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Hickman Mills C-1 Schools: Beating the Odds and Growing Stronger

PRiME Awards School RecognitionsThe Hickman Mills C-1 Schools (HMC-1) have proven that dedication, innovation, and community support can overcome even the toughest challenges. Recently, the Policy Research in Missouri Education (PRiME) Center recognized several HMC-1 schools for their exceptional achievements in student growth, underscoring the district’s commitment to excellence in education.

The PRiME Center, a non-partisan research institute at St. Louis University School of Education, is dedicated to ensuring education policymakers access the most relevant data and evidence. Their mission is to build equitable and effective educational systems. One of their key initiatives is the “Beating the Odds” award, which honors Missouri schools making significant strides in reading and math while serving a high percentage of low-income students.

Using data from the Missouri Assessment Program (MAP) for the 2021-2022 school year, the PRiME Center developed a growth report that simplifies the complex state growth model. Scores are presented in an intuitive format: 85 is average, 90 is good, and 100 is great. This user-friendly approach allows parents, educators, and policymakers to understand school performance and quickly identify areas for improvement.

HMC-1 Schools Recognized for Outstanding Growth
This year, HMC-1 Schools have been recognized for general growth and received the prestigious “Beating the Odds” award for their remarkable progress in educating students from low-income backgrounds. Here are the highlights:

Schools Earn PRiME Awards“Beating the Odds” for Growth in English Language Arts:

  • Compass Elementary School
  • Dobbs Elementary School
  • Millennium at Santa Fe Elementary School

“Beating the Odds” for Growth in Math:

  • Warford Elementary School
  • Millennium Santa Fe Elementary School

PRiME Growth Recognitions:

  • 20th in Statewide ELA Growth Subgroups – Dobbs Elementary School
  • 6th in Statewide ELA Growth Subgroups – Millennium Santa Fe Elementary School
  • 12th in Statewide ELA Growth All Students – Millennium Santa Fe Elementary School
  • 7th in Statewide Math Growth Subgroups & All Students – Millennium Santa Fe Elementary School

These accolades are a testament to the hard work and dedication of HMC-1 students, teachers, administrators, and staff. The recognition of the PRiME Center highlights the district’s commitment to providing a quality education for all students, regardless of their socioeconomic background.

At Compass, Dobbs, and Millennium at Santa Fe Elementary Schools, educators have implemented innovative teaching methods and tailored support to boost reading skills, resulting in notable growth. Meanwhile, Warford and Millennium Santa Fe Elementary Schools have excelled in math, demonstrating that focused interventions and a strong math curriculum can yield impressive results.

Millennium Santa Fe Elementary, in particular, stands out with multiple recognitions across both English Language Arts and Math, reflecting a comprehensive approach to academic growth.

“This recognition from PRiME Center underscores the dedication and hard work of our educators, students, and community,” HMC-1 Superintendent Yaw Obeng said. “We are committed to providing high-quality education to all our students, and this award validates our efforts to create an equitable learning environment.”

Looking Ahead
As HMC-1 Schools celebrate these achievements, the district is more motivated than ever to continue this upward trajectory. These recognitions are not just accolades but affirmations of the potential within every student and the transformative power of education. The district is committed to building on this success, with new strategies and initiatives to improve student outcomes further.

“We are honored to receive this recognition and will continue to strive for excellence in all aspects of education,” said Superintendent Obeng. “Our focus remains on improving student outcomes and ensuring that every child in our district has the opportunity to succeed.”

Congratulations to all students, teachers, administrators, and staff at HMC-1 Schools for your hard work and dedication. Your efforts are making a difference, and we eagerly anticipate the next school year’s significant accomplishments. Together, we are beating the odds and forging a brighter future for every student in our community.