December 5, 2013
Tracey Frierson, Principal
Constellation Schools: Elyria Community
300 N Abbe Rd Elyria, Ohio 44035
Dear Principal Frierson:
I am happy to share the good news that the Ohio Department of Education has named
Constellation Schools: Elyria Community a High Progress School of Honor, based on your
2012-2013 Local Report Card.
To become a High Progress School of Honor a building must first be a Title 1 or
Title 1-eligible schools with at least 40 percent of its students eligible for free and
reduced price meals. In addition these schools must rank in the top 10 percent for
gains in proficiency, or if high schools, in the top 10 percent in graduation rates.
Finally, High Progress Schools of Honor must have an Annual Measurable Objectives
grade of C or higher and have met or exceeded Ohio's value-added measure for the last three years.
Clearly your school is doing whatever it takes to make sure that your students from
all backgrounds have the opportunity to achieve academically. This makes you an outstanding
example of what is possible when students, educators, parents and community members work
together believing that all students can succeed. Please share my thanks with all of those who
contributed to your school's success. I hope you will share your strategies generously with
other Ohio schools.
In the coming weeks, we will be sending you a School of Honor banner to display in your building.
If you have questions about the banner or the award, please contact Sherry Panizo in our Office of
Policy and Research at (614) 387-0546.
Congratulations and my very best wishes for continued success. I know the determination and
compassion for students that led to your school's success will continue to make you an asset
to your community.
Dr. Richard A. Ross
Superintendent of Public Instruction
25 South Front Street