The Mason City School District and the district's intermediate school that educates students in grades 4-6 are recipients of 2016 SOAR Awards for High Progress.
The annual awards are presented to Ohio schools and districts participating in SOAR, Battelle for Kids' school improvement collaborative. The recipients are being recognized for achieving above average academic growth in multiple grade levels and subjects over the 2015-16 school year.
The Mason City School District was named a Significant Progress District. To receive this award, a district must be among the top districts of all 80 participating SOAR districts. This is the sixth year that Mason received a Battelle award for significant progress.
"In Mason, we have engaged learners who are creative and innovative; intensely dedicated and inspiring teachers and staff; families who are committed to their children’s education; and a community who roots for us to succeed. Those are the important pieces for ‘growing greatness together,’” said Dr. Gail Kist-Kline, Superintendent.
Mason Intermediate School received a High Progress School SOAR Award. To receive this award, a school must be among the top schools of all participating SOAR schools, based on the 2015 annual school composite index. Grades 4-8 math and reading data is used in the analysis.
“The SOAR award is a result of the effort of our teachers, students, support staff and parents. There has been an emphasis on growing our students through classroom instruction and FLEX time. Our teachers have worked collaboratively to align instruction and assessments and analyze data to meet student needs. This is a great result and we are happy to be again be recognized by Battelle as one of 17 schools in the state of Ohio that made significant growth,” MI Principal Greg Sears said.
A total of 17 Ohio schools covering grades 4-12 and 12 school districts received 2016 SOAR awards.