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Superintendent's Message

November 2013

Welcome to the Bleckley County Schools, where administrators, teachers, staff, parents, and the community have established a long term commitment to excellence.  With a vision of “Expect Excellence” we are committed to providing our students with the best education possible.  Our mission, “Providing Excellent Educational Experiences Today for Tomorrow’s Success,” demonstrates our dedication to preparing our students for success at all levels.

Although we are a small rural school district, we have many reasons to be proud.  We have strong parental and community support.  We have an outstanding team that focuses on high standards and high expectations for all.

The Bleckley County School District received district accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) in 2009.  We preparing for our AdvancED external review in February 2014 to renew accreditation.  The Bleckley County School System and each school are “Accredited with Quality” by the Georgia Accrediting Commission.

On the College and Career Readiness Performance Index (CCRPI) scores released in the spring of 2013, the scores for all Bleckley County schools exceeded the state average.  Bleckley County Primary School and Bleckley County Elementary School received scores of 95.  Bleckley County Middle School earned an 88 and Bleckley County High School received a 75.

SchoolDigger, a website designed to assist parents in locating the best schools in each state. named the Bleckley County Schools as one of the top 10 school systems in Georgia for 2 consecutive years.  U. S. News & World Report’s Best High Schools recognized Bleckley County High School with a Bronze Award for 2 consecutive years.  Bleckley County Middle School has been named a Georgia School of Excellence twice and recently received the GASSP Breakout School Award.  Bleckley County Elementary School was a named a Georgia Title I Reward School for High Performance for the second consecutive year and also holds the distinction of being a Georgia School of Excellence.

According to scores released by the College, Board, BCHS students in 2013 averaged 1476 points on the SAT.  That average score was higher than all other high schools in central Georgia and 24 points higher than the state average.

Not only do our students make notable achievements in academics, they excel in extracurricular activities as well.  During the 2012-2013 school year, the Royals brought home region championships in cheerleading, girls basketball, literary, and boys and girls tennis, golf, and cross country.  The boys basketball team were runners-up for the state championship in 2013.   The Royal Kingsmen band consistently receives superior ratings at festivals and in competition.

The tradition of excellence continues into the current school year.  Boys and girls cross country teams won region championships and placed third and fourth in state competition.  The one-act play won the region championship.  The cheerleading and football teams were runners-up in the region and advanced to state competition and the softball team advanced to the state playoffs.

We have room to grow and continually look for ways to improve; however, we believe every individual has the capacity for excellence.  We know expectations impact results, thus we hold ourselves and our students to high standards.  We “Expect Excellence” in academics, athletics, and the arts.  For as a wise person one said, “It is better to aim for ‘excellent’ and hit ‘good’ than to aim for ‘good’ and hit ‘average.’  Excellence is our target.

 

Charlotte Pipkin, Ed. D.

Superintendent

 


11/18/2013