Welcome to Grace Snell Middle School 2017-2018!
Dear Grace Snell Family,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! I hope all of you had a great summer and spent lots of quality time with your loved ones. Let me personally thank all of you for what has been a great second year for me as your Principal. We had an eventful 2016-17 school year.
We focused throughout the year on our Local School Plan for Improvement (LSPI). One of our annual LSPI goals was to score at or above the district average on the District Assessment (DA) Final. We scored above the district average in five subject areas and came to within one or two points of the district's average in five other content areas. We met our goal in then ten out of seventeen content areas. We are not where we want to be, but we’ve made tremendous strides. The District Assessment scores show that we are moving in the right direction. Go Comets! Here are some highlights from last year.
Grace Snell MS had the highest percentage of students meeting the PSAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing benchmark for all GCPS Title I Middle Schools with 48% of our 8th Grade students exceeding the benchmark of 390. 56 of our students were indoctrinated into the Junior Beta National Honor Society, and we were named a National Honor Society School. Our students tested for over 425 High School Carnegie Credits; the most ever at Grace Snell. Over 40 Grace Snell students were candidates for entry into the Gwinnett School of Math, Science and Technology; GSMST is the 17th ranked High School in the country. 8th Grade Orchestra earned its first ever Superior Rating at Grace Snell Middle School. Excellent ratings were received in Junior Leadership Corps, School Nutrition Program, and Custodial services. Our counseling program was awarded RAMP-Comprehensive Counseling Certification. Grace Snell MS received the “Oak Tree” Award for having 100% of our staff join PTSA; we also received the Early Bird and Pacesetter PTSA awards for overall parent, teacher and student involvement. Georgia Department of Education recognized Grace Snell as one of 87 state schools “Beating the Odds” for performing better than statistically expected on the College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI). The accomplishments mentioned above are just the tip of the iceberg.
This year we will boost academic support in Math and Language Arts by offering two classes of each during grade level Connections. Staff development will continue to be a focus at Grace Snell. There are five staff development sessions scheduled in the first semester alone as we continue to refine our instructional strategies. In addition, we will incorporate “Town Hall” meetings and a monthly newsletter to further develop community involvement. We are excited about the beginning of a new school year, and look forward to taking our next steps toward “Excellence.” I hope you have a great school year and I look forward to meeting each one of you. Go Comets!