Georgetown Middle School students who scored Distinguished and Proficient on the 2016 Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress Tests (K-PREP) celebrated in style with awards ceremonies held in December. Seventh grade celebrated Monday, December 5; eighth grade Tuesday, December 6; sixth grade will celebrate Wednesday, December 14.
Each grade level had its own celebration assembly. All students who scored at least one proficient or distinguished score received an Academic Achievement Medal and a certificate for each academic area in which he/she was recognized. There were 138 medals given out for the 6th grade; 101 medals given out for the 7th grade; 70 medals given out for the 8th grade for total of 309 Academic Achievement Medals given to GMS students.
Georgetown Middle students who scored at least one distinguished score were invited to Distinguished Diners’ Luncheon for that grade. The luncheon was a catered spaghetti dinner, complete with salad, breadsticks, fruit, and cookies. Each student had a place card and walked on the “Red Carpet” to the table to be served. Raegan Coots was impressed and said, “They catered to our every need and asked us if we wanted more of everything.”
After finishing lunch, the diners enjoyed taking pictures at the photo booth set up in the library, as well as time to visit the Book Fair and hang out with friends. When asked what was the best part of the celebration, Cameron Estepp reported, “We got to check out the photo booth and the Book Fair in the library.” “I got to see all of the other people that got Distinguished and got to hang out with my friends. I liked the Red Carpet…. I felt famous or something, “Achaia Griggs said with a smile. The students enjoyed the Distinguished Diners’ experience, which included 103 Distinguished Diners for all grade levels for all three ceremonial days.
Principal Cari Boyd said, “This year we focused a lot of celebrating on our kids. This is just one more piece of celebrating their academic achievement.” At Georgetown Middle School, the message is that academics and hard work matter. A Distinguished score is the highest score a student can achieve on the K-PREP tests. Boyd stressed about the K-PREP celebrations, “We wanted to make sure the celebration was just as grand.”