El Monte City School District Honors Perfect Stars

Arlene Bury

The jam packed auditorium was filled with proud parents, families, teachers, and administrators as 92 students scoring a perfect score of 600 on the either the Language Arts or Math section of the 2013 California STAR test were honored at the El Monte City School District Board of Education meeting.  Board members honored each student with a special certificate and Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia presented each student with a medal to commemorate their outstanding achievement.
“My daughter always works hard in everything she does. We are very proud of her.” boasted proud mother of fifth grader Manaya Alonzo from Wilkerson School.
All fourteen schools were represented at the event held at the Columbia School Auditorium preceding the regular School Board meeting. Each principal called student names for their respective schools and students walked up to receive their awards. School board members Roberto Cruz, Cathi Eredia, Kien Lam, Mike Barrios, and Elizabeth Rivas personally congratulated each student and then posed with students for photos as anxious camera wielding parents jockeyed for the best camera angle. Along with the colorful banner and glittery “Perfect” stars pasted along the walls of the auditorium, a positive festive mood was definitely in the air.
“This is a great way to show the hard work that both the schools and the district have done in terms of boosting student achievement,” said Teresa Pinedo, principal of Rio Vista School.
Although test results are only one measure of student achievement, they have become increasingly important in assessing student learning.  El Monte City School District celebrates these perfect scoring students and all of the teachers, staff and administrators who support all of the students of EMCSD.

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