Three D153 students earn the Dockweiler Award for their efforts

Outstanding effort by three students in Homewood District 153 won them top honors Monday, Sept. 24, as each was presented the Tom Dockweiler Award.
 
  Malachi Walton, a second
  grader at Willow School,
  proudly displays his
  certificate of academic
  achievement that won
  him the Tom Dockweiler
  Award. Congratulating
  him are, from left,
  Melissa Lawson, principal,
  Superintendent Dale Mitchell,
  School Board President
  Shelly Marks and Dockweiler.

  (Provided photo)
 
Tom Dockweiler, for whom the award is named, retired from the board after 20 years of service. During his tenure he said it was always his desire to “raise the bar” to move the district forward. 

This award is given to students who do the same types of things. These students were judged for their outstanding scores on district testing that showed exceptional improvements.
 
Second grader Malachi Walton came into Willow School not caring much about learning, said Principal Melissa Lawson, but with special attention through the district’s Response Through Intervention Program that offers students the special help they need to succeed, and work at home with his parents, Amanda and Jeremy Walton, Malachi grew the most of any student at Willow.
 

  Churchill School student
  Quinn Hanna was presented
  the Tom Dockweiler Award
  for outstanding academic
  performance.
  Congratulating her are,
  from left, Churchill
  Principal Nikki Kerr,
  Superintendent Dale
  Mitchell, District 153 School
  Board President Shelly Marks
  and Dockweiler.
(Photo by 
  Marilyn Thomas/H-F 
  Chronicle)
 

Lawson said Willow students are given the district’s STAR assessments in fall and again in spring. On average, students grow 220 points over the course of a year, but Malachi showed 489 points growth.
 
Churchill School Principal Nikki Kerr described winner Quinn Hanna as a kind and caring person who is a good friend and a leader among her peers. At Churchill students take the STAR assessments in fall, winter and spring. Growth for most students registers at 220 points, but Quinn grew by over 600 points.

Quinn is the daughter of Mark and Kate Hanna.
 
  Phoenix McCoy, an eighth
  grader at James Hart School,
  received the Tom Dockweiler
  Award for outstanding
  growth in academic
  achievement. Congratulating
  her are, from left, Hart
  Principal Scott McAlister,
  Superintendent Dale Mitchell,
  School Board President
  Shelly Marks and Dockweiler.

  (Photo by Marilyn Thomas
  H-F Chronicle)
 
Phoenix McCoy, the daughter of Marsha and Christopher McCoy Sr., won the Dockweiler Award at James Hart School. Principal Scott McAlister said staff check scores to recognize those who show significant growth and Phoenix was the student who recorded the highest growth among her peers last year. Her percentile rank in reading went up 21 percent and in math 12 percent.
 
McAlister said Phoenix is an excellent student with an outstanding grade point average.
 
“What you accomplished is pretty exciting,” Dockweiler told the honorees. “I’m hoping the accomplishments will stick with you and you keep going.”

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