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Satanta Junior-High School Receives KSDE Challenge Award

By Emilio Hernandez

On May 9, 2019, Kansas State School Board Member Jean Clifford visited Satanta to present the junior-senior high school with a Challenge Award from the Kansas State Department of Education.  


These awards, according to the KSDE website, were created to honor schools that perform well on the state assessments in spite of having high percentages of students from disadvantaged backgrounds, including those who live in poverty and members of minority groups. "The awards help showcase the many positive academic achievements taking place in schools with predominantly high-risk populations."


Such awards are based on “uncommon accomplishment based on Kansas math and reading assessment results and other qualifying factors, specifically the sample size, ethnicity, and socio-economic status of those taking the test.” KSDE also includes the graduation rates and rates of chronic absenteeism when calculating high school results.


USD 507 is proud of this recognition. Mrs. Karen Burrows said, “We strive for excellence for all of our kids, and it is great to be recognized for our students’ hard work.”


Before Cliffords’ departure, she was given a TRIBE shirt from the SHS student body, making her an official member of the tribe.


Pictured in photo: Mike Ward, USD 507 Superintendent; Heather Stegman, USD 507 PK-12 Principal; and State Board of Education Member Jean Clifford.