ELLIJAY, Ga. – Gilmer County Charter School System has received results for 2017’s CCRPI. Releasing the following information, the schools have shown marked improvement in testing since last year.
The schools utilize this information when creating plans for next year as they see what areas need help and what areas have succeeded with current teaching methods.
These scores also indicate an above average scoring for most of the county’s schools, as well as an above average score overall for the district, which is an obvious improvement over years passed.
The following is a release from Superintendent Dr. Shanna Wilkes:
The Georgia Department of Education released the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) 2016-2017 school year data on November 2nd.
The CCRPI is Georgia’s statewide accountability system, implemented in 2012 to replace No Child Left Behind’s Adequate Yearly Progress measurement (AYP). It measures schools and districts on a 100-point scale based on multiple indicators of performance.
Five of Gilmer County Charter Schools six schools saw an increase in their CCRPI scores compared to their 2016 scores.
Ellijay Elementary School (EES) made an impressive gain of 13.6 points with a 2017 CCRPI score of 81.1, compared with a 2016 CCRPI score of 67.5. Lauree Pierce, principal at Ellijay Elementary School, stated, “The data indicates that EES is heading in the right direction. To add to the excitement, changes implemented in the 2017-18 school year are sure to have a positive effect on these numbers next year.”
On Nov. 3, Pierce and her administrative staff cooked a steak lunch with homemade desserts for all EES staff to show appreciation for all their hard work.
Gilmer Middle School is comprised of fifth and sixth grades and each grade receives a CCRPI score. The fifth grade receives an elementary CCRPI score and the sixth grade receives a middle school CCRPI score.
According to the scores released, the state’s 2017 CCRPI average was 72.9 for elementary schools, 73 for middle schools and 77.00 for high schools. The state CCRPI average was 75.
For Gilmer County Charter School System, the averages for elementary, middle and high school were 74.3, 79.1 and 71. The district average is 75.2, which exceeded the state average.
The numbers are based on data from the 2016-2017 academic year. The CCRPI incorporates 50 points for achievement, 40 points for progress and 10 points for achievement gap. The score can also include additional Challenge Points.
Ellijay Elementary, Gilmer Middle and Clear Creek Middle are well above the state CCRPI average; however, there is still continued work to be done.
Gilmer High Schools’ graduation rate is well above the state average and we are working to close the gap on CCRPI performance at the high school level.
Our teachers, leaders, and staff have worked diligently to focus their efforts on student achievement and success. The hard work and dedication of each school’s team led to the improved CCRPI scores and they should definitely be commended.
Karla is getting us all in the Halloween spirit for this week. There are so many fun events for the whole family. Several churches will be hosting Trunk or Treat events, Ellijay Rocks will be having a “Rock-Toberfest,” American Legion is having “scary-okie,” Kid Fest at GHS and more!!! Check out the Chamber’s “Halloween Things To Do” page for all the details on these great events. Tune in on Halloween morning at 8:30 to see Karla, BKP and the FYN team dressed up for Halloween!
Ellijay, GA – Gilmer County saw recognition during October’s Board of Education (BOE) meetings for teachers selected as Teacher of the Year for each school in the system. Within 24 hours of their official recognition at the board meeting, one of these teachers would be named the Gilmer Teacher of the Year.
Recognized for Ellijay Primary School, Casey Whitley is a 14-year veteran teacher who has a Masters Degree in Special Education as well as a certification for Special Education for Pre-K to 12th grade. She has taught at Ellijay Primary School for three years. Prior to EPS, Whitley was the preschool specialist at Gilmer Head Start. She and her husband have three daughters of their own.
She says the best part of teaching is watching students progress. She has been called an advocate for her students as her Principal reports she builds engagement resources and strategies for student success.
Recognized for Ellijay Elementary School, Connie Dean is an ESOL teacher and Secretary of the School Governance Team. She works to support students as a leader of several student service projects.
Dean also was a part of a Grant allowing students access to the EES Media Center one day a week for most of the Summer.
Recognized for Mountain View Elementary, Arlene Bryan is a 30-year veteran of special education. Her administration nominated her due to a continuous impact on children through high expectations and her efforts as a role model for fellow teachers.
Bryan will be retiring this year from Mountain View. Administration continued to praise her humility throughout her years of service.
Recognized for Clear Creek Middle School, Adam Palmer serves as the Chorus Teacher and the Cross Country Coach. Palmer was praised for a unique ability in the school to work with all students to improve character building in daily lessons.
His administration’s nomination praised the lasting effects of his teacher-student relationships that they say have improved the school’s quality.
Recognized for Gilmer High School, Mary-Melissa May is in her sixth year of teaching at the high school where she teaches Honor Biology and coaches the Swim Team. She also serves on the GHS Leadership Team as the Science Department Chair. Constant hard work sees May researching best practices for teaching Biology and sharing in Professional Learning Communities (PLC).
Not only does she coach the GHS Swim Team, but May was reported by her administration as instrumental in starting the varsity team four years ago. She also took 10 swimmers from Gilmer to state competition last season.
As for the teacher who received prestige as the Gilmer County Teacher of the Year, recognized from Gilmer Middle School, Shannon Goble was treated to a surprise announcement early in the morning of October 17.
As she was “pulled from her classroom” for a quick word with one of the faculty, her students and fellow teachers prepared the hallway where she teaches for a warm reception for the announcement. Returning, Goble rounded the corner on her hall to a flood of cheers as students and teachers alike waved a banner of congratulations and offered flowers for her.
Shannon Goble is called always positive and helpful by her peers who also say she shows she cares through a friendly and kind nature. Even her students note she always smiles and is funny as she helps them with their daily lessons.
Administration says it is her servitude that shows them she is all about the people she interacts with daily.
Goble herself says she never really thought about achieving Teacher of the Year for her school, much less for the entire system. She told FYN, “There is nothing better. It let’s you know that what you are doing truly matters.”
Goble said she never doubted her students appreciated her as they share their happiness with her, but it is something more to also know her colleagues think so highly of her.
With over 20 years of educational experience, Goble worked in the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) prior to teaching. She has been teaching 5th grade for most of her years at GMS.
Speaking of the award, Goble said she wants to continue her efforts as she has been for all of her years. Saying that just like the kids she has to continue learning new things and improving every day, Goble commented, “I think of myself as a big kid.”
My Gilmer Bobcats player of the week is #8 A. Bertolini , this guy is all over the field making plays and best of all taking care of his team. This young man shows sportsmanship, dignity, and pride towards his teammates as well as other players. This guy has what it takes along with many others of this Bobcats team to possibly upset some really big teams in 2018. With the right coaching and strategy anything is possible. Way to Go #8!!! GO CATS!!!
The Bobcats showed a lot of improvement on both sides of the ball Friday night. They held the Raiders to just 39 points for the whole game. Whereas previously in the season it has been 49-0 at halftime against most of the season.
The Bobcats defense stopped 2 two point conversions and were able to force the Raiders to make a couple punts.
The Bobcats offensive line showed lots of improvement by moving the ball down the field and picking up a few first downs instead of going three and out every drive.
Even though the scoreboard didn’t show Bobcats as the winners, it was a win in the coaches and teammates minds this week! The Bobcats are coming together week after a week and improving constantly. With such a young team that Gilmer has this season, you coach them up and build them up for the following seasons.
The Raiders defeated the Bobcats 39-0 giving the Bobcats a 0-7 record for the 2017 season. If this team continues to show progress like they did Friday night I can firmly say they will upset several schools in the 2018 season.
The Bobcats travel to Northwest Whitfield this Friday. Kick of is at 7:30, come out and support YOUR GILMER BOBCATS!!!!!!
My player of the week this week is captain and Guard #61 Luke Morgan. Luke has the drive and aggression it takes to be a part of any teams defense. With passion he goes after the ball carrier on every play, shows quickness and overall awareness and leads his defense in attacking when the ball is snapped. Luke has a lot of willingness to get things done and is a really outstanding defensive lineman.
The Gilmer Bobcats traveled south down 515 Friday night to play the 2-2 Dragons team that has several offensive and defensive weapons, and they used every one of them to beat the Bobcats 62-0. The 0-6 Bobcats however did show some improvement as far as defense goes, they were all quick on the ball and showed awareness where the ball was and where it went. The Bobcats offense is still having a hard time moving the ball, not being able to open gaps for the run game or being able to keep the heat off of D. Smith to prevent loss of yardage plays or giving up a sack.
Gilmers Defense did force a fumble but wasn’t able to come away with any points and had to punt the ball back to the Dragons but the Dragons had a 37 yard punt return for a TD. Gilmers offense had a bad snap fumble which was ran back for a TD for the Dragons defense with it adding insult to injury for the cats. The Bobcats will host the South East Whitfield County Raiders in two weeks at Huff Mosely Memorial Stadium. With a bye week the Bobcats will need to work on all sides of the ball if they plan on coming away with a victory against the 5-1 Raiders. Come on out and support YOUR GILMER BOBCATS!!!!!
Tyson Elliott, a Junior Center for the Gilmer Bobcats is a big asset for the Bobcats offense. This guy is a beast on the line, he knows when and how to go low, protect his QB and has very fast footwork.
He is able to communicate with the QB which is very important in football. Tyson shows heart and determination giving 100% on every offensive play. I see this young man as an advantage for Gilmer’s O line, he will be doing great things for this team in the future.
– Justin Webb, Team FYN Sports.