Bristol principal has reason to be cheerful

       Bristol Elementary Principal Steve Ferguson is happy with the way his renovated school is looking and with state recognition for his fifth-grade math scores on Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) testing.
       The school's $930,000 reconstruction project, which included hard-walling the former “open classroom” school and installing air conditioning this summer, will be ready when school starts, he said. “They haven't had a big glitch or anything,” he beamed. “It's worked really well for us, and as far as I know, we're right on budget.”
       The school was recognized at a ceremony in Denver July 31 by the Colorado Department of Education for showing a 15 percent increase in its fifth-grade math CSAP scores two years in a row. For the award, Ferguson gave kudos to Jackie Thompson and Debbie Sheinman, fifth grade teachers; and to Jan Berry, his literary resource teacher.
       Also attending the ceremony was Mary Thurmond, the district's deputy Superintendent for Operations & Instruction. “I was really pleased with Bristol for its gains,” she said this week.

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