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Standout Student is a Second Grade Scholar

Standout Student is second-grade scholar

Don't let her age and size fool you:  7-year-old Julia Ross is a leader.

Her teachers at Parnassus Preparatory School in Maple Grove praise the second grader for being polite, respectful, helpful and hardworking in class and in the halls. Parnassus is a brand new classical charter school with a goal of turning students into critical thinkers, strong writers, confident speakers and thoughtful leaders.

"(Julia) really shows exactly what we're looking for at Parnassus," said second-grade teacher, Melissa Hanson. "The students look to her to follow along and she's always making the good choices."

Ms. Hanson said other students will sometimes ask Julia for help on worksheets or assignments and she is always willing to help. She also is known to include students of all ages when playing on the playground.

With a shy smile, Julia sat down for a quick interview with 12 News. The articulate girl was humble, yet confident, in her answers. I asked her what she believes makes her stand out from her peers.

"I think I maybe sometimes stand up to answer more than some of the (kids) do and I normally don't play too rough on the playground," said Julia.  "I try to stand scholarly in line and be quiet in the halls and try to keep quiet in my room while I'm learning."

Julia said her ultimate goal is to become a teacher. Her teacher said it would be a good fit for her.

"I found a note written, handwritten by Julia on a piece of notebook paper," said Ms. Hanson. "It said, 'Dear Ms. Hanson, if you ever find a day that you are sick or one of your children is sick and you know the day ahead of time, please contact me and I will be happy to substitute for your classroom.'"

Her teacher joked, with her maturity level, Julia probably could teach the class. She said, after all, Julia's already leading the pack from her own desk.

Renee Banot

Thursday, September 01, 2011
September 1, 2011



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