JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - The Jackson Junior High School received a one of a kind award on Tuesday, Dec. 1 for its excellency in academics with its Academic Intensive Care Unit (ICU) program.
The Brick House Achievement Award was presented to the school's faculty for promoting a culture where students can be more successful and improve in their schooling. This award compliments the success of the Academic ICU program, one that was set up more than four years ago.
The Academic ICU program helps students who miss assignments.
When a student misses an assignment, several adults, including teachers and parents, are notified and help the student with with his work.
"Everybody kind of gets a stake in this child's learning and make sure that they are where they need to be," teacher Roseann Bruns said. "And if they're not learning it then it we also have those resources to help us get that child more support so they can learn those standards. It could be that they need extra time, it could be that they need extra help and that's all built in."
A student who is missing assignments could be struggling with understanding the material or dealing with issues at home, among many other things.
Teachers and parents come together as a team with students to help them get back on track in understanding the material and try to find reasons why he or she would not do an assignment.
"It teaches you to be more responsible and be on your own to learn," Freshman Lexi Steinkamp said. "I was able to get a better understanding of what I was doing. Your assignments get done. You learn from it too. You learn to get your stuff done on time."
Teachers at the school said there is a lot more to it than just making sure a student completes his or her assignment, though.
"Providing the resources they need in order to get that assignment done," teacher Joe Moss said. "It isn't just about rushing through and getting your assignment in. It's about learning the standard and knowing how to get your answers and knowing the process it takes in order to be successful."
Danny Hill, author and school consultant, said that this is a continuous build, not a quick fix or initiative, that is totally focused on student learning.
Hill has worked with hundreds of schools in 22 states with this same program.
Jackson Junior High School students have improved in many areas since last year. Algebra scores have gone up dramatically and Geometry and Biology scores have stayed consistently strong.
The Brick House Achievement Award has never been given out before.
The Jackson Junior High School is the first school to be recognized with this award for their success.