• Hoquiam School District earns School of Distinction award

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – The Hoquiam School District this week was recognized as a School of Distinction in their region. School Superintendent Mike Parker tells us Educational Service District 113 notified them this week that they are one of twelve schools throughout the region that will receive the award.
    ESD 113 serves 44 school districts in Thurston, Lewis, Mason, Grays Harbor and Pacific Counties as well as approved private schools within those counties.
    To earn School of Distinction status, schools must be performing at least at the state average in each grade level measured in their school (3rd through 8th and 10th grade) on Reading and Math assessments. Schoolswere then evaluated on combined Reading and Math improvement over the last 5 years. The top five percent of the elementary schools, middle/junior high schools, high schools and alternative schools are designated as Schools of Distinction.

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  • Ocosta District Among Washington School Grants Announced

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Ocosta is among fourteen school districts statewide that have been awarded energy grants totaling $5.9 million, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced today. Ocosta will use over $851-thousand to update lighting, water, and HVAC systems.

    The grants are intended to produce long-term energy and operational savings for the districts, improve the indoor environmental qualities of our schools and help stimulate construction-industry jobs. These energy projects use utility incentives, energy savings, local money and the grant funds to make improvements that may otherwise not be affordable.

    The brick-and-mortar improvements and the savings from reduced long-term operating costs make this type of program one of the best kinds, we are seeing large and small districts compete for money to replace old boilers, add insulation and get rid of outdated lighting. It’s all part of making the learning environment the best it can be. – State Superintendent Randy Dorn
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  • Oakville School District Wins Federal Grant

    OAKVILLE, Wash. – Oakville School district is one of six statewide that has been identified to receive federal School Improvement Grants. The Office of Superintendent of Public  Instruction announced yesterday Oakville was one of 11 that applied from Washington, the OSPI will announce later this month how the six winning schools will be splitting the 4.5 million dollars awarded. The other School Districts awarded were Burlington-Edison, Marysville, Spokane, Toppenish, and Wapato.

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    Hoquiam School District gets $200,000 grant for energy efficiency improvements

    The Hoquiam School District will receive over $200,000 in Energy Efficiency Grants from the state. Hoquiam is among 29 school districts across the state are being collectively awarded $9 million for school facility energy efficiency improvements, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction announced this week. The projects will produce immediate and long-term energy and operational savings, improve […]

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  • Raymond School District Honored by WASA

    RAYMOND, Wash. – The Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) presented a Community Leadership Award to the Raymond School District at the WASA Regional Awards Banquet in Olympia on the 23rd. Accepting the award at the banquet was Raymond Superintendent Dr. Steven Holland, and Board Chair Mark Hatfield.

    The Community Leadership Award is presented to community members or groups in recognition of their contributions toward education. The award presented to the Raymond School District superintendent and board of directors for their leadership in sponsoring GRAVITY High School, a region-wide educational re-engagement program for older youth who have dropped out of school. This school year GRAVITY (GED+ Reengagement Alternative Vocational Individualized Training for Youth) has served more than 160 students from within a five county region. The high school has regional centers in Aberdeen, Chehalis, and Shelton. GRAVITY services are available to youth in the East Willapa Harbor area at the WorkSource office located in the Grays Harbor College Riverview Education Center.

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  • Aberdeen Among 50 School Districts to Receive OSPI Grant

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – Aberdeen School District is among a total of 50 school districts have been selected to receive grants of $4,500 each to help with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English language arts and mathematics during spring and summer 2012.
    The money will be used for travel and other costs related to participation in standards workshops that are hosted by Educational Service Districts (ESDs) throughout the state.

    The grants are funded by Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR-UP!), a federal grant program that helps increase the number of low-income students preparing for college. OSPI partnered with the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board to provide these resources.

    The Office of Superintendant of Public Instruction tells KBKW a total of 75 districts applied for the grants. Priority was given to districts with 49.5 percent or more than of its students qualifying for free and reduced-priced meals and to district size so that districts of all sizes were represented.

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  • Washington Community Leaders Asked to Help Schools

    TACOMA, Wash. – School will start again before you know it and, for parents, that also means figuring out what to do with the kids in the hours after school. The City of Tacoma has decided it’s not just a problem for parents, and wants to include more businesses and community leaders in developing and supporting after-school activities.

    Connie Ladenburg, a member of the Tacoma City Council, says it’s a way to pass along skills to the next generation – that someday will be running the city.

    "It’s a paradigm shift of thinking, because now we are really reaching out to our whole community, all of the people involved in our city, and asking them, ‘Please, please, please come and be involved with our young people. They need your support and your encouragement.’"

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