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Carroll County Schools

Whitesburg Elementary Principal Invited to Share ‘Keys to Success’ at the Georgia Department of Education

Dec 13 2018

Carroll County School System is pleased to announce that LaTonya Jones, Principal of Whitesburg Elementary School (WES), was recently invited to the Georgia Department of Education to share about the state-of-the-art Opal and Alton McWhorter Digital Music Center, as well as other STEM learning initiatives they are creating for students at WES. Mr. and Mrs. Aaron McWhorter, whose generous donation funded the digital piano lab, accompanied Ms. Jones for the presentation.

The Opal and Alton McWhorter Music Center provides students at WES the opportunity to develop a life-long love of music. Research shows that the study of music at a young age increases the quality of a child’s early life experiences, and it enhances their intellectual and physical development. WES students have also proven this to be true with their recent CCRPI score of 92.2 out of 100—the highest in Carroll County.

“It was a privilege to share with the Georgia Department of Education about Whitesburg Elementary School’s journey towards excellence through innovation,” said Ms. Jones. “The continued support and partnership with Mr. Aaron and Mrs. Linda McWhorter has created opportunities for WES to advance in both achievement and STEM learning.”

In addition to the Music Center, WES offers many STEM learning opportunities that have resulted in student success. WES is currently the only school in the nation to be triple STEM certified, which includes national and international certifications. The school has also recently earned the Georgia Department of Education’s Title I Distinguished School award. Principal Magazine will be featuring WES in its March/April edition.

“The tremendous success that Whitesburg Elementary has experienced over the last several years is attributed to our exceptional administrators, staff, and generous community partners who have combined efforts to offer creative and innovative opportunities for our students,” said Scott Cowart, Superintendent of Carroll County Schools. “We are grateful to the Georgia Department of Education for providing us the opportunity to share our successes for the benefit of students across the state.”