State Superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor recognizes Bruce Middle School and Bruce Elementary School as being among 107 schools in the state that received Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honors in the 2019-20 school year.

The Schools of Recognition award is presented to schools leveraging federal Title I funding to provide additional resources and services to economically disadvantaged students. 

“I continue to be extremely proud of our students, staff and parents in our middle school. We continue to meet the high expectations set for teaching and learning and it is a true credit to their efforts. Being able to earn this award for 16 straight years is amazing and surely something worth celebrating,” said Bruce Bruce Middle and High School Principal, Larry Villiard. 

The staff and students of both schools earned an award for Beating the Odds. This is the 16th consecutive year for the Bruce Middle school. Criteria for receiving a Schools of Recognition award includes reaching goals for test participation, attendance, and graduation rates. Additional criteria, and a full description of award categories can be found on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website.

Bruce Elementary School Principal Carrie Wessman said, “Teachers collaborating, plus reviewing state and local data, along with targeting areas in which our school needed to improve contributed to receiving the Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition honor. I am proud of our staff, students, and parents. It takes an entire team effort to accomplish such an honor.” 

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