“That was reason enough for everyone to celebrate,” said Steven Maldonado, principal.
More good news came Oct. 23, when TEA published its list of the 2008 Gold Performance Awards.
The awards are given to both recognized and exemplary schools based on growth and commendable achievement for excellence in seven areas. The areas include attendance, reading, math, writing, science and comparable improvement in reading and math.
A-T Elementary received awards in all categories.
“Needless to say, that brought another round of celebration,” Maldonado said.
Sixth grade student, Loryn Hernandez, summed it up nicely when she said, “It is really cool and a great honor for a little school like this to get such a big award. My parents are going to say that we have an awesome school.”
Loryn has received commended scores in reading and math.
This year’s third grade students have not yet taken the TAKS test yet but they are confident.
Third grader, Kate Arnim thought the seven gold awards were awesome. “My parents are going to be happy,” she said.
Fourth grade student, Sergio Ruiz is a veteran TAKS test taker having been commended in reading and math as a third grader. “The seven gold awards are magnificent, “ he cheered. “The only thing my parents are going to say is, wow!”
Honors student, Marissa Garcia, is now in the fifth grade. She was commended in reading, math and writing in previous grades. Her goal this year is to be commended in science. When she was told about the gold stars she said, “I think it is great because we all tried our hardest. Our parents will be real proud of us.”
Rhonda Sims, parent to fourth grade student, Ashlee Sims, was at school when the announcement was made. “I think it’s fantastic for a small school like this,” Sims said. Her daughter Ashlee, who is commended in both reading and math said,”My mother is so excited!”
“Our seven stars are a team effort. Our team members are our parents, administration, staff, and students. We all give 110%, said third grade teacher Donna Setterbo.
“The challenge now is to keep the momentum going and to ward off complacency,: Maldonado said. “The kids and teachers have worked very hard and are very deserving of the exemplary rating and seven gold stars.”