Tricounty News

Validation celebration at KES

Kimball Elementary School will hold a celebration to honor its Minnesota School of Excellence validation Tuesday, May 6. The celebration will begin at 1 p.m., with a reception to follow. The community has been invited to participate and this will be a vibrant, active event - with children, families, school staff and community dignitaries. The focus will be on the students. Special T-shirts have been ordered for them, and the seventh-grade class, wo helped as sixth-graders with the school's validation, also will be present. In addition to the community of school parents, community and education dignitaries will include: Kimball Mayor Tammy Konz; superintendent John Tritabaugh, Kimball School District; and MESPA executive director P. Fred Storti, who will present the Kimball school community with a Minnesota School of Excellence plaque. The MESPA Minnesota School of Excellence program spotlights the strengths and commitment to excellence demonstrated in Minnesota public education. MESPA developed this research-based program aligned with national standards in: leadership, vision, student learning, the culture of adult learning, data and decision-making, and community engagement. The honor recognizes elementary and middle level schools, their principals, students, staff and communities, who demonstrate the commitment to improve student learning and the quality of education by successfully undertaking a systematic self-study, developing a school improvement plan, and implementing the plan based on demonstrated results. The program is recognized by the Minnesota Department of Education.  Kimball Elementary School is one of only eight schools to receive Minnesota School of Excellence validation this year. Since the program's inception in 1986, 126 schools have received this honor. The endorsement remains effective for seven years, after which schools are encouraged to reassess themselves and re-apply for validation.