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McParland shoots for STARS and more
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Josh Bennett, a sixth-grade student at McParland School, sings karaoke at Wednesday’s API “823 Celebration.” The school was treated to a day of fun and activities following the release of last month’s scores of the Standardized Testing and Reporting. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Students at McParland School were rewarded Wednesday for a job well done.

In the Standardized Testing and Reporting exam taken last spring, their efforts helped lift the school past the state target score of 800 in the Academic Performance Index with some to spare.

“We were excited to not just get (800) but blow past it,” Principal Dale Borgeson said.

McParland made a 28-point gain from that of the previous year, going from 795 to 823.

The API scores range from 200 to 1,000.

McParland was one of six schools in Manteca Unified to hit the goal established by the state, joining New Haven (831), Brock Elliott (825), Nile Garden (815), Veritas (816), and Stella Brockman (808).

Along with the API, Borgeson was impressed with the STAR subgroup results. “We managed to narrow some gaps,” he said.

Included were the scores among Hispanics (799) and the socioeconomic groups (785).

“Both groups accounted for a 45-point gain,” said Borgeson.

He credited teachers, support staff, parents – included here are those involved in the McParland Community Club – and students for the API boost.

“Our kids are awesome,” Borgeson said.

Incidentally, Josh Bennett, a sixth-grade student, also used the word “awesome” to describe the flurry of events that took place throughout the day.

Included was a pumpkin jump house, a large inflatable Twister game, an inflatable obstacle course, a dance contest, and a water balloon toss, to name a few.

The leadership class also provided some of the games and activities.

Borgeson, in addition, hosted a breakfast for the 91 staff at both the McParland main site and annex, with the Community Club making omelets and other such treats.

Students, meanwhile, were treated to a barbecue lunch.

“At McParland, our motto is ‘Everyone Counts,’” Borgeson said.

He did his best to include everybody at the school in the API celebration.