News Release
December 12, 2018
For Immediate Release
Contact: Vivian Lopez
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VPSB honors 'A' performing schools in Vernon Parish
Vernon Parish School Board Superintendent James Williams and VPSB members present Leesville High School Principal Tamela Phillips with a banner for being an "A" performing school. | Photo by Rick Smith, VPSB

LEESVILLE, La. -- The Vernon Parish School Board recognized 11 "A" performing schools in Vernon Parish at its regular meeting Dec. 11 in Leesville, Louisiana, awarding them with banners for academic excellence.
 
"It's all about students and that's what we're recognizing today -- the work that our students, teachers, parents, school administrators and all of our stakeholders put in from the time our schools start in the morning until he or she gets home," said Anne Smith, a VPSB curriculum director. "We're recognizing the hard work that we do in Vernon Parish."
 
As each school was announced, its Traditional Score and New Baseline Score for its 2018 School Performance Score was revealed as well.
 
Emblems were also on the banners denoting if the schools achieved the following statuses:
 
* Top Gains School -- Earned by school achieving the equivalent to an "A" letter grade on the student progress index.
 
* Equity Honoree -- Achieved if separate scores in the student categories of English Language Learners, students with disabilities and economically disadvantaged were in the state's 90th percentile.
 
Vernon Parish School district had five Equity Honoree schools and 11 Top Gains schools.
 
The "A" performing schools honored were as follows:
 
* Leesville High School received a Traditional Score of 111.2 and New Baseline Score of 93.4. It is a Top Gains School.
 
* Anacoco Elementary School received a Traditional Score of 104.7 and New Baseline Score of 87.4. It is a Top Gains School.
 
* Anacoco High School received a Traditional Score of 126.4 and New Baseline Score of 109.9. It is a Top Gains School and Equity Honoree.
 
* Hornbeck High School received a Traditional Score of 105.5 and New Baseline Score of 93.7. It is a Top Gains School and Equity Honoree.
 
* Evans High School received a Traditional Score of 109.4 and New Baseline Score of 91.1. It is a Top Gain School.

* Pickering Elementary School received a Traditional Score of 101.9 and New Baseline Score of 82.5. It is a Top Gains School and Equity Honoree.
 
* Pitkin High School received a Traditional Score of 110.4 and a New Baseline Score of 93.3. It is a Top Gains School and Equity Honoree.
 
* Rosepine Elementary School received a Traditional Score of 106 and a New Baseline Score of 84.2. It is a Top Gains School.
 
* Rosepine High School received a Traditional Score of 125.2 and a New Baseline Score of 109. It is a Top Gains School and Equity Honoree.
 
* Hicks High School received a Traditional Score of 115.8 and New Baseline Score of 97.1. It is a Top Gains School.
 
* Simpson High School received a Traditional Score of 106 and New Baseline Score of 94.7. It is a Top Gains School.
 
Fort Polk Progress President Michael Reese expressed his appreciation to the schools being recognized for their dedication to the academic excellence of their students -- both military and civilian.
 
"Many students attending these Vernon Parish schools are from military families," Reese said. "What better way to serve the soldiers and their families at Fort Polk, than by providing their children, as well as those from the local community, with a quality education. And these schools are doing just that, and we are thankful for all they do."
 
Tamela Phillips, Leesville High School principal, thanked VPSB members for their support, and said, "This award goes to our students for the work that they did in the classroom and our teachers."
 
Pickering Elementary School Leigh Lansdale also attributed the success of her school to students and staff.
 
"This definitely goes to show how hard the team works at Pickering Elementary," Lansdale said. "We have a lot of dedicated staff members that give their all and go above and beyond, and the students rise to those high expectations that we set."
 
Rhonda Roberts, Hicks High School principal, said her school's accomplishment was a team effort.
 
"It takes a whole community to make a great school," Roberts said. "It takes everyone with a heart for students to meet the needs that they have and to create the right atmospheres at schools. I take no credit -- this goes to a lot of hardworking people and the community of Hicks."
 
VPSB Superintendent James Williams noted that having 11 of the 18 Vernon Parish Schools receiving "A" School Performance Scores is no easy feat.
 
"'A' schools are not things that all districts can even say they have one of," Williams said. "It is a blessing and a privilege to be part of this. We need to realize what we have here, appreciate it, and take it as a challenge to work harder so that maybe next year all 18 schools will have 'A's."

For a full photo gallery of additional Vernon Parish "A" performing schools receiving their banners, please visit  http://www.fortpolkprogress.com/pages/PhotoGallery 

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