Academic student achievement and hard work was celebrated on Thursday, May 6, when 288 fifth grade Sheboygan Area School District (SASD) students will be receiving the President's Award for Educational Excellence.
The awards ceremony was held in the Sheboygan South High School auditorium. Each student received a lapel pin and a certificate signed by President Barack Obama, the U.S. Secretary of Education, and the student's building principal.
Seth Harvatine, Longfellow Elementary School principal and organizer of the event, read a letter sent from President Obama. Joe Sheehan, SASD Superintendent, was 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."
Since 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 needed an advanced score in reading and/or mathematics on the Wisconsin Student Assessment System Knowledge and Concepts Examination (WKCE) taken in fourth grade and an advanced score in reading and/or mathematics on the Measure of Academic Progress (MAPS) test in the fall of 5th grade.