academic subjects.


Closing the Achievement Gap: Radley Elementary School, East Helena

Radley is home to 481 students including seven classes of second graders, six classes of third graders and five classes of both fourth and fifth.  Approximately 40% of their students come from economically disadvantaged homes. Radley Elementary School was recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence in 2007.  Radley’s school-wide walk to read program includes 90 minutes of uninterrupted reading instruction at all grade levels as well as up to 75 minutes of math instruction daily.  Grade level teams meet with administration, the instructional coach and other specialists bi-monthly to review data, curricular progress and identify student needs. Radley School says their motto, “Success for All,” exemplifies their efforts.   


High Academic Achievement: Cornelius Hedges Elementary School, Kalispell

Cornelius Hedges Elementary School in Kalispell serves approximately 350 students K-5 in the Flathead Valley. The mission at Hedges School is "Learning For All….No Excuses, No Limits." Cornelius Hedges Elementary School says this award can’t be pinned to one area, but rather a combination of factors and focus areas that have helped the Hedges learning community reach exceptional levels of student achievement over time. These areas include a school wide focus on positive school climate, student achievement, reading and reading intervention, professional development and technology integration.


Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said, "I am so proud to present these awards to Montana schools that are doing amazing work in setting high expectations for every student. These schools are a great representation of the high-quality schools we have all across our state.”


WHAT:             Superintendent Juneau will present awards to Cornelius Hedges Elementary School and Radley Elementary School.


WHERE:           Red Lion Colonial Inn, Helena, MT


WHEN:             Thursday, March 10, 1:00 pm



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