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Two Wausau elementary schools get state awards


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) - A couple of elementary schools in the Wausau School District have been recognized for special achievements by the Department of Public Instruction.

State Superintendent Tony Evers presented Title I School of Recognition Awards to Hawthorn Hills Elementary and Thomas Jefferson Elementary schools.

Jefferson Principal Cathy Prozanski says the level of commitment from parents, teachers, support staff and partners makes a big difference. “We just have high expectation for our students, and that’s what we are working toward constantly, whether it’s working on academics or it’s working on those social skills, anything that we’re working on with the students. I think it’s just our frame of mind.”

Hawthorn Hills Principal Michael McMahon says the students are achieving growth in math and reading that caught the attention of state officials, and he gives credit to what he calls, “an amazing staff.” “A veteran staff as well as some younger teachers. They’re here early and they’re working late. They’re doing everything they can for these kids. They’re working in small groups, and they’re taking a look at the data and seeing what is the concern for each and every student and then addressing that concern to help that student learn.”

Both schools received plaques and a $500 award to use for a school project. Jefferson also received a School of Recognition flag to display. Both schools helped students achieve above average accomplishments in reading and math, while meeting test participation and attendance goals. Both schools were also commended for their programs during the day and after school that help kids and families, as both are in the top 25% of high-poverty affected schools in the state.

Click to listen to the WSAU interviews with Michael McMahon and Cathy Prozanski.