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Southwest Schools Receives State Momentum Award

Southwest Local School District recently was named a “2017 Momentum Award” recipient by the Ohio Department of Education. The district is one of seven school districts in Hamilton County to be so honored and one of 64 school districts in the state to earn the award for 2017.

In addition, SLSD is one of three school districts in the country to earn the award two consecutive years.

“This recognition by the State is evidence of the quality of education provided throughout the Southwest Local School District,” says Superintendent John C. Hamstra. “Our teachers, administration and support staff continue to devote themselves to living out our mission of academic and social growth for all students every day.”

In addition to the honors merited by the district, Harrison Junior School also received a 2017 Momentum Award in recognition of their student growth. The Junior School was one of eight schools in Hamilton County to receive the award. This is the second consecutive year the school earned the honor.

“We are tremendously proud to receive this honor, as it reflects the good work done on a consistent basis at the Junior School,” states Junior School Principal Christian Tracy. “Receiving it back-to-back years and being just a handful of individual schools to be named puts us in a very exclusive category.”

The ODE’s annual honor recognizes school districts and individual schools for exceeding expectations in student growth for the year. Schools must earn straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the report card. The school or district must have at least two Value-Added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20% in achievement, and students with disabilities.

For more highlights from throughout SLSD for the 2016-17 academic year, click here for the district’s annual Quality Profile, which provides a comprehensive look at the academic and social growth taking place in our schools on an annual basis.

For more on the Momentum Awards, visit the ODE website.