The Institute for Quality Education just released the winners for their 2014 Quality Matters initiative and named Eisenhower Elementary one of three schools in Indiana as a “Quality Matters” school. The award is based on five areas of school quality – strong leadership, high expectations, a safe environment, emphasis on skill mastery, and frequent assessments of student progress.
The Back to School Celebration at Dwight D. Eisenhower Elementary will be a Red Carpet event. In recognition of winning the statewide quality award, a large banner recognizing the accomplishment will be displayed, lunch for the faculty and staff will be provided, and students will “walk the red carpet” as they enter school on the first Friday of the school year. Eisenhower Elementary community takes great pride in this recognition of consistent efforts to meet the needs of each learner. The laser focus on individual achievement (and attention to detail in all areas) allows for a very successful partnership between students, teachers, staff, and parents. Principal Mary Ann Chapko shares, “It is no secret that this is the secret to our school’s success as being a great place for children to learn.”
The Institute for Quality Education (IQE) is an Indiana non-profit organization that is an advocate for quality education policies. IQE supports student-centered policies that improve the quality of education for all students, whether they attend a public school, charter school, or private school. IQE spokesperson Tosha Salyers said, “There’s a strong focus on student achievement and data-driven instruction. They’re really making that the cornerstone of what the school is doing.”
The other winners were Herron High School in Indianapolis and James Whitcomb Riley Elementary in Vincennes.