Sixth-graders feted for state assessment ?championship?

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HMS6thGradeCelebrations74.jpg Hillsboro Middle School principal Greg Brown unloads a scoop of vanilla ice cream into a bowl for sixth-grader Jakob Hanschu as classmates Daniele Melton and Ashley Couts (from left) wait their turn. Brown organized an ice-cream-sundae celebration at the Tabor College cafeteria Thursday afternoon after finding out that every student in the class had met the state standard for reading during recent assessments. Brown said it was the first time in his 10 years as a principal that every student in a class had met the mark. The sixth-graders were bused from school and greeted at the cafeteria by applauding parents and grandparents, who had been invited to join the celebration. Brown told the students their achievement was equal to winning a state championship. In that spirit, he distributed a gold medal to every student to mark the achievement. In addition to the reading scores, 95 percent of the students met the state standard for math, 87.5 percent met their individualized reading goals and 85 percent met their math goals.

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