2008 VAAA – Smith County Middle School

Second Place, Middle Division, Middle Schools Ronnie Scudder, Principal 134 SCMS Lane Carthage, TN 37030 Smith County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: At Smith County Middle School, our faculty, staff, and students live by two quotes: 1. Strong Commitment Marks Success 2. Excuses are not acceptable. Failure is not an option. Excellence is our goal. From the first faculty meeting each year until the last day of school, high expectations for student achievement and behavior are instilled … Read More

2008 VAAA – Clairfield Elementary School

Third Place, East Division, Middle Schools Linda Keck, Principal 6360 Highway 90 Clairfield, TN 37715 Claiborne County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: When you enter Clairfield Elementary School, you will immediately recognize you are watching a well oiled machine. Everyone in the building is moving toward one aim-to do what is in the best interest of the children. The community, teachers, and parents have mobilized around the school to help it rise to its current success. The … Read More

2008 VAAA – Joppa Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Middle Schools Curtis Wells, Principal 4745 Rutledge Park Rutledge, TN 37861 Grainger County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: Improving student achievement at Joppa School required a drastic change in the focus of all involved with the education of the students. In general, the students, parents, faculty and staff members were very satisfied with the school and saw no need for change. Through data analysis, used in conjunction with the development of our School … Read More

2008 VAAA – Paragon Mills Elementary School

Third Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Mary Lou Del Rio, Principal 260 Paragon Mills Road Nashville, TN 37211 Davidson County Schools Recipe For Success: English Language Learners comprise 70% of the student population, 94% live at poverty level and the mobility rate is 44%. Many people would look at these demographics and see barriers, but at Paragon Mills we see challenges. Our mission is to help the students succeed despite the challenges they face each day. At the … Read More

2008 VAAA – Gordonsville Elementary School

First Place, Middle Division, Elementary Schools Mark Medley, Principal 104 East Main Street Gordonsville, TN 38563 Smith County Schools Recipe For Success: Looking back on the accomplishments we have made at Gordonsville Elementary School, I have to first of all compliment our dedicated staff of teachers. Without them, such success could not be possible. Not only do they put the students first, they also have high expectations for them, and that is made known from the very first … Read More

2008 VAAA – Copper Ridge Elementary School

Third Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Terry Frost, Principal 2502 E. Brushy Valley Road Powell, TN 37849 Knox CountySchools Website here Recipe For Success: Copper Ridge Elementary has been on an exciting path of increasing student achievement. Our goals for the last five years have been to move students from scoring proficient to scoring advanced. Copper Ridge’s philosophy of “ teaching to the top” to attain the highest scores has proven successful. Achievement scores have risen from average … Read More

2008 VAAA – Inskip Elementary School

Second Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Elisa Luna, Principal 4701 High School Road Knoxville, TN 37912 Knox County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: As any true educational leader is aware, there is not a cookie cutter approach to high, academic achievement in schools. However, after reflecting on the past five years as the principal of Inskip Elementary, it becomes apparent that many strategies and philosophies have led to our success. At our school, we begin our focus … Read More

2008 VAAA – Boones Creek Elementary School

First Place, East Division, Elementary Schools Teresa Leonard, Principal 348 Christian Church Road Gray, TN 37615 Washington County Schools Website here Recipe For Success: The “recipe for success” at Boones Creek Elementary School involves a highly-qualified, well-trained, and highly motivated group of teachers who believe all students can learn regardless of aptitude, socioeconomic status, and home environment. Parents support both the teacher and the school in its effort to educate their child. Paraprofessionals are highly-qualified and dedicated to … Read More

2009 VAAA – Fairview Middle School

Third Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Brian Bass, Principal 7200 Cumberland Drive Fairview, TN 37062 Williamson County Schools Recipe For Success: The secret to our success at Fairview Middle School can be attributed to a common simple belief that we can always improve. There will always be students who can learn more than they are currently learning. I like to say that it takes three P’s: Passion, Purpose, and Perseverance. First and foremost, administration, guidance, teachers, and support … Read More

2009 VAAA – McCann Alternative Learning Center

Second Place, Middle Division, K-8/Middle Schools Ruth Murray , Principal 1300 56th Avenue North Nashville, TN 37209 Davidson County Schools Recipe For Success: At McCann Alternative Learning Center, we value our students and their ability to learn and grow. We recognize their challenges and provide character education for our changing society. With such a strong emphasis on teaching and learning, we encourage the following: Everyone analyzes our student data and we have meetings to share the information with … Read More

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