Yorkville Intermediate School administrators and faculty were recognized for a program raising student achievement at a Dec. 4 conference in St. Charles.
The school-wide 1–5–9 program helps students who struggle either academically or socially by providing them a caring, in-school, adult role model, according to information provided by the school. Daily interactions with a staff member, coupled with continual parent contact, benefit students.
“After the first year, we gathered data regarding the impact of the program and discovered that almost 90 percent of students who participated were affected in a positive way,” Steve Bjork, principal at YIS said in a press release.
The 1-5-9 program, focused on relationship-building, has also helped them improve student test scores. YIS began the program last year and, with measurable student success data, has enthusiastically continued it this year.
“We know that sixth-graders who were part of the initiative last year are making it in middle school,” YIS Assistant Principal Lisa Adler said in a statement. “That’s incentive enough for us to keep going.”
Yorkville Intermediate School was one of six schools in the state featured at the conference for their to raise student achievement and positively impact school climate. The representatives from the school received an award and presented the program to educators from other districts.
The staff at YIS is committed to working toward student growth on state assessment. “Students who feel part of a school, feel empowered,” Bjork said. “The staff at YIS found a no-cost way to raise student achievement.”