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Grade "A" celebration in Belmont

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 10/04/2013 10:46 pm
BELMONT, Miss. (WTVA)-- Belmont Schools is celebrating making the highest grade a Mississippi school district can make in standardized testing. 

The district has an "A" and celebrated in the high school gymnasium Friday afternoon.

All of the students from third to 12th grade and parents celebrated this important victory.

Teachers and administrators say that students averaged at least 70 percent and higher.

"It's based upon the percentage of students that scored in the proficient and advanced area," said Mark Hood, Belmont High School assistant principal.

This is Belmonts third year to acheive a top rating.

"Last year our celebration for being a Star school was 'It takes a community.' That was our theme. This year, we wanted to take a different approach," said Katie Crane.

This year's celebration theme was "It's a piece of cake.'

"And I'm glad that they always reward us for people that work and acheive their goals," said 11th grader Nicole Goza.

But school officials also know that another school year is just around the corner, and next year the state standards will change a little bit. 
 
"You know,  it's the hard work of both the students, teachers, and their parents," said Principal Van Roberts.

The two standardized tests taken by students are called the M-C-T-2 and the S-A-P-T.
 
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