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Effective Practices for CCRPI Middle School Indicator 7

Percent of students in grade 8 achieving a Lexile measure equal to or greater than 1050 on the Georgia Milestones ELA EOG

DEAN RUSK MIDDLE SCHOOL (CHEROKEE COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Cindy Cooper, Principal

Cindy.cooper@cherokee.k12.ga.us
Heather Phillips, Department Chairperson 
heather.phillips@cherokee.k12.ga.us
770-345-2832

Effective practices at Dean Rusk Middle School are:

1. creating professional learning communities;
2. aligning instruction with Georgia Standards of Excellence (GES) frameworks;
3. planning collaboratively among teachers of reading and ELA;
4. implementing literacy strategies in content courses;
5. identifying each student's performance level, academic goals and completion procedures;
6. monitoring students’ progress and completing quarterly conferences;
7. recognizing students who achieve quarterly goals;
8. developing a culture of high expectations.

ECHOLS COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (ECHOLS COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Dr. Wade Beale, Principal

wade.beale@echols.k12.ga.us
229-559-5413

Effective practices at Echols County Middle School are:

1. monitoring academic progress using STAR Lexile testing;
2. determining individual reading goals;
3. using small groups to differentiate instruction/readings; 
4. using context clues and comprehension skills as strategies;
5. implementing reading techniques/strategies such as summarizing, close readings, annotating texts for meaning, theme, ideas, connections, etc. in conjunction  with Thinking Maps, graphic organizers;
6. providing challenging texts for all students.

HIGHTOWER TRAIL MIDDLE SCHOOL (COBB COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Laura Montgomery, Principal

laura.montgomery@cobbk12.org
770-578-7225

Effective practices at Hightower Trail Middle School are:

1. scheduling reading as a separate course for sixth and seventh graders;
2. providing optional course in reading or world language for eighth graders;
3. planning cross-curricular instructional activities ;
4. completing rigorous and relevant reading assignments;
5. emphasizing vocabulary development in all subjects.

References

1. Sadlier Oxford Vocabulary resources

PICKENS MIDDLE SCHOOL (PICKENS COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Anita Walker, Academic Coach

anitawalker@pickenscountyschools.org
Pennie Fowler, Principal 
penniefowler@pickenscountyschools.org
706-253-1830

Effective practices at Pickens County Middle School are:

1. selecting ELA reading materials based on each student’s  Lexile score;
2. supplementing content readings with related articles in science, social studies and language arts.

References

1. NewsELA retrieved at https://newsela.com/
2
. ReadWorks
3. GALILEO retrieved at http://www.galileo.usg.edu/welcome/?Welcome

PINE GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL (LOWNDES COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Ken Overman, Principal

kenoverman@lowndes.k12.ga.us
229-219-3234

Effective practices at Pine Grove Middle school are:

1. utilizing Lexile scores to improve student achievement;
2. focusing on reading skills and literacy standards in science/social studies courses;
3. reinforcing reading skills in tandem with ELA teachers;
4. writing summaries, maintaining journals, and completing opened-ended assessments.

RIVERSIDE MIDDLE SCHOOL (COLUMBIA COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Yvette Foster-Williams, Principal
yvette.foster@ccboe.net
706-868-3712

Effective practices at Riverside Middle School are:

1. applying reading strategies (close readings, summarizing, and vocabulary);
2. analyzing the effects of literary elements ( figurative language, dynamic and static characters, themes, dialogue, etc.) in texts;
3. evaluating the authors' view points in informational readings.

SCHLEY COUNTY MIDDLE SCHOOL (SCHLEY COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Rusty Tondee, Principal
rtondee@schley.k12.org
229-937-0560

Effective practices at Schley County Middle School are:

1. developing an effective, accelerated reading program at the elementary level;
2. scheduling independent reading sessions and individual conferences;
3. providing reading resources;
4. scaffolding reading strategies at specific grade level; 6th grade (modeling tone, fluency, expression); 7th grade(modeling reading, paired reading and whole group reading); 8th grade (expanding independent reading to include background information).

UNION GROVE MIDDLE SCHOOL (HENRY COUNTY SCHOOLS)*
Tom Moreland, Principal
thomas.moreland@henry.k12.ga.us
Kathy Wilson, Assistant Principal
kathy.wilson@henry.k12.ga.us
Erik Thompson , Assistant Principal
erik.thompson@henry.k12.ga.us
678-583-8978

Effective practices at Union Grove Middle School are:

1. developing a culture of reading;
2. setting school-wide goals: reading 5000 books outside of school and reading one or more books every nine weeks;
3. monitoring reading progress using a positive behavior support report card;
4. reading books at or above current Lexile levels (Scholastic County) and completing a quiz on each book read;
5. scheduling a weekly thirty-minute school-wide reading period.

* School’s effective practices based on 2012-2014 CRCT performances

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