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Three Bartlett schools lead Dist. U-46 rankings
By Seth Hancock
Bartlett High School was ranked one of the top 100 high schools in Illinois and both Bartlett’s Sycamore Trails Elementary School and Wayne Elementary School were winners in School District U-46’s summer reading challenge in 2019.
All three schools were recognized by the Board of Education at its meeting on Monday, Sept. 9.
Bartlett High School was ranked 86th among over 600 Illinois high schools and 2,303 among over 17,000 high schools in the nation under U.S. News & World Report’s annual ranking. Bartlett achieved its rank in part due to its 94 percent graduation rate and 39 percent of students taking one or more advanced placement exams.
“We have an amazing community,” said Mike Demovsky, Bartlett’s principal, in a U-46 press release. “It is a true team collaboration of staff, students, and families. Every student has the opportunity to convert their dreams into realities.”
Behind Bartlett in the rankings among U-46 high schools were South Elgin High School (136th Illinois; 3,928th nationally), Elgin High School (280th Illinois; 9,383rd nationally), Streamwood High School (313th Illinois, 10,527th nationally) and Elgin’s Larkin High School (377th Illinois; 11,870th nationally).
In conjunction with area libraries, U-46 holds an annual summer reading challenge for elementary students. Sycamore Trails had the highest percentage, nearly 30 percent, of students with 164 completing the challenge, and Wayne was the most improved with nearly double the number of students completing the challenge, 77 total, from last year.
“The partnership between our families, our community, our Bartlett Public Library and just having the importance of reading to help us for our vision” were among the reasons for Sycamore Trails’ success said Lisa Cardenas, the school’s principal.
Adam Zurko, who became Wayne’s principal this school year, said: “It is evident, being brand new to the Wayne school in our district, that the love for literacy is all around the Wayne school community. It’s just awesome.”
Wayne’s librarian Dena Fagan joked that she “used bribery” to help her school’s success by telling students they could win a trophy.
“They do love reading at our school, and I told them about the summer reading program and I really did encourage them to participate in the summer reading program at the library,” Fagan said. “And I guess they did it, and I’m really proud of them.”