Central Junior High School receives exemplary designation

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The Illinois School Report card shows one stand-out school in the Tri-States in the top ten percent for performance state-wide.

Students at Central Junior High School look forward to learning at school every day.

Students, like Ashlan Tullock, who learns so well due to the way her teachers present the curriculum.

“By the way that they teach, what we’re learning about, they can say funny things about that, or they just reform it to something that we actually get,” Tullock said.

Mrs. Shoopman’s English class was learning communication skills, along with pronouns on Thursday.  Skills that show up on the standardized tests that the Illinois School Report Card is based on.

It’s learning skills like these that put Central Junior High in a category of their own, receiving an Exemplary Designation. Principal Erica Smith attributes the honor to how her students learn.

“It’s about making those real world connections,” Smith said. “The teachers work really hard to connect to things the students are going to find interesting and understand.”

That’s exactly what goes on in Mrs. Shoopman’s classroom.

“I try to pick out things that would be of interest to them and I also try to have more energy than they do,” English Teacher Amanda Shoopman said. “Sometimes that’s really hard, but I feel like if I am bubbly, then they’re going to be the same and excited about learning.”

And Tullock said it’s teachers like this that make learning fun.

“All the teachers help really well and if you need anything, everyone’s always there to help and you learn a lot too,” Tullock said. “I am pretty happy to go to school because I like school and like learning all the different things.”

The school was above average in all three categories: Science, Math and English.

Smith said they will continue to analyze test scores and keep parents and students involved to see what they need to keep improving on.

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Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat

Kara Biernat is a MultiMedia Journalist for WGEM News.

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