18 county schools honored as top performers

  • Herald staff
  • Wednesday, May 4, 2016 7:01pm
  • Local News

Eighteen Snohomish County schools were among the 258 schools statewide that earned Washington Achievement Awards for 2015. The awards are based on statewide test data for the three previous years, emphasizing improvement.

“Award recipients are schools that have made measurable progress helping students prepare for college, career and life,” said Isabel Muñoz-Colón, chairwoman of the State Board of Education.

In an email to staff, Cedar Wood Elementary School Principal David Jones wrote that he is impressed by how far teachers took students “who were so less prepared emotionally and intellectually when they first stepped onto our campus as 5-year-olds.

“Know that when you go that extra mile (or two) to take time to puzzle out what is going on with a specific student or recognize growth in another … it makes a difference,” he wrote.

A ceremony to honor the winning schools is set for May 10 in Union Gap.

Schools are recognized for being top performers in six categories. Overall excellence is awarded to the top 5 percent. The other honors are given in specific areas, such as reading and math.

Snohomish County schools receiving awards:

Arlington School District: Kent Prairie Elementary (overall excellence, high progress, English language arts growth), Presidents Elementary (math growth);

Edmonds School District: Challenge Elementary (overall excellence, math growth), College Place Elementary (math growth), Sherwood Elementary (math growth);

Everett School District: Cedar Wood Elementary (overall excellence, English language arts growth), Gateway Middle School (English language arts growth), Mill Creek Elementary (English language arts growth, English language acquisition), Monroe Elementary (high progress), Whittier Elementary (high progress);

Lake Stevens School District: Glenwood Elementary (English language arts growth), Mount Pilchuck Elementary (high progress), Skyline Elementary (English language acquisition);

Lakewood School District: English Crossing Elementary (overall excellence, high progress, English language arts growth, math growth);

Monroe School District: Maltby Elementary (math growth), Salem Woods Elementary (English language arts growth);

Mukilteo School District: Odyssey Elementary (overall excellence, high progress, English language arts growth, math growth);

and Stanwood-Camano School District: Twin City Elementary (high progress).

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