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Board recognizes schools, administrators from across the district for 2014 state academic awards

awardthumb.jpgThe Cherry Creek Board of Education formally recognized dozens of schools from across the district that received a wide variety of academic awards last month.

The board's meeting on Jan. 12 included special recognition for elementary, middle and high schools that received the Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award and the John Irwin Schools of Excellence Award in December. What's more, CCSD Superintendent Harry Bull and the rest of the board honored Grandview High School for its inclusion in the inaugural class of High School Academic Growth Award winners. District staff and representatives from the Cherry Creek Academy were also honored for English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) achievement at the district and charter school level.

The Governor's Distinguished Improvement award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent student growth. On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator related to longitudinal academic growth over three years. In 2014, 128 schools earned this award. The Cherry Creek schools that received the Governor's Distinguished Improvement award were:
•    Belleview Elementary
•    Cherry Hills Village Elementary
•    Cottonwood Creek Elementary
•    Creekside Elementary
•    Dry Creek Elementary
•    Greenwood Elementary
•    High Plains Elementary
•    Peakview Elementary
•    Pine Ridge Elementary
•    Willow Creek Elementary

The John Irwin Schools of Excellence award is given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement.  On the school performance framework that is used by the state to evaluate schools, these schools "exceed" expectations on the indicator for academic achievement over three years. In 2014, 160 schools earned this award. The Cherry Creek schools that received the John Irwin award were:
•    Belleview Elementary
•    Campus Middle School
•    Challenge School
•    Cherry Creek Academy
•    Cherry Creek High School
•    Cherry Hills Village Elementary
•    Cottonwood Creek Elementary
•    Coyote Hills Elementary
•    Dry Creek Elementary
•    Greenwood Elementary
•    Homestead Elementary
•    Rolling Hills Elementary
•    West Middle School
•    Willow Creek Elementary

Grandview High School was one of just nine schools in the state to receive the first High School Academic Growth Awards from the Colorado Department of Education. The state Legislature approved the honor earlier this year as a way to recognize schools from local districts of all sizes that show marked improvement in reading, writing and math scores over several years, based on measures spelled out in the Colorado Academic Standards. Grandview was the only high school from a large school district in the metro area to receive the award.

The Cherry Creek School District received the English Language Proficiency Act (ELPA) Excellence District Award and a $97,000 grant from the Colorado Department of Education. This is the first year the award has been given. The award recognizes Cherry Creek Schools for offering evidenced-based English Language Proficiency programs that achieve the highest English language and academic growth among English learners and the highest academic achievement for English learners who transition out of the English language proficiency program. In addition, Cherry Creek Academy (CCA) received the ELPA Excellence Charter School Award and a grant of $5,000. CCA contracts with the Cherry Creek School District to provide their English Language Proficiency program and staff.

Posted 1/13/2015 2:33 PM
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