For three consecutive years, Hillsboro Elementary School has been named a state Department of Education Reward School.
“(The designation) is based on growth, achievement and attendance,” said Hillsboro Principal Angela Harris. “They look at all the subgroups of students (students with disabilities, English language learners, economically disadvantaged). They have to show growth and achievement.
“This tells us that we are on the right track with our students. They are growing and achieving, and it tells us that our teachers are fantastic and care about the students being successful.”
Assistant Principal Linda Willis added that one of the keys to student growth is finding where each one is academically.
“Our teachers are very good at looking to meet (students’) needs. If there is a skill or standard that they are lacking, they are good at bringing them up and keep them on track,” Willis said.
“We teach standards, but first and foremost we teach students,” she said. “You have to know where each child is. Our teachers work really hard to know where they are and to move them.”
The expectation is high at Hillsboro, but the love is there too.
“The teachers are willing to go the extra mile to build relationships with the students. They see them as a person before trying to teach them as a student,” Willis said.
That comradery carries over through teambuilding activities to the students. Homerooms are like school family.
Harris added that community support has been an important part of the school’s success, whether it helping build a pavilion on campus or playground renovations.
“They are always there to step up and help us; all we have to do is ask,” Harris said.