ARCHDALE — Administrators gave Trindale Elementary School students an opportunity to shine during an awards ceremony held last week in the school gymnasium. On the final day of classes for the 2017-2018 school year, all 331 students were even more excited by end-of-the-year awards ceremonies attended by their parents, grandparents and siblings.
According to Attendance Works (www.attendanceworks.org/) school attendance is critical, especially during the elementary years of each students’ education. The 2008 report “Present, Engaged and Accounted For” by Hedy N. Chang and Mariajosé Romero defined the close relationship between school attendance and long-term reading and math abilities and general academic achievement.
During the morning many students who had perfect attendance during the fourth quarter were called to the stage to receive certificates. An elite few recognized for coming to school each and every day during the 2017-2018 term included Maria Vincente-Estrada, Owen Welch, Azton Lyod, Evan May, Riley McDuffie, Gray Stilwell, Kirsten Cromer, Carrie Yates, Jayden Du and Savannah Robertson.
Trindale Elementary Principal Todd Henderson and lead teacher Whitney Aiken distributed math, reading and iReady Growth awards.
Four Trindale students from each grade level received DALE awards, which recognizes students who display positive character traits of Determination, Attitude, Leadership and Excitement.
Kindergartner Faith Ward received the Determination award for working hard all year long.
“Because of her determination, she pushed through even when things were challenging and found success,” said Henderson.
According to the teacher who nominated him, Eli Tinsley’s positive attitude shines both in and out of the classroom.
“He always has a positive attitude and is a great friend to everyone in the classroom,” said Henderson.
“Subhan has exhibited leadership in the classroom by helping others, modeling good behavior for his peers, and listening to his teacher,” wrote the teacher of Subhan Fayyaz. “He became a wonderful role model for others this year.”
Also a kindergarten DALE recipient, Owen Welch is the poster child for excitement.
“Owen came to school every day with a smile on his face ready to learn,” wrote one teacher. “He was excited to participate in all class activities. Owen is a very loving child.”
Summer hours for Randolph County Schools will begin Monday, June 18 and continue through Thursday August 10. Times are from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.
First day back at school for teachers is Aug. 17. Elementary open house is Aug 23. First day of school for students is Monday, Aug. 27.
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