Award Year: 2018

Wall Elementary - 02

401 South Boulevard West
Wall, SD, 57790-0414

(605) 279-2156

Mr. Charles Sykora, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

Wall School District 51-5

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Mission

Empower all students to fully develop their potential to succeed in an ever-changing world.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 77%
  • Hispanic: 1%
  • Asian: 1%
  • Native American: 17%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 38%
Application
A variety of activities take place at Wall Elementary.

A variety of activities take place at Wall Elementary.

To meet the needs of all students, several things can happen within the school day. First and most importantly, staff members frequently cover each other’s duties so they can assist students or to schedule and/or meet with parents/guardians. Staff regularly exchanges ideas as they pass in the hall or head to their vehicles each afternoon. Staff keeps an effective line of communication open with the school's principal and the superintendent. Additionally, Wall Elementary staff conducts regular team (or collaborative) meetings to review student achievement in reading and math. During these meetings, all staff (Title I, SPED, Paraprofessionals, Principal) assigned to work with students in that grade are involved with this process. When applicable, the team develops an intervention plan that focuses on individual student needs.

School climate is another major focus at Wall Elementary School. Teachers, paraprofessionals, kitchen personnel, custodians, and office personnel model good character for students. Positive character traits are discussed, reinforced, and noted throughout each day. Students are regularly recognized for practicing positive character.

The creative approach to addressing students' needs has been a learning process for everyone, but has resulted in Wall Elementary School being consistently recognized as a Distinguished School by the South Dakota Department of Education and the Elementary School's selection as a 2011 and 2017 National Title I Distinguished School and 2012 National Blue Ribbon School.