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      Schools awarded for success

      Six schools in Upper Michigan have been recognized as Reward Schools by Michiganâ??s Department of Education.

      Out of 4,247 schools in Michigan, 347 received highlights for high performance by their students.

      Ishpeming Middle School, Barkell Elementary in Hancock, Central High School in Hancock, Stephenson High School in Menominee, Sleight Elementary in Ironwood, and DeTour Technology Arts and Technology Academy High Progress are accepting this yearâ??s award.

      "We've really devoted a lot of time to extra help tutoring, mentoring for students," said Vicki Lempinen, Principal of Ishpeming Middle School. "It's just fun to find out that's meant something purposeful."

      To be eligible, schools had to fall into one or more of the following categories: High performance: demonstrating high achievement in state assessments; High progress: sustaining high academic improvements; Beating the odds: achievement exceeding expectations based on demographics.

      Faculty in the front lines of these award winning classrooms couldn't be happier to hear the good news.

      "Makes us feel like we've finally accomplished what we're trying to accomplish with the students," said Maryann Farley, a sixth grade math and social studies teacher at IMS. "Students are achieving to the best of their abilities."

      Although there's no financial bonus for schools receiving recognition, faculty say being acknowledged is rewarding enough.