Sheri Samson
Students at Schurz Elementary School display their achievement awards.

The Ingrid Keady Garden at the Schurz Elementary School was budding with new blooms as a selected group of students lined up with their own display of blossoming awards.

At the third quarter awards assembly, 10 students received perfect attendance certificates, while 12 received Student of the Month. Only four students received the principals award this quarter, for achieving beyond their required goals and for giving a stand-out effort in class.

Principal Mike Domagala proudly handed out the awards with a $10 to $20 Scholastic Reading gift certificate, which came to the school in a “Catch A Dream” grant written by grants manager Shelly Lovitt, which was designed to encourage reading by Native American children.

The Schurz Elementary School is gaining momentum in exceeding the previous year results, as they were identified as a target school for support and intervention. In a recognized partnership with the school district and the Nevada Department of Education, a program called Nevada’s Rising Stars is taking root within the students, parents and community. This system was developed to deliver a high-quality education to an underserved community of students. Through a list of criteria, schools throughout Nevada were properly identified and given achievement goals to fill in the previous gaps sometimes relevant within communities.

“As our students and teachers are given more support, the process of education grows more exciting for our kids and parents. We are beginning to see a change as we inter-weave culture within our curriculum and encourage our parents to become involved in the educational processes. The students love showing their parents their accomplishments and we appreciate the community support,” Principal Domagala said.