The Perry County School District has made strides academically this 2014-2015 school year. They were named as a whole a proficient district, with schools such as East Perry Middle School being deemed a distinguished school, and Robinson Middle School being named a school of distinction. A school of distinction means not only did they receive a distinguished test score, they met all requirements in areas such as graduation rates, as well as being in the top 5% of the state. Robinson Middle School actually excelled those requirements, and placed within the top 3% of the state.
Robinson Principal Estill Neace is ecstatic with these accomplishments, “We want all our kids, families, and the community to know that we’re proud of them, that’s why we have the big sign outside. Everyone is on the same page here, everyone works, everyone does their job. Not only do I know every child in the school, all the teachers know every child in the school, and that means a lot, and the families trust us.”
Neace says there is no secret formula to their success, they are just diligent in making sure the children know the curriculum. “We really focus on the common core standards, a lot of teachers in this building go to additional training to help have a really good understanding of the content standards and do a lot of research-based teaching strategies in the classroom. We use learning centers and whole grain instruction, and we don’t accept excuses for the students to not do high levels of work.” Even Robinson Elementary showed significant improvements this year, “Were showing solid progress in the elementary school in reaching proficiency. I think our students bought in to our use of a couple tutoring programs.”
Every student at Robinson Elementary and Middle School uses a program called Odyssey, a software designed to their level in reading and math. Students take an assessment called the MAP test, Odyssey links into their score, then develops lessons based on those scores. Students will spend anywhere from 2-6 hours per week on the program in addition to homework; Odyssey is part of their academic requirements.
The Perry County School District’s motto states, #WeExpectSuccess, and that they have most certainly achieved.
Erin Joseph can be reached at 606-436-5771 or on Twitter @HazardHerald.