The Ohio Association of Elementary School Administrators announced that Holly Lane Elementary in Westlake City School District has been selected as a 2015 Hall of Fame School. Principal Mimi Verdone and her staff will be presented with the award, including $1,000 to be used at the principal’s discretion. OAESA will recognize ten winners of the Hall of Fame Award during an Awards Luncheon to be held June 12, 2015, at the Hilton Columbus at Easton.
The Hall of Fame School award recognizes schools that go above and beyond the call of duty to get students, teachers, and community members excited about education. The school staff submitted an extensive application documenting the quality of their educational program in the following areas: instructional system, student achievement, student development, personnel, administration, school management, and stakeholders.
Hall of Fame Schools were chosen by two committees of OAESA members; one of which read and scored the applications and the other which conducted on-site evaluations of qualifying schools. Committee members wrote that, “Holly Lane Elementary is an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) school. The IB PYP is based upon and stresses a method of inquiry within the learning process. At Holly Lane, inquiry is not merely stated in the mission and vision, but is lived out in practice, as students are encouraged to learn through exploration. The staff was friendly and upbeat, their enthusiasm for the profession evident. Students are provided a safe learning environment where standards are high, differences are celebrated, and respect is expected by staff and students.”
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