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GOOD FOR YOU: Skyview Elementary School wins John Irwin Award of Excellence

James Redmond
jredmond@mywindsornow.com

When Skyview Elementary School students found out their school won an award, the crowd of kids gasped in excitement.

At a special assembly Tuesday morning Principal Tammy Seib broke the good news; the Colorado Department of Education gave Skyview a 2016 John Irwin Award of Excellence. She found out the week before, but wanted to surprise students with the news and an explanation of the honor they earned the school.

It's the students that won the school the award, she explained. John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement. Skyview students managed to exceed expectations on state tests over the last three years, and in doing so won their school the prestigious honor — one of 168 schools in the state to earn the award this year and the only in the Windsor-Severance School District.

"It's exciting and I'm just so proud," Seib said. "I truly believe our kids are used to producing high quality work because what they're used to producing for their teachers and that came through on the tests."

The kids work hard and have great support from their parents, parent volunteers and teachers, she said. Everyone at the school holds the kids to high standards, and teachers especially don't let students give anything less than their best.

Tuesday's assembly gave Seib a chance to tell students how proud she was of them and the effort they put in.

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With the teachers, Seib admits she had a little fun when she broke the news. At first all she told them was the school district got a call from CDE concerning Skyview's performance. For a moment she let the staff wonder what they might have done wrong. When she told them the call had been a good one, to give them an award, the staff burst out in cheers of excitement and celebration.

"They see the students' hard work every day," she said. "And I think they're just so proud of the investment the kids have in their learning."

Although she formally received Skyview's award last week in Denver and already told the teachers, Seib could hardly wait to break the news to her students Tuesday morning.

"I can't wait for the assembly today," Seib said. "I want to see how they take (the news) and move forward with it."

John Irwin Award of Excellence

John Irwin awards are given to schools that demonstrate excellent academic achievement.

The award is named for former Colorado State Representative, John J. Irwin.

For a time Irwin actually lived and worked, at the Kodak plant, in Windsor, according to information from the Colorado Department of Education.

After a long and successful career at Kodak, he retired and successfully ran for a seat in the Colorado House of Representatives, serving three terms. Irwin served on the state accountability committee and the House Education committee.

During all of the years Rep. Irwin served Colorado in the legislature, education was his passion, according to CDE. In his final year, in addition to co-sponsoring the precursor to the Charter School Act, Irwin also sponsored legislation creating the Excellent Schools Program, which through subsequent legislation evolved into the Colorado John Irwin Schools of Excellence Awards program.

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