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Juanita Elementary
9635 N.E. 132nd St., Kirkland, WA 98034 | 425 936-2570
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About our Principal, Dana Stairs
Dear Parents,
I am happy to report that Juanita Elementary is a recipient of the 2014 Washington Achievement Award. 
Juanita Elementary is being honored for:
·         Overall Excellence
·         Reading Growth
·         English Language Acquisition
This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, the dedication of our teachers, and the support and guidance of our parents. Juanita Elementary’s award is well deserved. In the past years, Juanita Elementary has implemented several improvements that have impacted our students’ success.
These improvements included school-wide goals in the area of math, science, writing and reading, an intentional and dedicated focus on ensuring that our students mastered the Washington State standards, the adoption of a new science content resource for 5th grade, integration of new technologies into instruction, strategic intervention in math, science and reading, and targeted assistance for individual students. Receiving an award for English Language Acquisition this year was very exciting! We have an excellent ELL program and a diverse student population with over 22 languages spoken. 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 included an effective Safety Net program, an amazing Outdoor Education experience, high numbers of parent and community volunteers, and a rich literacy program.
The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They celebrate Washington’s top-performing schools and recognize achievement in many categories. This highly-selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Washington State Achievement Index.
The Washington Achievement Award is given in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading growth, math growth, graduation rate (high and comprehensive schools only) and English language acquisition.
I hope you will visit the OSPI Washington Achievement awards site to learn more about the awards and the criteria for selection.
The selection process for the Washington Achievement Award is very rigorous, and all of us take great pride in this accomplishment.
Dana Stairs