Liverpool Liverpool Elementary has been designated a Reward School for the 2013-14 school year by the New York State Education Department.
LE earned this designation because it is among a select group of NYS schools to have made the most academic progress with no significant gaps in student achievement.
The designation is based on the school’s English Language Arts and Math test scores during the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 school years, as well as how the scores rank in relation to Adequate Yearly Progress, Performance Index, Gap Closing, and Student Growth.
Principal Darcy Cangello announced LE’s Reward School designation during the first staff meeting of the school year to not only congratulate teachers and staff, but also to inspire them to continue to build on their efforts.
“They worked really hard and they felt they were being rewarded for that work,” Cangello said, adding that the teachers and staff were especially pleased that LE was recognized for making significant academic progress. “We like high progress because it means we are building and growing.”
“We don’t make any excuses as to why ‘we can’t,’ it’s always why ‘we can’,” she added. “Our teachers and staff stop at nothing to meet students’ needs.”
Cangello noted that although LE is a small village school, it is big in spirit.
“This honor just shows us that if we work hard and persevere, anything is possible,” she said.
LE is one of only two elementary schools in Onondaga County to receive this designation. Other local schools to determined to be Reward Schools were Cazenovia High School, Eagle Hill Middle School (F-M district), Fayetteville-Manlius High School, Marcellus High School, Skaneateles Senior High School, Split Rock Elementary School (West Genesee school district) and Westhill High School.
In all, 353 schools from 194 districts across the state were designated as Reward Schools for 2013-14.