Great News from GSCS: The International Center for Leadership in Education Names KRMS as a 2020 Model School for its Dramatic Improvements in Student Learning and Achievement
The International Center for Leadership in Education Names Kennedy Road Middle School as a 2020 Model School for its Dramatic Improvements in Student Learning and Achievement
Griffin, GA —The International Center for Leadership in Education (ICLE), whose mission is to challenge, inspire and equip today’s educators, has named Griffin-Spalding County School System’s (GSCS) Kennedy Road Middle School (KRMS) a 2020 Model School for making rapid and significant improvements in student outcomes.
KRMS is one of 18 Model Schools from across the United States that will share its transformational journey and best practices at ICLE’s 28th Annual Model Schools Conference, June 28-July 1 in Orlando, FL. The event provides a forum for thousands of passionate educators and leaders to share innovative ideas and best practices for developing future-focused classrooms.
“Model Schools are doing the incredibly hard work of courageously leading the charge in the infinite game of education,” says Dr. Bill Daggett, Founder and Chairman, ICLE. “Each of the 2020 Model Schools exemplifies the strength of conviction that drives meaningful, long-term improvements and leaves our classrooms better than we found them.”
Recognizing the need for change, KRMS collectively established a vision, and systematically worked together to create a learning environment that enables students of all abilities to thrive. KRMS was selected by the ICLE 2020 Model School for its daily practices in the areas of 1) professional learning community, 2) high expectations 3) collaborative leadership 4) data-driven decision making, and 5) meeting all students’ needs. In 2019, KRMS increased their overall College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) by 14.9 percentage points. Additionally, KRMS’s overall CCRPI Closing Gaps performance indicator increased by 28.7 percentage points, where Black and White subgroups met performance targets set by the state, Hispanic subgroup met performance targets for English, English Learners exceeded performance targets for English/Language Arts, and economically disadvantaged subgroup exceeded performance indicators for Science and Social Studies.
Selected annually based on a number of criteria, Model Schools must have substantive, data-validated growth year over year; evidence of a strong culture that puts students at the center of learning; and dedication to transforming instruction to meet the needs and demands of the future.
“We’re thrilled to be named a Model School for the year 2020 because we’ve worked really hard to turn around our school. We’ve focused on being accountable and we’ve pushed out #CougarAccountability to make sure stakeholders can get involved to continue our success. Truly, lives are at stake, and our goal is to continue to improve our practices and change our students’ lives every day,” says Kennedy Road Middle School Principal Dr. Gregory Gardner.
GSCS Superintendent James D. Smith said, “This is amazing news for Kennedy Road Middle School and our district. Receiving this recognition is a true testament of the hard work and determination put in by Kennedy Road Middle School’s administrators, educators and staff. I am proud of the work being done at Kennedy Road Middle School and know that they will continue to model excellence and accountability.”
“We’re thrilled to be honoring the 2020 Model Schools for putting first a school culture that is future-focused and fosters strong personal relationships,” says Dr. Daggett. “These organizations truly represent courage in action.”
The International Center for Leadership in Education is a division of learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
About the International Center for Leadership in Education
The International Center for Leadership in Education, established in 1991 and located in Rexford, N.Y., is one of the most influential education consulting companies in America. It is best known for identifying and disseminating successful practices to assist all students in achieving higher standards. Dr. Daggett and his team of consultants have assisted numerous state education agencies and hundreds of schools and districts in their improvement initiatives. For more information, please visit www.LeaderEd.com.
The Griffin-Spalding County School System (GSCS) is an award-winning, AdvancED accredited district that serves 10,000 students in 11 elementary schools, four middle schools, two high schools, one alternative high school and the Griffin Regional College and Career Academy. GSCS offers everything a child needs to nurture and grow academically, foster and sustain social-emotional development with educators who collaborate using innovative instruction that engages students to succeed. For more information about GSCS, visit www.spalding.k12.ga.us, follow us on Twitter at @GriffinSpalding, Instagram at @GriffinSpaldingSchools, visit www.facebook.com/GSCSS or download the GSCS app.
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Addendum to the GSCS Student Code of Conduct RULE 7. ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES, NARCOTICS, STIMULANT DRUGS, AND CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES (JCDAC)
A. A student shall not possess, sell, use, distribute or be under the influence of any alcoholic beverage of any kind.
A student suspected of drinking alcohol at school related events or on school property may be asked to submit to a breath test to determine if alcohol has been consumed. A parent or guardian of a student suspected of drinking alcohol will be notified and offered the opportunity to give their consent for the test to be administered. Students who are eighteen years of age or older may give their own consent for the test to be administered.
1. Parent/guardians may select another method to determine if alcohol has been consumed. Failure of the student to submit to testing as requested by the school official may result in an unfavorable inference and appropriate punishment may be given the student if the school official believes that there is sufficient evidence to indicate use, possession, or distribution of any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance.
NOTE: A student violating this rule may be subject not only to disposition under this rule but also punishment under 11(g) and 11(h) of the Griffin-Spalding County School System Student Code of Conduct.
B. A student shall not possess, sell, use, distribute or be under the influence of any substance containing any concentration of tetra hydro cannabinol (THC) (for example: marijuana, hemp, CBD oil, or any other derivative of either) or any other substance set out or controlled under and by virtue of the Georgia Controlled Substances Act or the Georgia Dangerous Drug Act.
NOTE: A student violating this rule may be subject not only to disposition under this rule but also may be subject to punishment under 11(g) and 11(h) of the Griffin-Spalding County School System Student Code of Conduct.
C. A student shall not possess, sell, purchase, use, distribute, transport, be in possession of equipment or devices used for preparing or using drugs or narcotics or being under the influence of any intoxicant, narcotic drug, hallucinogenic drug, amphetamine, barbiturate, or marijuana of any kind or any substance set out or
controlled under and by virtue of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act or the
Georgia Dangerous Drug Act.
NOTE: A student violating this rule may be subject not only to disposition under this rule but also punishment under 11(g) and 11(h) of the Griffin-Spalding County Discipline Procedure.
D. A student shall not possess, sell, use, or distribute any substance under pretense
that it is a controlled substance or dangerous drug.
E. A student shall not use, possess or distribute any over-the-counter drug in any
manner other than directed on the original container of the over-the-counter drug
or by a physician, or for the purpose of becoming intoxicated or for a mood
altering purpose, or any substance under the pretense that it is a controlled
substance. Use of a drug authorized by a medical prescription from a registered
pharmacist or licensed medical doctor shall not be considered a violation of this
rule, provided it is used by the person named in the prescription in the manner
directed by the prescription..
F. A student shall not use inhalants. “Inhalant” means any substance that the fumes
or vapors of which are intentionally smelled or inhaled for the purpose of causing a condition of intoxication, stupefaction, euphoria, excitement, exhilaration, or dulling of the senses or nervous system. Expressly excepted from this rule shall be any prescription medication which is designed to be inhaled and which has been prescribed for the student using it. Any student suspended for possession or sale of drugs or alcohol shall have his or her driver’s license suspended pursuant to O.C.G.A. Section 40-5-22.
NOTE: In addition to any other punishment or corrective measure which the administration or superintendent may deem appropriate, students violating
Rule 7 may be referred to the Student Support Team (SST) or Respond to Intervention Team (RTI).