Bush institute names Lindale campus Showcase School

Published on Monday, 14 July 2014 17:38 - Written by Staff Reports

Lindale Junior High School has been selected as a Showcase School for the Middle School Matters Institute, an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute.

The school was selected because of its dedication to the education reform program, its commitment to implementing research-based practices, and its outstanding student achievement, according to a Lindale ISD news release.

As a Showcase School, the junior high campus will open its doors for scheduled visits and show other educators what research-based practices look like in action.

The campus’ involvement with the George W. Bush Institute dates back to May 2013 when it was selected as one of eight schools in the nation to participate in the Middle School Matters program, which aims to improve teaching and learning methods at the middle school level.

Later that year, the school was selected as one of three campuses in the nation to receive the highest level of support from the Middle School Matters Institute.

“We want to do anything that’s going to help these students reach their potential,” then school Principal Vicki Thrasher said at the time.

Principal Jeremy Chilek said the latest announcement is an honor for the campus.

“We feel like our staff and students at Lindale Junior High are the best in Texas,” he said. “I am thankful to Mrs. Vicki Thrasher, our leadership team, and our entire staff for their hard work and dedication to this particular program. Our partnership with the Bush Institute has been very beneficial to us, and we look forward to building on that foundation in the future.”

In addition to Lindale Junior High, Roosevelt Middle School in Erie, Pennsylvania and Uplift Mighty Preparatory in Fort Worth were named Middle School Matters Showcase Schools.