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Distinguished Title I schools announced
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Newton County School System is pleased to announce that seven schools-West Newton Elementary, Ficquett Elementary, Heard?Mixon Elementary, Fairview Elementary, Palmer?Stone Elementary, Rocky Plains Elementary, and Cousins Middle, have been recognized as Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools.

"We are very proud for these schools for the significant increase in test scores for students who are
economically disadvantaged," said Dr. Linda Hayden, Associate Superintendent for Newton County Schools. "They are making a difference in each child's future! Our thanks go to the staff and principal at each school for motivating students to succeed."

Title I schools have a significant population of students who are economically disadvantaged and receive federal money to assist with the education of these students. Georgia Title I Distinguished Schools have made Adequate Yearly Progress AYP) at least three years in a row.

Title I schools making AYP for three consecutive years are awarded a certificate, while those who have made AYP four or more years receive a monetary award, paid for out of federal funds.

"Our school community is very proud that we have made AYP six consecutive years," said Lee Peck, Principal of Heard?Mixon Elementary School. "To be named a distinguished school is certainly an honor and validates all the hard work our community gives to help increase student achievement."

"We are certainly proud of our students, parents, and teachers," said Ms. Ericka Anderson, Principal of West Newton Elementary School. "Each group has worked hard together to form a true partnership which enables our students to be successful."

For more information, please contact Sherri Viniard, director of public relations for Newton County Schools, at (770) 784?2908.