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2:35 PM, Oct. 22, 2013  |  Comments
Hawthorn Hills Elementary School Principal Michael McMahon, right, and first grade teacher Debbie Duwe accept a plaque and $500 from State Superintendent Evers as a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award that can be used on any school-related activity.
Hawthorn Hills Elementary School Principal Michael McMahon, right, and first grade teacher Debbie Duwe accept a plaque and $500 from State Superintendent Evers as a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition award that can be used on any school-related activity.
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Hawthorn Hills Elementary School

Recipient of Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award

State Superintendent Tony Evers praised Hawthorn Hills Elementary School for being among the 167 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors for the 2013-2014 school year during a ceremony Oct. 8 at the state Capitol in Madison. It is the second consecutive year Hawthorn Hills received this award.

Hawthorn Hills was recognized as a "Beating the Odds" school because it is in the top 25 percent of high-poverty schools in the state and has above-average student achievement in reading and mathematics when compared to schools from similarly sized districts, schools, grade configurations and poverty levels. Additionally, the school met the state's test-participation, attendance and dropout goals.

"Partnerships among teachers, parents, administrators, school staff members, and the community contribute to the academic success of students in schools that receive this honor," Evers said.

Attending the ceremony were Principal Michael McMahon and first grade teacher Debbie Duwe. They accepted a plaque and $500 to be used on any school-related activity.

"Hawthorn Hills is a great place to teach and learn. The staff and students work hard each and every day to make a difference in the school and in the community and receiving this award for the second year in a row is a celebration of that hard work. I couldn't be more proud of this staff and the Hawthorn Hills community," McMahon said.

John Marshall Elementary

Class receives $2,500 to 'Reach for Stars'

Mrs. Susan Schumann's third grade students were excited to learn that their teacher's Reach for the Stars grant proposal to the Wausau School Foundation was selected for funding. The $2,500 grant will fund robotic and Lego materials to be used to enhance STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education in the classroom.

Wausau School Foundation Director Kristine Vanden Heuvel, with board members Mike Maher and Karen Wentz, delivered the good news on Oct. 15. The news had students quickly thinking how much fun and creative learning is going to be.

The Wausau School Foundation is a nonprofit organization that works to support education opportunities like this for Wausau School District students of all ages. For almost 15 years, the WSF has been sparking innovation through the Reach for the Stars grant program.

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