Peninsula schools win state award

Three PSD schools have been recognized as Washington Achievement Award winners

Staff writerApril 23, 2014 

Three Peninsula schools have been awarded the state’s highest honor — the Washington Achievement Award.

Gig Harbor High School and Artondale Elementary won High Progress awards while Vaughn Elementary won Special Recognition for Growth in Math. A total of 413 schools were honored statewide.

“This is a reflection on all the hard work and all the collaborative work that is going on in our buildings,” Peninsula Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto said. “We’re really proud of all our schools.”

Vaughn’s win in the math category is a reflection of hard work by the staff to make math matter to students, principal Susan O’Leary said. The school makes math development a priority.

“The teachers are really focused,” she said. “Their own professional growth is always focused on math and reading.”

Schools were notified April 14 in an email from Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn and State Board of Education Chair Kristina Mayer.

“These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington,” Mayer said in a news release.

“So many schools in our state are doing good work to make a difference for kids,” Dorn said in a release. “These awards represent some of the best. It’s an honor to recognize them and celebrate their success.”

The banner at Vaughn will join a banner from 2012. O’Leary said having that recognition is a point of pride for students.

“Anytime you’re recognized for your hard work, it’s so appreciated,” she said.

Winning schools receive a banner and acrylic award. Vaughn has won previously, so the award will hang alongside others.

“When you walk in, you know this is a school where academics are the focus,” she said.

Award-winning schools will be honored April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.

Karen Miller: 253-358-4155 Twitter: @gateway_karen

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