The Anna Maria Island Sun Newspaper

Vol. 8 No. 38 - June 11, 2008


Fifth-graders exit with awards, hopes

Anna Maria Island Sun News Story

SUN PHOTO/TOM VAUGHT Fifth-grade students from Mrs. Davis’ class pose
with the calculators given them by the PTO.

It was a bittersweet ceremony last week when the fifth-graders got their achievement awards before moving on to the sixth grade and a new situation next school year – middle school.

Anna Maria Elementary School Principal Tom Levengood started things on a happy note by telling the students, "I want to welcome you to the event you’ve been waiting on for six years."

Levengood praised the kids who made up the outgoing class.

"I feel that the group we have this year is more than prepared to go on to the sixth grade," he said. He then pointed out that the class’s median norm scores in the Florida Comprehensive Achievement Test (FCAT) were an 84 in reading and an 83 in math, compared to the state’s average of 50.

Guidance counselor Cindi Harrison had some advice about choices that the kids would soon face.

"I want you to remember all you learned since kindergarten," she said. "When you make good choices, good thing happen and when you make bad choices, bad things happen."

PTO President Joy Murphy expounded on that thought.

"It’s more than making choices, it’s also about choosing the right friends," she said. "There are some big things out there. Don’t be afraid to say no."

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