LES, NME, WAL and SJH Counseling Programs Recognized

Congratulations to Ladoga Elementary, New Market Elementary, Walnut Elementary and Southmont Junior High School Counseling Programs for their designations as Gold Star Counseling Award Recipients!  The full DOE release is listed below.

The Indiana Department of Education announced today the 2017 Gold Star Schools. The Gold Star designation signifies the school counselor-led steering team has met specific criteria identified for the development of a comprehensive school counseling model.

“Receiving the Gold Star designation is evidence of the collaboration it takes among educators and staff for students to be successful,” said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. “I want to recognize and commend these schools for understanding the tremendous impact school counselors and school and community members have in helping our students become fully prepared for life beyond high school.”

Created in 2004, the Gold Star designation has been awarded to nearly 300 Indiana elementary, middle and high schools. To receive the award, schools undergo a rigorous process to raise student achievement and improve overall student success by creating local school-community advisory groups that review student data, set specific student goals, and commit to maximizing the time and skills of the school counselor. A total of 104 schools received the 2017 designation, of which 22 renewed their Gold Star status.

The official award presentation will take place in November at the Indiana School Counselor Association fall conference.  To view a complete list of recognized schools, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/sites/default/files/news/gold_star_recipient_press_release_from_doe_2017.pdf. For more information regarding Gold Star designation, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/student-services/student-assistance/recognition.

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