Lincoln Heights named Reward School
Members of the Lincoln Heights Middle School team as well as central office staff celebrate Lincoln Heights being named a Reward School based on TCAP scoring.
From left, Kim Fox, Traci Antrican, Harold Jones, Sandra Dibble, Jennifer Buchanan, Robin Epps, Cole Draghn, Mandy Lloyd, Joe Ely, Jason Roach, Elizabeth Neill, Missy Hayes, Kayla Dyal, John Mitrik, Dr. Brenda Dean and Dr. Dale Lynch.
Lincoln Heights Middle School was among 168 schools recognized by Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman as the 2013-14 Reward Schools, the top 5 percent of schools in the state for academic achievement and the top 5 percent for annual growth.
The Reward Schools span 49 districts across Tennessee and include 90 schools that serve mostly economically disadvantaged populations.
“This is a great award. It’s something we’ve always worked toward,” said LMS Principal Joseph Ely. “We promise our parents at every open house that we’re going to grow their kids no matter where they come from they are going to leave better. And this award is the culmination of all that hard work that these teachers have put in. We’ve made the promise one more years and now we’ve got to keep doing this every year.”
Hamblen County Director of Schools Dr. Dale Lynch was enthusiastic in his praise.
“The leadership team of Mr. (Joe) Ely and Mrs. Holweg, the incredible dedicated teachers and staff, and especially the students deserve our entire community’s praise,” said Lynch. “To be one of the top academic performing schools in the state shows that all students can perform at high levels regardless of race, ethnicity or economic status. We’re very proud of Lincoln Middle for their accomplishments and setting high expectations every day for all students.”
This year’s list recognizes 67 schools for overall academic achievement and 84 schools for annual value-added growth. The list also names 17 schools that earned both designations, rising to the top 5 percent for annual value-added growth while also ranking in the state’s top 5 percent for overall achievement.
These 10 percent of schools receive recognition for their success, and the department interviewed the 2013 Reward Schools to compile best practices for schools across the state. “Learning From The Best: Promising Practices from Tennessee’s 2013 Reward Schools” identifies themes and promising practices in leadership, instruction, and school climate.
“Tennessee teachers and students continue to show their dedication to teaching and learning,” Haslam said at an event held at Hazelwood Elementary in Clarksville, recognized for both its high overall achievement and strong growth. “Our Reward Schools are leading the state in progress and performance, and we are thrilled to recognize the extraordinary efforts of staff and students at these Tennessee schools.”
“We believe there are many lessons to be learned from these top performing schools. Every student deserves a school where they will be supported and challenged, and we are excited to share best practices that have proven successful,” Huffman said. “Because our accountability system recognizes growth and different starting points, we have enormous diversity in our Reward Schools.”
-From Staff Reports