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Eight elementary schools get i-Ready recognition

Elementary schools get i-Ready recognition

Elementary schools earn Distinguished School status for use of i-Ready

When school districts across North Carolina closed buildings for in-person instruction because of the coronavirus, Gaston County Schools transitioned to remote learning at home.

Through the i-Ready computer program, students were able to engage in online instruction in reading and math.  Now, Curriculum Associates, the company that provides i-Ready to school districts, is recognizing eight elementary schools in Gaston County for their outstanding efforts to use the program. 

Belmont Central, W.A. Bess, Catawba Heights, Cherryville, Costner, Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, New Hope, and Page Primary received the “Distinguished School for Remote Learning Success” recognition based on how the schools used i-Ready last spring to personalize instruction for students.

Not only were students able to complete math and reading lessons through i-Ready, teachers received information that identified students’ strengths and areas for improvement.  Teachers then used the data to provide targeted instruction for students with both print and digital curriculum resources and lessons. 

Below is what the principal at each school had to say about the recognition from Curriculum Associates.  The distinction is based on how well the schools used the i-Ready program.

Belmont Central Elementary, Phyllis Whitworth
“I am excited and honored to receive this recognition for our school.  Our district uses i-Ready as a universal screener, and we obtain great data from the program.  The students gain a wealth of knowledge, and it pleases me to know that during the time away from in-person learning that our students continued to work hard and strived to do their best.”

W.A. Bess Elementary, Laura Dixon
“Recognizing W.A. Bess for the use of i-Ready during remote instruction reiterates my faculty’s commitment to our students.  Knowing that we helped our families continue the learning process during these difficult times reflects the bond that our school has with its community.  I’m proud that our faculty and staff were here for our students when they needed us the most.”

Catawba Heights Elementary, Cindy Stroupe
“We worked to build relationships with students and parents at the beginning of the school year and stressed the importance of i-Ready.  When our district went to remote learning in March, it was a seamless transition for our students.  Our students continued to learn while away from school, and our teachers were able to monitor their students’ progress.”  

Cherryville Elementary, Shawn Hubers

“We are honored at Cherryville Elementary to be recognized as an i-Ready Distinguished School for Remote Learning Success.  Our teachers, students, and families have made a commitment to using i-Ready as an important teaching and learning tool.  We know that it has been a positive factor for our success with remote learning.”

Costner Elementary, Lonnia Beam
“We are proud of our students and teachers at Costner Elementary.  They worked hard this spring to continue learning despite the challenges they faced because of the pandemic.  This recognition shows that the work, commitment, and dedication of our students, teachers, staff members, and parents paid off.”

Hawks Nest STEAM Academy, Jill Payne

“Last spring, the pandemic presented a huge learning curve for education.  While our normal school routine may have been altered, the learning did not stop.  We are so proud to be recognized as an i-Ready Distinguished School for Remote Learning Success, and we are fortunate to have had this online resource to support and enrich student learning.”

New Hope Elementary, Lynn Whiteside
“During the closure due to the pandemic, our outstanding staff went beyond expectations to engage students and parents in remote learning.  Even though our students were required to work exclusively with online resources, our teachers and staff used i-Ready to ensure that quality, personalized learning was provided for our students.”

Page Primary, Todd Goff

“We appreciate the recognition from Curriculum Associates and are very proud of our students, teachers, and parents.  Our whole school community came together this spring to do what was necessary to ensure that students continued their school work during remote learning.  It is good to know that our students and teachers did their best to engage in quality online instruction.”