Buzz: Armuchee High among ‘Highest Performing or Greatest Gains’ schools. Rome Floyd Chamber annual meeting Jan. 24. Chieftains offers workshop on African American ancestors.

Buzz: Armuchee High among ‘Highest Performing or Greatest Gains’ schools. Rome Floyd Chamber annual meeting Jan. 24. Chieftains offers workshop on African American ancestors.

Armuchee High School is among 159 Georgia public schools in 42 districts to receive Highest Performing or Greatest Gains school awards. AHS earned a Platinum Award in the Greatest Gains Category for exhibiting high growth in student achievement, meaning their academic growth over the last three years has been in the top 1 percent of schools in the state.

“I am always proud of my teachers and students, for their hard work, focus, and dedication, but today I am especially happy for them,” said AHS Principal John Rhodarmer. “To be recognized as a platinum school in consecutive years is quite an accomplishment. It is a testament to our staff, students, feeder schools, parents, community, and school system. We value growth in learning and character, and I believe this designation recognizes and highlights that emphasis.”

The school awards are part of Georgia’s Single Statewide Accountability System. The Greatest Gains award category has four tiers: Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Bronze. Schools must meet the following criteria to be determined Platinum winners:

a) Place in the 99th percentile or higher statewide in the average College and Career Ready Performance Index (CCRPI) Score over the last three years;

b) Remain in the same CCRPI Single Score range over the last three years; and

c) Be excluded from GOSA’s 2018 Turnaround Eligible Schools List and Georgia Department of Education’s Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI)/Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) lists.

Trion Elementary School also honored: “The Governor’s Office of Student Achievement has awarded Trion Elementary School the 2018 Bronze Award for Greatest Gains in student achievement. Great job, students and staff.”


The Rome Floyd Chamber’s annual meeting will be held Jan. 24 at Georgia Northwestern Technical College’s Aviation Training Center at Richard B. Russell Regional Airport/Towers Field. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with the program ta 6:30 p.m. Individual tickets are $60 with additional options available. For more: Romega.com


In honor of Black History Month, Chieftains Museum/Major Ridge Home will co-sponsor a workshop to help you find your African American ancestors at the Rome-Floyd County Library from 10 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Feb. 2, in the Coosa Room. Sponsored in-part by both the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Theta Omicron Omega Chapter and the Rome-Floyd County Library, the workshop will feature a presentation by Emma Davis Hamilton, a genealogist who specializes in African American ancestry, particularly when searching for enslaved relatives owned by Native Americans.The workshop is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To make your reservation or for more information, please contact the museum at 706-291-9494 or via email at chmuseum@bellsouth.net by                  Jan. 30.

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