Valley Forge Elementary praised for back-to-back Reward School achievements

John Thompson • Updated Oct 24, 2019 at 9:59 PM

ELIZABETHTON — The October meeting of the Carter County Board of Education turned into a celebration for the students, parents and teachers of Valley Forge Elementary School on Thursday evening when Director of Schools Kevin Ward told the board the school had once again been named a Reward School by the state.

Reward schools are generally those that are improving in terms of achievement and growth for both all students and student groups.

This marked the second year in a row for Valley Forge to be named a Reward School and the faculty marked the occasion by wearing T-shirts with the claim screen-printed on the back. Their shirts read “A Back to Back Tennessee Reward School.” Nearly all the faculty attended Thursday’s board meeting to make a big presence for the celebration.

The Carter County School System’s Facebook page has also noted the accomplishment, writing “Carter County Schools is proud of you!”

The school board also chose to hold the monthly school board meeting in the gymnasium of Valley Forge to allow as many guests as possible to attend the event, which also honored all members of the school system’s faculty and staff who had retired and teachers who had received tenure.

Valley Forge’s new principal, Jaclyn Wilson, said the back-to-back Reward School designation came during the watch of her predecessor as principal, Leann Carr. Wilson promised to work hard to keep the tradition going and to help the school have a three-peat this year.

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