Wilson County Schools is pleased to announce that the Tennessee Department of Education has recognized seven schools in the district as “Reward Schools” for the 2017-2018 school year. This is the highest honor given annually by the state.
Only 318 schools in Tennessee are being recognized as “Reward Schools”, a distinction that’s given to schools that not only experience high academic achievement, but also see substantial gains in student growth. Below, you will find the list of “Reward Schools” in Wilson County:
Elzie D. Patton Elementary School
Stoner Creek Elementary School
W.A. Wright Elementary School
West Elementary School
West Wilson Middle School
Mt. Juliet High School
Watertown High School
Director of Schools, Dr. Donna Wright, says, “By any standard, the start of this school year has been exceptional. Last month, we learned that the district has now achieved a Level 5 status for the academic growth of our students. Nine of our schools- almost HALF- received the highest ranking possible. Today, we’ve learned that seven of our schools have also achieved Reward School Status. I can’t say enough about the hard work and dedication that’s been exerted by our students, teachers and administrators.”
Tennessee’s accountability framework includes a variety of measures, including chronic absenteeism and discipline, ACT performance, and TNReady scores, to make a determination, and all schools are rated both on how they serve the full student population and how they are specifically serving student groups that have historically been underserved: students with disabilities, English learners, economically disadvantaged students, and black, Hispanic, and Native American students.
For a full list of “Reward Schools” announced by the state, visit Tennessee Department of Education District and School Accountability.
As Principal of West Wilson Middle School, one of my primary goals is to ensure your student benefits from all of the energy put forth from the faculty, staff, and community. Consequently, I would like to approach the fundraising process in a different manner this school year.
Traditional fundraising campaigns can be burdensome not only to the school but also to parents. Additionally, by the time your student enters West Wilson it is likely you have been requisitioned to participate in 10 or more funding drives. I want to lessen the input from your end while maintaining the output for the students. Fundraising partnerships play a huge part in what we are able to do at the school level, however with these partnerships comes the fact that not all of your money makes it to the school level. If we are to sell items/catalogs/etc. the partner organization gets a percentage of the proceeds.
For this reason, I am setting up an online account and asking you to donate directly to the school. I believe we can raise the same amount, if not more, by being transparent. The fact of the matter is we need you to donate and we want to put every dime toward your child’s education. Please use the link below to access the school donation page. It would be wonderful if you could share it with family members, business owners, and even on your social media accounts!