Teasley MS Named a State Reward School for Highest Progress

Teasley MS Named a State Reward School for Highest Progress

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Teasley Middle School has been recognized as a 2015 Reward School: Highest-Progress by the State for its increased student achievement from 2011 to 2014. The Reward School designation recognizes top performing Title I schools in Georgia each year, and Highest-Progress schools are among the top 10 percent of the state’s Title I schools in improving the performance of all students over a three-year period on state assessments.

Title I is a federal program that provides additional resources to schools serving a high number of economically disadvantaged families. More than half (53%) of the students at Teasley MS qualified to receive free or reduced cost meals last year.

“The Teasley MS administrators, teachers and support staff are all to be commended for their outstanding efforts to ensure that the students with the most challenges are given every opportunity to succeed,” said Dr. Frank R. Petruzielo, Superintendent of Schools. “In the Cherokee County School District, we embrace the fact that it takes unequal resources to meet unequal needs, and this recognition is evidence that the additional supports and programs enacted at Teasley MS are having the desired effect, which is driving up achievement for all students, including those who face some very real challenges in all parts of their lives.”

Teasley MS Principal Dr. Sue Zinkil said staff and students are very appreciative of all the support they receive from the School District and the community to help students succeed.

“The Superintendent and his staff could not be more supportive of schools like Teasley that need more flexibility and assistance in meeting the needs of our students,” said Dr. Zinkil. “I couldn’t be more proud of the hard work put forth by our parents and families, as well as the Teasley staff, to ensure their students’ success.”

Teasley MS serves 1,400 students in grades 6-8 in Canton. It is part of the Cherokee Innovation Zone and enrolls students from Canton ES, Clayton ES, Hasty ES, Knox ES and RM Moore ES. It was named a “Distinguished Breakout Middle School” by the Georgia Association of Secondary School Principals in 2013 and was a finalist for the Georgia Family Friendly Partnership Award in 2014. The Technology Association of Georgia named Teasley MS as a finalist in its State STEM Awards in 2015.

For more information about the Reward Schools designation, please see the announcement on the Georgia Department of Education website.