Stow -- The Woodland Elementary Parent-Teacher Association honored the entire building's staff during Teacher Appreciation Week with a special celebration that took place in the school May 10.

The celebration recognized the School of Distinction Award the building received from the state superintendent's office.

Each staff member received a framed certificate.

Also, all classroom teachers were given plaques to be displayed inside their classrooms.

All students and staff members dressed in red and black -- the school's colors -- to celebrate this recognition.

Woodland Elementary was selected as an honoree for the 2005-06 State Superintendent's Schools of Distinction Recognition Program.

According to District Community Relations Coordinator Jennifer Huffman, the criteria for this distinction is that at least 75 percent of students with and without disabilities scored proficient or above on a combined score for all proficiency and achievement tests.

Additionally, a school building must have at least five students with disabilities taking the test, the building has earned a combined performance index score of 100 percent or more and has met adequate yearly progress requirements needed by the state.