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Southwest Junior High ranks among the top schools in Kansas

December 3, 2010


Southwest Junior High School is among the state’s top-performing schools, according to the Kansas State Department of Education.

Southwest is among 11 junior high or middle schools to receive a Governor’s Achievement Award, given to schools that in 2010:

• Earned the Kansas Standard of Excellence in both reading and math for 2010.

• Made Adequate Yearly Progress in reading, math and attendance.

• Ranked in the top 5 percent of schools for performance on state assessments in reading and math.

“I’m kind of blown away,” said Trish Bransky, principal at Southwest, 2511 Inverness Drive. “We’ve really worked hard through the years and seen achievement levels increment up. I couldn’t be prouder of our staff, working really hard, in an interdisciplinary way, on reading and math issues, and it shows.

“And I couldn’t be prouder of our kids. I think they get that achievement is important. They work hard on a day-to-day basis, and I can’t wait to share this with them.”

Diane DeBacker, the state’s education commissioner, also has informed officials at 41 elementary schools and 17 high schools that they, too, have won Governor’s Achievement Awards.

Rick Doll, superintendent of the Lawrence school district, plans to present the award plaque and congratulate Southwest’s students, administrators, teachers and support staffers during a school assembly in January.

Broken Arrow School, 2704 La., won a Governor’s Achievement Award in 2007.


Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

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smot 7 years, 1 month ago

The news article is about the school excelling in academics. Trish Brnasky is the leader of the school and is a major part of this academic success. I am always amazed at people like you Escapee who bring their personal agendas to blast someone for their perceived shortcomings. You owe Dr. Bransky an apology but I am sure you have little insight into your pettiness.

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

The only thing Trish Bransky is a major part the good fortune to land in the chair of the principal on the right side of town where parentals have the time, energy, and intellect to be involved in their children's schooling. Let's be real....

GUMnNUTS 7 years, 1 month ago

Sounds like someone has a inferiority complex to a very intelligent principle. I have had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Bransky and wish U.S.D. 497 could find more from the same mold. As for this comment "is the good fortune to land in the chair of the principal on the right side of town where parentals have the time, energy , and intellect to be involved in their children's schooling." I would suggest you look at the boundry lines for SWJH and see how diverse their enrollment is. Or where you suggesting that parents at other schools are not as intelligent and lazy?

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

Obviously you've made a lot of assumptions....

I, too, met her. And had children attend there. You missed the first post. Which LJW was so afraid to let stand...lest they be thought to not support USD 497...whether it was true or not.... Typical Lawrence.... Hardly 'inferior' my friend. I've sent my children to far better schools both before and after the Southwest experience -- though not a difficult task. And as for 'suggesting' that there were more parents having (as I stated) more 'time, energy and intellect to be involved in their children's schooling' -- sorry if perhaps YOU feel inferior for this remark, but again -- let's be real. C'est la vie....

Kelly Johnson 7 years, 1 month ago

I'm glad to hear SOME students are getting a good education at Southwest. Too bad it can't be said for EVERY student that is or has attended there.

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

Actually, in my posts, I was referring to the environment within the school -- not necessarily the education being sought. However, that -- too -- was found to be sub par when compared to schools my children attended both before and after Southwest. Very little about the entire experience was noteworthy to be honest. Although my children did meet another 'new' student who experienced basically the same (read 'horrible') big chill from administrators and more challenging curriculum at a previous school. We were not alone in our assessment of what Southwest had to offer. Thank heavens there WERE parentals at home -- with time, energy, and intellect....

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

We were among the lucky...we escaped!!!!!

smot 7 years, 1 month ago

Escapee: It is unfortunate that you are such a bitter person that you cannot congratulate a school that has excelled. Perhaps if you could just get over your nasty disposition and perception of victimhood you could see this school has won an award for excellence and achievement. This cannot be disputed by your personal experience other than saying perhaps you and your children's problems may have been part of your own doing. I have made it my goal to stay away from negative people like you as you are only happy in your misery.

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

Then why so fixated on responding multiple times??? I don't have a negative outlook on life -- at all -- but I am angered by the fact that this woman is being given credit where I strongly feel credit is NOT due. If some of you regular posters who like to jump on anyone who criticizes anything 'Lawrence' would ever take a moment to investigate a few might find yourself whistling a different tune. In the meantime, I'm glad it's you (happy as a pig in mud) stuck in Lawrence...and not me.

'Nuf said.

Move on.

Christine Anderson 7 years, 1 month ago

Okay, time to inject a little levity. I personally pray for my sons' principal, because he has to deal with my older boy. I have no knowledge of or experience with Ms. Bransky, but better start praying for her, too. Southwest is where my older one is headed to next year. School, brace yourselves.

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

No worries Cheesy...if he can learn a second language by the time he enters -- he'll find his niche!

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

Yeah, like I said, she had the good fortune to land in the chair... Contrary to the assumptions of some...I hardly, hardly believe that the people from one side of a town are any 'better' than those from another part of any town. Btw, if there is any fact to the idea that there exists any microcosm of 'diversity' within the Southwest population -- let me assure you, it was 'designed' to exist for the benefit of both ends of the spectrum and those in between. But, again -- let's be real -- most folks assume that the price tag of their dwelling comes with some guarantee of the 'quality' of their neighborhood schools. The ideal would be to have equitable quality available to ALL parts of town -- but, as we all doesn't usually end up that way. Usually because those with fatter wallets who can contribute more to the larger picture...make SURE that what is available in their backyard is the best a district has to offer. That's life. That's the way it usually works. I'm not saying it's fact, I strongly feel it's unfair. But that feeling doesn't change the reality that exists today. If you want to change that -- take a look at Texas.... There, they have what many referred to as the 'Robin Hood' program of equitable distribution of education dollars. It MANDATED equitable distribution of state monies to ALL districts thereby giving the poor districts the same advantages (from the state coffers at least) that the rich districts formerly usurped. This was wonderful!!! Because those previously 'advantaged' districts could still call in their constituents to provide for anything above and beyond what the state offered. An honest attempt, at least, to level the playing field.

Escapee 7 years, 1 month ago

One last comment here -- and then I have more 'happy things' to do with my life....

I most definitely do give a hearty 'CONGRATULATIONS!' to the STUDENTS, and PARENTS and teachers at Southwest for their earned award!!! Achievement of educational success is most certainly something to be celebrated in this world! Public schools are faced with so many challenges these days and to meet, and exceed expectations on a school-wide level is a commendable achievement. Let's just not forget that there are many components that make up a 'successful' institution -- and that until, and unless they are all firing at a pace that provides our children with a SAFE, COMPASSIONATE, PRODUCTIVE environment with challenges and successes for ALL levels of learning...our administrators have some work to do....

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