Five Newton County schools awarded with Ti­tle 1 honor

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Five Newton County ele­men­tary schools were hon­ored re­cently as 2011 Ti­tle 1 Dis­tin­guished Schools.

They are Heard-Mixon Ele­men­tary, Palmer-Stone Ele­men­tary, Rocky Plains Ele­men­tary, West Newton Ele­men­tary and Oak Hill Ele­men­tary. The honor was earned by 861 schools in Ge­or­gia.

“These schools have shown that high ex­pec­ta­tions, hard work and col­lab­o­ra­tion do im­prove stu­dent achieve­ment,” Ge­or­gia School Su­per­in­ten­dent John Barge said in a press re­lease. “I’m so pleased to rec­og­nize the ed­u­ca­tors, stu­dents and par­ents in these schools and school dis­tricts. These 868 schools could make ex­cuses, but they don’t. The teach­ers and stu­dents are fo­cused and the con­sis­tent re­sults prove it.”

Ti­tle I schools have a sig­nif­i­cant pop­u­la­tion of stu­dents who are eco­nom­i­cally dis­ad­van­taged and re­ceive fed­eral money to as­sist with the ed­u­ca­tion of these stu­dents. Ge­or­gia Ti­tle I Dis­tin­guished Schools have made Ad­e­quate Yearly Progress at least three years in a row.

“Con­grat­u­la­tions are very much in or­der for the stu­dents, staff, and par­ents of these five Newton County schools,” said School Su­per­in­ten­dent Dr. Gary Mathews. “I be­lieve State Su­per­in­ten­dent Barge re­ally hit it on the head when he sug­gested that ‘these schools could make ex­cuses, but they don’t!’ Each school has met the ris­ing bar that is No Child Left Be­hind, and has jumped over it time and time again, year af­ter year. And, while stu­dents and par­ents play a big role in a child’s ed­u­ca­tion, clearly qual­ity teach­ing mat­ters! They have our thanks and ad­mi­ra­tion.”

Ti­tle I schools mak­ing AYP for three con­sec­u­tive years are awarded a cer­tifi­cate, while those who have made AYP four or more years re­ceive a mon­e­tary award, paid for out of fed­eral funds.

Newton County’s schools and their awards are listed be­low:

• West Newton made AYP for eight con­sec­u­tive years, six years dis­tin­guished. Awarded $742.

• Heard-Mixon made AYP for eight con­sec­u­tive years, six years dis­tin­guished. Awarded $742.

• Palmer-Stone made AYP for eight con­sec­u­tive years, six years dis­tin­guished. Awarded $742.

• Rocky Plains made AYP for five con­sec­u­tive years, three years dis­tin­guished. Awarded $742.

• Oak Hill made AYP for three con­sec­u­tive years, one year dis­tin­guished. Awarded a cer­tifi­cate.

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