Three Schools Celebrate Great Improvement

Three high schools in the East made a list of the state's top turnaround schools, based on high student performance.

South Creek High in Martin County, Jones Senior High, and Beddingfield High in Wilson County were all recognized for improved performance. These schools had at least 80 percent of students' end-of-course test scores at or above proficient.

Additionally, five years ago, the schools were among the state's 66 lowest-performing high schools, according to the State Department of Public Instruction.


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  • by Steve Location: Greenville on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    You Martin County people make me laugh with your bickering. You all talk about how small Bear Grass was. I used to date a girl who went to Roanoke High and she told me that the high school was only about 350 students and that Williamston High was only about 500 students. Combine them with Bear Grass and Jamesville and you still wouldn't get but about 1200 students in the whole county LOL. You all complain and are afraid of being in such a big school but yet the funny part about this is that even at a 1 county high school, you backwoods hicks could NEVER get a 4A high school like Rose, New Bern, or any Wake County High school like my alma mater Cary High, which was about 2400 students, twice as many as your backwoods county would have. I just laugh at the notion you backwoods hicks still argue about such dumb things in the past like it's still going on now.
  • by mom Location: nc on Oct 24, 2011 at 05:14 PM
    @ Bruce Whitaker...The reason they're building the multi-million dollar middle school ...you can thank the county commissioners. They're all crooks. They don't care about anything but their pockets and the vacations they take there families on. There are some on the board that own their own businesses, but do you think they support the small businesses here in Martin County? NO they DO NOT. It sickens me, but until the voters wise up and get them out of office, it's going to stay the way it is now. The commissioners are an "elite" group of people. They think they're better than we / you are. Some of them won't even let their kids associate with other kids that don't have the same "social status" they do. Martin County is falling deeper into the tangled web that the county commissioners has woven.I've been trying to get people to wake up and get rid of them...but the voters refuse to listen...so now the voters will reap the effects...
  • by Anonymous on Oct 24, 2011 at 11:23 AM
    Folks kept trying to tell you that no matter where those kids went, they would continue to do well. I guess this proves that and I'm delighted, not because anyone told you so, but because at the time, you folks just kept harping that not walking the halls of your community school was going to devastate your kids and their grades. Well, as some of you have said yourselves, these children are doing well. You surely have indicated that consolidation didn't hurt the students one bit! Thanks for letting us know!
  • by Bruce Whitaker Jr on Oct 22, 2011 at 08:03 PM
    I how we do something in the same for williamston middle school It hasnt made grade in four years and we are building A 15 million dollar school for a system thats not working
  • by Kim Location: Williamston on Oct 21, 2011 at 07:56 PM
    I was a Bear Grass parent and now am a South Creek Parent. I am tired of the discussion of consolidation. Its over, please leave it alone! My child has been very happy at South Creek. Wonderful teachers and a wonderful principal and assistant principal. The students get along very well. You parents need to get over it!! I am very proud of all the students at South Creek. My son graduated as a Williamston Tiger. He had great teachers and he is doing very well. I am tired of the animocity between these schools. Parents start listening to your children and how they really feel. Most of them are doing fine with the change. Its the parents who have the problem. Put your kids first and stop all the negativity.
  • by native Location: nc on Oct 21, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    Did anyone ever stop and think that the reason behind South Creek doing so well is 93.6 % because THEY HAVE BEAR GRASS STUDENTS..How many years did South Creek go without making improvement? Bear Grass High School made it every year for the last 12 years or more...DUH. Think about it...If you can that is. It's sad that Martin County had to close 2(that's right 2) of the highest scoring schools, just so the "bigger" schools could do better. It really says alot for the people that are running the county...WISE UP people. Elections are coming up. You need to get those hucksters out of the BOE AND COMMISSIONERS. They don't care about your kids...only their pockets, and the benefits they get from it.
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      by REALLY!!! on Oct 21, 2011 at 06:43 PM in reply to native
      did it come to your mind that maybe with the way the economy is that two schools instead of 4 was alot cheaper and better on the economy of Martin county!!!! Seems the only people that have a problem with what happened is people from beargrass!!!! Again...YOU PEOPLE ARE CRAZY
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        by Lewis on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:40 PM in reply to REALLY!!!
        I live in Williamston now, went to Bertie High and thought that if Martin County was trying to save money by consolidating, it would hust have made more sense to make it a 1 county high school, which would have been GREAT. Put it between Williamston and Everetts.
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      by OBXFAN on Oct 24, 2011 at 07:47 AM in reply to native
      I dont think that the 25 students from BG helped that much
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        by Marty on Oct 27, 2011 at 01:37 PM in reply to OBXFAN
        You mean 250 students! I think you left out the 0 at the end.
  • by Way to go!! on Oct 20, 2011 at 09:03 PM
    Congratulations South Creek!!! People will always try to find ways to undermine the progress you are making. Again the elite are in an uproar because the new red-headed step-child has out performed the chosen ones. Good teachers and parental support are the key to success, and you can take that to the BANK. Keep up the good work Cougars!!!!
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      by REALLY!!! on Oct 21, 2011 at 05:09 AM in reply to Way to go!!
      You have got to be kidding me! The chosen ones?? Thats a Beargrass Alum statement if i have ever heard one!! you people are CRAZY!!
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        by Anonymous on Oct 21, 2011 at 08:40 PM in reply to REALLY!!!
        You are REALLY wrong!!! I was a REDSKIN!!
  • by Anonymous on Oct 20, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    WOW I tried to post something highlighting TRUTH in education...but obviously someone disagreed. Fact of the matter is: A. Teachers are pressured to pass everybody, whether they earned it or not B. Teachers offer lots of extra credit and retests for everything if a student does poorly (thus, students don't need to study anymore because they know they will have as many times as they need to retake something--this is a huge disservice to students as it does not prepare them for the real world) and C. Students are not getting suspended for serious violations anymore. This is because NC is apparently suspending too many students (how dare we demand good discipline in schools) As a result, the worst punishment a student can get is ISS. In high school, principals have even resorted to making students write "I'm sorry" notes to their teachers. I hate to break it to these kids, but when you cuss out your boss in the working world, an "I'm sorry" note won't make up for it. You'll be out of work. Education is in the toilet. We need reform. Not everyone is going to college and our country can not survive if all of its citizens expect white collar jobs. Let's bring in vocational high schools and college-prep high schools. Other countries can do this successfully, why can't we?!?!
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      by Anonymous on Oct 22, 2011 at 11:40 AM in reply to
      You are so right. As a soon to be retiring teacher , I am so sick and tired of adopting these worthless "feel good" programs that are nothing more than to justify some Raleigh bureaucrat's job or to put money in the pockets of some "independent consultant." Education is in trouble primarily because of what you say. A total lack of discipline in the schools, and administrations that make decisions based on "how good something looks." It's become a total mockery.
  • by John Location: BG on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:41 AM
    Bear Grass High School consistently performed better than Williamston OR Roanoke High School before the consolidation. The only reason SCHS has made this improvement is because they merged Bear Grass into what was Roanoke - who might I add, had the WORST scores in all of Martin County and for several years, nearly the worst in the state. Unfortunately, the problem wasn't the teachers - it was the parents of the kids who let their children run free without concern for their academic progress. It's a VERY SIMPLE formula, folks. We can blame who we want and call it everything from racism to underfunding. The bottom line is, if you suck as a parent, your child is more likely to suck as a student, and thus at life.
  • by Bear Grass 2010 Alumni Location: Martin County on Oct 20, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    I went to Bear Grass and I absolutely loved it there, wouldn't change a thing, but it's South Creek now. Whether or not Bear Grass students had anything to do with it, they are South Creek students now. Did you ever think that, maybe, just maybe that students from Bear Grass had an impact on Ronoake students which made them make higher grades.. Making SOUTH CREEK grades higher not Bear Grass nor Ronoake! Or maybe everybody just decided to become new students with a new school. Either way, Way to go South Creek! We are proud of you! Keep up the good work!
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