Six district schools – Brookdale Elementary, Central Avenue
Elementary, Christensen Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary, Franklin Pierce High,
and Washington High – have been recognized as Washington Achievement Award
winners for 2013. A total of 413 schools in the state of Washington were named.
Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of
Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected
using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary
Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.
is important that we use the revised Achievement Index to not only provide
feedback to schools and districts on their progress, but also to identify
schools with exemplary student performance,” said State
Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer. “These awards shine the
light on what is working well in schools across Washington.”
Schools are recognized as top performers in one or more of six
- Overall Excellence
- High Progress
- Reading Growth
- Math Growth
- Extended Graduation Rate
(awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
- English Language Acquisition
More information about the award categories and the Washington
Achievement Awards can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement/
The district’s honorees were recognized in the following
Brookdale Elementary: High Progress
Central Avenue Elementary: English Language Acquisition
Christensen Elementary: Reading Growth and Mathematics Growth and
English Language Acquisition
Elmhurst Elementary: English Language Acquisition
Franklin Pierce High: High Progress
Washington High: High Progress
Superintendent Hewins was pleased to learn of the announcement.
“This is yet another recognition we’ve recently received about our schools from
an outside organization that indicates we are on a path of continuous
improvement,” said Hewins. “We will always have more work to do, but we should
also take time to celebrate the great work by staff and students that earn
these prestigious recognitions.”
The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April
24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.
Three graduating Washington High students were recognized
by the Washington Student Achievement Council as being among the top students
in the 29th Legislative District and the state of Washington. Olivia E. Moore and Jari David
Rozo L. Tamayo were selected as 2014 Washington Scholars, and Mariah Sora
Strange was selected as an alternate. Annually,
only 147 students are selected as Washington Scholars; 49 additional students
are selected as alternates.
The 1981 Legislature enacted the Washington Scholars
program to honor the accomplishments of three high school seniors, plus one
alternate, from each of the state’s 49 legislative districts.
The Washington Scholars award represents the highest
academic honor conferred to high school students graduating in the state of
Washington. Recognition as a Washington Scholar includes no monetary scholarship
benefit at this time.
High school principals nominate the top one percent of
their graduating senior classes for Washington Scholars consideration on the
basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. A 33-member
selection committee, comprised of representatives from public and private high
schools, state educational agencies, and public and private four-year colleges
and universities, then winnows the list.
Congratulations to Olivia, Jari, and Mariah!
Keithley's marching band performed at the 53rd Annual Junior Daffodil Parade in the Proctor District of Tacoma on Saturday, April 12.
During spring break, six 8th grade Keithley Middle
School students traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The Keithley group
joined two other schools, one from Los Angeles and one from Houston. The
purpose of the trip was to expose students to living history, giving them an
opportunity to experience the actual locations of stories they’ve read about in
The trip began in Washington, D.C. where the
students visited the Smithsonian Museums, Capitol Hill, historical memorials,
and the White House. The trip ended in New York City where the students visited
Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and took in a production
The trip was open to all interested 8th
grade students that were in good academic standing and have maintained good
behavior at school. Students and parents paid for the trip with a combination
of gifts, fundraisers, and out-of-pocket payments. Payment plans were also available. The trip’s advisor, KMS teacher
Alicia Mendez, hopes to make this opportunity an annual event.
L to R: Brianna Heaton, Tammy Bigelow, Cayla Bigelow, Zach Grondahl, Cissy Ramoie, Kaitlyn Ramoie, Ariyanna Pyles, Dixie Pyles, Josh Adamson, and Jonathan Bazail.
In the days preceding the annual Daffodil Parade on April 5, volunteers were busy decorating the community float and students were busy practicing for their parade performance. Thousands of daffodils secured to the float and hundreds of hours of practice later, both the float and students proudly entered the parade to represent the Franklin Pierce community.
Marching bands from Washington High and Franklin Pierce High donned their new uniforms and performed in the parade. Cheer squads from both schools provided extra spirit to the community's entries. The Junior ROTC squadron marched with precision. The district's two princesses greeted the crowds. And the community's float was as colorful and creative as ever; the float won 2nd place for communities over 20,000.
Congratulations to everyone who participated and supported this year's parade and festival events.
On the evening of March 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Parkland, 79 elementary students from the district's eight elementary schools came together to show their singing skills to a crowd of parents and community members.
The students sang eight songs. The eight elementary music teachers and a few guests performed one song. In all, the nine songs represented a wide range of music genres and cultural styles, including Japanese, American, Spanish, and South African titles.
The annual event has a history of filling all seats with eager audience members. This year was no exception. The pews of Trinity Lutheran Church were packed.
Jazz bands from Washington High, Franklin Pierce High, Ford Middle, and Keithley Middle each played a set for nearly 200 parents and community members on March 18 at Washington High's theater venue. The bands played a selection of jazz standards; several students performed solos resulting in huge cheers from the audience.
The Supt. Troupe, comprised of district staff, also performed a few titles for the audience. The evening's performance concluded with In The Midnight Hour, School Psychologist Adrian Elmo on vocals.
Ford Middle School Jazz Band.
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