The mission statement of Roanoke City Schools is: " Roanoke…Together… Educating with Excellence, Challenging for Success, Inspiring Learners for Life." This statement of intent is the challenge that our staff, students and community are meeting each day and the reason we have such an outstanding system.
All of our students in grades K-12 will have access to a laptop each school day. This 1-1 environment along with the sustained professional development of our educators is making our district a model of a 21st Century school system. Our school board is dedicated to giving our teachers and students every opportunity to be successful.
Please look below as we spotlight some of the "good things" that are happening in our schools.
Knight-Enloe Elementary (grades K-3)
Mrs. Amy Moody will begin her first year as the principal at Knight- Enloe during the 2013-14 school year. Mrs. Moody has served as an elementary teacher, a guidance counselor and an assistant principal at Handley High School. She is an outstanding educator who has been successful throughout her career. With Mrs. Moody in charge at KES, it is an exciting time to be a student at KES.
Because of the work of our staff, students, and parents in conjunction with this outstanding curriculum, our students continue to score higher than the state average on yearly assessments. For example, 93% of our students in the 3rd grade either met or exceeded the Alabama Reading & Math Test standards. Please note that 73% of our students in third grade exceeded state standards in math on the 2013 Spring Assessments.
The teachers at KES continue to look for ways to integrate technology into the curriculum. In addition to all of our students having access to laptops, we have five 20 station I-pad labs that our students enjoy using. Our staff realizes the importance of using technology as a learning tool for our students.
Each grade level has a nine week music class that culminates with the students performing for the community at the beautiful auditorium on the campus at Handley High School. These programs are enjoyed by students, parents and staff.
Handley Middle School (grades 4-8)
Mrs. Lynn Robinson will begin her 1st year as principal at Handley Middle School (HMS) during the 2013-14 school year. Mrs. Robinson served the past two years as the assistant principal at HMS. She is a product of Roanoke City Schools and has a vested interest in making Roanoke City Schools the best. HMS also continues to make great strides in integrating technology into its curriculum. Each student is assigned their personal laptop that they keep with them through the day. This powerful tool in conjunction with our teachers' commitment to professional development is producing outstanding results.
In addition to academics, we offer athletics, band, drama, choral and art opportunities to our students. Our choral students perform at least two shows for the community during the year. The staff at HMS is always looking for ways to showcase the talents of its students.
Handley Middle School has its own band director and the students can start beginning band in the 5th. grade. The students enjoy band and it is an easy transition to high school band.
Handley High School (grades 9-12)
Mr. Greg Foster will begin his 4th year as principal at Handley High (HHS). Mr. Foster spent the previous six years as principal at Handley Middle School. He is known for his enthusiastic attitude and for being an administrator who always puts the needs of his students first.
HHS students excel in the classroom and in extracurricular activities. Last year, HHS was one of 12 schools in the state to receive the distinction of being recognized as a CLAS Banner School by the Council of Leaders in Alabama. One reason for this award was due to the 91% graduation rate of our 2013 senior class. Please note that the state average was 75%.
Students at HHS are offered an array of electives from which to choose such as dance, chorus, drama, art, community studies, etc. In addition to these classes that are taught by staff at HHS, our students have an almost endless list of electives that can be taken through ACCESS (Alabama Connecting Classrooms, Educators and Students Statewide).
Each HHS student is assigned a laptop the first day of school that they will keep with them at school and home throughout the year. Students use technology throughout the school day and in the process gain the technology skills for college or the workplace. The access to technology and the sustained professional development of the HHS staff are two of the reasons these are exciting times at HHS.
Our drama students at HHS present two performances each year. These performances are done in the Auditorium and are outstanding. Our faculty and staff, students, parents and other members of the community look forward to these events each year.
The award winning band at Handley has become a tradition through the years. They not only entertain us at football games, but they also present band concerts and participate in competitions each year.
HHS has one of the best athletic programs in the state. Our football team won the 2011 state championship, our boys basketball team advanced to the 2013 Final Four, our track team had several state qualifiers and our girls' softball team advanced to the 2011 & 2012 state tournaments.
It's a Great Time to Be a Handley Tiger!!!!
Roanoke City Schools
The success of our school system would not be possible without the continual support we receive from the Roanoke community. The citizens of Roanoke take enormous pride in their schools. This pride is evident in the excellent facilities throughout the system, the support given for academic initiatives, extracurricular activities and parental involvement at all schools. The students of Roanoke City Schools are indeed fortunate!
The items listed above are just a few of the innovative and impressive initiatives that are taking place in Roanoke City Schools. The City of Roanoke expects and demands that we provide a quality education in a safe environment. This is a challenge that all employees accept and meet each day.
If you would like more information about Roanoke City Schools, please contact me at 334-863-2628 or come by the central office located at 557 Main Street, Roanoke, Alabama.