• 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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  • Hoquiam School District Talks Early Release

    HOQUIAM, Wash. – School board members heard from more teachers than parents at a meeting Monday night on the proposed shortened class schedule for the coming school year, as one parent spoke against the plan “I don’t think less seat time for our students is going to improve their education.”
    School Superintendent Mike Parker detailed the proposed options for an early-release Wednesday “We put together two alternatives, actually three if you count doing nothing, maybe we go to twenty days instead of every Wednesday, then the other option was to do every Wednesday.”
    Marissa LaLonde is a 4th grade teacher, she says Hoquiam’s teachers are stressed for time as it is.
    The standards keep going higher and higher, and we’re getting asked to do more and more, and we have to be effective. To be effective Teachers have to collaborate. – Marissa LaLonde
    The extra 90 minutes created by an early release would allow teachers of core curriculum to collaborate on teaching practices, make needed changes, and analyzing student performance.
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