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Lincoln celebrates 47-point jump
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Lincoln School third-grade student Faith Gebhardt displays her Hula-Hoop skills at Friday’s STAR rally. - photo by VINCE REMBULAT/ The Bulletin
Lincoln School has a goal of a 35-point increase in this year’s Standardized Testing and Reporting.

 That’s the magic number needed to reach 800 in the Academic Performance Index – the cornerstone of the California Public Schools Accountability Act of 1999, measuring the academic performance and growth of schools based on a variety of academic measures – and the target for all public schools.

The Manteca Unified kindergarten- through eighth-grade site had an API of 765. But more significant was its improvement from that of the previous year.

“Lincoln was a 47-point increase, making it the best (point-wise) in the district,” Principal Sonya Arellano said.

She’s hoping to see the school continue on that path.

Arellano, who is a first-year principal at the school, encouraged students to gear up for STAR testing scheduled for April 20. As an incentive, a rally was held Friday for the various grade levels to celebrate last year’s improved numbers, with hopes that students will keep the ball rolling in a positive direction.

Arellano’s rallying cry was “35 is all I ask.”

Meanwhile, students from the various grade levels took part in activities held during the day. Included were dancing and a Hula Hoop contest, with Tony Barros, who is a classified employee of the school, providing music.

The rally was also designed to inspire students to do their best come STAR testing.

Lincoln officials will urge students to do their part by getting plenty of rest and eat nutritional meals during the week of testing.

“We have all that posted on our website,” Arellano said.