RANKS AMONGST TOP TEN SCHOOLS IN MISSISSIPPI
Three of the top 10 high schools in Mississippi — including the No. 1 school are in DeSoto County, according to the just-released 2017 rankings of the nation's best schools as determined by U.S. News and World Report.
Lewisburg High School, in Olive Branch, won the top spot in the state, while Southaven's DeSoto Central High School ranked No. 5 and Center Hill High, also in Olive Branch, was No. 6. The three were the only North Mississippi schools to crack the Top 10, with the others from Central and South Mississippi.
The annual U.S. News rankings are closely watched as a guide to how the nation's school are performing under a variety of criteria. The magazine uses various factors in ranking schools, including enrollment, graduation rates, diversity, participation in free and reduced lunch programs and how the schools fared on state assessments and Advanced Placement exams.
Nationally, Arizona took four of the top five schools and five of the top 10. In Tennessee, no Memphis or Shelby County schools ranked highly. Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro is the state's top high school, with Middle Tennessee and a couple of East Tennessee schools taking the rest of the 10 highest spots.
In Mississippi, U.S. News said top-ranked Lewisburg has a 34 percent participation rate in Advanced Placement course work and exams. The rankings show the school with a student body makeup of 51 percent male, 49 percent female; and a minority enrollment of 11 percent. The school has an enrollment of 900 in grades 9-12 and a student-to-teacher ratio of 18:1.
Fifth-ranked DeSoto Central, one of the state's largest high schools with an enrollment of 1,684 in grades 9-12, has a 36 percent participation rate in AP work. The enrollment is 49 percent male, 51 percent female; and 36 percent minority. The student-teacher ratio is 20:1.
DeSoto County Schools Superintendent Cory Uselton called the results an honor and a testament to hard work by students, teachers and administrators.
"I also want to recognize our elementary and middle school teachers for building the foundation for this success," said Uselton, who was principal at DeSoto Central before becoming superintendent. "This is definitely a team effort."
Congratulations Rhonda Betts
CHHS Parent of the Year
Center Hill High School is pleased to announce Rhonda Betts as our Parent of the Year. Rhonda has had five sons pass through the halls of Center Hill and serves as a "2nd Mom" for many students. Mrs. Betts has been involved with Center Hill High School since before the doors were even open. Mrs. Betts has a vested interest in all things Center Hill and has consistently supported Center Hill athletics, academics, and other extracurricular programs. Mrs. Betts is the first to lend a helping hand to any group that needs it, from chaperoning, working a crawfish stand at track, building the Corral shop on the football field, volunteering to cook hamburgers for senior field day or posting something positive about our school and programs on social media. Mrs. Betts always travels with the archery team and helps out with supervision in the stands. She carries equipment as needed in her personal vehicle. She often brings snacks for the team when traveling on long trips. At home matches, Mrs. Betts helps out at the scoring table. She also helps at the county tournament with scoring for other participating schools. Mrs. Betts truly has a heart for Center Hill High School and all the students that attend. She gives of her time and resources to take care of our students.
Congratulations, Judy Terry
CHHS & DCS Teacher of the Year
|TEACHER OF THE YEAR - JUDY TERRY
It is with great pride that I announce Judith Terry for District Teacher of the Year. Mrs. Terry wears many hats at Center Hill High School. We consider her part of the fabric of this high school and community. Outside of the classroom she somehow finds time to sponsor our diamond girls’ club, act as head coach our archery team, sponsor our Junior class, mentor new teachers, lead the math department as department chair, and most importantly, be a wife and mother.
Mrs. Terry is an innovator, team player, and educational leader at Center Hill High School. She has enthusiasm, love, and passion for teaching her kids and for this profession. She finds a way to inspire and impact all those she comes in contact with each day. Mrs. Terry is fair and strict, having clear rules while also maintaining great relationships with her students.
Mrs. Terry has a wide range of content knowledge in math and uses this to teach the entire spectrum of students at Center Hill High School. She remains current with the latest instructional strategies, technologies, and professional development. She gravitates to troubled and struggling students, often requesting that they be in her class. Mrs. Terry also teachers our highest achieving academic students in our PSAT class.
Parents, students, teachers and administrators have the utmost respect and admiration for Mrs. Terry. She understands the importance of a high school diploma and is always pressuring her students to “Finish the course”. She is concerned for her students future as well as the future of our nation.
Mrs. Judith Terry is a great choice for DCS Teacher of the year and will be an effective ambassador of education for our county and state. It is with great pride that I announce, Judith Terry for District Teacher of the Year.
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