UPDATE: A rock-star welcome for NHS Scores

New Haven School staged a rock-star welcome for ninth-graders visiting to help celebrate the excellent results posted from last-year’s round of state academic testing.

Middle school rockers

Pictured are (from right front): Katie Hagan, Katelyn Hess, Emily Durbin, Lauren Bailey, Christopher Bruennig and Rusty Seward.

Both elementary and middle school students attending the K-8 school in New Haven displayed significant academic growth, helping Nelson County School District achieve proficient school district status while leaping forward from the 33rd percentile to the 72nd percentile in statewide comparative data derived from last spring’s K-PREP tests.

“… All of our elementary schools, all of our middle schools and both high schools did extremely well. They all did a great job and that is really special. We have bright spots almost everywhere we look,” Orr said.

“This kind of growth does not happen overnight, but it is an indication of the investment we’ve been making and the growth that has occurred in the last several years. It’s nice to see the fruits of our efforts begin to arrive,” Orr said.


New Haven School Principal Shelley Badgett “paints” the hand of Destiny Wagers while Assistant Principal Kevin Payton does the same for Abbey Hillard, while Rally Despain, right, waits her turn. In background, Instructional Coach Marci Hayden makes a photo of the proceedings.

New Haven School decided to underline the achievement by laying out the “red carpet” for ninth-graders who helped place the school in the winners column as eighth-graders, along with other celebratory activities before breaking for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The returning ninth-graders literally walked the red carpet between a rope walkway lined by elementary age students when they entered the school gym for the celebration, Monday, Nov. 24.

Festivities included an unveiling of the elementary and middle school scores by Principal Shelley Badgett, followed by the presenting of proficient and distinguished certificates for the numerous students who earned those honors.

The activity menu for the day also included recording celebrity-style interviews with star students by the New Haven School media team for later showing in school and perhaps elsewhere. Additionally, a special “autograph” wall in the school cafeteria was provided where students could place their handprints in gold and silver paint.

Rock Stars

With smiles all around, from left, Clay Greenwell, Devon Melancon, Josh Castillo, Grant Stearns, Mackenzie Summers, Hannah Taylor and Barrett Penna, along with a troop of fellow Thomas Nelson ninth-graders, view the New Haven School achievement certificates they received during a recent celebration of the excellent K-PREP results posted from last-year’s round of state academic testing, when these students were all NHS eighth-graders.

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