By Gary Sabol, Community Relations Manager
Hudtloff Middle School has been named a KCTS 9 Pathways to Excellence Award winner. The Pathways to Excellence Awards recognize schools that are making progress in creating greater educational opportunity by closing the achievement gap. The Pathways to Excellence Awards focus on schools that excel in tapping the potential of historically underserved populations.
Moureen David, former Hudtloff principal and now assistant superintendent for secondary schools, credits a staff that has come together around a fundamental belief in the students’ abilities. High expectations backed by close, collaborative teaching and continuous review of student data mean great opportunities to excel for all, including the children from low-income families who make up 66 percent of the Hudtloff student body.
“We don’t accept anything that wouldn’t be good enough for our own children,” explains David. “If you don’t expect the best from a student, regardless of their background, you are doing them a disservice.”
Low-income students at Hudtloff have experienced an upward trend of success. Their scores in reading, writing, math and science surpass state averages and continue to climb. The State Board of Education Achievement Index has also identified Hudtloff as an Exemplary School.
Hudtloff representatives will be honored Friday, Jan. 17 at the Seattle Repertory Theatre in Seattle. The ceremony will be filmed and broadcast on public television stations statewide in February. Special funding for the 2013 Pathways to Excellence Awards comes from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.