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Harkrider Shares STAAR Success at Annual Convocation

Energized by the beat of the WHS drumline and rallied by the school song, staff gave a standing ovation as Region VI Executive Director Mike Holland congratulated AR Turner’s Laura Zapata for being named the Regional Elementary Teacher of the Year. Holland recalled highlights from Laura’s application where she explained her belief that each child possesses ‘lighting in a bottle’ and that it’s her job to find a way to open the lid.

The cheers and applause continued as WISD Superintendent Tim Harkrider commended each and every one for the outstanding successes and improvements reflected by the recent release of 2015 STAAR scores.

Willis Independent School District and all campuses once again achieved the highest rating of “Met Standard” under the 2015 State Accountability System. A total of eight Academic Achievement Distinction Designations were awarded to five campuses, an increase of three designations and three campuses from the previous year.

Academic distinctions were awarded to:

  • Lynn Lucas Middle School for Academic Achievement in Social Studies
  • Parmley Elementary for Academic Achievement in Reading/ELA and Top 25% Student Progress
  • CC Hardy Elementary for Academic Achievement in Science and Top 25% Student Progress
  • Turner Elementary for Top 25% Student Progress (Note: Turner Elementary was recently named a High Progress School for their 2014 test scores)
  • Meador Elementary for Top 25% Student Progress and Top 25% Closing Performance Gaps

These designations are awarded based on achievement in comparison with a group of 40 other Texas schools with similar demographics. TEA did not award ratings or distinctions for elementary math this year.

“While these scores will never reflect all the success stories you create each and every day, they are evidence of your dedication to help our students master these state-mandated accountability tests,” declared Harkrider.

He lauded the district-wide effort to create an ideal environment for each child to thrive, from the teachers in the classroom to the bus drivers, child nutrition personnel and all who work tirelessly to create the excitement that is Willis ISD.

He encouraged them to focus each and every day on each and every student.

“Ask yourselves,” Harkrider suggested, “If this were my child, what would I do?”

The excitement at Willis ISD continues Monday morning, Aug. 24.