Two Hawkins schools in top three public elementary schools in the state

Leaders, teachers, parents, and students of Mt. Carmel Elementary and McPheeters Bend Elementary School, selected as two of the best three public elementary schools in Tennessee for growth in student achievement, will be in Nashville on Oct. 28, where they hope to win top honors at the SCORE Prize event.

The SCORE Prize, sponsored by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE), is the hallmark award for Tennessee public schools and districts that have made the greatest gains in student achievement. The prize will be awarded during an event that begins at 6 p.m., Oct. 28, at Laura Turner Concert Hall, Schermerhorn Symphony Center in Nashville. SCORE is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan education advocacy and research institution that works collaboratively to support Tennessee’s work to prepare students for college and the workforce and was founded by Dr. Bill Frist, former U.S. Senate majority leader.

Mt. Carmel Elementary and McPheeters Bend Elementary will be represented by numerous people from their schools and Hawkins County Central Office staff. Supporters from the community are encouraged to attend the free event to help cheer on Mt. Carmel Elementary and McPheeters Bend Elementary.

Both Mt. Carmel and McPheeters Bend were selected as finalists for the 2013 SCORE Prize based on data that included growth from the Tennessee Value-Added Assessment System and performance on the Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program.

Then a team compiled by SCORE visited the schools to conduct interviews and observe first-hand how the two Hawkins County schools have been improving academic achievement by students.

“One of the most important components of the SCORE Prize is the responsibility to share the stories of success we find,” said SCORE President and CEO Jamie Woodson. “We want others involved in education to see examples of what is working and to be inspired by stories from these two Hawkins County schools.

To help tell the stories of the schools, a video crew from Nashville recently visited both Mt. Carmel Elementary and McPheeters Bend Elementary to interview school leaders, teachers, parents, and students for a video that will be shown during the SCORE Prize event.

The 2013 SCORE Prize event, hosted by Frist, will include remarks from Gov. Bill Haslam plus a special performance by country music artist Jo Dee Messina. Tickets should be reserved at

-From Contributed Reports

Posted on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 6:44 pm