The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Division of Federal Programs is honoring Hance Elementary School for being named a Title I Distinguished School for 2018-2019.
Hance Elementary received the honor because it ranked in the top five percent of Title I Schools in Pennsylvania based on aggregate math and English language arts scores on the Pennsylvania System of School Assessments (PSSAs). To receive this honor, schools had to show high achievement on the PSSAs, while qualifying for financial assistance through the Federal Title I program.
"We are extremely proud of the Hance team and their efforts to ensure both growth and achievement across our student population," said Dr. Kristen Silbaugh, assistant superintendent of elementary education and curriculum. In all, 158 Title I schools out of 912 were named distinguished schools. Hance Elementary Principal Greta Kuzilla attributes the continued success to the supportive families in the community, attentive students, and a focused and determined staff who strives to meet students’ needs.
“This recognition represents the hard work by all of our staff members, families and students as we strive as a community to focus on learning for every student every day,’ said Ms. Kuzilla.
Hance Elementary will be highlighted at the 2019 Title I Improving Schools’ Performance Conference ceremony on Jan. 13-16, 2018 at the Sheraton Station Square in Pittsburgh.