13 South Sound schools receive state achievement awards

lpemberton@theolympian.comApril 21, 2014 

Thirteen South Sound schools were among 413 in the state to receive the 2013 Washington Achievement Award.

The awards, which were announced last week, are based on state assessment data for the previous three years.

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

Black Lake Elementary School in Tumwater received three honors: an overall excellence award, and special recognition for growth in reading and math test scores.

“Our staff holds high expectations for learning for all of our students at Black Lake, and we maintain the belief that all of our students are fully capable learners,” Principal Misty Hutson said. “The recognition by OSPI confirms our beliefs about our Black Lake students.”

Other Thurston County honorees and their awards include:

 • Boston Harbor Elementary School in Olympia, overall excellence and special recognition in reading growth.

 • Capital High School in Olympia, high progress.

 • Jefferson Middle School in Olympia, overall excellence and special recognition in reading growth.

 • Leland P. Brown Elementary School in Olympia, special recognition in reading growth.

 • George Washington Bush Middle School in Tumwater, high progress.

 • Tumwater Middle School in Tumwater, high progress.

 • Fort Stevens Elementary School in Yelm, high progress.

 • Yelm High School in Yelm, high progress.

 • Lacey Elementary School in Lacey, high progress.

 • North Thurston High School in Lacey, high progress.

 • Pleasant Glade Elementary School in Lacey, special recognition for math growth.

 • Timberline High School in Lacey, high progress.

Lisa Pemberton: 360-754-5433 lpemberton@theolympian.com

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