Dothan City Schools Are Excelling

By: Rayne McKenzie
By: Rayne McKenzie

A new study shows many elementary schools are doing well, not only in academics, but also with incorporating the arts into learning.

Dothan City Schools are finding creative ways to inspire students. Heard Elementary is doing this by bringing art into the classroom.

Heard Elementary Resource Specialist Jo Ellen Nelson said, "It's a chance for students who don't shine to express themselves through art."

Students are already benefiting from the partnership between the school and the Wiregrass Museum of Art.

Savannah Vinson, a Heard Elementary 4th grader said, "It's fun and you can express yourself, but you can also go places you can't really go."

Heard Elementary 2nd Grader Evie Saliva said, "We don't have the opportunity a lot of times to express ourselves and it can be a joyful thing."

Other schools are shining because of excellence in academics.

Cloverdale Elementary Teacher Elizabeth Whitfield said, "Being a torchbearer school is an honor and we are working hard to keep it."

Cloverdale's torchbearer status allows them to get money to purchase things like computers that will help with student achievement.

"If they don't know a school, we put them in small groups or [as] individual and teach them," Whitfield added.

By teaching students until they master a skill, Cloverdale is seeing a tremendous increase in student test scores, enough so that they could be chosen again this year to receive the honor.


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  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on May 6, 2008 at 10:09 AM
    Most of these great acedemic ratings come from schools spoon feeding answers to the kids before they take a standarized test. Japan, China etc are light years ahead of of US children. We're so rapped up in political correctness teaching that math and science have become sideshows in the USA.
  • by KERRI Location: HARTFORD,AL on May 6, 2008 at 08:35 AM
    WHAT ABOUT THE SMALL SCHOOL TOWNS, ARE THEY UP TO PAR WITH EVERYTHING, BECAUSE MY 7 YR OLD STEPSON (2SD GRADE) THE SCHOOL HE ATTENDS SEEMS TO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH NOT PUTTING HIM ON THE RIGHT BUS, YOU HAVE THEM PUT HIM ON THE BUS TO DAYCARE THEY PUT HIM ON THE BUS HOME, THIS HAS HAPPEN SEVERAL TIMES, WE SEND NOTES AND CALL IN TO HAVE HIM PUT ON THE BUS TO DAYCARE AND THE PROBLEM DOESNT SEEM TO GET STRAIGHT. THE SCHOOL PRINCIPAL DOESNT SEEM TO NOT SOLVE THE PROBLEM BECAUSE SHE QUOTED, THEIRS TO MANY KIDS TO KEEP UP WITH, WELL IF THEY GOT BUS MONITORS, HALL MONITORS, AND CAR RIDERS MONITORS, WHY CANT THEY GET MY STEPSON ON THE RIGHT BUS THEN?? THE SUPERIENT SAYS HES NOT THE SUPERIENT OF THE AREA, ITS GENEVA CO. ELEMENTRY BUT HES ONLY FOR THE CITY HOWS FOR THE COUNTY? WHO WHAT AND WHO REALLY CARES THERE? AT 7 YRS OLD THEIR KIDS NOT AN ADULT, ADULTS FORGET TO. MOVING FROM MS TO AL I DONT THINK I WANT TO TRANSFER MY KIDS TO THE AREA.
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