Buzz: Gold medal in math for Armuchee Middle. County, city school boards set called meetings. Updates from Elevation House, TEA Party, RACA-V3.

Buzz: Gold medal in math for Armuchee Middle. County, city school boards set called meetings. Updates from Elevation House, TEA Party, RACA-V3.

Pictured left to right: Ascend Math representative Molly Hole, Ethan Jarrett, Tyler Aycock, Devin Knuth, Jaiden Bunch, Aliyah Wright, AMS paraprofessional Tina Castro, AMS teacher Austin Goggans.


Ascend Education announces Armuchee Middle School has received a 2019 Gold Medal.  The award was established in 2010 to honor the schools or districts that best demonstrate a dedication to ensuring that all students become successful at math. The strategies employed by this year’s Gold Medal honorees made use of Ascend Math, an online individualized math instructional resource, to accelerate math learning and improve standardized test scores.

Armuchee Middle implemented Ascend Math with their special education students. The design of the program keeps students engaged as they move through lessons. “Ascend has allowed my small group of multi-age, multi-disability special needs students to pinpoint areas of instructional need while offering them skill level appropriate content.”

In his submission, Armuchee Middle’s Austin Goggans wrote, “Within only five months, my students have completed 81 objectives in Ascend Math.”

Goggans received a plaque commemorating their success. Armuchee Middle School will be featured on the Ascend Math website throughout the next year.

School boards set called meetings:
-Rome City Schools: The Rome Board of Education will have a called meeting at noon Friday in the boardroom at the Board of Education Administrative Offices at 508 E. Second St. The purpose of the meeting is to work on the FY 20 Strategic Plan as well as other items.
-The Floyd County Board of Education will have a short called meeting at 8 a.m. Monday in the superintendent’s office. The board will go into Executive Session at the end of the meeting to discuss personnel and a student matter. At 8:30, we will have a small farewell reception in the board room honoring Dr. April Childers.

Elevation House to announce location on Tuesday morning: Elevation House,in collaboration with the Kelsey-Aycock-Burrell Center, is staging a media event Tuesday to announce a location and to discuss the need for mental health recovery services. The Kelsey-Aycock-Burrell Center Board of Directors and the governing board of Elevation
House have set an 11 a.m. briefing at the Kelsey-Aycock-Burrell Center, 41 Washington Drive SE, Rome. Elevation House

The Rome TEA Party in conjunction with others of the Conservative Coalition including the Floyd County Republican Party, Floyd County Republican Women, Floyd County Young Republicans will host the Lunch Bunch on Tuesday from noon until 1 p.m. at Fuddruckers. Leading speakers will be attorneys David Guldenschuh and Joel Thornton addressing “Rule of Law: No longer respected and applied or still a strong Constitutional protector.” For more: Mike Morton at 706-346-3400.

The Rome Area Council for the Arts, in partnership with V3 Magazine, will sponsor a three-day workshop series for rising high school juniors and seniors that will focus on growing the student’s skill and passion for the art of graphic design. Students will be required to attend all three sessions of the series, which will take place on consecutive Saturdays beginning Oct. 12 at Darlington School. Each session will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m, and lunch is provided. Nomination forms can be found on RACA’s website: All tuition fees will be covered by RACA. Acceptance to the program is subject to space availability. For more: Mandy Maloney at 706-250-1ART or email at

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