South Edmonson Elementary recognized over 130 students who scored either "Proficient," or "Distinguished," in several categories in KPREP Testing from last year. SEES Principal Jamie Woosley said that the awards ceremony is a way to show pride to everyone what their students are doing. "It's become a tradition, and the students want to put forth their best effort so they can be a part of it," he said. Woosley said the school has high expectations for their students and when great achievements are reached, it calls for celebration.
The annual ceremony, which started three years ago, first only recognized students within the building, but now recognizes 5th grade students (last year's 4th grade tests) by bringing them from the 5th/6th Center to SEES for the event. "We handed out more awards than ever before," Woosley said. "The school received Proficient status this year and this ceremony was proof why."
Over 300 medallions and plaques were given out to 138 students.
Woosley said that most people don't realize where the school once was and how far it's advanced. "Three years ago, SEES was in the 27th percentile with testing scores," he said. "This year we've improved to the 84th. Our staff has worked hard on aligning a rigorous curriculum, our students have worked hard to learn the content, and our parents and community have been supportive in our efforts to move from good to great!"
He also noted that credit is due to so many, not just one person or group. "You can't do what we've done on your own. This has been, and will continue to be, a team effort."
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