Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Chattanooga Valley Middle School is getting a veritable gold star for providing a well-rounded education; it was recently named the Walker County School of the Month.
“It’s a family atmosphere at the school,” said principal Eugene Ward. “Students know teachers truly care about them, so they are willing to listen and work hard. Teachers build relationships with students. If we have a good relationship with students then they do what’s expected of them.”
The school has high expectations, he noted, and the teachers tell students to try their best.
“Each teacher visits another classroom to do a peer observation once a semester, so we have the same expectations of excellence from the teachers too,” Ward added.
He said the school strives to let students showcase their talents to the public. There are clubs, athletics, music, arts and talent shows. In addition, a Student of the Month is selected every month and Star Roll and Honor Roll students are recognized each semester.
“Our teachers are role models for our students,” said CVMS academic coach Sheila Perry, who attended Chattanooga Valley schools growing up.
Ward said due to the great teachers and students, the school day runs like clockwork.
“I feel we are academically strong,” he said. “We outscore the state in all subject areas. High standards is the key. Sometimes we can’t be the best athletically, but we can be the best academically. We expect students to be on their best behavior in the classroom, hallway and the cafeteria.”
Teachers stay after school to tutor students that need help in subject areas. Math teachers stay after more than anyone else to aid students in need of assistance, according to Ward.
“Chattanooga Valley Middle School is special because teachers care about the general well-being of the students as well as their success in school,” said CVMS eighth-grader Zady Carden, who helps edit the school yearbook and plays on the school volleyball team. “They tell us to make wise decisions and what to expect once we are out of school.”
Fellow CVMS eighth-grader Kaden Llewellyn said he likes the school because it’s a great community.
“Mr. Ward shakes our hand when we are going down the hall,” said Kaden, who competes in the school Technology Student Association and videos school sports. “He is really caring. We have a great staff and our teachers are great.”
CVMS eighth-grader McKinley Mosgrove said he likes the sports teams and technology offered at the school. He plays soccer, basketball and football and is a member of the Technology Student Association. He said his favorite class is technology.