Dentzler Elementary celebrates 2019 Momentum Award from Ohio Department of Education
March 23, 2020
Dentzler Elementary School received the 2019 Momentum Award from the Ohio Board of Education this school year.
The Momentum Award recognizes schools that received ‘A’s on value-added measures on the 2019 Ohio State Report Card.
All public districts and schools with at least two of three graded value-added subgroups, including gifted students, students in the lowest 20% in achievement and students with disabilities, were eligible for this recognition, according to the Ohio Department of Education.
Dentzler received ‘A’s in Lowest 20% and Students with Disabilities, as well as an overall grade of ‘A’ in the value-added measure. Gifted was not measured.
Earning an ‘A’ means there was significant evidence that the school’s students made more progress than the growth standard.
“Our entire staff works very hard and celebrates the hard work and success of our students,” shared Renee Dzurnak, principal at Dentzler Elementary School. “Our students are very diligent and work consistently to achieve their goals. This recognition allows us to take a moment and realize that hard work pays off, that teamwork leads to success and that our efforts do not go unnoticed.”
Value-added is just one part of several components that make up the state report card but helps to show the progress students are making in a year.
“Every teacher, at every level, works with our students to meet and exceed grade-level standards,” she expressed. “The entire staff realizes that we are all in this together and it takes everyone to do their part to achieve success.”
Dentzler not only credits staff but also parents and students for this recognition because it is truly a team effort. The building has several practices in place to continue building on this good ‘momentum’ for school years to come.
Dzurnak described a few of those practices that have led to success.
“We stay consistent with our schedule and preserve our instructional time with minimal interruptions,” she shared. “We continue making sure our parents are part of our educational team and that they support the school by working on areas that need improvement. We continue working as a team and supporting each other with research-based instructional strategies and interventions that work. We work hard to build a positive school culture where all students believe they can achieve and grow in their understanding of content material.”
For the future, she added that the building will keep extending student learning at all levels and will always support student success every day.
“We want our students to feel that they are part of the Dentzler family and know that we care about their academic, social and emotional learning,” Dzurnak further expressed.
PHOTO CAPTION: Dentzler Elementary School’s fourth-grade team was recognized at the March 12 Board of Education meeting for winning the 2019 Momentum Award from ODE. Pictured left to right: Connie Konczal, Jennifer Adrovet, Laurie Hausler, Pam Paltani, Dentzler principal Renee Dzurnak and Superintendent Charles Smialek, Ph.D.