“This is an exciting day. These are one of the days when you wake up in the morning and you know you are going to have a great day because we get to celebrate. We are celebrating CSTs from last year…” Amara’s Principal
This week they had the awards ceremony to recognize those scholars who had scored either proficient (silver medal) or advanced (gold medal) on the The Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program — The California Standards Test. The students take these tests starting in the 2nd grade until the 11th grade. At Amara’s grade level they are tested in two categories — English Language Arts and Math. It is two weeks of testing in which parents are encouraged to make sure the students get a good night sleep each night and that they start their day with a good breakfast. It is a very stressful two weeks for students, parents and teachers. Parents had been told the results of last year’s testing at the beginning of the school year but they wait to present the awards until just before the testing for the next year begins. Hopefully it will encourage the children to do well. They start testing again in a few weeks.
Amara was getting a gold medal for both English and Math! She was so excited she could hardly sit still as was true of most of the students. I was so glad I got to be there. I was thrilled that Jenna was over the flu and could be there, too! We are very proud of our girl. Grampy and Justin couldn’t be there but I took LOTS of videos!
The vice principal announced each scholar’s name and the principal placed a medal around their neck. They then went and took their place on the stage to bask in the pride of the audience and each other. The crowd of parents and grandparents was huge as always. They knew it would be so had broken the presentations up into groups so that everyone could attend.
Amara’s class continues to have a lot of really serious scholars. They take a lot of pride in doing well in class, making the Honor Roll and in getting awards. She has such a great group of friends and it is so wonderful to see how proud they are of one another. I loved it when after the gold medal for math was over Amara went running over to one of her best friends who had also gotten the award so that she could give her a high five.
Once all of the awards had been handed out the students all gathered on the stage so that lots of pictures (and videos!) could be taken. As I watched those videos again I became so aware of the students clicking their medals together. You can see them doing it in some of the still pictures but you really hear it on the video. They were all so very proud and so very excited.
It was an exciting day!
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