Jenkins Middle School and Gess Elementary were recently honored with 2012 Washington Achievement Awards for excellence in multiple categories based on the Washington Achievement Index.
JMS was recognized in Overall Excellence, Science, and High Progress. Gess received the award for High Progress as well.
The Washington Achievement Award is based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years and sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. This data is analyzed using the Accountability Index and criteria from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.
Schools are ranked in seven categories: overall excellence, language
arts, math, science, extended graduation rate, closing achievement gaps, and
high progress. A total of 381 elementary, middle, high and comprehensive
schools received awards for 2012.
Although JMS has earned other awards for their continuous improvement, this was the first Washington Achievement Award, now in its fourth year, for both schools.
JMS Principal Jon Symonds and Gess Principal Jerry Pugh both commended their hardworking students and staff and are proud to have been recognized.
“We work hard for what we get,” Symonds said.
Pugh said they appreciate everyone’s efforts, including the parents who are also an integral part in the students’ success.
“Support makes it possible to do the work that we are able to do,” he said.
Gess and JMS are two of five schools in the seventh legislative district to receive the recognition and legislators congratulated their efforts.
“This award is one of our state’s highest honors for schools,” said Sen. John Smith,
R-Colville. “The evaluation process paints a clear picture of how our
schools are performing and how they are improving.”
“Our teachers, parents and school administrators all care deeply for our
students and how they are progressing at school,” said Rep. Shelly Short, R-Addy. “The
Washington Achievement Award is in recognition of the hard work, long hours
and many sacrifices made by all so that our children receive the best
“I continue to believe that our rural schools offer an element of learning
that is incomparable,” said Joel Kretz, R-Wauconda. “We have active parents,
involved teachers and principals, and superintendents that are invested in
making their schools the best they can be to serve the children in our
By Kellie Trudeau, The Independent Staff