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Truscott Elementary receives statewide improvement award – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Truscott Elementary School kindergartener Luke Schmitt, center, claps with other students during an assembly Monday when students and staff learned the school had won a Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

During an assembly Monday morning, Truscott Elementary School was celebrated for receiving the Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award, a state-level honor that recognizes improvement in academic performance measures.

Thompson School District Superintendent Marc Schaffer talks to Truscott Elementary School students during an assembly Monday, May 20, 2024, about their school winning a Colorado Governor's Distinguished Improvement Award.  (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)
Marc Schaffer, superintendent of the Thompson School District, talks to students at Truscott Elementary School during an assembly Monday honoring the Colorado Governor’s Distinguished Improvement Award. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

Based on the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) standardized test scores, the award was given to schools in a number of Colorado school districts, including neighboring districts such as St. Vrain School District and Poudre School District.

“This award means our kids have worked super hard, and we are very proud of them,” Truscott principal Karen Hanford said after the meeting Monday. “It took years and years to put the systems and structures in place to make sure our kids had what they needed to succeed.”

Truscott is a Title 1 school, meaning at least 75% of its students come from low-income families.

“Some of our children may come to school without the same opportunities as others, and because we can just come together as a team, we have a very strong culture at Truscott,” she continued. “We really want kids to feel like this is a home for them, and as we create that safe space, we’re seeing great success.”

The award was also important to teachers, Hanford said.

“This was an incredible recognition, especially for the staff who have been working here, some of them for 20 years,” she said. “They have seen Truscott go through many ups and downs, as well as become a bilingual immersion school. Kids learn half the day in Spanish, so to achieve and make this growth in English because the test is in English is pretty phenomenal,” Hanford added.

“But it’s a good boost for our teachers, just to see that the work they do every day really matters. And they’re just so proud of their kids,” she said.