(Centralhatchee) – Georgia State School Superintendent Dr. John D. Barge honored Centralhatchee Elementary School last week as one of only 14 schools throughout the State to be awarded a 2012 School of Excellence.
Heard County School Superintendent Mr. Jerry Prince said that only one school was named for each of Georgia’s Congressional Districts for Highest Performance based on the College Career Ready Performance Index Scores (CCPRI). “The Heard County School System was greatly honored when Dr. Barge named Centralhatchee Elementary School as the Georgia School of Excellence for Highest Performance from the entire Third Congressional District,” said Prince.
Dr. Barge visited the school on Wednesday and praised the students, faculty, and Principal Dr. Carol R. Thomas for their hard work, dedication, and the fact that CES scored 99.1 on the College Career Ready Performance Index Score.
Dr. Barge spoke to an invited group of sixth graders, who last year (as CES fifth graders) earned exceeded scores in math on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test (CRCT).
Superintendent Dr. Barge presented Principal Dr. Carol Thomas with a beautiful trophy while bestowing the highest of praise.
To commemorate this special award with the numerous community and educational leaders in attendance, as well as the students, faculty and staff, a beautifully decorated cake was served. Each student also enjoyed a delicious cupcake from their favorite principal, Dr. Carol R. Thomas.
CES will receive a $1,000 check from Georgia Natural Gas to be used however they wish. United Healthcare is also a sponsor for the 2012 Schools of Excellence program.
“These schools are the epitome of excellence,” said Superintendent Barge. “It took us a while to name the 2012 Schools of Excellence, but we wanted to measure them based on our College and Career Ready Performance Index rather than the old measure. With our new, more rigorous accountability system, these schools really shine. Their focus on areas that impact student success is evident across the board. I offer my congratulations to our 2012 Georgia Schools of Excellence and my appreciation to Georgia Natural Gas and United Healthcare for continued support of our schools.”
2012 GEORGIA SCHOOLS OF EXCELLENCEHighest PerformanceCongressional District, School, System1. Esther F. Garrison School of Visual and Performing Arts, Chatham County2. J. S. Pate Elementary, Crisp County3. Centralhatchee Elementary, Heard County4. R.D. Head Elementary, Gwinnett County5. Oakhurst Elementary, Decatur City6. Hembree Springs Elementary, Fulton County
7. Harris Elementary, Gwinnett County8. Quail Run Elementary, Houston County9. Towns County Middle, Towns County10. Mulberry Elementary, Gwinnett County11. Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Marietta City12. A.R. Johnson Health Science and Engineering Magnet, Richmond County13. Elite Scholars Academy, Clayton County14. Jones Elementary, Bremen CityHighest ProgressCongressional District, School, System1. Center Elementary, Ware County2. John Johnson Elementary, Decatur County3. McIntosh High, Fayette County4. DeKalb Early College Academy, DeKalb County5. Kipp Strive Academy, Atlanta Public Schools6. Garrison Mill Elementary, Cobb County7. Big Creek Elementary, Forsyth County8. Centerville Elementary, Houston County9. World Language Academy, Hall County10. Frank N. Osborne Middle, Gwinnett County11. Kennesaw Charter, Cobb County12. Broxton-Mary Hayes Elementary, Coffee County13. King Springs Elementary, Cobb County14. Trion Elementary, Trion City