Plymouth River Elementary and South Elementary Among 66 Schools to be Recognized by the State

Principal Gregory Lamothe Speaking to Staff and Students

September 19, 2023 Submitted by Hingham Public Schools

The Hingham Public Schools (HPS) is thrilled to announce that both Plymouth River Elementary (PRS) and South Elementary have been recognized as Schools of Recognition by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). Out of a total of 1,830 schools in Massachusetts, Plymouth River and South were among the 66 schools that received recognition.

South Elementary School earned 100% for its progress toward improvement targets and 99% for its accountability performance. Plymouth River Elementary School reached 91% of its improvement targets and earned 95% for its accountability performance. The recognition uses multiple measures from the past two years to determine schools that have met or exceeded the state targets and high achievement. The measures include MCAS achievement scores, growth, and attendance rates.

“We are so incredibly proud as a community of the hard work of our students and staff. The recognition is a testament to the dedication of our staff to meeting the needs of every student. It is my honor to celebrate this accomplishment along with South and PRS” stated Dr. Margaret Adams, Superintendent, after hearing the news.

Gregory Lamothe, Principal of Plymouth River Elementary, had this to say about the recognition, “Being able to lead such an incredible group of staff and students is truly an honor. I am so proud of the students and our families that help make PRS such a special place to call my second family. It takes a sprinkle of hard work, a touch of dedication, and a whole lot of love
from everyone who belongs to the PRS community to attain this esteemed accomplishment.” “Teamwork makes the dream work!” says Mary Eastwood, South Elementary Principal. “Every single person who works at South gives their ALL each and every day for the best interests of the students. Add to that our incredibly supportive families, and you have an amazing environment we like to call our village. The entire South School Village deserves great credit for this outstanding accomplishment! It is the reason we all feel so lucky to work here! Together we ALL shine!”

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