Kilpatrick Elementary School of the Texarkana Arkansas School District has been named a National Magnet School of Distinction by Magnet Schools of America, the national association for magnet and theme-based schools.
This biomedical engineering elementary school is only 3 elementary schools in the U.S. to implement this magnet theme. Focused on creating an awareness of healthy lifestyles and applying concepts of engineering to make lives better, Kilpatrick acquired this magnet theme focus during the 2013-2014 school year. The school has partnered with numerous community organizations to help promote an awareness, including sponsoring a 5K entitled “Hunger’s No Game” during the spring of each school year. This award comes a year after Principal Green was named Regional MSA Principal of the Year for demonstrating a strong commitment to the school’s magnet focus. When asked about this award, he stated, “The faculty and staff of the school definitely deserve this honor. Being named a School of Distinction does not come without great efforts. The commitment to ensuring our scholars as well as community understands the importance of individuals within both the medical and science field is definitely worth recognizing. We greatly appreciate everyone that has taken a vested interest in our school and our program.”
Presentation of Distinction Award:
Principal DeMarcus Green will be recognized and receive a National Magnet School of Distinction Merit Award on behalf of the school during an awards ceremony held at Magnet Schools of America’s 36th National Conference hosted by Chicago Public Schools in Chicago, Illinois April 25-29, 2018.
To receive a national merit award, members of Magnet Schools of America must submit a detailed application that is scored by a panel of educators. These schools are judged and scored on their demonstrated ability to raise student academic achievement, promote racial and socioeconomic diversity, provide integrated curricula and instruction, and create strong family and community partnerships that enhance the school’s magnet theme.
To learn more about the national merit awards program, please visit www.magnet.edu