In the spotlight

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Regarding Burgetta Eplin Wheeler's Oct. 21 column ("Parents advocate together"):
Knightdale 100 holds a firm spotlight when we fail our children, and equally as important we hold the spotlight just as bright when our children and teachers succeed. Knightdale High School still has the lowest SATs in Wake County, and this is unacceptable. However, we celebrate our teachers and students because our SAT average is up 20 points, and our AP/Honors program is expanding.
K100 believes that academic rigor is on the rise in Knightdale because of principals like Nancy Allen at East Wake Middle School. She and her math team have doubled their Algebra I membership two years in a row with 92 percent-plus passing! There are other heroes like Hodge Road Elementary faculty and its principal, Debra Pearce. Year after year their students have high growth. When 65 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged and 40 percent are limited English proficient, the starting line becomes a burden and the race to the top is a much longer journey.
Knightdale's teachers and principals are passionate, smart, hard-working professionals who get little credit for their tireless efforts. Every bit of improvement is to their credit and K100 is grateful they let us hold the spotlight!
Shannon Hardy

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