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State Superintendent John White Visits JPPSS to Honor Top Gains Schools

At a special celebration held on the campus of Phoebe Hearst Elementary school on January 24, Louisiana Superintendent of Education John White presented a check to the 27 schools in Jefferson Parish Public School System designated as “Top Gains” schools by the Louisiana Department of Education. Each school received a monetary award of close to $8,500 each to use for educational purposes within the school.

“We applaud these schools for their dedication to increasing student achievement,” said White.  “It’s a privilege to be able to celebrate that achievement by rewarding them with additional funding to sustain this momentum.”

“I want to congratulate each of these schools for the work they have done in the past year, ” said Superintendent Dr. James Meza, Jr. “We are proud of the progress they have made, and we are confident that these schools will work hard to maintain this momentum as we strive to provide a world-class education for all of our children.”

“We are honored to have received this reward,” said Julie Berner, principal at J.C. Ellis Elementary School.  “It reflects the commitment of our teachers to providing the best teaching and learning environment for our children and our pride as a school in the success of our children.”

“Our students and parents have high expectations for success, and our faculty and staff work diligently everyday to meet those expectations,” said George Hebert, Jr., principal of Fisher Middle and High School, a “top gains” school. Hebert says the school plans to use its award to support the school’s move toward full implementation of the Common Core.

Another “top gains” school, Judge Lionel R. Collins Montessori, plans to build a high-tech computer lab with the funds from this award.

“At Lionel Collins Montessori, we work collaboratively to impact student achievement,” said Principal Esther Pollard. “The computer lab will help us continue to foster a culture of high student achievement by providing teachers, students, and our community members with an integral resource.”

The “Top Gains” designation was given to schools that improved their School Performance Score by or beyond a pre-determined growth target. The complete list of JPPSS “Top Gains” schools is as follows:

Alice M. Birney Elementary School, Bridgedale Elementary School, Ella Dolhonde Elementary School, J.C. Ellis Elementary School, Fisher Middle/High School, Harahan Elementary School, Haynes Academy School for Advanced Studies, Phoebe Hearst School, McDonogh #26 Elementary School, Metairie Academy for Advanced Studies, Riverdale High School, Marie B. Riviere Elementary School, Walter G. Schneckenburger Elem School, Woodmere Elementary School, Chateau Estates Elementary School, Geraldine Boudreaux Elementary School, Congetta Trippe Janet Elementary School, Westbank Community School, Patrick F. Taylor Science & Technology Academy, Thomas Jefferson High School for Advanced Studies, Gretna No. 2 Academy for Advanced Studies, L. W. Ruppel Academy for Advanced Studies, Judge Lionel R. Collins Elementary, Washington Montessori, Clancy Elementary School for the Arts, Marrero Academy for Advanced Studies and Airline Park Academy for Advanced Studies.