Mayor helps award academic allstars

image Mayor Coleman learns the Cha-Cha Slide with Maxfield students

SAINT PAUL—Mayor Chris Coleman helped hand out awards to 60 of Saint Paul’s best and brightest this morning.

The Academic Allstars Awards, presented by the Assistance League of Minneapolis/Saint Paul, went to 60 Maxfield Elementary School students who achieved 1-1/2 years of academic growth in math and/or reading based on gains made in the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) test.

“I was honored to visit Maxfield Elementary as the principal for a day, especially as they celebrate the success of students making huge academic gains on their MAP tests,” Mayor Coleman said at the event. “I have no doubt someone in this room could one day be Mayor.”

Taking part in the award presentation was part of Mayor Coleman’s duties acting as “Principal for a Day” at Maxfield, where he worked and visited with the school’s students, teachers and staff. He also took part in the program last November, when he served as principal for a day at Central High School.

“Maxfield scholars have done an incredible job,” Maxfield Principal Nancy Stachel said. “Today, we gave away 60 awards to our kids, who in five months made gains of a year and a half or more. It’s evident that we have a lot to be proud of in our teachers and students.”

Saint Paul Public schools surpassed state gains in the 2011 MCA-II reading results with a 4 percentage point increase for SPPS students. Maxfield alone posted a 9 percentage point gain, compared to the 2.3 percent increase statewide.

Mayor Coleman live-tweeted his experiences as principal today. You can view his tweets at