Fifth Street celebrates 'B' rating

Staff Writer

East Side, Church Hill, South Side and Fifth Street Schools maintained its 'B' rating in the Mississippi Academic Assessment Program (MAAP), West Clay Elementary increased from a 'D' level to a 'B'. West Clay and Fifth Street principals, Brad Cox and Richard Bryant were discussing what they could do for the students who have worked so hard.
"Brad Cox and I talked about doing something special for the students," Bryant said. "We wanted to do something fun that would incentivize the students to continue to keep up the good work so they can do this again."
Bryant said it says a lot about the students and faculty that the school can do this well. He is very proud of Fifth Street. He hopes having the inflatables for the students will make them want to keep up the good work.

"We have a great school and a great school district," Bryant said. "This is my tenth year at Fifth Street, and it has been wonderful. We are working hard to keep that score and to hopefully improve it."
The seventh grade Sea Dragons were having a great time with water inflatables on the Fifth Street Campus.
"Instead of exploratory classes today, we are having fun," Esmeralda Arellano, Spanish teacher at Firth Street, said. "They get to spend about 40 minutes out here before drying off, changing clothes and going back to class."

Zyiah Lane, a student said it was a great opportunity to celebrate the school doing well in MAAP.
"It was so much fun to get out here and get wet," Pamela Roberson said. "I hope we get to do this again next year."

Angie Riddle, seventh grade science teacher said the students would go in and have lunch.
"I hope that will give them a little time to calm down," Riddle said. "We are so proud of them maintaining a 'B' rating."
The fifth, sixth and seventh grades each took a turn playing outside on the inflatables, some opting to take advantage of the water slides and others staying dry. A good time was had by everyone Friday.