Four Homewood District 153 students were presented the Tom Dockweiler Award at Monday’s school board meeting in recognition of their outstanding achievements in the 2014-15 school year.
The award is named for, and presented by, Dockweiler who served on the school board for more than 20 years. During his tenure he said it was always his desire to “raise the bar” to move the district forward. He told the audience Homewood schools are the envy of many districts in Illinois because the school board and administration continue to exceed expectations by setting high goals.
This award is given to students who do the same types of things. These students were judged in part for their outstanding scores on district testing that showed exceptional improvements.
Second grader Nathan Ford, who attends Willow School, had scores that were more than five times higher than his fellow students. The average math score for first grade is 95 and he scored 322. The average reading score is 138 and Nathan scored 400. His teacher, Jessica Mucha, said not only is he a good student but he’s witty, a great help to other students and is hard-working.
Mason Richert showed gains of more than 50 percent on the STAR test as a fourth-grader at Churchill School. He is a diligent worker who has a great sense of humor, according to Nikki Kerr, assistant principal at Churchill.
Grace Gallus, now a sixth-grader at Millennium School, tripled her scores on the STAR test, according to Principal Dave McAtee who added that Grace has a pleasing personality and everyone who comes in contact with her enjoys meeting her.
Haley Rampage, an eighth-grader at Hart School, was recognized for her “tremendous work ethic,” according to Principal Scott McAlister. Not only did her STAR scores improve, but Haley boosted her grade point average from a respectable 3.6 to a perfect 4.0 with straight A’s.
Dockweiler said these student successes are “what education is really all about” and he applauded them for their hard work and initiative.