Mesquite Trails Elementary School hosted its first-ever STAR Student Dinner on Oct. 25 at Oak Hills High School. The school recognized 136 students who scored "Advanced" in both the English Language Arts and Math portions of the 2011 California Standards Test and 16 students who had earned a "Perfect" score on either section on the test.


The recognition ceremony included a catered dinner served by teachers. Students were welcomed in via a red carpet accompanied by Assistant Principal Jennifer Primrose, had their pictures taken and were honored for their accomplishments with trophies and medals.


Although 23 percent of students in San Bernardino County scored "Advanced" on the 2011 CST in English Language Arts and 21 percent scored "Advanced" in the Hesperia Unified School District, 40 percent of Mesquite Trails students earned an "Advanced" classification.


Likewise, in Math, Mesquite Trails students nearly doubled county (32 percent) and district (35 percent) numbers, with 61 percent of students scoring "Advanced."


"The students we are celebrating here tonight are focused and conscientious," Principal Jennifer Adams said, "They set goals for themselves, track and reflect on their progress, and put in the extra effort to master skills that are difficult for them. They have earned this honor."


Adams also thanked the help of teachers and involved parents.


"No kid gets to this level on their own," she said. "Parents have set the example… and our teachers come in ready to inspire and challenge their classes before the sun comes up."


The Mesquite Trails All STAR Dinner is planned to be an annual event to honor outstanding student accomplishment on the California Standards Test.