Wa-Nee Schools celebrate upward trend in test scores

NAPPANEE — Wakarusa Elementary School served as the setting for the most recent gathering of the Wa-Nee Community Board of School Trustees on Monday, March 24. Along with the change of venue came an encouraging discussion, led by principal John Payne, about the upward trend in overall student performance, test scores, and mastery of reading skills.
Payne, who is now in his second year at the helm of leadership for Wakarusa Elementary, provided the board with an overview of the school's ongoing mission for what he defined as "Cultivating the Culture of Excellence," as was illustrated through a presentation in which he also detailed the various ways those objectives are executed on a consistent basis.
Payne specifically cited such goals as fine arts participation, study trips, professional development, and motivational incentive programs as beneficial to both teachers and students. He also noted that Kris Fielstra, the school's guidance counselor, has been instrumental in organizing classroom visits and lessons to the students. To date, Payne said, more than 5,000 minutes and 125 different lessons have been carried out in the case of the latter.

**To read the entire story, see the April 2 edition of the Nappanee Advance News.