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"Mrs. Slough is looked at as a role model and leader in both her community and state-wide," said Vanessa Hodge, Shakamak High School Principal.
Principal Vanessa Hodge, honored Shakamak students at the annual awards banquet Thursday evening.
Hodge also praised the students for their achievements saying they not only achieved academically but accomplished multiple projects while in school. JASONVILLE - The Metropolitan School District of Shakamak Board of School Trustees accepted the resignation of Junior/Senior High School Principal Vanessa Hodge on Monday night. "It is with regret that I ask the board to accept the resignation of Vanessa Hodge." Hodge will continue her position as principal until June 30 and will remain as a teacher at Shakamak. She has been an employee of Shakamak School for 11 years, four years in the athletic department and seven years as junior/senior high school principal.
JASONVILLE - During the monthly meeting of the Metropolitan School District of Shakamak Board of School Trustees Thursday night, junior-senior high school principal Vanessa Hodge reported that the North Central Association (NCA) has recommended another five years of accreditation for the school.Schools are assessed and recommended for accreditation every five years, Hodge said.
Shakamak's review process took place on Tuesday and Wednesday of this week. During the quality assurance review of the school, 113 individuals were interviewed - three administrators, 28 teachers and specialists, 14 support staff members, four parents, one school board member, and 63 students. "They went into every classroom to see what was going on," Hodge said. While the entire school is involved in the improvement process, Hodge commended those on the school's improvement team: Cyd Hunter, Brent Anderson, Nancy Edwards, Scott Borders, Carol McDonald, Gail Rogers, Susan Walters, and Ronal Barber. Hodge also serves on the school's improvement team. "I'm very proud of our staff and students," Hodge said. Board member Jeff Miller thanked Hodge and everyone involved with the process. * Hodge announced the school's band, under the direction of Jeff Colvin, will participate in a band competition April 17 at Northview High School in Brazil.
Junior/Senior High Principal Vanessa Hodge said classes are back in full force.
Earning the state recognition "is pretty amazing," said Abraham, who quickly credited the efforts of former Principal Vanessa Hodge, who stepped down as principal in 2010 to rejoin the teaching ranks at the school as a physical education teacher.
The criteria does state that the principal [in this case, Hodge] cannot be paid more than $5,000. Hodge, who was principal at the school for nine years, describes the success as a team effort. "Our staff wants our kids to be successful. We have worked on it for years," she said. "It just didn't happen overnight." Staff would work with at risk students on reading strategies and problem solving, she said. Certain reading strategies were used by all teachers, regardless of the subject matter. Those at risk received more one-on-one and small group instruction, and they benefited from differentiated instruction aimed at helping them understand and learn the material, Hodge said. The school also has been able to obtain a lot of technology through grants, she said. The staff has worked hard to help students be successful and "all our staff deserve kudos," Hodge said.