Mars schools lauded for AYP
January 23, 2013
ADAMS TWP — Four schools in the Mars School District will display Keystone Achievement Awards for earning Adequate Yearly Progress for two consecutive years, The primary center, the elementary school, Centennial school and the middle school attained AYP in the 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years. The Keystone Achievement Awards, which are sponsored by state Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators, recognize the efforts and commitment of educators and students across the state. Matt Friedman, assistant superintendent and director of curriculum, said that the awards are a result of hardworking students, parents who value education, dedicated teachers, and a school board that affords administrators and teachers the opportunities they need to excel. “Those four things will help us continue down that path,” Friedman said. Board President Dayle Ferguson echoed Friedman’s sentiments. “As AYP requirements continue to rise, we are so proud of our students and their efforts, our parents for their support, and the teachers and administrators who help our students achieve at high levels every day,” Ferguson said. She acknowledged that Mars High School failed to meet AYP, but said that district staff would work hard for that school to meet the benchmark in the future. “We will work diligently on areas that need improvement,” Ferguson said.