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Clayton’s Academic Gallery winning schools announced

Clayton County Public Schools has announced the winners of the school system’s third Academic Gallery. Gloria Duncan, coordinator of professional learning, and the event’s organizer, said the gallery judges visited each student-display board and interviewed the student-docents to determine the level of understanding of the task, its real-world correlation, and connection to the school district’s “rigor meter.”

“It was through that process that we were able to recognize first-and second-place winners for elementary and secondary schools,” she said. “The judges had their work cut out for them!”

The winning elementary schools are: First place, Lee Street Elementary, for a project portraying “Students as Film Directors.” Second place went to Mt. Zion Primary School, for a project depicting “Students as Political Leaders.”

In the middle and high school category, the winners were: First Place, Riverdale Middle School, with a project focused on “Students as Olympic Judges.” Second place went to Roberts Middle School, for a project showcasing “Students as Legal Analysts.”

“Congratulations to these teachers and docents, for not only representing their schools so well,” said Duncan, “but for also representing our district and the work we do to prepare our students for success through a rigorous, relevant, and global education.”

The participating schools in the latest round of galleries included: Lake City Elementary; Mt. Zion Primary; Northcutt Elementary; Smith Elementary; Lee Street Elementary; Kilpatrick Elementary; Kemp Elementary; Roberts Middle; North Clayton Middle; Morrow Middle; Riverdale Middle; Morrow High; Mundy’s Mill High; Riverdale High, and Rex Middle, the magnet school.

The purpose of the annual event, according to Deputy Superintendent Stefanie Phillips, is to showcase the result of the learning process that takes place in schools, as teachers engage students in rigorous, “real world,” performance tasks that are aligned with Georgia Performance Standards.

“It’s really important that we document the progress our students are making,” Phillips said in a previous statement. “We [need to] validate the things they’re learning, and show them the connection between the real world and the curriculum.”

According to Duncan, the main feature of the “academic galleries” is the lineup of display boards on which students and teachers –– from each of the schools represented –– showcase special work and projects that demonstrate to the community and parents what students have been doing in school. In short, evidence of the pupils’ mastery of the curriculum.