King Middle School receives state honors

Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School continues its commitment to improving teaching and learning. Just recently, State Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox announced the winners of the second annual Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards. These awards honor schools for high achievement and the greatest improvement on state curriculum tests.

“We are honoring schools that showed the greatest improvement and highest achievement on our state tests,” said  Cox. “These awards are just a small way of saying ‘thank you’ for the hard work put in by our teachers, students and school communities.”

The State Superintendent’s Distinguished Achievement Awards are based on the performance of students on the Criterion-Referenced Competency Tests (CRCT), the Georgia High School Graduation Tests (GHSGT), the End-of-Course Tests (EOCT) and the state Writing Tests.

King Middle received honors for improving in the percentage of students who met and exceeded standards on the Georgia Middle Grades Writing Assessment and the CRCT in Eighth Grade Physical Science.

King has even more great news: The swimming pool is up and in full use! Our students are experiencing the joy of taking swimming in physical education and in the after-school program. In November, many of our students enjoyed a pool party as a celebration for wearing their school uniforms consistently.

In addition, King has partnered with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families to provide monthly activities dealing with a variety of topics. The first activity was a huge success; speakers were invited to participate in a full-day program in which they talked and interacted with students about bullying. Heavyweight boxing champion and native Atlantan Evander Holyfield (pictured, above, at Washington High recently) and a group of police officers met with a targeted group of students for a special conversation about being peace makers, setting goals, and perseverance. The entire King community is excited and looking forward to this partnership to increase engagement of our students about a variety of topics.

Principal Danielle Battle  invites the community to attend the school’s monthly Principal’s Chat. These are scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month.  Please contact Principal Battle at 404-802-5400 or email dsbattle@atlanta.k12.ga.us for more information on the next Principal’s Chat or any questions you may have about King Middle School. Thank you for you continuous support of the school!

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