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"Staff, parents, students earn Maple Grove school an A+"

Original article appeared in the Star Tribune.

Rush Creek Elementary School in Maple Grove, Minn. is one of eight school in Minnesota to recieve a blue ribbon for outstanding performance and test scores according to the "No Child Left Behind" standards. This elementary school is one of many in the Osseo District. All are doing very well, but this school is leading the pack.

The Principal Don Johnson and a second grade teacher Phyllis Rither are going to be traveling to Washington D.C. soon in order to receive a plaque and recognition for the school.

The kids at the school have been testing exceptionally well. 83 to 88 percent of sixth-grade students meet or exceed the standards for math and reading. While this is good, the third graders are doing even better with 97 to 98 percent meeting or exceeding the standards for math and reading.

Rither was really excited about the whole process. He commented that his school really does do some things very well. Others at the school were very excited also.

Teachers attribute much of the success of their school to the active parents that are involved.

The school has roughly 850 students.