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North Hudson Elementary School named Title 1 High Achieving School

Surrounded by members of his staff, North Hudson Elementary Principal Dolf Schmidt told the Hudson School Board about the commitment and hard work of his staff and students, his "kiddoes" as he calls them, that earned the school the designation of being a Wisconsin Title 1 High Achieving School. Photo by Meg Heaton

This is turning out to be an award-winning year for the Hudson School District. The most recent recognition is for North Hudson Elementary School which has been named a Wisconsin Title 1 High-Achieving School.

The award comes from the Wisconsin Department of Education and was announced at last week's Hudson Board of Education meeting. In a letter to Principal Dolf Schmidt, State Superintendent Tony Evers said, "...this award represents tremendous success. As a group your students are among the highest academic achievers in Wisconsin."

Evers went onto say that the school is a model for others around the state for those working toward the nation's new accountability measures and the state's goals of improving graduation rates, reducing absenteeism and drop-out rates and closing college and career-readiness gaps.

To be eligible North Hudson students had to earn a rating of "significantly exceeding expectations" on the Wisconsin School Report Card, meet all annual measurable objectives for all students, have minimal achievement gaps and show evidence of closing those gaps and meet test-participation and absenteeism goals.

With almost his entire staff present, Schmidt credited them for their commitment to "making the changes necessary to serve all students." He said their efforts, along with those of the "kiddoes" they teach, has developed into a growth mindset at the school. He explained that they have taken extra steps to identify students who need additional assistance and have found ways to help them reach the school goal of all students reading at grade level.

"...they keep trying, keep persevering, all the while getting recognition along the way," said Schmidt.

Schmidt said it is an honor and a great recognition of the work being done at the school. "We have educators who are part of a dedicated, collaborative team that focuses on each and every student and the belief that all students can achieve."

Schmidt said he and his staff have examined the impact of socio-economic status on their students and have worked to ensure that those students achieve as well.

"This population is sometimes invisible -- not at North Hudson or in the school district but sometimes in community. We work to support those students and their families. This honor acknowledges that what they do matters."

Board President Tom Holland said the award is a "shout out to all the district's elementary schools where students are treated as individuals and where the passion and vision of our teachers has created something amazing."