In support of the Indianola Community Schools belief that we will meet the needs of all students so that they can learn at high levels and be prepared for next steps along the way, a Distinguished Achievement Award was developed in 2015-2016 to recognize students that strive to take advantage of the opportunities, activities, and resources available to them. Students that intend to work toward this award  complete an Intent to Participate form and return it to the principal by a selected date, typically mid-September.

Students will submit evidence of their achievements through their school google account in a folder that will be copied during a help session.  The portfolio due date is typically the last day of March. The portfolios will be scored by either an administrator or teacher(s) using scoring rubrics. Pictures and recordings can be included, but they will not be scored. Students meeting the criteria will be awarded the Indianola Middle School Distinguished Achievement Award at a special ceremony in May at the Blake Fieldhouse.

Students may submit a portfolio each year of middle school as long as the portfolio contains original work each submission.

Students that are not selected to receive the award, based on the scoring of the portfolio, can improve their portfolio contents and re-submit them the following year, while adhering to the multiple-year submission guidelines. This applies to 6th and 7th graders.

Scheduled help sessions will be held in the library computer lab, 7:30-8:00 am, but a student can also see the principal for questions and assistance before school most days.

Parents will be emailed reminders of the help sessions. Parents can have access to their student’s google account to help monitor and support the student’s progress and to see the forms required. The student will need to provide their log-in information to the parent.

DAA Intent to Participate Form

Ideas for DAA Projects

DAA Frequently Asked Questions

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