Kenwood students show impressive academic growth


Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) reported that Kenwood is one of only two southwest-area elementary schools to make “Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)” as determined by the federal No Child Left Behind law. The school’s proficiency rating in both math and reading went up this year based on the state’s Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) test which is used to determine AYP. MPS also measures school performance based on a value-added rating, which measures instruction and student academic growth. Kenwood’s “value added” score also shows that most of its students have shown one year’s academic growth since last year. This rating is determined by the state’s Measure of Academic Progress (MAP) test which identifies skills and areas that need strengthening for each student. Principal Cheryl Martin reports that the school’s students and teachers “have a lot to be proud of” and notes that family support of students at home also “played a key role in student improvement.”

Principal Martin reports that Kenwood will be completing the application process for the Minnesota School of Excellence Program. This program, supported by the Minnesota Department of Education and the National Association of Elementary School Principals, assesses schools based on six national standards for quality: Learning Centered Community; Diverse Community; 21st Century Learners; Quality Instruction; Knowledge and Data; and Community Engagement.

“Research shows that if these standards are evident, best practices are being followed,” said Principal Martin. “I see evidence supporting each standard at Kenwood and want to share the great things being done here with others.” Kenwood’s goal is to submit the completed application this spring.

The topic of discussion was youth and safe use of electronics at the November 8 evening Parent Teacher Association meeting. Chelsea Adams, Crime Prevention Specialist for the 5th Precinct of the Minneapolis Police Department was the invited speaker. She addressed the crowd of parents on the topics of Internet usage and cyber bullying. “This is a very important topic and an area of concern for our families as their elementary age children become older. “We are very pleased that Ms. Adams could join us. Her comments were very much appreciated,” said Kenwood resident and PTA Co-President Lori Johnson.

Nicole Valentine is the mother of two students at Kenwood School and one at Anthony Middle School plus a member of the Kenwood PTA Board.