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STAR-becue marks big jump in sores at Cowell
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Principal Harriett Myrick of Joshua Cowell displays her decorative star worn during Wednesday’s STAR-becue luncheon celebrating the school’s 37-point improvement in the recently released state exam. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT
Harriett Myrick called Wednesday’s celebration of the recent Standardized Testing and Reporting a “STAR-becue.”

The special day at Joshua Cowell School was set aside to recognize the accomplishments of those responsible for the 37-point improvement in the Academic Performance Index of the state exam, according to the principal.

The API scores range from 200 to 1,000, with 800 the target for public schools in the coming years.

Six schools in Manteca Unified have hit the goal established by the state, including New Haven (831), Brock Elliott (825), McParland (823), Nile Garden (815), Veritas (816), and Stella Brockman (808).
Joshua Cowell (785) is still 15 points shy of hitting the magic number, but Myrick is optimistic.

“We’ll really have reason to celebration,” she said. “If we’re able to do a 37-point improvement then what’s another 15?”
The “STAR-becue” was part of a team effort consisting of students, parents, teachers and staff at the school.
During the extended lunch, parents had a chance to join their youngsters during the festive atmosphere consisting of music and dancing.
Several former teachers of the school also stopped by to join in the celebration, Myrick said.
“This was really a reward for the hard work they put into the STAR,” she added.
Among the other schools in the district zeroing in on 800 include Walter Woodward (795), Neil Hafley (785), French Camp (782), Mossdale (782), and Golden West (780).