student achievement and hard work will be celebrated on Thursday, May
7, when 196 5th grade Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) students
will be receiving the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
awards ceremony, which starts at 6:00 P.M., will be held in the
Sheboygan South High School auditorium. Each student will receive a
lapel pin and a certificate signed by President Barack Obama, the U.S.
Secretary of Education, and the student's building principal. A list
of all the awardees will be posted in each elementary school and will
be published in the April 30th issue of the Lakeshore Family magazine.
Harvatine, Longfellow Elementary School principal and organizer of the
event, is scheduled to read a letter sent from President Obama. Joe
Sheehan, SASD Superintendent, is the guest speaker for the event.
Sheehan commented, "We congratulate the students and their parents for
the accomplishments that these students have achieved. These students
are positive role models for their classmates and for their younger
brothers and sisters." Sheehan added, " We congratulate the students
and their moms and dads on this outstanding accomplishment."
1983, the program has provided individual recognition from the
President and the U.S. Secretary of Education to those students whose
outstanding efforts enable them to meet challenging standards of
excellence. To qualify for this award, students must meet two
requirements. Students must earn at least a B+ average during fourth
grade and first semester of fifth grade. Students also had to have a
test score that was at or above the 85th percentile level in either
math or reading on the Wisconsin Knowledge and Concepts Exam that is
administered statewide to all fourth grade students.
A reception to honor the awardees will follow the ceremony. The public is invited.