North Middletown Elementary School (Bourbon County) Principal Greg Ramey credits a new arts program and changes in science and social studies alignment with helping transform the school into a highly successful Blue Ribbon School.
And then there is the larger, overriding contributing factor.
"It's our culture," said Ramey, who has been principal at North Middletown Elementary for nine years.
"I believe we are about as close to being self-actualized as a school team as one can get.
We are truly in it for the right reasons."
was one of 10 state public schools that recently received the inaugural Distinguished Winners Circle Award at the Kentucky Safe Schools
, Successful Students Conference.
"To me this means culture," Ramey
"I love the Winners Circle Award because it recognizes great school culture, the key to any successful school.
"This is not just a great school," Ramey
staff noticed a growing trend a few years ago involving students who enrolled at the school after the start of 3rd grade.
"We know that 100 percent of students who attended North Middletown Elementary
for all-day kindergarten scored proficient or higher in reading/mathematics and nearly 100 percent for science, social studies and on-demand writing on the Kentucky Core Content Tests (KCCT)," Ramey
"However, our data showed students who enrolled after 3rd grade were not faring as well in these tested areas."
said the school faced the dilemma of helping these newly enrolled students catch up on the curriculum map in content areas beyond mathematics and reading.
The solution was to realign the staff structure and scheduling to add a specific vertical focus on social studies and science.
"This has helped our staff members because they are getting a chance to teach all students," Ramey
"By the time students reach the tested grade level, they will have several years of consistent and direct content instruction," Ramey
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