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Great things are happening in Albany's public schools!

 

Umama Kaurejo, fifth grade

Schuyler Achievement Academy

 

Umama Kaurejo represents the true meaning of an exceptional student.

 

She arrived in the United States from Pakistan on April 28, 2010 speaking her native language Sindhi. She entered second grade at Philip Schuyler Achievement Academy on June 1 of that year as a beginning English-language learner.

 

By the time she finished third grade -- a little more than a year after she arrived --  she had mastered English so well she tested proficient on the New York State English as a Second Language Achievement Test and did not need English-as-a-second language classes.

 

In fourth grade, she continued to seek extracurricular programs to support language acquisition and reading skills such as the STAR program and the SMARTIES tutoring program.

 

Every teacher who comes in contact with Umama describes her as an enthusiastic learner and focused worker, always displaying model behavior and serious about her education. Umama’s favorite subject is science and she hopes to become a surgeon one day. For these reasons, she is a truly exceptional student.

 

 

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