05/15/13 For the third year in a row, Webster Elementary School in Plymouth has been named a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). To be Four Star schools, they must fall in the top 25th percentile cut score of ISTEP tests for the combined passing percentages English/Language Arts/Mathematics as well as the percent of students passing both for all of the grades tested.
Only 313 schools in the state of Indiana made the Four Star list. Webster Elementary was the only school in Marshall County-public or private- to be included.
Superintendent Dan Tyree said, “Most importantly, the staff at Webster is committed to making every child succeed. They are willing to come in before school, stay after school, and even give up lunch periods to help children.”
Webster Principal Carrie McGuire came to the Plymouth Corporation seven years ago. She has consistently given credit to both staff and students working hard and having high expectations to make them an exceptional school. She said, “This is a team effort.” “Everyone has taken a sense of ownership from the parents making sure their kids are rested before the test, PTO providing breakfast, and students working hard.”
Tyree added, “I believe all of the schools in the Plymouth Corporation are striving to do the best job with every child. The Webster award does not necessarily signify that the other school staffs are not working hard.”
Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction, Glenda Ritz said, “I am honored to name those schools as Four Star Schools for this year.” “Winning this award required excellent work by teachers, administrators, students and parents throughout the year and on behalf of the entire IDOE, I send them my sincere congratulations.” Ritz said.
Carol Anders Correspondent