Teachers at Heritage High School got the Spring semester off to a good start on Jan. 4 with a celebration lunch in their honor at the school.
Principal Earl McMahan said it was a way to show appreciation to the teachers and staff and honor those who retired in the past year.
“It was a great time for us to show our appreciation for our teachers who have worked extremely hard to ensure a positive academic outcome for our students,” McMahan said. “We made annual yearly progress and got in good standing with the state.”
McMahan said the teachers motivated the students to achieve in a year where they had higher standards, new and more difficult tests and had to attain higher scores to hit the desired proficiency level. “We were able to do that, along with achieve a 98 percent graduation rate. We met or exceeded our value-added bench marks in all five areas,” McMahan said. “We wanted to reward our teachers, show our appreciation and celebrate the high level of teaching and learning we have at Heritage High School. We wanted to do something special.”
McMahan thanked area merchants and business owners who donated items and gift cards to give to the teachers. “We wanted to make it as happy an occasion as we could for our teachers and staff and everyone concerned,” he said. “Having a good year and reaching success was a shared effort by lot of folks, and we wanted to show our appreciation.”