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CDE recognizes Center High School

Posted: Thursday, Mar 14th, 2013

Colorado Department of Education rural liaison Tina Goar, lett, presents Center High School its fourth Center of Excellence award on Tuesday with Center Consolidated School District Superintendent George Welsh, center, and Center High School Principal Kevin Jones, right. Courier photos by Lauren Krizansky

Courier staff writer

CENTER — Excellence is becoming a Center High School(CHS) ritual.

On Tuesday, Colorado Department of Education (CDE) rural liaison Tina Goar presented CHS with its fourth consecutive Center of Excellence award in the school’s new gym in front of the student body.

“I congratulate Center High School for your award,” Goar said. “It is not an easy task. You have had many challenges and issues with everything going on in your world. You have still done your best and it shows when you have tradition now of at least four years of exceptional, longitudinal growth that is proven by the TCAPS.”

Annually, CDE recognizes public schools in the state with a 75 percent at-risk student population demonstrating the highest rates of student longitudinal growth based on the Colorado Growth Model, the school performance framework the state uses to evaluate schools. These schools demonstrate impressive results on the indicator relating to longitudinal academic growth. The Education Accountability Act of 2009 established the award in 2009.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be here in person, and to thank you for your efforts and your continued dedication to your own education,” Goar said. “You can go very far, and we want you to go far.”

The CHS students, however, are not solely responsible for the award.

“We can’t forget the teach and the families in this room that are helping you get there,” Goar said. “They help you each and every day do your very best. I commend you for your commitment.”

CHS principal Kevin Jones added, “It is a wonderful tribute to not only what you are doing in the classroom, but the teachers and parents. Congratulations. Go out and learn some more.”

CHS juniors Angelo Chavez and Nicholas Lobato said they were proud to attend a Center of Excellence school.

“We are proud of ourselves,” Chavez said. “It is an achievement.”

Lobato added, “It is a really big deal. For four years in a row, my high school has been able to maintain excellence.”

“Center High School is like the other schools that have received this award,” Goar said. “It is a commitment to their students above and beyond what people usually do. It is above and beyond because they are making sure students learn how to overcome challenges and issues in learning. They have made it work and they have not accepted any excuses.”

Centennial School District in San Luis also received a Center of Excellence award that Goar awarded earlier this year.

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