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Friday, April 11, 2014

Public School Success!

One of the most uplifting and inspiring gatherings I attend yearly is the ECCPTA Student of the Year Celebration. This year, two students (among the many incredible honorees) stood out. One non-English speaking Middle Schooler arrived 2 years ago from Vietnam. She applied diligent effort in her studies and now speaks English, is one of the leaders in her class, and is making top scores on the FCAT! Another student, arriving here only 1 ½ years ago with very limited English skill (his parents sent him from Syria)—has exceeded all expectations, making a (6) on FCAT Writes-the highest score ever recorded at Workman Middle School! The progress these two students have made, given the significant obstacles they have overcome, is a testament to their hard work and also to their families and the teachers and staff of the Escambia County Public schools they attend. These students prove the reality most of us understand about our schools: Whatever your circumstances- if you come to our schools set upon learning, behave, work hard, and apply yourself, you will receive the resources necessary to succeed. These two students mentioned above are living proof of this!

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