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Bowie Elementary was recognized among 300 Title I Reward Schools across the state in a report recently announced by the Texas Education Agency.

Bowie was named as a High-Performing and High-Progress school based on statewide reading and mathematics assessments under the State Accountability System in the 2015-2016 school year.

“We are honored to receive this recognition. It’s truly a campus-wide effort,” said Adriana Arellano, principal at Bowie. “I thank our teachers and the hard work that they do on our campus. Our educators have built a legacy and culture of high expectations at Bowie. It takes a lot of planning and preparation on behalf of our staff, but beyond that, they take great care in incorporating the social-emotional needs of the students as well. It’s a group effort that allows the students to take up that culture of high expectations themselves and embrace learning.”

A high-performance reward school is identified as a Title I school with distinctions based on reading and math performance. Also, at the high school level, a reward school is a Title I school with the highest graduation rates.

“This recognition is indicative of the caliber of our highly effective educators who work hard to ensure the success of our students,” said Superintendent Dr. Art Cavazos. “HCISD takes pride in the great things that are happening a Bowie Elementary. I commend Adriana Arellano as well as her staff for setting the bar and continuing their commitment to educational excellence.”

A high-progress school is identified as a Title I school in the top 25 percent in annual improvement and/or a school in the top 25 percent of those demonstrating ability to close performance gaps based on system safeguards.

Title I schools are defined as campuses with a student population of at least 40 percent low-income.

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