WALSENBURG — John Mall High School ranked 237th out of the 500 high schools mentioned in the Newsweek article “Beating the Odds.” The article discusses the many factors that students of low socio-economic areas have as challenges to their success. Newsweek’s annual top high school rankings edition includes a “Beating the Odds” list, which seeks to identify and rank high schools that do an excellent job of preparing their students for college, while also overcoming obstacles posed by students at an economic disadvantage. Superintendent Michael Moore is proud of this recognition for John Mall High School and the Huerfano RE-1 School District. “It is an honor to be recognized as an institution that understands and is determined to negate the obstacles and barriers to learning and success that many, many of our young people from a low socio-economic community face on a daily basis. The effects of poverty create numerous known and unknown barriers for our kids and I am especially proud of the students for being determined to ‘beat the odds.’” We acknowledge the perseverance and dedication to hard work displayed by our high school principal, George Purnell, and our JMHS teachers, however, in the same token, we must also acknowledge that exceptional elementary and middle school instruction, experiences, and cultures of success are integral to the success of a high school student. So, thank you to all grade level teachers, board members, support staff, students, supportive family members, and community agencies! We are all in this together and thus we should all take pride in this positive recognition for Huerfano RE-1 District. As always, have a great week and remember, should you have any concerns, praise or opinions, feel free to contact me at the district office or at mmoore@huerfano. k12.co.us.
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