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Last year Pion Elementary School sixth-grade class achieved the highest percentage of advanced and proficient scores in math and science on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment in the state.This means more than just meeting the state’s expectations; the high scores are proof of the school’s team work, principal Megan Lee said.Everyone, from teachers to students to parents contributed to this success, Lee said. She called it a “collaborative” effort.“I think the community, the parents really care about education,” she said.Not only does the school utilize the whole community, but it looks at the whole child, Lee said.“Pion offers a real varied experience for each individual ee (there are) lots of opportunities for students to learn in different (areas),” she said. “We look at the whole child; that helps because we allow children to grow academically in a variety of ways.”This includes extracurricular activities, which can “add to students’ learning,” Lee said.The results seem to speak for themselves. Last year, 86 percent of sixth-graders were proficient or advanced in math and 93 percent were advanced or proficient in science.
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