LAUDERDALE COUNTY, Miss. (WTOK) - Southeast Lauderdale Middle School is celebrating rising from a 'C' accountability rating to a 'B.'
"Such a huge accomplishment," says Terri Edwards, Lauderdale County School District K-4 Curriculum Director. "We are very proud of them."
The middle school rose from a 'C' accountability rating to a 'B.' Teachers are being thanked for raising the standards.
"They work extremely hard," says Marcus Irby, SE Lauderdale Middle School Principal.
Southeast Middle School teachers got a class period free of students for all their hard work.
"They do an excellent job of meeting and looking at where students are achieving," says Edwards. "They're looking at specific things they can do to ensure they get them to the next level."
The school is determined to jump up another letter grade next school year.
"We want to move up to an 'A,'" says Irby.
Teachers will continue to work with each child, individually, to make sure they're showing proficiency.
"At each grading period, at each four week interval, we're looking at where they are and how we can make them grow even more," says Edwards.
Nice incentives, like lunch and some free time, gives teachers an extra little push to work harder.
"I could not be more proud of this group of teachers, the parents in this community have done a wonderful job, the students," says Edwards.
Southeast Lauderdale Middle School is grades 5-8. More than 400 students are enrolled.