Eastside in Running for National Award

Eastside High School in Running for National Title I Distinguished School Award
Posted on 11/16/2018
Eastside High School leaders and staff membersEastside High School is a candidate for the 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School Award presented annually by the National Association of ESEA State Program Administrators (NAESPA). Georgia School Superintendent, Richard Woods, notified Newton County School Superintendent, Samantha Fuhrey, that Eastside High School was eligible to apply for the prestigious award because the school ranks in the top five percent of Title I schools based on the single 2017 CCRPI score. Eastside High School administrators recently submitted the application for the award.

“It’s an incredible honor for Eastside High School to be named in the top five percent of Georgia’s Title I schools,” said Jeff Cher, principal of Eastside High School. “Our teachers and administrators work hard to provide the best educational opportunities for our students and we receive tremendous support from our parents and community partners. Of course, most of all, we have students who are dedicated and motivated to learn. It’s their achievements that propelled Eastside High School into the top five percent of Title I schools in the state. As we say at Eastside High, ‘It’s a great day to be an Eagle!’”

According to the national award criteria, schools eligible to apply must demonstrate exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years; must be successful in closing the achievement gap between student groups; and must show excellence in serving special populations of students (e.g. homeless, migrant, English learners, etc.). If selected as one of two schools to represent Georgia and receive the 2019 National ESEA Distinguished School Award from NAESPA, Eastside High School would receive a monetary award of $20,000 from the Georgia Department of Education’s Title I Program.

“I am extremely proud of the students, faculty, and staff at Eastside High School,” said Samantha Fuhrey, superintendent of Newton County School System. “To be included in the top five percent of all Title I schools in the state is an outstanding accomplishment. Great things are definitely taking place in the classrooms at Eastside High School. Our school system’s mission is to provide educational excellence for all students and the faculty and staff at Eastside High School are most definitely doing just that for the their students. That excellence is reflected in their test scores, college entrance exam results, and CCRPI score.”

For more information, contact Ms. Sherri Davis, director of public relations for Newton County School System, at [email protected].