By Jen Bakken
DELANO, MN Delano Elementary School (DES) is one of 23 schools in the state to receive the 2008 Minnesota Academic Excellence Foundation (MAEF) School Spotlight Award.
The purpose of the award is to identify schools that demonstrate academic excellence and evidence of significant gains in student achievement.
“The excellence in Minnesota education is demonstrated by the recipients of the MAEF School Spotlight awards,” said Ruthe Batulis, MAEF chair. “It is a pleasure to recognize these schools that continue to demonstrate best practices and provide success for all students through higher expectations.”
Minnesota schools that participate in the statewide assessments are eligible to apply for this award. DES principal Darren Schuler said in October that DES was asked to apply for the award by the Department of Education.
“We had an application process that included two recommendations from parents in our building,” Schuler said. “Sarah Bersie from our staff, was a key person in helping put the application together.”
MAEF board members are appointed by Minnesota’s governor, and serve as advocates for promoting and recognizing academic excellence in all Minnesota elementary, and secondary students, schools and communities.
In September, DES was also one of eight schools named a Minnesota School of Excellence by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals Association (MESPA).
Schuler reported this was a year long process to apply and DES can claim the title of Minnesota School of Excellence for seven years.
A School of Excellence celebration is planned for Friday, May, 15 at 1 p.m. in the Tiger Activity Center and will now involve the MAEF School Spotlight Award, as well.
Landscape Structures has agreed to donate funds for t-shirts for the School of Excellence celebration, and a student contest will be conducted to create the t-shirt design.
DES Partners in Education (PIE) group will be funding window clings for families to display their school pride.
More information regarding this celebration will come home with students. Also invited will be parents, family members, city council members, local business owners, school board members, former staff, and the community as a whole.
“We are really excited about this,” said Schuler. “This is our school and it’s something for all of us to be proud of.”