Students, some dressed in costume to celebrate Halloween, received awards for their accomplishments in their Creek, Seminole history and arts and crafts classes. They also received awards for their core curriculum in their regular classrooms.
“I don’t usually dress this way, so don’t expect to see me like this next nine weeks,” Principal Brian Greseth dressed as a Viking joked.
Parents, grandparents and friends attended the awards ceremony to support the students and capture the moment with pictures.
“We are very excited about how well our students performed this first nine weeks,” Greseth said. “Each of the previous schools I had the pleasure to work at achieved an ‘A’ grade. I feel our school is on the right track to also be an ‘A’ school.”
The program began with students receiving their culture awards from Creek language teacher Myra Gopher. The Culture Department presented awards including: Best Creek Speaker and Most Improved.
Following culture, students were awarded certificates for effort, citizenship and improvement.
Fifty-one students between third and eighth grade received the Bronze Award with a GPA of 3.0-3.4. Twenty-six students earned the Silver Award with a GPA of 3.5-3.9 while 12 students received straight As earning the Gold Award with a 4.0 GPA.
“I feel their pride every time they come to me and show an A on a test or quiz, and I love the fact they want to show me and get that ‘Good Job’ and a hug,” Guidance Counselor Jeanine Gran said. “I know the content is getting more difficult and I see many of my children reaching the same heights as they have in the past and I also see those not settling for mediocrity and pushing themselves to do better.”
The Charter School has added new elements into their classroom curriculum to help foster the students’ academic excellence.
“We are using several different assessments to show us when students are mastering specific skills,” Greseth said.
A monitored independent reading time was implemented this year by the Reading Leadership Team. Each day, students are given 20 minutes of monitored reading to help increase fluency, vocabulary and comprehension.
For kindergartner Kateri Smith, the new curriculum addition has paid off. Smith was the only kindergartner to enter into the 100s Club in the first nine weeks.
Teachers and faculty will continue to raise the bar for students, Gran said, and they hope in the next nine weeks, the number of award recipients will increase even more.
“We hope to fill in even more of the academic gaps during the upcoming nine weeks,” Greseth said. “We are very blessed to have the combination of strong students, excellent teachers and caring involved parents.”