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Twin River Valley High School receives national recognition

Award bestowed for high academic achievement

December 22, 2008
By EMILIE NELSON, Messenger staff writer

BODE - The Twin River Valley High School has earned a bronze medal for the school year. The medal wasn't the result of any competition or athletic event, but rather for academic achievement among the high school's students.

The school was one of 49 schools in the state of Iowa to be awarded a bronze medal, and one of 1,900 schools nationwide to be selected by U.S. News and World Report as one of America's best high schools for its academic achievement.

The award is based on three criteria: standardized test performance, proficiency rates of all students; including the least advantaged and challenging college-ready curriculum for students in grades 9 through 12.

Schools meeting all three of the criteria are recognized as Gold Medal Schools. Schools that meet the requirements in standardized testing and proficiency rates receive the bronze medal. Two Iowa schools were recipients of the silver medal.

Schools do not apply for the award, but rather the rankings are based on data obtained by the state Department of Education and students scores on the Iowa Tests of Educational Development, and Iowa Test of Basic Skills, said TRV principal Don Hasenkamp.

"It's a neat award for the students, staff, faculty and the entire community," he said.

Hasenkamp credits the award to the teachers having participated in high school reform over the past several years as well as the vast selection of courses available. The school offers a number of post-secondary, dual credit and advanced placement courses to its students both in the classroom and online.

"We encourage students to take as many of these courses as possible," Hasenkamp said.

Hasenkamp also said that the award is not isolated to the high school alone, but that quality instruction in the elementary and middle schools has helped to create high performing high school students in the district.

"We have a great staff ... that really makes a difference," he said. "They're doing a great job of preparing our kids for high school."

The school will be recognized in an upcoming edition of U.S. News and World Report.

Contact Emilie Nelson at (515) 573-2141 or



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