Cuba Elementary recognized statewide

Cuba Elementary School, in southeastern Graves County, has been selected as one of 49 schools earning honorable mentions regarding teaching conditions, school safety, and student achievement, according to the office of Kentucky’s Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday.
“Cuba truly is an extraordinary school,” said Lora Miller, who was hired as principal this summer. “We pride ourselves in student achievement and are very intentional in meeting student needs, both personal and educational. The staff, parents, volunteers, and community members work together to make kids feel safe and successful every day.”
“Congratulations to everyone at Cuba Elementary School for this statewide recognition,” said Superintendent Kim Harrison. “The Cuba team is very deserving of this honor and I know our entire district joins me in being proud of and grateful for their great work and success.”
The Kentucky Department of Education’s recognition of the schools is related to the TELL Kentucky survey. TELL is an acronym that stands for Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning. The TELL Kentucky survey is an anonymous, online survey of every school‐based educator.
It is an opportunity for educators to provide input on teaching conditions such as time during the day for collaborative instructional planning, school and teacher leadership, facilities and resources, professional development, and other supports needed for educators to do their jobs well. The main intent is to provide additional data for school and district improvements. Results are available at
The initial selection included the list of schools that reached the 50 percent minimum threshold for response rate on the TELL Kentucky Survey. From that list, the schools that ranked in the third or fourth quartiles regarding working conditions then were selected to move on to the next phase.
Phase II included student scores from the 2011-12 school year to determine a cut-off point to ensure that successful schools continued to the next phase of selection.
Schools in Phase III then were examined for details regarding their TELL Kentucky results, as well as other criteria, such as school safety, using a rubric designed by the New Teacher Center and the TELL Kentucky Advisory Team.
Phase IV schools met all of the minimum criteria for selection. The advisory team reviewed those schools and selected 49 exemplary schools across the state, aiming for seven schools in each of the state board/judicial districts. They are the honorable mentions. A list of honorable mention schools has been compiled and given to educational leaders in Kentucky so that others are aware that the schools are excelling and can provide some best practice models. The honor also places each of those schools in consideration for the commissioner’s “Winners’ Circle” honor.
From those 49 honorable mentions, one school in each of Kentucky’s state board/judicial districts, two at-large schools, and one ATC school will be awarded the Winners’ Circle honors Monday, Sept. 30, at the Continuous Improvement Summit in Louisville.
These schools will be recognized during the opening session of the summit, all according to Commissioner Holliday’s office.

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Anonymous says ... on Friday, Sep 6 at 11:00 AM

And its so sad the school in the county and safest yet they want to try and close I hope they see how big of a mistake that would ve

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Brook says ... on Friday, Sep 6 at 10:26 AM

My children are truley blessed to have such dedicated teachers!! Those teachers go above and beyond for all the kids at Cuba!! I am proud to say we are Cuba cubs!! A special thanks to Ms. Mounger, Linda Gray and Debbie Samples!! Thank you!!

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