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Four UCPS schools identified as Title 1 Reward Schools

Wingate Elementary School teacher Chrissie Maness, at right, is pictured during a recent classroom exercise working with a second-grade student. Below, Wingate kindergarten teacher Tiffany McMurry is pictured helping a student read. (Photos by Deb Coates Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Coordinator.)

Four UCPS elementary schools are among 174 Title 1 schools statewide recognized recently for student performance. 

Rocky River Elementary, Rock Rest Elementary, Sardis Elementary and Wingate Elementary have earned state recognition as 2013-14 Title 1Reward Schools.

Sardis and Wingate Elementary Schools have been designated among the highest performing Title 1 schools, while Rocky River and Rock Rest Elementary Schools have been designated among high-progress Title 1 schools.

“We are honored to be recognized for the hard work of our students and teachers,” said Sardis Elementary Principal Margaret Proctor. “Our teachers, teacher assistants, support staff and administration work diligently everyday to meet the individual needs of our students. We are very proud of this honor.”

Bill Cook, Director of Federal Programs, said, “Title I schools have a good number of challenges, as do all schools...these schools, they are in essence, accelerating the student learning and achievement of their students at a higher rate than most are,” Cook said. “We’re very fortunate to have four schools being recognized in the top 10 percent.”
The four UCPS schools were selected based on assessment data from the 2011-12 school year and the two previous years. A “reward school” is a Title I school that is either:

• A “highest-performing school” which is a school among the top 10 percent of Title I schools in the State that have the highest absolute performance over a number of years for the “all students” group and for all subgroups on the statewide assessments; or

• A “high-progress school” which is a school among the 10 percent of Title I schools in the State that are making the most progress in improving the performance of the “all students” group over a number of years on the statewide assessments.
"It is imperative that we challenge all students to their highest academic potential, no matter what personal circumstances they may bring to the classroom,” said State Superintendent June Atkinson. “Educators at these schools show us that given the right tools, they can help students meet their academic goals."

All Reward Schools are invited to submit portfolios that identify the best practices that contributed to their success. Members of the Title I Distinguished Schools Advisory Council review the portfolios and, along with on-site visits, determine one school for each category to represent North Carolina in the national Title I Distinguished Schools Program.

“We’re extremely proud of again being recognized as a Reward School,” said Wingate Elementary Principal Dr. Mike Henderson. “At Wingate we have an excellent instructional staff who have extremely high expectations for our students and each other, and this leads to our continued success in preparing our students for future success.”

For a complete list of all North Carolina 2013-2014 Title 1 Rewards Schools, visit the DPI web site. 

Written by: Deb Coates Bledsoe
Posted: Nov 04, 2013 by Deb Coates Bledsoe

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