MARIETTA, Miss (WTVA) — "There's no school like an A School." Those words are printed on the back of shirts of the Marietta Elementary School staff.
The school received an A ranking on the statewide accountability results.
"Over the last 4 accreditations that we've had, we had a star, then we had a high performing, then we had a star A, and this year it's an A. So we are very proud of that," said Marietta principal Cathy Trimble.
Trimble says it is the hard work and dedication of her teaching staff that continues to push the students toward a standard of excellence.
"We sing songs, we get up and we move our bodies a lot," said 4th grade math teacher Jessica Brown.
Brown says the key to the school's strong math department is catering to each student's learning style and building confidence.
"I was one of those students that struggled, and I have to have a visual. I have to see it. So if they can relate, they can get it and remember it," said Brown.
Trimble says over the past years, several pieces of technology have been added to classrooms to help enhance the students' learning experience.
"I do have one teacher in the 3rd grade that has some of the top scores in the state in math, and she uses the chalkboard still, and she does an excellent job."
Judy Holley has been teaching at Marietta for 36 years and agrees motivation is key.
"You've got to get them motivated, and you got to say to them, 'We can be number one in the state,'" said Holley.
Trimble says the school's standard of excellence is a tradition she wants to see continued for years to come.