Hermantown Elementary School recognized for excellence
The Hermantown Elementary School was validated as a 2019-2020 Minnesota Schools of Excellence winner by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association.
The designation was announced Wednesday by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association (MESPA). Hermantown Elementary was recognized for its commitment to modern teaching and learning.
"This school improvement program examines the entire school community through six national standards, ensuring there is a holistic approach to creating a plan for future achievement and celebrating the unique accomplishments of each School of Excellence," MESPA executive director Jon Millerhagen said in a statement.
Hermantown Elementary School is part of the Hermantown Community Schools and serves 760 students in grades K-4.
"Throughout the past two years (during the Schools of Excellence process) we have focused on celebrating our strengths and recognizing our areas for improvement," Hermantown Elementary principal Debra Reynolds said. "Even though this was at times overwhelming, our staff members stepped up and continue to work hard to improve these areas of priority."
According to a news release, one of the school's strengths identified was the supportive structures it has in place to meet students' social-emotional needs, including establishing an overall Social Emotional Learning Team to determine strategic teacher supports that are needed to meet the needs of students.
One of the school's areas for growth that was identified was its use of data in tracking every individual student's achievement and providing learning opportunities for all students to grow at all levels. According to a news release, Hermantown will be implementing a new schoolwide assessment tool to aid in data collection and interpretation. The data will help educators find specific trends for all students, thus driving instruction effectively for that student.
"The School of Excellence process has definitely enhanced our staff unification to help our students to grow and reach success at their individual levels," Reynolds said. "We will carry on with the process of continuous improvement. Our students deserve it."
Hermantown Elementary was one of eight schools recognized as a Minnesota School of Excellence. Washington Elementary School in Cloquet was also recognized.