Floyd Middle Magnet Named National Pacesetter School

8 09 2011

Montgomery, Ala. – Floyd Middle Magnet students’ performance has earned the school the designation of being named a Making Middle Grades Work (MMGW) National Pacesetter School.  The award is based on the success of local school leaders and teachers in improving school practices and raising student achievement. Floyd Middle was one of only two Alabama schools (Peter F. Alba Middle School in Mobile, Ala.) to earn the distinction.

The award, sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board will be presented to the school during the organization’s staff development conference on July 20 in Nashville, Tenn.

“This is the second time that Floyd Middle has been recognized as a Pacesetter School in recent years, and I believe it reflects the rigor and high standards we have set for our students and teachers,” said Floyd Middle Magnet School Principal Vince Johnson.

“We know middle school is a critical time for students and in our program they are mastering the skills they will need to be successful in high school and beyond. Our teachers understand that they are laying the foundation for college preparatory coursework.  I’m very proud of their work and we will continue to build on our program.”

Superintendent Barbara Thompson said Floyd Middle Magnet’s success supports the district’s larger efforts to introduce new strategies that will support all middle school students. Beginning in the fall, all MPS sixth grade students will move up to middle school and programs like Home Connect, Renaissance Place, pre-AP courses, and the expanded use of technology will help students gain the 21st century skills they will need to take advanced placement courses and higher-level math.

“Floyd is a great example of a school that has seen success by creating a culture of high expectations and continuous improvement in preparing middle students for challenging high school courses and productive careers. We will continue to explore more opportunities to increase rigor and provide the support our students need,” said Thompson.

“This national recognition is a great honor. Mr. Johnson, and his teachers, students and parents are to be commended for a job well done.”

More than 280 middle schools in 21 states participate in the MMGW school improvement initiative.. The goal is to increase the percentage of eighth-graders who perform at a proficient level and above on reading, mathematics and science tests, and who leave the eighth grade ready for college-preparatory-level studies in high school.

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