Edgecombe schools honored


Staff Writer

Saturday, December 23, 2017

TARBORO — Several Edgecombe County Public Schools recently were recognized by the state of North Carolina for having met or exceeded their academic goals and for making strides towards behavioral goals for students.

Three Edgecombe County Public Schools — Martin Millennium Academy, Princeville Elementary School and Stocks Elementary School — were recognized this month for meeting growth expectations during the 2016-17 academic year. Growth measures are set by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction each year and measure the amount of knowledge students gain from the end of one school year to another, based on state testing.

Edgecombe Early College High School, North Edgecombe High School and W.A. Patillo Middle School were honored for exceeding growth expectations during the last academic year.

The Edgecombe Early College High School also was recognized for its 100 percent graduation rate last year.

Several schools also were recognized for their attainments through the Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports initiative, a statewide initiative that focuses on proactive measures for improving social competence and academic achievement for all students.

Three schools — W.A. Patillo Middle School, South Edgecombe Middle School and Tarboro High School — were recognized as Green Ribbon Schools during a recent awards ceremony. According to the Department of Public Instruction website, Green Ribbon Schools have completed Module I team training and begun Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports implementation. They have also attained at least a Level I on the Implementation Inventory and 80 percent on the School-wide Evaluation Tool.

Seven Edgecombe County Public Schools achieved Model School status, which means they have completed Module 2 Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports training and have achieved a Level 2 on the Implementation Inventory and a 90 percent total SET score. The schools honored for this attainment were G.W. Bulluck Elementary School, G.W. Carver Elementary School, Edgecombe Early College High School, North Edgecombe High School, Princeville Elementary School, SouthWest Edgecombe High School and Stocks Elementary School.

West Edgecombe Middle School was the only school in the district that earned distinction as an “exemplar school.” 

“That is the highest level of recognition and is reserved for schools that have completed all training, are actively implementing PBIS, maintain a score of 95 or above on the school-wide evaluation tool and have data indicating improved academic and behavior outcomes,” said Susan Hoke, communications coordinator for Edgecombe County Public Schools. 

Edgecombe County Public Schools also awarded Gold Key awards to 56 students in the school system, four students for each of the 14 schools in the district.

“Gold Key students are recognized by the Edgecombe County Board of Education for serving as positive role models for their classmates and other young people. They are students who have demonstrated qualities of good character and behavior and have made extra efforts to achieve academic success,” Hoke said.