Board of Education celebrates the achievement of high scoring students
The jam packed auditorium was filled with proud parents, families, teachers, and administrators as 106 El Monte City School District students were recognized for scoring the highest possible score in Language Arts and/or Math on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP). The celebration was part of the EMCSD Board of Education meeting which was held at Cherrylee School. Board members honored each student with special red carpet treatment. EMCSD Superintendent Dr. Maribel Garcia called out the names and one by one students walked down the red carpet and up to the Board Members who presented students with medals to commemorate their outstanding achievement.
The large group of high achieving students then posed for a group photo as anxious camera wielding parents jockeyed for the best camera angle. Along with the colorful balloon arch and balloon pillars adorned with silver stars, a positive festive mood was definitely in the air.
“Some years ago, my oldest daughter got this award,” boasted Gloria Nunez, proud mother of Rio Hondo fifth grader Jolie Nunez. “Jolie asked me if she could get this award someday. I told her that she could do it. And she did! We are so proud of her.” Gloria Nunez, along with her husband Raul, presented their daughter with a bright yellow bouquet of flowers to honor her achievement.
Board President Jessica Ancona said, “We are so proud of our teachers, families and students for making academic achievement a priority.”
Jennifer Cobian, Board Member, remarked, “I’m really glad we can honor these high performing students. They are good role models for other students to aspire to.”
“This is a wonderful opportunity to highlight our student academic successes and we are proud that so many students have reached these high levels,” said Steve Sallenbach, EMCSD Assistant Superintendent.
Although test results are only one measure of student achievement, they havebecome increasingly important in assessing student learning. El Monte City School District celebrates these high scoring students and all of the teachers, staff and administrators who support all of the incredible students of EMCSD.