Washington Middle School earns Momentum Award 2017

By Martin Graham - mgraham@aimmediamidwest.com

For the second year in a row, the Washington Middle School has earned the Momentum Award presented by the State Board of Education.

The Momentum Award is presented to schools that receive straight A’s on all Value-Added measures on the Ohio Department of Education report card. The school must have at least two value-added subgroups of students, which includes gifted, lowest 20 percent in achievement, and students with disabilities.

These Blue Lions made higher progress than expected in 17 of 21 tested sections, and made significant progress in 13. The hard work throughout the building translated into a rating of straight A’s in all graded Progress categories, according to district officials.

In other news from the district, Tom Bailey, superintendent of Washington Court House City Schools (WCHCS), was recently appointed to the technology committee for the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA), the main organization that works directly with superintendents in the State of Ohio.

The purpose of the BASA Technology Committee is to support professional development in the area of technology, facilitate collaboration in the use of technology, and make recommendations on technology policy issues. Whenever possible, the committee should showcase emerging technology, best practices, and provide two-way communication with Management Council of the Ohio Education Computer Network.

Bailey started at WCHCS on July 1 and has brought an energy around the use of technology in the classrooms as well as in the hands of the students.

Due to its versatility and affordability, WCHCS is adopting ChromeBooks, a Google product, as the device of choice. Washington High School will end its lease with its current Apple devices and adopt ChromeBooks for the 2018-2019 school year.

Washington Middle School will be one-to-one with ChromeBooks by December of 2017 and Belle Aire Intermediate and Cherry Hill Primary will have increased numbers of devices before year’s end.

“I am proud to represent Washington Court House in this capacity,” Bailey said. “I want to move the district to the forefront in the State of Ohio in the use of technology to innovate instruction and learning in our schools. This will position our students to be on the leading edge of new and advanced practices. We want to do this in the most fiscally responsible manner and switching ChromeBooks and Google products will give us that ability.”

The information in this article was provided by the Washington Court House City Schools.


By Martin Graham


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