JamieLetterDear Friends,

On October 27th, SCORE hosted the fourth annual SCORE Prize event. The SCORE Prize is one of the most rewarding parts of our work at SCORE, because it gives us a chance to recognize and celebrate the schools and districts that that are working tirelessly to improve educational outcomes for Tennessee students. All twelve of this year’s SCORE Prize finalists exemplify this effort, and the winners serve as wonderful examples of what it takes to create and improve student achievement.

The district winner, Kingsport City Schools, does a tremendous job of building leadership from within, and their strong community support was evident – and audible! – at the SCORE Prize event in Nashville. Covington High School, our first ever SCORE Prize three-time winner, forms productive partnerships with major employees to the benefit of both students and the Covington community. Hillsboro Elementary/Middle School takes an innovative approach to supporting students of all abilities. Dresden Elementary School combines creative teaching with technology to help students meet the school’s high academic expectations.

Of course the students themselves deserve an enormous amount of recognition as well, and the three winners of our Students Rise to the Challenge competition clearly demonstrated not only what they are learning in the classroom, but how that learning can be applied in their everyday lives.

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to all of the finalists and winners who were recognized at the SCORE Prize event and to the more than one thousand people who shared the evening. Keep pushing in your pursuit of great results for Tennessee students, and keep sharing your best practices with schools and districts across the state. We cannot wait to see what you do next!

Very sincerely yours,

Jamie Signature 4-2014