Willow River Elementary Receives Title One Recognition Award

Willow River Elementary School Principal Kimberly Osterhues (left) and Willow River Elementary Reading Specialist Laurel Anfinson stand in front of the Wisconsin state capitol building with the school's Title One Recognition Award.

A statewide congratulations was issued on Tuesday, April 16, to Willow River Elementary. Willow River Elementary was awarded a Wisconsin Title I School of Recognition Award for demonstrating high-progress. 

The Wisconsin DPI website offers the following overview for the Title I School of Recognition Award:

Since 2003, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) has recognized Title I schools that have demonstrated success in educating students. To be eligible, schools must receive federal Title I funding to provide services to large numbers or high percentages of economically disadvantaged children and meet other achievement criteria (see criteria below).
These awards recognize the work of students and their parents along with teachers, school administrators, and school staff members to break the link between poverty and low academic achievement. Their efforts help us ensure that every student graduates college and career ready.

More specifically, Willow River Elementary was recognized as a High-Progress School. This means Willow River Elementary:

  • falls within the top 10 percent of schools experiencing student growth in reading and mathematics for elementary and middle school students or the top 10 percent of schools with the greatest improvement in high school graduation rates
  • has achievement gaps that are less than three (3) percentage points between student groups or show evidence of reducing gaps greater than three (3) percentage points
Willow River Elementary School Principal Kimberly Osterhues (left) and Willow River Elementary Reading Specialist Laurel Anfinson stand in front of the Wisconsin state capitol building with the school's Title One Recognition Award.

Willow River Elementary Principal Kimberly Osterhues and Reading Specialist Laurel Anfinson display the Title One Recognition Award in front of the Wisconsin state capitol building.