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State honors counties' schools for excellence

Educators in 8 Snohomish and Island county districts receive awards

  • Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Nikolay Davis (in back), Jason Filimonchuk and Aaron Cavalero ...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Nikolay Davis (in back), Jason Filimonchuk and Aaron Cavalero work on a group project about ecosystems Wednesday morning.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alyssa Tuffey and Tessa Zink (right) during a lesson on ecosystems Wednesda...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alyssa Tuffey and Tessa Zink (right) during a lesson on ecosystems Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School. The school won an overall excellence award for the fourth year in a row.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa talks to her class Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa talks to her class Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School.

  • Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Aaron Cavalero and Nikolay Davis work on a group project about...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Aaron Cavalero and Nikolay Davis work on a group project about ecosystems Wednesday morning.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alexis Fernandez (left) and Lily Saranto during a lesson on ecosystems Wedn...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alexis Fernandez (left) and Lily Saranto during a lesson on ecosystems Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School.

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  • Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Nikolay Davis (in back), Jason Filimonchuk and Aaron Cavalero ...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Nikolay Davis (in back), Jason Filimonchuk and Aaron Cavalero work on a group project about ecosystems Wednesday morning.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alyssa Tuffey and Tessa Zink (right) during a lesson on ecosystems Wednesda...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alyssa Tuffey and Tessa Zink (right) during a lesson on ecosystems Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School. The school won an overall excellence award for the fourth year in a row.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa talks to her class Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School.

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa talks to her class Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School.

  • Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Aaron Cavalero and Nikolay Davis work on a group project about...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Gateway Middle School students (from left) Trey Belmont, Austin Allen, Gavin O'Donnell, Aaron Cavalero and Nikolay Davis work on a group project about ecosystems Wednesday morning.

  • Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alexis Fernandez (left) and Lily Saranto during a lesson on ecosystems Wedn...

    Mark Mulligan / The Herald

    Seventh- and eighth-grade science teacher Jessica Sowa works with students Alexis Fernandez (left) and Lily Saranto during a lesson on ecosystems Wednesday morning at Gateway Middle School.

EVERETT -- Educators from across the state, including eight school districts in Snohomish and Island counties, were honored Wednesday with achievement awards from state Superintendent Randy Dorn.
"I really believe we're on the right track as a nation and as a state in becoming more innovative and meeting the needs of individual students," Dorn said. "It's really a celebration of successes."
About 375 people attended the awards ceremony, held at Mariner High School. Awards were presented to 275 public schools for their academic performance. The winners were first announced in February.
Everett's Gateway Middle School received the overall excellence award for the fourth consecutive year. It was one of 10 Everett schools receiving the overall excellence award, a distinction earned by just 5 percent of schools in the state.
The award is given to schools that perform well over the previous two years on tests of reading, writing math and science. It also recognizes high schools with high graduation rates.
Peter Scott, Gateway's principal, said the award represents continuous improvement over time. Tests results show that most kids are meeting or exceeding standards, he said. "This is good. How far can we go? That's the question."
Jackson High School received special recognition for language arts.
"This puts us in the top tier of the 20 largest school districts in the state," said Jeff Russell, Everett School Board president.
Awards also were given to schools performing well in individual categories, such as language arts, math, science, improvement, closing achievement gaps and extended graduation rates, which includes students who graduate, but take more than four years to earn their diploma.
The Mukilteo School District won six awards, including one for overall excellence for Kamiak High School.
"This is the most we've had," said Marci Larsen, superintendent. "This kind of work takes years to do."
List of winning schools
Here is a list of schools in Snohomish and Island counties that received awards Wednesday for overall excellence.
It is one of seven categories for which 250 Washington schools received achievement awards from state Superintendent Randy Dorn and the state Board of Education.
The entire list of award winners is online at http://tinyurl.com/schoolwinners.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Cedar Wood (Everett)
Forest View (Everett)
Mill Creek (Everett)
Silver Firs (Everett)
Silver Lake (Everett)
Woodside (Everett)
Discovery (Mukilteo)
Endeavour (Mukilteo)
Odyssey (Mukilteo)
MIDDLE AND JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOLS
Eisenhower (Everett)
Evergreen (Everett)
Gateway (Everett)
Heatherwood (Everett)
HIGH SCHOOLS
Coupeville (Coupeville)
Kamiak (Mukilteo)
COMPREHENSIVE SCHOOLS
Madrona Non Graded (Edmonds)
Maplewood Parent Cooperative (Edmonds)

Sharon Salyer: 425-339-3486; salyer@heraldnet.com.



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