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January 28, 2016

By John Raffel

It will be a special event on Feb. 1 at the Marion Elementary School.

The school, starting at 1:15 pm., will have its Students Outstanding In Achievement and Responsibility (SOAR) Assembly for grades K-5. Jill Quist, a third grade teacher from the school, noted that the assembly honors attendance, honor roll, principal award winners, birthdays and Eagle watchers (acts of kindness, respect).

“We hold this every marking period to honor and recognize different goals that we have for our students,” Quist said. “Each teacher selects every month an outstanding student and they get to have a snack with Mr. (Mort) Meier (superintendent). We recognize them, plus there’s perfect attendance and some responsibility type of things that we do. We all go into the gym and read off names, or students will get certificates that day or week, letting them know that they’ve been recognized for meeting that goal.”

Quist said the SOAR assembly has been taking place as long as she’s taught at the school. She’s now in her 19th year.

“The goals have changed,” she said. “We’ve always tried to have somebody that recognizes the students’ efforts.”

The assembly is conducted for every marking period. The assembly on Monday will be for the recently-completed second marking period. Coming up will be honors for the third and fourth marking periods.

The response has been positive.

“Some of them know that they’ve earned a certain award, but sometimes it’s a surprise,” Quist said. “Then they’re excited to hear their name called. You see both sides of the story. You see those kids excited because they’ve earned the award. For students who didn’t earn the award, hopefully they can strive, to meet that goal the next marking period.”

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