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5 Richmond County schools honored by state for academic achievements

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012 5:08 PM
Last updated Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 1:40 AM
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The Georgia Department of Education named five Richmond County schools Reward Schools on Wednes­day, the highest academic designation given to schools serving underprivileged students.

Cross Creek High, Heph­zibah High and Willis Fore­man Elementary schools were given the title for being among the 10 percent of
Title I schools in Georgia making the most progress in improving the achievement of all students over three years on statewide assessments.

C.T. Walker Traditional Magnet and A.R. Johnson Health Science and En­gineering Magnet schools were among the 5 percent of Title I schools with the highest absolute performance over three years.

“These schools are shining examples of what we can achieve in public education in Georgia,” state School Super­intendent John Barge said in a news release. “I want to take what’s working at our Reward Schools and replicate that in every school in the state. These are the schools making education work for all Georgians.”

Brenda Cherokee Taylor, the principal at Willis Fore­man, said her school has focused on instruction since she took leadership three years ago.

Every morning, teachers break students into small groups for 45-minute intervention sessions where they receive help on whatever reading or math concept they are having trouble grasping.

Teachers also take advantage of professional learning offered by the district, Cherokee Taylor said.

“I’m just so proud of my students and my staff,” she said. “We have dedicated, committed teachers, and our vision and mission is excellence.”

The state began identifying schools with new performance designations for accountability purposes this year when Georgia received a waiver from No Child Left Behind provisions.

Priority and Focus titles replaced the Needs Improvement designation under NCLB, and the Reward replaced Distinguished Schools.

Priority schools are the bottom 5 percent – the lowest performing schools in the state – and Focus schools are those with the largest achievement gaps among student subgroups.

The state also created an Alert designation, the only one to include non-Title I schools, that applies to schools with low graduation rates or low achievement in a certain subject or subgroup.

Cross Creek Principal Jason Moore said dedication from his teachers and students has helped create steady progress over the past several years.

Three years ago, the campus adopted five priorities to live by: standards-based instruction, collaboration with teachers, good assessments, good communication and student support.

On furlough days, Moore said teachers volunteer to tutor students and also come in unpaid to assist with Saturday school.

The result has been drastic increases in U.S. History and consistent progress in subjects such as math, science and American literature.

“That’s what it takes, going above and beyond,” Moore said. “I’m so proud of the teachers and the students and the whole community.”

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OpenCurtain
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OpenCurtain 10/31/12 - 05:39 pm
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Great news

A very well earned award, and there no doubt about it.

I mean the following with full sincerity, no tongue in cheek or a left handed remark.

I just wished these awards were better timed to fully reflect on the teachers efforts and presented in a manner not to allow question of their validity. Releasing the awards a week before an election does this.

These Teachers, students and Schools deserve the full recognition, without any 2nd guessing of the reason behind it.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/01/12 - 06:10 am
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Congratulations to them. I'm

Congratulations to them. I'm curious...Are all RC schools Title I?

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/01/12 - 07:20 am
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Found the Answer

This was said in a Nov. 2011 Chronicle article, "Every Richmond County school, except John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School, is considered a Title I school."

Tullie
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Tullie 11/01/12 - 08:55 am
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Title I

There are Title I schools in Columbia County as well, I just scrolled through and picked these out, might have missed some.

Columbia County- South Columbia Elementary School, Westmont Elementary School, Bel Air Elementary School,
Martinez Elementary School, Lakeside Middle School , Grovetown Middle
Harlem Middle School, Euchee Creek Elementary School, Cedar Ridge Elementary School

Got the info from here:

https://eboard.eboardsolutions.com/Meetings/Attachment.aspx?S=1262&AID=3...

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/01/12 - 02:27 pm
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Tullie, true. I was aware of

Tullie, true. I was aware of those Columbia County Title 1 schools. You may not realize every one of those schools you mentioned received the Title One Distinguished School Award except South Columbia.

rebellious
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rebellious 11/01/12 - 03:36 pm
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District 8

"Cross Creek High, Heph­zibah High and Willis Fore­man Elementary schools were given the title for being among the 10 percent of
Title I schools in Georgia making the most progress in improving the achievement of all students over three years on statewide assessments."

Yes Open Curtain, it is election time, but the accolades are warranted. Great news that the three schools above are in the 8th School Board District. Evidence that the right people are being put into place to move our schools forward in improvement.

I would be remiss if I fail to mention I went to a forum Tuesday night which was to feature District 8 Candidates Jimmy Atkins and Robert Cheek. It was to be moderated by Richard Rodgers. After previously agreeing to be there, Mr. Cheek bowed out 23 hours before the event, leaving the group hanging. Guess he thinks if it is good enough for Lee Anderson, it's good enough for him.

At any rate, vote for Jimmy Atkins for District 8 School Board. He shows proven leadership and the ability to work within that group successfully.

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lynn7044 11/01/12 - 05:05 pm
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The Head Is Leading the Way

The Head are leading the way for what schools should be doing. It seem that there are 3 leaders who have put there staffs, teachers, students and parents on notice that together it can happen. Now, that theses leaders are put in place, RCBOE don't go moving them let them finish there job. All 3 schools staffs and teachers should be given a monetary reward for loving our biggest prize, our Children.

As a mother of a son at Cross Creek High School, Principal Dr. Jason Moore is a great leader with some of the most dedicated teachers and staffs. Students over all care about each other as well as the steady progress in there education. Teachers believe in the students even when sometime they question themself if they can do it. With some of the best parents to support the school. This is not school, but a really big "FAMILY".

With teachers volunteer on furlough days, tutor students and also come in unpaid to assist with Saturday school it's a great example of how a family come together to make things happen for the family.

Now, other principals should visit the Saturday school to see what happening that is going right. Title 1 leaders of RCSS wanted to do away with tutoring and Saturday school see it Really Does Work!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 11/01/12 - 07:39 pm
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Jimmy Atkins is an excellent

Jimmy Atkins is an excellent candidate.

I wonder what happened to Bayvale this year?

lovesit42
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lovesit42 11/02/12 - 03:57 pm
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Improvement?

It's not that hard to improve on when your scores are so low. It's nice to see that Lynn is working on her spelling and punctuation. Also, ask any of the teachers at Cross Creek about what they think of their "family" and they will tell it is more like a dictatorship. With such a high graduation rate, why are most of the graduates from CCHS not going on to college or trade school? Why do I look outside my door and see the same thugs selling drugs but still earning a diploma when he doesn't regularly attend school? BS on CCHS, it's all publicity for one person and one person only.

lynn7044
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lynn7044 11/03/12 - 01:31 pm
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When Family

When a parent not pushing that child, then it fall back home. If Cross Creek is so bad, then why you as well as other teachers transfer. It's many teachers who desire to teach at Cross Creek. You have the freedom to leave, no one is making you stay.

If leadership require that his staff do things a certain way, then somewhere be see a strong area for inprovement. Laziness, is what some teachers have been doing at other schools. Dr. Moore wants the best from everyone in his school. He will protect his school, staffs and kids. It's sad that people are afraid of firm leadership. You can see what happen at other schools in RC where there are poor leadership. Teachers become very lazy, eat in the class room, have no desire if a learn or not, and some have a personal relationship with these students. If it means having someone that's walking the hall, talking to kids, and will to make sure that everyone is doing their job then I say "DR. MOORE keep doing what you doing".

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