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Shirley Hills Elementary Receives 2011 High Flying School Award

Shirley Hills Elementary School has been selected to receive an Honorable Mention at the 2011 High-Flying Schools Award ceremony to be held at the National Youth-At-Risk Conference, March 6 – 9, 2011, in Savannah. 

Shirley Hills Elementary is one of only 10 schools nationwide to receive this distinction, a Houston County Board of Education press release says.

“At Shirley Hills Elementary, we educate on the trust of one another and our students make great gains,” said Principal Dr. Traci Jackson.  “Our students understand that they are accountable for their learning and that good work ethics and great expectations are the norm for our school.”

The nine other Honorable Mention winners are from Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina and New York.  The criteria for High-Flying Schools follow. 

High Achievement - ranks at the 75th percentile or higher in at least three academic subjects in at least two grade levels.

High Poverty – student population has at least 50 percent of students living at or below poverty level as defined by the federal lunch program for public schools.

High Minority – student population is 50 percent or more minority.

Community Collaboration- demonstrates high levels of collaboration with the community in addressing youth-at-risk issues.

Citizenship Development- provides opportunities for students to develop citizenship skills at school and in the community.

Democratic Education- curriculum includes objectives and activities related to the growth of students as individuals who are successful members of a democratic society.

The Youth-at-Risk conference provides training to help adults create safe, healthy, caring, and intellectually empowering educational environments for children and adolescents.  More than 100 presentations will be offered to over 1,200 conference participants from across the U. S. 


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