August 21, 2018

Four Heard County schools to be recognized at State Conference

HCSS Logo(Franklin, GA) — Four of the five schools that make up the Heard County School System are Title I schools and all four will be recognized at the Georgia Department of Education’s Title I conference this June in Atlanta.

The Department’s Academic Achievement Awards Program honors and rewards K-12 Title I schools and school districts for significant progress in improving student achievement and/or making significant progress in closing the achievement gaps.

Heard Elementary, Ephesus Elementary, and Heard County Middle School will be recognized as a High-Progress Reward Schools. High-Progress Reward Schools are among the highest 10-percent of the Title I schools in the state.

Calculations to identify these schools are based on the achievement of the “all students” group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments. All three schools will receive a banner to hang in their schools to celebrate the hard work of their staff and students.

Centralhatchee Elementary School will be recognized as a Highest-Performing Reward School at the conference as well. Highest-Performing Reward Schools are among the highest 5-percent of the Title I schools in the state.

Calculations to identify these schools are based on the achievement of the “all students” group in terms of proficiency on the statewide assessments. CES will also receive a banner to commemorate the hard work of their entire school community.

“This is a great honor for these four schools and is very well deserved. It speaks volumes about the quality of instruction that the students in Heard County are getting every day,” said Heard County Superintendent Jerry Prince.

“The administration, faculty and support staffs at these schools are amazing, not only do they provide quality instruction to our students day in and day out, they truly operate based on our motto ‘Putting Kids First.’ Every decision we make in the Heard County School System has to put kids first, ahead of everything else.”

“The other thing that sets these schools apart is that the staff understands that the relationships they form with the students are just as important as the quality of instruction provided,” added Mr. Prince. “We care deeply for our kids and we let them know this by our actions.  We are truly blessed in Heard County to have such amazing schools.”

Comments

  1. Thomasa Hickey says:

    While I agree with most of the above, there is a serious problem with bully’s at HCMS. It seems if your on a sports team such a baseball, you can get away with any sort of being a bully and your word is the truth. Just because a child doesn’t play sports etc doesn’t mean he or she shouldn’t count. Making a child miserable for a whole school year seems to be the thing for some of the 6th graders this year. Yes, it has been brought to the attention of school admistrators but as of today it still goes on. Nothing is wrong with a child being an individual and not being just like everyone else. But at HCMS it seems to put a target on your back. I for one am sickened by this. I feel each and every child deserves to feel safe at school, not dread going every day. Its a shame in this day and age with all the publicity about bully’s and suicide in young children because of bully’s that this is allowed to continue.

  2. These honors should be received by the administrators that were in place when the state looked at the performance of these schools. Their work went into making this possible.
    I also want to say one of the best administrators I have ever met, after having worked in 3 counties in 20 years, is Mike Roberts. He is fair to the facility and the parents. He has exceptional people skills and is able to resolve issues without holding a grudge. I dread the day Heard County loses this man to another school system.

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