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George W. Bush Institute names Lindale Junior High School showcase school for middle school program

George W. Bush Institute names Lindale Junior High School showcase school for middle school program
Lindale ISD
The School Yard
Thursday, July 3, 2014 - 10:23am

The Middle School Matters Institute, an initiative of the George W. Bush Institute, has named Lindale Junior High School (LJHS) a Showcase School for the middle school program at the 2014 Middle School Matters Institute Summer Conference.

“We are extremely excited and honored to be recognized by Middle School Matters and the George W. Bush Institute as a Showcase School,” LJHS Principal Jeremy Chilek said. “We feel like our staff and students at Lindale Junior High are the best in Texas. 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.”

The junior high campus was selected for the middle school program in August of 2013. The campus was one of three schools in the nation to receive Tier III, intensive support from the Middle School Matters Institute. Because of their dedication to Middle School Matters, their commitment to implementing research-based practices, and their outstanding student achievement, LJHS was deemed a Showcase School by the Bush Institute. The campus will continue to be a part of the Middle School Matters program, but as a Showcase School, LJHS will now open their doors for scheduled school visits and show others what research-based practices look like in action.

“The Bush Institute was so impressed with Lindale Junior High's participation in the Middle School Matters Institute,” said Beth Ann Bryan, Interim Education Director at the George W. Bush Institute. “They really got in there and learned all of the research-based strategies and worked well as a team to implement them. It was hard work on their part and required a lot of planning and tenacity. As a showcase school, they are a school that other schools in the area would benefit from visiting.”

Roosevelt Middle School in Erie, Pennsylvania and Uplift Mighty Preparatory in Fort Worth, Texas were also named Middle School Matters Showcase Schools.

About Middle School Matters:

The Bush Institute launched Middle School Matters as part of its Education Reform initiative in February 2011 to focus on the crucial middle grades (grades 6-8) where children gain the skills needed to succeed in high school and beyond. By intensely focusing on the improvement of the middle grades and leveraging some of the best available research and practice, the Bush Institute seeks to increase the number of students who are prepared to complete high school and earn a diploma.

The mission of the Bush Institute’s Middle School Matters initiative is to act as a catalyst for transforming the middle grades. We will do this by promoting the use of research-based tools, practices and solutions and driving policy development to support improved student outcomes. Middle School Matters has two primary elements that will help achieve its mission: 1) promote the urgent need to reform the middle grades by working with leading organizations and individuals that influence decisions made for/in the middle grades, and 2) integrate research into the work of other middle grade reform initiatives, school districts and middle school campuses by developing practical tools and offering escalating levels of support through the Middle School Matters Institute.

Middle School Matters is made possible because of the generous support of our funding partners: Harry W. Bass Jr. Foundation, Meadows Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, The Brown Foundation, Inc., Bank of America Charitable Foundation, and the Esping Foundation.
For more information on Middle School Matters, Middle School Matters Institute’s approach to support middle school educators, and to learn more about the Education Reform Initiative at the George W. Bush Institute, please visit

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