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Raguet Elementary School joins prestigious ranks as a No Excuses University Campus
Posted 03 - 11 - 2014

Raguet Elementary School received work this week that it became a nationally recognized model for promoting college readiness for all students.

No Excuses University has named the school, led by Principal Kristi Shoefer, as one of its prestigious No Excuses University Campuses.

“We are extremely proud of Mrs. Shoefner and the Raguet Elementary staff for attaining the NEU status,” said Dr. Fred Hayes, Nacogdoches ISD superintendent. “Their daily commitment to preparing Nacogdoches children for successful futures is evident.”

NEU is a network of elementary, middle, and high schools across the country dedicated to building cultures of college readiness and exceptional systems in their schools.

The network believes that “every child deserves the opportunity to be educated in a way that prepares them for college.”


Campuses chosen as No Excuse University Campuses promote a comprehensive model of college readiness through six systems: culture of universal achievement, collaboration, standards, assessment, data management and interventions.


“This endeavor is not an award, it’s a declaration. We’re not out to play around with college readiness, we are on a mission to change lives through our network,” said Damen Lopez, the founder of No Excuses University.

Raguet applied to join the NEU ranks, sending in a video and an extensive set of documents.  The NEU committee reviewing the application sent these comments in the acceptance letter:

•      “We loved some of the powerful symbolism we saw in your application video, especially the college flags hanging from the ceiling of your cafeteria or multipurpose room. It was obvious you are setting the tone for a culture of college readiness on your campus.”

•      “We were excited to learn about your data binders and we think these can be an outstanding tool to synthesize your Exceptional Systems of Assessment, Data Management and Interventions.”

•      “We are proud of you and your team for the process you went through to develop your Six Exceptional Systems. We love that you completed a book study then attended an Institute and then you worked on your plan for implementation.”

•      “Your school is investing the time and effort necessary to build strong Exceptional Systems. Keep up the effort and continue to push forward.”

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