Challenge Awards
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FROM LEFT: Frances Willard fourth-grade teachers Dan Pipes and Lindsay Bowker, and Frances Willard Principal Rosann Meier.

The Confidence in Kansas Public Education Task Force has named 76 Kansas schools as recipients of the 2016 Challenge Awards — and Arkansas City Middle School and Frances Willard Elementary School are among them.

The awards recognize Kansas schools that are making a notable difference in student achievement, despite facing significant challenges.

Since the program’s inception in 2002, more than 1,500 awards have been presented to schools across the state. Through the years, USD 470 schools have earned 30 Challenge Awards.

Challenge Awards
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From left: Seventh-grade reading teachers Millie Greene and Kelli Crain, and ACMS Principal William Pfannenstiel.

Frances Willard received a Challenge Award for fourth-grade reading, while ACMS received a Challenge Award for seventh-grade math.

Representatives from each school were recognized at the USD 470 Board of Education meeting April 10.

“We consistently have Challenge Award recipients,” said USD 470 Superintendent Ron Ballard. “I think it’s a testament to the hard work our students display and the incredible impact our staff is making every day.”

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

This information was provided by USD 470 Public Relations Director Alisha Call.

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