What’s Working: Vance Middle School earns prestigious honor


BRISTOL, TN (WJHL) – Vance Middle School teachers and students are on the cutting edge of technology.

“We were the pilot model .We were the first to roll out our digital one to one initiative which pushed us to focus on personalized learning,” said Principal Dr. Amy Scott.

All 650 students have computers they take home with them each day. Robotics classes enhance the science and engineering skills and the class has two 3-D printers.

“We are trying to reach students in their world and that puts a big responsibility on us to focus on digital citizenship: What does your digital foot print look like? What are you putting out there? And what are you sharing?” said Scott.

The school was awarded for it’s success with the P-21 Exemplar School Award.

“Currently, there are 16 Exemplar schools this year. There are  a total of 5 nationally and they range all across the country from California to New Jersey,” said  the group’s representative Monica Cougan.

The process to earn this prestigious award took nearly six months.

“It’s a reward that lets schools and the community know that what they are doing is being recognized,” said Cougan.

That’s validation for a school committed to the future.

” It’s our job to prepare them and to give them the skill-base they need to be successful,” said Scott.

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