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The E-mail arrived with a well-intentioned message: With so many problems in our schools, it’s nice to see a story of accomplishment on the front page of the newspaper.
The story mentioned was the coverage of Painted Stone Elementary’s significant and admirable improvement in its standardized test scores.
No school in the district did better than Painted Stone, which achieved growth goals that are not just statistics but measures of how effectively our younger students are carrying the ball of education toward the end zone of excellence.
The most gratifying aspect of this is that it shows the results of hard work and dedication from students, faculties and parents.
And let us not underestimate the impact of parents.
In fact, they may be the most important aspect in the success of any student or school. Without strong parental input, schools may not address adequately the unique needs of its student body.
And, without parental input, students are neither motivated nor directed to push themselves in the absorption and expression of knowledge.
So as the administration, the faculty and the students at Painted Stone celebrate their dramatic improvement, we congratulate the parents.
For we believe you are the ones who truly made this happen.