Wakonda schools are distinguished schools

Wakonda schools are distinguished schools The Wakonda School District 13-2 was given the honor of being one of only seven school districts in the state that had all three of their schools named as a "Distinguished School." Wakonda High School, Wakonda Junior High School, and Wakonda Elementary School, even though all are contained in one structure, are recognized by the state under the No Child Left Behind Act as three separate schools.

One hundred and thirty-seven South Dakota schools met the requirements for "Distinguished Schools" under the NCLB act for 2003 and 2004. There were 88 elementary schools, 23 junior high schools, and 26 high school that made the list of 137 distinguished schools in the state.

Superintendent Larry Johnke received a letter of congratulations from Gov. Mike Rounds stating his delight in District 13-2 having all three school in the distinguished schools ranking. In order to be recognized as a Distinguished School, schools must meet their adequate yearly progress goals for two consecutive years in both reading and math.

Furthermore, at least 80 percent of all students at a school must be "proficient" or "advanced" in both reading and math. In 2004, South Dakota students statewide were 77 percent "proficient" or "advanced" in reading, and 71 percent "proficient" or "advanced" in math.

Elementary Principal Kay Lueth was the recipient of a letter from Sen. Tom Daschle expressing his pleasure in the Wakonda Elementary School being a "Distinguished School" and for having made Yearly Average Progress for the last two years as well. A quote from the letter states, "It is a reflection upon the exceptional teachers at Wakonda Elementary. Please share this letter of my gratitude with all of those caring and hardworking individuals."

Grades 3-6 were tested in the elementary school, grades 7-8 in the junior high school, and grade 11 in the high school. These are required by the No Child Left Behind act to be tested.

Wakonda has 152 students K-12. The school has a history of pride in its achievements both in sports and academics. The sports department will join with Irene School next year and become the Eagles. The plan is to have the two school consolidated by 2007-2008.

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