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Bremen honored in Indy

November 24, 2010

STATEHOUSE — Bremen Elementary-Middle School was one of nine high-growth schools to be honored by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett during a ceremony at the Statehouse Nov. 8.
“This is a great honor and another example of the great things that are taking place at Bremen Elementary-Middle School every day,” said Principal Larry Yelaska. 
The schools were selected because a large percentage of their students in grades 3-8 achieved high academic growth in both mathematics and language arts during the 2009-10 school year. 
“This is really the first opportunity we’ve had since we’ve rolled out Indiana’s Growth Model to recognize schools and school corporations for outstanding growth,” Bennett said. “For the first time in this state’s history, we are going to be able to recognize and reward schools and school corporations on growth. Indiana will have the opportunity to view student growth as a determinant of performance. This model gives us an opportunity to take a look at each and every child in each and every school and say, ‘How do we move a child one year academically in one year of instruction?’ “ 
Bennett called Bremen Elementary-Middle School and the other eight schools honored “islands of excellence.”
“We’re very proud of the accomplishments of these nine islands of excellence in the state of Indiana. They provide examples for us to take to other schools across the state. They provide models for other schools to interact with so they, too, can achieve the same results with their children.”
Yelaska praised his dedicated staff, involved parents and caring students.
“We have implemented many programs over the last few years and change is never easy,” Yelaska said. “We’ve looked to build our consistency in our reading programs, we’ve adopted the eight-step process which involves adopting calendars for both language arts and mathematics. And with all these programs we’ve had a focus on student achievement and instruction. All those changes have really moved us forward, but the two most important things are our incredible staff and our amazing kids. Without an incredible staff and a great group of kids, it’s difficult to make that change, so we are very honored and thrilled in Bremen.”
To view the press conference and learn more about the Indiana Growth Model, visit www.doe.in.gov/news/2010/11-November /growth.html.
To see how well students in your community are growing academically, you can access Growth Model data at www.learningconnection.doe.in.gov/GrowthModel/Search.aspx.

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