Empire Elementary students from Susan Squires' fourth-grade class wrote to the Nevada Appeal recently to share their thoughts about their school.
Empire Elementary School has not made adequate yearly progress the fourth year running under No Child Left Behind. However, the school met requirements in 252 of 297 categories, which is an 85 percent success rate. The school needs to have more students who are free and reduced lunch, special-ed, limited-English proficient and Hispanic pass the criterion reference test in math and more Hispanic students pass the English-Language arts criterion reference test to make adequate yearly progress.
The number of students not passing in these categories is small, according to Principal Pat Carpenter. For example, had five more special-ed students passed the math exams, the school would have made adequate yearly progress in that category.
Here are more letters from students, saying why Empire is a great school.
Our school is the prime place than the other schools. In the school, they have grate activtes. All the teachers are very nice to all the children. People are very smart. We do not fight here at school. We all so have rules here. We allso have hard work to do. We don't have bolles here at school.
At Empire all the students are nice. They all love to learn and they behave very nicely. The principle almost never has to punish us or anything! Here all the teachers are nice and they teach us very well that learning seems fun! On the playground everyone behaves very well and no one gets hurt. We do talent shows and the teachers make shure that we get enough practice.
Our school is very nice and we are lerning and our teachers are very funny and there very good teachers. I am a very good reader and my friends are good readers to. The principals are so nice.
Our shool is the better scool than the other scohl becose our scohl is the best. Cose wee have laws and we have good teachers and their vary fun and we have lunch at 12:00. We have good grades.