Traci Newman and Kim Ruggles

Superintendent Page and system leaders present Adairsville Middle School and its eighth grade science team, which consists of Traci Newman and Kim Ruggles with the most prestigious award given by the District, the A-Team Award!

Traci Newman and Kim Ruggles exemplify the three big ideas of our Professional Learning Communities culture as they continually demonstrate a focus on learning, collaboration, and results.

Through observations and conversations with each team member, it is evident this team uses the PLC process to work together with collective responsibility for student learning. They ensure a guaranteed and viable curriculum for all eighth grade science students, use common formative assessments to monitor student learning, use common assessment data to improve teaching and learning practices, and support the RTI process by providing systematic interventions and extensions for all students.

It is also evident that Principal Tony Stanfill and the AMS Guiding Coalition have played a significant role in the development of this A-Team. Its Guiding Coalition was mentioned many times as a source of strength for the PLC process and as the means for the professional development which resulted in the efficacy of this collaborative team. Congratulations on this extraordinary achievement!

Traci Newman and Kim Ruggles will now present at a future school board meeting, New Teacher Institute, and serve as role models for future A-Teams throughout our school system.

This is our 17th collaboration team to earn an A-Team Award!