More than 300 students were honored by Adams Elementary School, Coon Rapids, Jan. 24.
They were recognized at the school’s celebration of academic excellence, which took place at Coon Rapids High School auditorium.
While more than 300 students in kindergarten through grade five earned reading medallions, 163 of those were also presented with science medallions.
According to Principal Jeremy Tammi, the reading medallion was awarded to students who reached level five in the school’s reading festival.
The students who also received the science medallions entered projects in the school’s science fair, which took place Jan. 22, Tammi said.
This was the third year of the school’s academic celebration at the high school and students, parents and family members filled the auditorium.
He borrowed the idea from the former L.O. Jacob Elementary School, where he taught for six years before becoming principal at Adams, Tammi said.
The academic celebration recognizes students for their hard work and commitment to learning, he said.
“It is the goal of our staff to continue to work to make Adams Elementary a great place to educate students and a school our parents and families can be proud of,” Tammi said.
“Our goal is to make Adams the world’s greatest school.”
Teachers Carrie Genser coordinated the science fair and Michael Johnson the reading festival.
They presented the medallions to the students along with Dr. Mary Wolverton, Anoka-Hennepin School District 11 associated superintendent for elementary schools.
But before the presentations took place, Adams staff presented a flash mob dance.
According to Tammi, the flash mob dance was the idea of fourth-grade teacher Lisa Franks, who has been dancing since the age of three.
The staff flash mob participants spent two weeks practicing the dance, Tammi said.
In addition, the fourth-grade students sang “The Heart of America” during the program.
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