Georgia schools chief honors Stevens Creek Elementary School

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012 1:55 PM
Last updated Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012 1:16 AM
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Georgia school Super­intendent John Barge recognized Stevens Creek Elementary School on Tuesday as one of the state’s top schools.

Georgia school Superintendent John Barge (center) on Tuesday recognized Stevens Creek Elementary School for being named a Georgia School of Excellence.  JENNA MARTIN/STAFF
Georgia school Superintendent John Barge (center) on Tuesday recognized Stevens Creek Elementary School for being named a Georgia School of Excellence.

Last month, Stevens Creek was named a Georgia School of Excellence.

Arriving at the Martinez school by helicopter, Barge gave Principal Michelle Paschal an award. United Healthcare promised teachers a day of free massages, and TrueBlue Schools presented a $1,000 donation,.

Barge complimented the school’s administration, pupils and, especially, its teachers.

“They didn’t just change my life,” Barge said of good teachers. “They changed the life of my spouse, my children and my grandchildren.”

Paschal cited the hard work of her teachers in accepting the award. However, she placed more emphasis on the accomplishments of her pupils.

“You make me so proud every day,” she said.

Schools of Excellence are chosen based on pupil test scores on assessments in reading and math. A school is chosen in each congressional district in the categories of Top 10, schools scoring the highest on assessments, and Greatest Gains, schools showing the most improvement on assessments during a three-year period.

Stevens Creek was chosen as a Top 10 school.

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Riverman1 02/07/12 - 03:53 pm
It's okay to thank the

It's okay to thank the teachers, but the truth of the matter is, it's the parents that make for good students and scores.

my.voice 02/07/12 - 04:09 pm
A helicopter

A helicopter landing.....really? In this economy inst there a more efficient mode of travel?

class1 02/07/12 - 07:03 pm
Another example of parent

Another example of parent involvement!

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 02/08/12 - 02:24 am
KUDOS to the SCES staff and

KUDOS to the SCES staff and its students on the school's attaining and maintaining "Educational Excellence."

KUDOS, also, to Dr. Barge for acting upon his appreciation that the GSSOS should not be a paper-pushing desk jockey but the prime spokesperson for educational excellence in our state.

agustinian 02/08/12 - 09:20 am
A superintendent arriving by

A superintendent arriving by helicopter -- talk about a grandiose image of self-importance. You gotta be kiddin'. Was that so he didn't miss his staff meeting in Atlanta to discuss how to trim the budget (let's start with the helicopter).

I assure you, nothing in education requires the urgency and the expense of a helicopter.

The Supe needs to go back to the college of common sense.

sidetracked 02/08/12 - 07:38 pm
My kids attend SCES and I'm

My kids attend SCES and I'm very appreciative of the dedication to excellence provide by Mrs. Paschal, all the teachers and the administrators. I'm very proud to see the school receive such accolades, but really it's not the least bit surprising.

Having said all that, I am a bit disappointed to see the Superintendent of Schools display such a poor economic example. How much money did he spend arriving by helicopter to present a one thousand dollar award?

Sadly it seemed to be more of a self-promotion event for a politician and it shouldn't have been (although I will admit the kids found it to be rather exciting).

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