Schools honored for achievement
The Washington Achievement Award winners for 2015 were recently named by the State Superintendent of Instruction and the State Board of Education. The award, given this year to 258 schools, is based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. Schools are recognized in seven categories that include improvement in test scores, graduation rates and closing the achievement gaps between groups of students.
The following area schools were recognized:
Auburn School District: Evergreen Heights Elementary, Gildo Rey Elementary, Hazelwood Elementary and Mount Baker Middle School.
Clover Park School District: Carter Lake Elementary, English Crossing Elementary, Harrison Preparatory School, Lake Louise Elementary, Oakwood Elementary and Tillicum Elementary
Federal Way: Sequoyah Middle School.
Franklin Pierce School District: Brookdale Elementary, Christensen Elementary and Central Avenue Elementary.
Peninsula School District: Vaughn Elementary.
Puyallup School District: Woodland Elementary, Ridgecrest Elementary, Spinning Elementary and Sunrise Elementary
Steilacoom Historical School District: Cherrydale Elementary and Chloe Clark Elementary.
Sumner School District: Bonney Lake Elementary, Eismann Elementary, Emerald Hills Elementary and Liberty Ridge Elementary.
Tacoma School District: Delong Elementary, Downing Elementary and Gray Middle School.
University Place School District: University Place Primary, Chambers Elementary, Evergreen Primary, Narrows View Intermediate, Curtis Junior High, Drum Intermediate and Sunset Elementary.
White River School District: Mountain Meadow Elementary
Franklin Pierce High receives honor for counseling programs
Franklin Pierce High School recently received the Recognized American School Counselor Association Model Program designation for making an exemplary commitment to comprehensive school counseling programs. The programs were reviewed by a panel in 12 different areas of program expertise. Schools will be honored at the association’s annual conference in New Orleans.
Schools earn Green Ribbon environmental awards
The fifth annual U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools honorees include two winners from Pierce County.
Bethel School District is one of 15 national honorees earning the District Sustainability Award, and Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy in Ashford (part of the Eatonville School District) is one of 47 national Green Ribbon Schools.
Schools in the Bethel district run resource conservation programs and have earned the EPA’s Energy Star award. Columbia Crest incorporates outdoor lab and learning sites, including Northwest Trek, Mount Rainier National Park and the University of Washington’s Pack Forest.
Healthy families, bodies focus of Puyallup library event
The Puyallup Public Library will host Day of the Child/Day of the Books, a family-friendly event Saturday highlighting healthy families and healthy bodies.
The event, from 2-4 p.m. at the library, 324 S. Meridian, is offered in partnership with Coordinated Care and Lindquist Dental Clinic for Children. There will be live music, dancers, food, games and information from community organizations. Call 253-841-5454 for more information.
Learn about college financial aid
Annie Wright Schools will host Marilyn Ponti, director of financial aid services at Whitman College, who will share information on financial aid at 7 p.m. Thursday at Annie Wright Schools Great Hall. Parents of current middle and high school students throughout the area are invited.
Bellarmine arts events this week
Bellarmine's annual Evening of the Arts events are this week. The event includes an exhibit of student visual arts that will be on display during the school days Wednesday through Friday.
In addition to the visual arts, choral and instrumental musical performances will be performed on Wednesday from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Orell Library.