Jeremy Ranch looks back at this years successes |

Jeremy Ranch looks back at this years successes

Some students go the extra mile.

At Jeremy Ranch Elementary School, Deborah Walter’s class of fourth-graders got special recognition for walking around the school almost every day. Her efforts, combined with other teachers, earned them the title of a Platinum Plus School through the Gold Medal Schools program, which rewards students for being active.

"That means we’re a healthy school," Principal Michele Wallace told the students at their end-of-year assembly.

Walter’s class logged an estimated 4,320 miles during the year.

Wallace also showed the students a graph plotting the number of referrals the students had earned for poor behavior over the past three years. According to her chart, the numbers dropped significantly during the 2005-2006 school year.

"We have done so much better, so you guys need to give yourselves a pat on the back," she said.

Principal Wallace made a presentation to those teachers who are leaving at the end of the year including Walter, special education teacher Athena VanGorder, fourth-grade teacher Kerry Leary and music teacher Rebecca Weber.

"These people have been very important and we wish them the very best in their future endeavors," Wallace said.

Counselor Mindy Nelson gave each of the student council representatives a certificate.

"I would just like to thank our student council representatives for everything they did this year," she said.

Nelson also recognized the children who participated in the after-school program, Camp Hawk, for collecting papers around the school every Monday afternoon for recycling.

"The earth and all of us would like to thank you," she said.

Fifth-grader Trace Jorgensen was given an award for not missing a single day of school during kindergarten through fifth-grade.

He later said winning the award felt "really good" and he plans to continue his perfect attendance up through high school.

Jorgensen said the best thing about the last day of school is, "going home."

Students also got to pour all the gold slips they had earned for good behavior onto a parachute and toss them up into the air.

After that, Wallace excused the students.

"Make sure you have a very safe and very fun summer," she said.

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