PHOTOS: Stuart Cassidy
Earning the school’s first Four Star School Award in its history, students at Tell City Junior Senior High were rewarded with a festival, chocked full of carnival rides, cornhole competitions, pedal-car races and ice cream and snow cones. “This is to say thanks to all the kids. It’s a student-appreciation day for all their hard work,” high school Principal Brad Ramsey said. Four Star honors are issued by the State Department of Education in recognition of benchmark achievements on standardized tests and other school-based criteria, according to the federal No Child Left behind law. To qualify, schools must be in the top 25th percentile of schools in two Indiana State Test for Educational Progress-based categories. They must also be ranked with an “A” in the state’s accountability system and be accredited by the Indiana Department of Education. The Four-Star designation places Tell City Junior-Senior High School on a list of the state’s top-performing schools. A total of 281 Hoosier schools earned the Four-Star designation and only nine junior highs were on the list. Ramsey said he hopes to continue such events in the future as students continue to perform at high levels. Snow cones were served by faculty and free ice cream was provided courtesy of Julie’s Tell Street Café. Above, Julie’s co-owner Danny Blandford scoops frozen delectables to Ben Gutierrez.