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Normal Park celebrates "Straight A's" State Report Card

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County Mayor Jim Coppinger joins Normal Park principal Jill Levine and assistant principal Blake Freeman. County Mayor Jim Coppinger joins Normal Park principal Jill Levine and assistant principal Blake Freeman.

CHATTANOOGA (WRCB)-  A Hamilton County school achieved a rare double honor on the State Report Card.

Normal Park Upper and Lower Schools earned straight A's in every subject on the State Report Card (covering grades 3-8) in both Achievement and Value Added, which shows how well teachers are preparing students for success.

School leaders joined with city, county and state leaders to celebrate in a big academic pep rally, spreading the message to students that hard work pays off. Among those attending were Superintendent Rick Smith, County Mayor Jim Coppinger, State Senator Andy Berke, School Board member Chip Baker and Middle Schools Director Steve Holmes.

Principal Jill Levine said, "I think it's a huge morale booster to know that teaching in a different way and a creative way can be effective. When our students work really hard, they see that they can achieve, and straight A's are definitely worth celebrating.  People are used to seeing athletic pep rallies and celebrations for sports championships, but we need to celebrate the academic awards too."

The school's cheerleaders and the "Lightning" marching band set the tone for Friday's celebration, which was moved inside due to rainy weather.  But that certainly didn't dampen the school's enthusiasm. 

Normal Park was the only school in Hamilton County to make straight A's in all subject areas in both Achievement and Value Added categories.

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