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Nelda Mundy Elementary celebrates high test scores

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Nelda Mundy Elementary School fourth grader Brody Borg gets a hug from his third grade teacher, Theresa Campi, during an assembly recognizing

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FAIRFIELD — The clinks and clanks of swinging medals were easily heard Wednesday even with a packed multipurpose room filled with of hyped-up children and parents at Nelda Mundy Elementary School.

“I’ve got to tell you, that sound is not annoying,” Principal Kristen Cherry said from the podium. “It’s awesome.”

Cherry was in the middle of awarding hundreds of medals to the children, rewarding the group for their work on the California Standardized Testing and Reporting results released earlier this month. That score was a 943 and upcoming scores are likely to be even higher.

She said the state has yet to make the scores official from the last round of testing. Still, Cherry said the school will come out between 950 and 955. That would place it first in the district, the county and the state when compared to similar schools, she said.

For their effort, the children were treated to bounce houses, several activities and music by a disc jockey on the playground after the assembly.

Wednesday’s event saw more than 400 children recognized for scoring proficient or above, with 62 scoring a perfect 600 in either math or English and three getting special recognition achieving perfect scores in both categories. Special trophies were handed out to fifth-grader Gabriella Biscocho and sixth graders Kendall Robinson and Bryson Smith.

For Smith’s dad, Bryant, the recognition was a proud moment. He fought back some tears when talking to other parents about it afterward. Bryant said his son used to be in private school, but the education he received at Mundy was just as good. He said the family moved to Fairfield from Vallejo and Nelda Mundy was one of the main reasons.

“I’m a bit of a softy,” he said in jest while talking about his son’s hard work. “He told me, ‘Dad, this is going to be my first trophy.’ ”

Walking up to the stage became a regular occurrence for sixth-grader Garrett Cason as he swooped up four medals, adding to two from previous years. Each time he walked off the stage, his parents were waiting with cameras, capturing another prize in each shot.

Kimberly Cason, his mother, said Garrett set the goal of a perfect 600 in math and checked the mailbox nearly every day over the summer until the good news was delivered. Garrett said it was hard work to get to 600 and said he now has set his sights on a perfect score in English.

“My friends and I like to congratulate each other,” said Garrett, who hangs his medals on his mirror at home. “I just do it for the fun of it.”

That echoed Cherry’s comments about how eager the children at the school are to learn. That, combined with a group of parents who are active at the school, are what help scores improve every year at Nelda Mundy, she said.

Donations from parents paid for the medals and the activities, she said.

Reach Danny Bernardini at 427-6935 or dbernardini@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/dbernardinidr.

Danny Bernardini

Danny Bernardini

Danny is a newspaper man born and raised in Vacaville. He attended Chico State University and has written for the Enterprise Record and the Reporter. Covers the City of Fairfield, education and crime. A's, Warriors and Saints fan. Listener of vinyl, frequent visitor to the East Bay. Registered "decline to state" voter. Loves a good steak.
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  • WoodySeptember 27, 2012 - 4:31 am

    Good for the students, the teachers, the school. Nelda Mundy is a 'regular' school, and it works! They better watch their student body, PSA may drain their students. Great job everyone involved, especially parents and teachers , keep inspiring those students.

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  • Kenneth MckaySeptember 29, 2013 - 10:14 pm

    What a great accomplishment for the 18 kids that scored dual 600 on the STAR test.Why aren't all 18 kids getting the recognition they deserve, and were told they would get?When the school board called (our daughter Valerie also earned dual 600's) I was told there would be a write up in the paper celebrating the accomplishment.I told Valerie, she thought it would be cool to see her name in the paper.Why only Nelda Mundy students?Your leaving a lot of DESERVING kids out.

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