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G-AHS class of 2011 rewarded for record PSSA scores

September 03, 2010|By DANA BROWN
  • Britanni Donahue, Becca Norris, Jenny Fisher, Kacie Straley, Emily Lutz and Samantha Rudy enjoy a pre-game meal Friday at Kaely Field in Greencastle, Pa. The meal was part of the Greencastle-Antrim High School Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) celebration party.
Dana Brown, Staff Writer

GREENCASTLE, Pa. -- The Greencastle-Antrim High School class of 2011 had good reason to celebrate Friday.

Challenged last fall during their junior year to score higher than state benchmarks for the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA) tests, the class of about 240 students learned earlier this week they not only surpassed state benchmarks, but also achieved the highest PSSA scores for reading and math in Greencastle history.

Friday's celebration was a reward for a job well-done and included getting out of school early, food and music before the football game, and special recognition during halftime of the game.

"It's made it a great way to start the school year," high school principal Edward Rife said.

"It's nice we're being recognized for our hard work," Amber Crider said.

"I think it's great," Trenton Springs said. "We worked hard for it."

"I am proud of our class," Amanda Toms said. "I think it's actually kind of cool we get rewarded for something like this."

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Rife said he challenged the class to reach scores of 72 on the reading portion and 63 on the math portion of the tests. The actual scores exceeded the initial goals, coming in at 74.2 for reading and 65.4 for math, he said.

"We wanted to do better than the state benchmark," Rife said.

Part of the plan to improve scores included math and reading enrichment courses for students who would benefit from them and creating a comfortable environment during testing, Rife said.

The nine-day testing period "can be a tense time," he said.

Before testing, Rife talked to the students about the importance of the tests, shared the school's history of previous test scores and challenged them "to do their best."

Rife said he hopes this year's junior class is equally as motivated.

"We believe we are on to something good," Rife said. "We want to continue this momentum."

"We dominated at the PSSAs," Sonny Fleet said, adding that he liked being recognized at halftime during the school's "biggest football game of the season."

"That's icing on the cake," he said.

"It's cool to brag about," Lauren Avey said.

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