Letter to the Editor

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Teachers deserve FCAT thanks

By The Staff

To the editor:

I wanted to take this opportunity to congratulate and thank the teachers at the Williston Elementary School for their success in preparing our children for the FCAT writing test this year.

Being a parent of a fourth grader, I understand the work effort required to prepare children to receive a passing score on this test.

Not only did the WES students pass this test, but a large percentage achieved at least a 4 out of 6, which is a high standard set for the students to strive to meet.

The Pioneer did have a story a couple of weeks back that mentioned the scores and the fact that WES students’ scores increased over last year, but I didn’t feel as though it gave enough credit where credit is due....and that is to the teachers who prepared them for the exam.

It is too often in our society that when someone is wronged by someone else, they will move heaven and earth to tell someone, or everyone about it. This is generally not the case when success occurs. It can be written off with, “well, that is their job.” It is absolutely true, it is their job to prepare our students to “pass.” What is to be commended is the extra effort put forth to make sure our children “exceed.”

As I watched my son’s writing progress throughout the year, it was amazing to watch his transformation into a better writer. There is no doubt in my mind that his writing would not have progressed as well as it did if it weren’t for the efforts of his teacher, and I want to personally thank her for that effort. There are only a couple of weeks of school left, so I challenge the other fourth grade parents to do the same.

A personal note of thanks to a teacher is one of the most memorable “payments” they will ever receive. If you aren’t sure what to write in the letter, ask your kids for help, it is obvious they can.

Thank you again.

Jeff Holcomb