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Fort Irwin Middle School recognizes top test performers
FORT IRWIN • Fort Irwin Middle School recognized students Friday who scored proficient or advanced in the standardized testing and reporting program, or STAR program, last school year.
The school’s sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders were given a certificate for meeting the recognition requirements in English language arts and math.
More than 220 students total were called front and center inside the school’s gymnasium to ovations from other students and family.
Many of the students who scored proficient or advanced in one subject also scored proficient or advanced in the other.
Students were also rewarded if they had moved up a performance tier, or band level, from the year before.
“We want to recognize kids with academic success,” Principal Mike Sullivan said, who added that the ceremony began during the 2010-11 school year when he came on board.
“We found the only recognition being done (at the time) was at the end of the year,” Sullivan said.
Now Sullivan is hopeful that, through various events the school puts on each year, students will follow those incentives to continued achievement.
Incentives include homeroom of the month, recognition for 4.0 and A-B honor roll, pep rallies, intramural sports and tickets for doing something well that can then be entered into a drawing to win a prize at year’s end.
There is also “Wildcat Day,” which is essentially a trip to the nearby Fort Irwin Movie Theater for select students.
“They’re little things,” Sullivan said, “but all the little things matter to the kids.”
Shea Johnson may be reached at (760) 256-4126 or at SJohnson@DesertDispatch.com.