Center Middle School students earn Texas Education Agency Distinction Designations

Supt. Dr. Hockenberry: Center Middle School progress "undeniably one of the greatest success stories of schools in Texas"

The Center ISD School Board of Trustees on Thursday recognized Center Middle School students, teachers and staff for outstanding academic improvement based on state standardized testing in math, literacy and reading.

Center ISD Supt. Dr. James Hockenberry singled out the efforts of CMS Principal Jake Henson and staff for being one of the highest rated public school campuses in Texas based on academic achievement and improvement in the 2018-2019 school year.

“Mr. Henson, you and your staff and your students and all the work that was done …. we could talk for a long time about where you were, where you are and how you got here, but there was tremendous progress last year, and really over the past two years,” Hockenberry said. “It is undeniably one of the greatest success stories of schools in Texas.”

He said the campus received Texas Education Agency top distinction designations.

“They're the big three, all (TEA distinction) designations are really good, but there are a couple that stand out,” Hockenberry said. “Center Middle School has earned three. One in academic growth. They were ranked third in their comparison group in the state for growth.”

Center Middle School students also earned distinction for closing the achievement gap and placed third in in the state in that category also, he said.

“The two schools in front of them were charter schools so they (CMS) were the highest ranking public school in their group,” Hockenberry told the board. The other distinction was for post secondary readiness.

“This one is an extremely difficult distinction to receive because it is high academic achievement on STARR for both reading and math,” Hockenberry said.

He said Center Middle School was compared with about 40 other schools in co-hart groups with similar demographic and poverty levels.

“Just a couple of years ago we were in a much different place,” Hockenberry said. He said CMS Principal Jake Henson's implementation of the “Give Me Five” campaign has taken off and played a role in the attitude and progress being made on the campus, he said.

“The kids rose to the challenge. Kids are going to follow your lead and they're going to rise to your expectations, but it is up to the adults establish and sustain it, and it's hard to sustain that level of focus over the course of a year,”

“Mr. Henson, his staff and teachers and everybody else were intense last year and they stayed focused and it was an amazing thing to watch,” Hockenberry said. “I'm so glad you were rewarded and your students had a lot of success.”

Many of the students who were a part of the progress are now Center High School students, he said.

“That was the highest achieving eighth grade class that we've ever seen in Center ISD based on the records we have and now they're in high school so we're expecting great things there,” Hockenberry said.

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Dozens of Center Middle School students were recognized at Thursday, Sept. 12, Center ISD Board of Trustees meeting for making substantial improvement on state standardized tests for math and reading.


7th Grade Progress Measure in READING

Akridge, James W

Arcibar, Anthony C

Barnes, Brandon D

Boyd, Gracie L

Bush, Carson O

Campaniello, Kaleb M

Carranza, Pedro

Carson, Shaun'Brae H

Clark, Austin B

Collard, Wade S

Contreras, Roberto

Crawford, Carson W

Cruz, Rebeca

Diaz Miranda, Roberto

Duncan, Derrionna D

Edenshaw, Derek W

Galindo, Logan L

Hagler, Anna E

Herndon, Hollie B

Hutto, Danielle D

Jones, Ciara N

Midkiff, Ashlynn E

Mitchell, Greydon C

Montes, Karelly

Moreno, Kasandra

Morris, Dacia A

Mosley, Caleb E

Parker, Caleb J

Parker, Camille E

Quinn, Jeffrey L

Rafael, Josue N

Rafael, Nathanael

Robinson, JaKevin E

Romero, Fatima

Rosales Zelaya, Scarleth J

Ruiz, Angel D

Sandiego, Dulce M

Sigler, Keaton C

Solis, Briseyda

Tello, Alexee N

Thomas, Ahmiya N

Trejo, Kevin

Vidrine, Ali B

Waller, Katlyn D

White, Isaiah K

 

7th Grade Progress Measure in Math

Adkison, Taylor P

Akridge, James W

Alpuche-Lopez, Arlette

Alvarado-Garcia, Julissa

Alvarado, Angel G

Amburn, AnnaMarie K

Arcibar, Anthony C

Arcibar, Kevin

Arriaga, Alyna M

Barnes, Brandon D

Barnes, Ed'Neeuna T

Belin, Travis W

Bell, Triniti R

Benitez, Abraham

Berry, Ja'Aliyah N

Boyd, Gracie L

Camacho, Joseph A

Campaniello, Kaleb M

Campos Gonzalez, Eduardo

Caporali, Noelia

Carson, Shaun'Brae H

Cervantes, Valeria

Clark, Austin B

Collard, Wade S

Cordova, Dania

Cruz, Rebeca

Curtis, Katlynn M

Davis, Reggie J

Edenshaw, Derek W

Espino, Irvin U

Fausett, James L

Figueroa Aguilar, Xareny

Figueroa, Juanpablo

Florencio, Jocelyn

Galindo, Logan L

Garcia, Nayeli

Garcia, Valeria

Gomez, Miguel A

Gonzalez-Moreno, Giovanny A

Gonzalez, Adrian J

Green, Hunter B

Hagler, Anna E

Hall, Nyla S

Harper, J'Khiry L

Hennigan, Zayne B

Hernandez-Garcia, Jocelin

Hernandez, Brenda

Herndon, Hollie B

Hicks, Allison M

Hines, Taylor E

Holmes, Katelynn G

Hubbard, Kylie I

Hughes, Jenna L

Hutto, Danielle D

Jones, Ciara N

Jones, Xe'Marrion C

King, Katelynn N

Lamas, Gabriel A

Lee, Bryce J

Leon, Noah Z

Leyva, Katherine

Lopez, Tristan E

Mahan, Ryder E

Maldonado, Keven U

Martinez, Juan E

McAuley Creel, Reina E

McCaffrey, Braelyn R

McCollister, JaBraelyn D

McCollister, La'Niyah J

McGhen, Ethan A

McSwain, Jasper L

Midkiff, Ashlynn E

Mitchell, Greydon C

Montes, Karelly

Moo, Say Hae Paw

Moore, Donte' X

Moreno-Garcia, Daisy

Moreno, Kasandra

Morris, Dacia A

Mosley, Caleb E

Neuwirth, Sydney L

Parker, Camille E

Patel, Kritika A

Posadas, Leslie M

Quinn, Jeffrey L

Rafael, Nathanael

Ramirez-Martinez, Desiraie

Ratcliff, Jeremiah T

Romero, Fatima

Rosales Zelaya, Scarleth J

Ruiz, Angel D

Salas, Jonathan K

Scarber, Mathew T

Scrimsher, Benjamin J

Scull, Laura A

Servin, Angel M

Smith, Ayden C

Smith, Brent L

Snell, Caine W

Solis, Briseyda

Stone, Kenneth H

Sumstine, Mason G

Tanner, Valeria L

Thompson, Tristan P

Trejo, Bryan

Trejo, Kevin

Tyra, Destini H

Vazquez, Carlos

Vidrine, Ali B

Wages, Hannah C

Wah, Set Lah

Waller, Katlyn D

White, Dayton L

Whittlesey, Mary-Grace E

Whitton, John E

Witzil, Jazlyn E

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