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District Schools Recognized with Challenge Awards

Students in three USD 308 schools are being recognized for outstanding achievement in reading and math.

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named Graber, Hutchinson Middle School and Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen as among the 99 schools in 34 Kansas public school districts as recipients of the 2015 Challenge Awards.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement despite facing significant challenges in their school population. Since its inception in 2002, nearly 1,400 awards have been presented to schools across the state.

In math, the fifth and sixth grades at Graber and the seventh grade at Hutchinson Middle School were recognized. In reading, the third grade at Hutchinson Magnet School at Allen, fifth and sixth grades at Graber and seventh grade at Hutchinson Middle School were recognized.

Certificates of Merit will be presented to schools by Kansas State Board of Education members.

“On behalf of the Confidence Task Force, I congratulate your schools on this outstanding achievement,” said Charles Volland, chairman of the Confidence in Kansas Publication Education Task Force. “This award demonstrates that your schools believe all children can learn, expects them to do so and gives them an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities. Best wishes for continued success.”

The Challenge Award recognizes schools for outstanding achievement and uncommon accomplishments based on Kansas Assessment results, the sample size and the socio-economic status of those taking the test.

“I am incredibly proud of the work being done by our staff and our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Shelly Kiblinger. “Our educators do great work with at-risk learners at all our schools, but these awards show we have some of the best staff in the state when it comes to meeting our students' needs.”

The Confidence in Public Education Task Force is a nonprofit corporation whose primary purpose is to strengthen confidence in Kansas public education and to increase awareness of the positive aspects of public education in the state. The Task Force was created in 1981.

 Members of the Task Force include American Association of University Women; Kansas PTA; Kansas Association of School Boards; Kansas National Education Association; Kansas School Public Relations Association; Kansas State Board of Education; Kansas State High School Activities Association; Kansas Partners in Education; League of Women Voters – Kansas; and United School Administrators of Kansas.