Jones Intermediate school was recently recognized by the state for being in the top 10 elementary schools for academic growth in the 2014-15 school year.
Jones finished at 2.67 percent for growth in all public elementary schools.
“Love the kids, work hard and work together.” That simple statement is the starting point Jason Dorsett, principal, set for his staff at Jones.
Jones reached a projected two-year academic growth in the time frame of nine months according to Lee Hunter, curriculum facilitator at Jones. The school went from being being a 7.03 on the growth index to a 7.67.
Jones placed 58th out 2,589 out of all public school in North Carolina in the measurement.
Each year starting in the third grade, students begin taking end-of-grade tests to help each school and their district determine where they are on a statewide level of growth, performance and proficiency.
Dorsett spoke a little about how the school was able to accomplish an overall growth in academic performance. He said the staff believes in each student and each other, working as team, “because of that we are able to grow our kids,” he said.
“It’s all due to our balanced literacy framework,” said Hunter. Hunter explained that every staff member who is available is used for instructional time throughout the school, meaning they are in a class with students.
Teachers are dispersed based on data driven groups created for students to transition into throughout the day, based on their individual instructional needs. “This way every child gets everything they need,” said Hunter.
“All kids can grow and learn, and our staff recognizes that,” said Dorsett. Each staff member is on the same page, “we meet, talk and plan together,” going back to teamwork.
“I am extremely proud of the staff and their accomplishments, my words and actions can’t express how proud I am. I know the kids appreciate it as well.”
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