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Academic Parade Will Honor Students

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Jan. 29, 2007 – Public school students in the St. Thomas-St. John District who ranked at or above the 50th percentile in reading and math on the Spring 2006 Iowa Test of Basic Skill/Iowa Tests of Educational Development reports will be honored in an Academic Parade. The parade has been scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m., Friday, Feb. 9, and will proceed from Rothschild Francis Market Square to the Emancipation Garden where it will be followed by a brief awards ceremony, according to a press release from the Department of Education.
"Based on the reports from last school year's assessments, the students in this district have shown favorable gains over the previous year's test scores. The district is extremely proud of the progress that our students have made and in return would like to reward them for their efforts," said Acting District Superintendent Lisa Forde. "Here at the district level we believe that the display of those students who did well, will motivate other students to strive harder for academic achievement. Our next series of testing will occur during the month of March and we are also using the Academic Parade as the opener to the testing season and asking parents to be the catalyst in their children's efforts to do well academically."
She further urged the support of the entire community at this event saying, "Each resident of this community is a stakeholder in the public education system of these islands. We ask that you show our students that you are behind them by joining them along the parade route and cheering them on."
For more information or to make a donation to the Academic Parade, contact Daphne Gonzalez-Thomas at 775-2250, extension 8569 or at [email protected].

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