Robinwood Elementary Principal Don Robinson opened a letter on Oct. 16 and discovered the state has named his school a High-Performing School of Honor, based on its 2012-2013 Local Report Card. This is the second year in a row that school has achieved this honor.
"The High Performing Schools of Honor program recognizes Ohio schools that have sustained or increased student achievement over time in reading, math and graduation rates, while serving many disadvantaged students," wrote Dr. Richard A. Ross, superintendent of public instruction with the Ohio Department of Education. "Every day I tell Ohio educators that we must do whatever it takes to make sure that our students from all backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve academically. Your school is one where this is happening, and I commend you for it. I hope you will share your strategies generously with other Ohio schools."
Robinson said he is very proud to be able to accomplish this honor for two years straight. He said the key to the school's success lies with the staff, students and parental support.
"My staff is made up of quality people and professionals who truly believe all students can learn regardless of circumstance," he said. "We spend a lot of time encouraging and motivating our students to learn. Our students know they have a job to do when they come to school each day. We have high expectations for every student as well."
He said there are 404 students attending Robinwood this year and each one of them is tracked during monthly grade team meetings. At the meetings, if an intervention is not working, it is changed.
"We have many intervention programs that range from a little academic help, to more intensive help," Robinson said. "Our intervention teachers work hard with those students who struggle to learn and get results. My teachers differentiate instruction in the classroom to met the needs of low, middle, and high achieving students. We use data to adjust instruction in the classroom and in intervention rooms to meet the needs of our students."
He said another key to success is creating a welcoming, loving, supportive, engaging, and high interest school environment.
"In short, we really care about our students and their futures, and we have a plan and work the plan each day," he said.
Another comment Dr. Ross made in his letter was that his department plans to spotlight Robinwood Lane Elementary School as an outstanding example of what is possible when students, educators, parents and community members work together, believing that all students can succeed. Robinson said Dr. Ross is probably planning on using Robinwood as an example of a suburban-urban school with a very diverse population that is having consistent success year in and year out over a long period of time.