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.
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 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.
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