West End earns na­tional recog­ni­tion

♦ Also, West End and East Cen­tral both re­ceive state honors as top 5 per­cent Ti­tle I schools.

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West End Ele­men­tary has been se­lected to be na­tion­ally rec­og­nized by the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Ele­men­tary and Se­condary Ed­u­ca­tion Act State Pro­gram Ad­min­is­tra­tors as a Dis­tin­guished School, while also be­ing rec­og­nized as a top 5 per­cent Ti­tle I school along with East Cen­tral Ele­men­tary.

West End was rec­og­nized by the Na­tional ESEA Dis­tin­guished Schools Pro­gram for im­prov­ing its CCRPI scores dur­ing the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 schools years. To qual­ify as for the ESEA pro­gram, schools must first be placed in the top 5 per­cent in the state. The school then must fill out an ap­pli­ca­tion and show that they have com­pleted one of three cat­e­gories re­quired by the Na­tional ESEA Dis­tin­guished Schools Pro­gram.

West End Prin­ci­pal Den­nis Drum­mond, who is in his sec­ond year at the school, added that they could not have achieved the honor with­out the lead­er­ship of for­mer prin­ci­pal

Buffi Mur­phy, who led the school to qual­ify for this pro­gram. He said Mur­phy im­ple­mented pro­grams to help raise ex­pec­ta­tions in stu­dents with an em­pha­sis on growth every year, worked on a read­ing, writ­ing and math model, as well as sup­ported pos­i­tive be­hav­ior.

Drum­mond said he has picked up where she left off and tries to con­tinue her work.

“I am so proud that our amaz­ing stu­dents, fam­i­lies, and fac­ulty and staff are re­ceiv­ing this well-de­served recog­ni­tion,” said Drum­mond. “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing this suc­cess in the days ahead as we work to equip all of our stu­dents to grad­u­ate from Rome High School pre­pared for col­lege or work.”

Schools named are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in a con­fer­ence in Kansas City, Mis­souri, run­ning from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2. West End Ele­men­tary is in­vited to send a team of rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the con­fer­ence who will de­tail their pro­grams to other schools in the na­tion and also hear about ef­forts other nom­i­nees are us­ing across the coun­try to bet­ter ed­u­cate their stu­dents.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the schools cho­sen will be rec­og­nized by na­tional pub­li­ca­tions via a press re­lease from the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of ESEA Pro­gram Ad­min­is­tra­tors.

Rome City Schools also an­nounced West End Ele­men­tary and East Cen­tral Ele­men­tary both were placed on the State of Ge­or­gia’s Ti­tle I Dis­tin­guished Schools list which rec­og­nizes the top 5 per­cent Ti­tle I schools in the state.

Dis­tin­guished Schools are ranked ac­cord­ing to their most re­cent CCRPI score and are con­sid­ered to be the top pub­lic schools in the state. In the state of Ge­or­gia, only 84 schools have earned this dis­tinc­tion. Two other schools, Trion Ele­men­tary with Trion City Schools and White Ele­men­tary with Bar­tow County Schools, were the only or­ga­ni­za­tions to re­ceive this dis­tinct recog­ni­tion out of all pub­lic schools in North­west Ge­or­gia.

“Re­ceiv­ing this award rep­re­sents East Cen­tral’s ded­i­ca­tion to teach­ing at the high­est level of rigor while sup­port­ing our stu­dents through mean­ing­ful re­la­tion­ships,” said Kristin Teems, prin­ci­pal of East Cen­tral. “As East Cen­tral’s prin­ci­pal, I wit­ness the com­mit­ment of our staff in elim­i­nat­ing ob­sta­cles and cre­at­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for every child who steps through our door every day.”

She said the hard work of many re­sulted in this achieve­ment, and that it is in­dica­tive of how hard all of RCS schools are work­ing to be­come the best in the state. This award is shared by East Cen­tral’s stu­dents, par­ents, staff, teach­ers and ad­min­is­tra­tion, Teems added.

Prin­ci­pal Den­nis Drum­mond

Prin­ci­pal Kristin Teems, East Cen­tral

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