JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Douglas MacArthur Junior High School received two state awards for outstanding achievement.
The junior high got a Beating the Odds Award in literacy and math from the Office of Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.
This award goes to a high achieving schools that services low-income communities with at least 66% of the students on low or reduced lunches.
Principal Brad Faught said the recognition was wonderful for the school and students.
"We have a feeling we had a great school year. We know we have great kids, great students, great staff and parent support but it is nice to get some credit by a group outside of ourselves and get the recognition we deserve," Faught said.
Faught said the staff have done multiple things over the past few years to make sure the students succeed, including weekly meetings.
"We have weekly meetings called PLC's and we meet at lunchtime to talk about struggling students and what we can do to help the kids," Faught said.
The teacher of the year, 8th and 9th grade English teacher Lindsey Morris, said they have really worked on finding ways to help struggling students.
"We have lots of different ways we identify with kids and a couple of years ago we had to stop and say it is not enough to identify kids we have to really have a hard conversation about how we are going to help those students," Morris said.
Morris said it is nice to see everyone's hard work paying off.
"Dr. Faught really impressed upon the staff saying it is not about numbers no matter what we do it is always about what is best for kids. So that has been the filter for anything we have done for the last few years, so to see that actually come out in the numbers as well is huge," Morris said.
Faught said since the announcement everyone has been very excited.
"If you look at the MacArthur Facebook and Twitter it is blowing up and kids are excited, parents are excited, staff is excited and it is a good time to be a MacArthur Cyclone," Faught said.
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