Georgetown and Carvers Bay high schools grab two Palmetto Gold awards

  • Thursday, April 10, 2014

  • Updated Friday, April 11, 2014 7:02 am

Georgetown and Carvers Bay high schools received two Palmetto Gold awards on Wednesday, and four other Georgetown County schools received one award each.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Dr. Mick Zais, state superintendent of education.

Georgetown and Carvers Bay high schools were honored in the “general performance” and “closing the achievement gap.”

Georgetown High principal Craig Evans said the awards were “great news” and credited his hard-working students and dedicated teachers.

“We are very proud to be recognized as one of 65 schools in the state to win both,” he said.

“These top 5 percent truly are our superstars,” Zais said.

Waccamaw Elementary, Waccamaw High, Waccamaw Intermediate and Waccamaw Middle schools were honored for “general performance.”

“Our schools are doing outstanding work in accelerating achievement for all of our students,” said Patti Hammel, executive director for Student Performance and Federal Programs. “We continue to provide ongoing professional development in all curricular areas. We feel that by providing full-day pre-kindergarten our students will continue to close the gaps early as we provide those pre–literacy and numeracy foundational skills.”

A total of 592 elementary, middle and high schools as well as career centers and special schools were honored this year, a decrease from the 677 that were honored last year.

The Palmetto Gold and Silver Awards program was founded in 1998. Within the two categories, a school may be awarded either the gold or silver designation. This is the sixth year that closing the achievement gap has been included as part of the program.

“The state accountability system rewards schools who not only perform at a high level overall, but those who show improvement moving individual student performance up from the previous year,” said David Whittemore, chairman of the Education Oversight Committee, which determine which schools meet the requirements for the awards.

“With the strong emphasis on reading and writing in all content areas, inquiry skills, communication skills, and development of content competencies, we are sure that our students are going to be prepared for any assessment the state utilizes,” Hammel said.

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