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Newton County Theme School celebrates highest middle school CCRPI score in state

From left to right; Newton County Theme School seventh-grade teacher Holly Kaas, Principal Jim Meneguzzo and sixth-grade teacher Tom Stillerman celebrate the school’s high CCRPI scores. The Theme School had the highest middle school CCRPI score in the state this year, with a score of 99.6. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

From left to right; Newton County Theme School seventh-grade teacher Holly Kaas, Principal Jim Meneguzzo and sixth-grade teacher Tom Stillerman celebrate the school’s high CCRPI scores. The Theme School had the highest middle school CCRPI score in the state this year, with a score of 99.6. (Staff photo: Ryan McKenzie)

COVINGTON – With the highest middle school score on the College and Career Performance Readiness Index in the entire state, the Newton County Theme School held a celebration at the Newton College & Career Academy on Thursday.

Theme School middle school students, parents and teachers gathered at NCCA to recognize all the efforts that went into achieving a score of 99.6 on the statewide measurement of school achievement. Theme School Principal Jim Meneguzzo addressed all three groups in a speech during the event.

“I know we have a tremendous, tremendous group of teachers at the Theme School,” he said. “I’m proud to be a part of their staff, and be able to work with them each and every day.”

When commending the students on the CCRPI score, he recognized the effort that they put in each day to accomplish their assignments, along with their commitment to high standards.

“You have come each and every day committed to doing your best, motivated to do your best, you do all that is asked of you, both at home and at school — for the most part,” Meneguzzo said, noting that he is a parent as well, and understands the efforts that go into such a role.

In closing, he noted the pride that he takes in the eighth-graders, saying that they will be missed when they move on to high school.

“We thank you for everything you’ve done to raise the bar at the Theme School,” said Meneguzzo. “You’ve created a bar of excellence there that I know the younger generations are going to look up to and continue to strive for and reach for, which is a great thing.”

This is the first year the Theme School has had a full middle school. The Theme School’s first sixth grade class was offered in 2011-12, with seventh grade added the following year and the eighth grade class provided this school year.

According to the Georgia Department of Education’s website, the CCRPI is a comprehensive school improvement, accountability and communication platform that advocates the preparedness of all Georgia public school students for college and career fields.