LPS: Dawes wins Inspire School of the Year Award

Dawes receives a $5,000 check to use on any upcoming project of its choice.
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Courtesy of LPS

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Dawes Middle School has won the Inspire School of the Year Award.

The award was presented at a surprise announcement on Friday by the Foundation for Lincoln Public Schools.

To be considered for the award, principals must detail what initiatives they have put in place to make progress in their school improvement plans.

A selection committee then decides which school that had the most significant impact on students, staff, faculty and the community, LPS said.

The selection committee is comprised of community members, district office staff and the foundation’s board of directors.

Dawes Middle School was recognized for its work in improving student achievement, according to LPS.

In 2020, 30% of Dawes students were attending school remotely, and 75% of those students were underperforming or completely unengaged, LPS said.

“In 2020 our data indicated that remote learners were struggling to successfully engage and achieve,” Principal Liz Miller said in a press release.  “As a staff we discussed the benefits and unintended consequences of reorganizing the master schedule to offer as many remote learning only sections as possible, to create lessons designed specifically for the unique needs of remote learners.”

Dawes will also receive a $5,000 check to use on any upcoming project of its choice.

“Dawes’ focus on building and strengthening their school community culture is evident in all that they do,” said Wendy Van, president of the LPS foundation. “The improvements in student engagement in the last year and a half are a direct result of that effort and should be applauded.”

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