This week was a HUGE week for my school. We were the recipients of 2 MAJOR state awards. I was privileged enough to be present at both award ceremonies, and I can tell you it was one of the most exciting things I have ever been a part of.
The first award was the Closing the Achievement Gap Award given by SCATA, which is the South Carolina Association of Title 1 Administrators. To earn this award, our school had to close the gap in test scores between black and white students, and boy did we!!!!!! The white students improved from 80 to 97 percent, while the blacks improved from 45 to 85 percent. That is a HUGE HUGE improvement. We had the highest percentage increase out of all 514 SC Title I schools. WOW!!!!!!!!! We were all so excited to have won this award because it meant our students were successful!!!!
Later on the same day, our school was a finalist for the Carolina's First Palmetto's Finest Award. To receive this award our school went through a year long application process, and we were visited by 2 teams of judges throughout the year. It was a very grueling application process and the visits made everyone a bit nervous. It was honor just to get 2 visits and be a finalist, but like every school there, we wanted to be one of the award winners...and .... WE DID!!!!!! We were the last school to be given the award. I do not think I could have taken one more second. The anticipation there at the ceremony was very exhilarating. When they finally called our name, we went nuts!!!!!
To receive 2 such honors in the same day was incredible for our faculty, staff, students, and district. I am so proud to be a part of such an AWESOME, AMAZING school!