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Benteen Elementary honors talented fifth-grade students during ‘90+ Celebration’

by talkupaps

Some may consider fifth grade the end of a journey, for others it’s just the beginning.

“We tell our fifth-graders that they are the seniors of our school. It is our job to prepare them for junior high and keep them motivated to excel academically,” said Dr. Diana Quisenberry, principal of Benteen Elementary. “It’s important to do well in life, and it starts at the elementary level.”

To honor students’ academic achievements, Benteen held a “90+ Celebration” on Feb. 2 in collaboration with the W.E.B. DuBois Society. Named in honor of the famous educator and philosopher, the Atlanta-based organization offers programs structured to encourage students and keep them motivated to succeed.

Since 2004, the W.E.B. DuBois Society has focused on high school students, and offers a 20-week mentoring program along with college scholarships. But it recently extended its reach to middle and elementary school students. The “90+ Celebration” recognizes students in three categories, those with a minimum 90-plus grade-point average, students who have increased proficiency in math or science by one letter grade; and students who are consistently prepared for class, complete their homework on time and actively participate in the classroom.

Each student earned a certificate and a new book bag. High achievers who maintained a 90-plus cumulative average also get an ice cream party.

“We expanded the program to increase exposure and encourage kids to be proud of being smart,” said Gloria Logan of the Du Bois Society, which also works with students from Long Middle and South Atlanta High School. “This is the foundation to being successful in our world.”

Perhaps the emphasis on academic excellence is contagious. Fifth-grade teacher Derrick Morgan proudly congratulated his students for their performance, and noted that he, too, was headed back to school. As an educator with the Teach For America program, he has decided to pursue his master’s degree with an emphasis on education.

“Perhaps I can make an impact on another level,” he said.

Benteen Elementary award recipients
Academic Spirit: Recognizes students who have improved academically by being prepared for class, actively participating in assignments and seeking additional assistance when necessary.
Michael Alexander
Tamia Bryant
Yessica Trejo-Cano
Trevion Hendrix
Henry Herreaa
Christopher Hill
Korey Jackson
Quanisha Johnson
Katerian Legrone
Students who have increased proficiency in math or science by at least one letter grade.
Vanessa Carrasco
Nayyir Carswell
Tisheba Durham
Johnanathan Escandon
Precious Graves
Cesar Hernandez
Angel Castolo-Isidro
Marisela Lozada

Academic All-Stars
Students who have a minimum 90+ cumulative average.

Ivonne Becerra
Michele Cortinez
Nora Escandon
Taishima Johnson
Donald Lee
Hezekiah Louis
Manuel Martinez
Sindy Mencias
Kareem Motley
Eric Rafael
Keosha Rivers


Dr. Quisenberry 12 Feb 2011 - 2:46 am

Great work 5th grade students at Benteen Elementary. We know that with support from your teachers and support staff you will accomplish great things in life!

Derrick Morgan 3 Feb 2011 - 1:28 pm

My students are really pushing hard this year. I can see the progress from the beginning of the year to now and I must say that I am thoroughly impressed. The results from weekly assessments to common assessments are improving at a steady pace. Keep up the work 5th grades! Mr. Morgan sees you!

Tisheba Durham 29 Mar 2012 - 8:41 pm

We are doing beter this year now that we are in sixth grade. I would like to say thank you Mr. Morgan. He was the best teacher i ever and we did do very that year and we (Vanessa, Precious, and I will do even better.



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