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Lincoln receives 'Champion School' award

Lincoln Elementary School is one of seven schools across the state recognized today as a “Champion School” in the 2012 Celebrating Student Success Award program. State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced the award winners this morning in Portland.

The Celebrating Student Success program recognizes high poverty and/or minority schools that have made significant progress in closing the academic achievement gap which oftentimes separates traditionally underserved students from their peers.

Over the last three years, the percentage of all Lincoln students meeting reading benchmarks has increased from 62 to 92 percent and those meeting math standards increased from 52 to 73 percent (despite higher math targets implemented in 2011). Among various subgroups including English language learners and economically disadvantaged, special education and Hispanic students, the school has experienced 40 to 60 percent jumps in the percentages of students meeting reading standards and 23 to 50 percent increases in students meeting math targets.

“As we look at what it takes to transform our education system, these schools serve as inspiring examples of what is possible when teachers, administrators, parents, students and communities come together behind a shared vision of excellence for all,” Castillo said. “Through dedication, a commitment to high standards for students and staff alike, and a ‘no excuses’ attitude, these schools are doing what it takes to turn things around and increase student achievement for all kids regardless of race, income, disability status, or home language.”

Principal Lisa Harlan attributes the turnaround at Lincoln to teachers’ ability to collaborate as Professional Learning Communities (PLC) in order to meet individual students’ needs, intensive monitoring of students’ progress, and providing extra time for literacy and math instruction beyond the district norm.

She also mentioned the essential support provided by the Lincoln Parent-Teacher Organization and the positive impact of numerous community partners.

"I would like to acknowledge the Boys and Girls club for their work and support providing the Lion’s Den program at Lincoln and the Yes We Can Club; Southside Community Outreach for providing the afterschool program Aces and the summer school program that supports our students; and Nancy, Claire and the SMART reading program for providing 70 volunteers twice a week that come and read to every one of our Kinder and first grade students," Harlan said.

"I want to thank the OSU Extension, Adejoke and Tina for providing nutrition classes to all of our students every month; Ronjon and the Parks and Rec of Corvallis for providing the support that keeps our Lincoln Community Garden going; Tatiana Dierwechter and Benton County Health for their work and support of our 100% Lincoln project that seeks health care for all of our students; Cindy and Community Health Centers for their work doing dental screenings for our students; and Margie and the Lincoln Health Center for their partnership for the health of our students and for volunteering each week," she continued.

"We also are grateful for Carol Freya South and the Art Center for providing opportunities for Artists in Residence for our students; Girls on the Run for mentoring our students; Carolyn Hines and her work around the district for our homeless youth; Jen Brown and her work on our Wellness team and tasting tables each month that bring local fruits and veggies to our students; Corvallis Parks and Recreation for providing on-going, on-site physical activity programming that supports our students through Escuelita de Futbol y !A Jugar!; and Earl and the Kiwanis Sunrisers Club members for supporting teacher classroom supply needs through the Staples Rewards program and partner funding for our RIF grant and the SMART reading.

“Lincoln is a school of excellence with a relentlessly dedicated, passionate staff and amazing students,” Harlan said. “It also is a community school and it is because of the work of many that Lincoln has achieved and been recognized."

The other six schools named as 2012 Celebrating Student Success Champion Schools were: Atkinson Elementary School and Franklin High School from Portland Public Schools; El Puente Bilingual Elementary School, North Clackamas School District; Lincoln Elementary School, Grants Pass School District; Templeton Elementary School, Tigard-Tualatin School District; and Washington Elementary School, Pendleton School District.

Eight past award winners also were recognized as 2012 Continuing Success schools: Claggett Creek Middle School, Salem-Keizer School District; Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove School District; Gilbert Park and Menlo Park elementary schools, David Douglas School District; Lot Whitcomb Elementary School, North Clackamas School District; Riverside Elementary School, Grants Pass School District; Weddle Elementary School, Salem-Keizer School District; and Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology, Woodburn School District.