State Superintendent to Visit Local Schools, Present Awards | Families
HOUSTON COUNTY, GA – State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge will visit Miller Elementary School and Morningside Elementary School on Nov. 27, 2012. The schools are two of only three in Georgia selected as the first winners of the Georgia Department of Education’s Family-Friendly Partnership School Award. Dr. Barge plans to arrive by helicopter at Miller at 11:45 a.m. and then at Morningside at 1:55 p.m. At each school he will present the principals a plaque and welcome mat during an awards ceremony. Afterward he will tour the school and participate in a Parent/School/Community Roundtable for an informal conversation about family-friendly schools.
Dr. Barge’s itinerary follows.
11:45 a.m. Arrive at Miller Elementary School
12:00 - 12:30 p.m. Awards assembly to include student entertainment and the following speakers: Miller Principal Dr. Gwen Pearson-Kilgore, Superintendent Dr. Robin Hines, Dr. Barge and parent/community representatives
12:35 - 12:55 p.m. Tour Miller Elementary School
1:00 - 1:20 p.m. Parent/School/Community Roundtable
1:30 p.m. Depart Miller
1:55 p.m. Arrive at Morningside Elementary School
2:00 - 2:30 p.m. Awards assembly to include student entertainment and the following speakers: Morningside Principal Dr. Pat Witt, Superintendent Dr. Hines, Dr. Barge and parent/community representatives
2:35 - 2:55 p.m. Tour Morningside Elementary School
3:00 - 3:20 p.m. Parent/School/Community Roundtable
3:30 p.m. Depart Morningside
This award will be given out annually to up to 10 Title I schools that go above and beyond to make families feel welcome and work to engage parents in their children’s education. As part of the selection process, schools received phone calls and visits from “parents” seeking information or help. They also had a walk-through by Georgia department staff who conducted interviews with employees, parents, students and community members.
Miller and Morningside were chosen because they offer the best customer service to their families whether serving them by phone, in person or online. The schools were found to have welcoming staff members, comfortable waiting areas, clear signage, engaging student work posted in the building and easy-to-navigate websites. Most importantly, they forge partnerships with parents to help improve student achievement by providing provide innovative parent engagement programming that is successful in reaching all school families.
Dr. Pearson-Kilgore commented, “We are so excited to receive an honor such as this that recognizes the commitment our faculty and staff have to work with our parents, who are our children’s ‘first teacher.’ It truly takes a village to educate our students, so this honor is an attribute to the faculty, staff and parents who are willing to do what it takes to educate our youth.”
“Morningside is proud to have been selected to receive the Georgia Family Friendly Award,” said Dr. Witt. “This award is a testimony to the commitment our teachers and staff provide to ensure our families feel welcome in their children’s school. We are dedicated in meeting the needs of our families so that they are better equipped to help their students. The excellent customer service at Morningside Elementary is just one example of the ‘welcome mat’ all schools in Houston County provide for its students and their families.”
Carla Thorpe, District Parent Coordinator, commented, “We are so excited and pleased that Miller Elementary and Morningside Elementary were chosen for this honor! These schools are great examples of the excellent parent involvement work taking place in our Title I schools. Our goal is for all families to feel welcome and to be engaged in their student’s education.”
Miller is located at 101 Pine Valley Drive in Warner Robins. Dr. Pearson-Kilgore may be reached at 478-929-7814. Morningside is located at 1206 Morningside Drive in Perry. Dr. Witt may be reached at 478-988-6261. For more information on the Georgia Family-Friendly Partnership School Initiative, please visit http://www.gadoe.org/School-Improvement/Federal-Programs/Pages/Georgia-Family-Friendly.aspx.