Dear Parents or Guardian:
I am happy to report that Juanita Elementary is a recipient of the 2012 Washington Achievement Award, making history as the school district’s first ever winner in four categories:
- High Progress
- Overall Excellence
This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, the dedication of our teachers and support staff, and the help and guidance of our parents. Juanita Elementary’s award is well deserved. In the past year, Juanita Elementary has implemented several improvements that have impacted our students’ success.
These improvements included school-wide goals in the areas of math and science, an intentional and dedicated focus on ensuring that our students mastered the Washington State standards, the adoption of a new science homework resource for 5th grade, integration of new technologies into instruction, strategic intervention in math and science, and targeted assistance for individual students. We believe all students can learn at high levels and students know that their teachers have high expectations. Other factors that contributed to our success include effective ELL and safety net programs, an amazing Outdoor Education experience, high numbers of parent and community volunteers, and a rich literacy program.
The Washington Achievement Awards, sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, celebrates the state’s top-performing schools and recognizes achievement in multiple categories. This highly selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Achievement Index, a comprehensive measurement of Washington schools’ performance over time.
Juanita Elementary School received Special Recognition in the “High Progress” category. A High Progress school is a Title I school in the top 10 percent of Title I schools in Reading and Math, combined, for three years. We have made significant progress over the last three years and continue to work to help every child meet or exceed standard.
You can visit the OSPI Washington Achievement awards site to learn more about the awards, the criteria for selection, and the Achievement Index. The Achievement Index look up tool, available at sbe.wa.gov, provides a searchable database where you can find information about how all our schools in the district and the schools across the state are doing.
The selection process for the Washington Achievement Award is very rigorous, and all of us take great pride in this accomplishment.
Dana Stairs, Principal
Juanita Elementary School