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Smiley Elementary honored
Rewarding success: Pictured (l-r): Candy Parker, second-grade teacher; Steve Caphton, gifted teacher; Brenda Whitley, third-grade teacher; State School Superintendent Kathy Cox; Smiley Elementary School Principal Sandy Jones; Erica Craven, first-grade teacher and Michelle Tootle, kindergarten teacher. - photo by Photo provided.
To reward successful schools and districts for significant progress in improving student achievement, the Georgia Department of Education honors K-12 Title I schools each year that make adequate yearly progress (AYP) for three or more consecutive years.
Smiley Elementary School in Long County was one of those Georgia schools honored as a Title I Distinguished School.
A banquet honoring these Title I Schools was hosted in May at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta by State School Superintendent Kathy Cox.
The event focused on recognizing the accomplishments of Title I schools throughout the state who had made significant progress in closing the achievement gap for all students.
At the time of the May banquet, Smiley Elementary had achieved AYP five consecutive years. Smiley Elementary will be recognized again this November at a banquet for Title I Distinguished Schools for its efforts in attaining this milestone for a sixth consecutive year.
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