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High achievers

Rashell and Shanell Aviles participate in the celebration event at Huntington Elementary.

Huntington Elementary has received the "Utah's High Performing Title I School" recognition. This award is based on achieving Adequate Yearly Progress in both language arts and mathematics for the previous two years, being at or above the Utah state average on both of these tests on the most recent assessment, and a nomination by the superintendent.

Huntington Elementary wants to recognize everyone who was involved in helping them achieve this award; students, parents, volunteers, school faculty and staff. Huntington Elementary held a celebration in conjunction with parent-teacher-conferences to show appreciation for all of the hard work put into the school.

There were refreshments for everyone and prizes for all Huntington Elementary students. All of the students who participated made educational games they could take home with them to strengthen their skills at home.

Organizers said, "We hope to build a stronger school community, and strengthen the ties with home and school through this activity. We would like our students to recognize that hard work and dedication can bring about great accomplishments. This celebration was made possible through a generous grant from the Kiwanis and donations from the Huntington Elementary PTA."

The State Office of Education sent a certificate to Huntington Elementary for achieving this award. Karl A. Wilson is the director for federal and special programs and Ann G. White, Title I coordinator school and district improvement at the Utah State Office of Education. They sent a congratulatory letter to Huntington Elementary saying, "This recognition is provided to Utah Title I schools that are able to demonstrate high levels of student achievement. We hope that you will take the opportunity to share this recognition with your school community.

"For more than 30 years, the United States Congress has recognized that higher poverty schools face unique challenges in educating students. In response to this need, the federal government provides Title I grants to provide supplementary assistance to public schools that serve higher levels of low income families. Title I schools that are able to achieve levels of performance above the state average are to be commended for their success.

"The Utah State Office of Education appreciates the dedicated service of teachers and administrators who work hard with parents in achieving this high level of student performance. We wish you continued success in meeting the educational needs of Utah's students as they prepare for the future," said Wilson and White.

Tom Baltzer is the principal at Huntington Elementary. Huntington Elementary has 343 students.

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