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EBE Recognized as 2017 School of Distinction
It is with great pride and pleasure that I inform you that our wonderful school was just informed that Elger Bay Elementary has been named a 2017 School of Distinction. We are one of 99 schools in the state to receive the award this year and Elger Bay Elementary is now a 3 time recipient of the SOD. As you read forward to learn more about this award that our school is receiving, please do me the favor of picturing the amazing women and men who comprise the Elger Bay staff, from our amazing office, custodial, and food service teams to the wonderful paraeducators that tutor and supervise our children, to the classroom and specialist teachers who commit each day to making this such a fantastic school. But as a team we are not complete until we thank and appreciate the wonderful families that provide so much support to our staff and to their children each day. Finally, we have the best group of children of any school. Smart, resilient, capable, willing, caring. We look forward to celebrating this exciting news with them at an upcoming assembly. Feel free to share it with them now if you would like. Here is an excerpt from the recognition letter that was received. ~ Mr. Hanzeli
Recognition Letter from Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE)
Congratulations! Your school is a 2017 School of Distinction (SOD). The School of Distinction award is the only one in Washington State entirely focused on combined improvement in ELA (English/Language Arts and Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Schools, and Graduation Rate for High Schools, sustained over a five-year period. Achieving this award requires continued, intentional effort from leaders and staff members. It is truly an award that recognizes the accomplishments of a dedicated and focused group of adults doing their best work for their students.
CEE, as the lead researcher and award designer, is joined with our partner organizations—Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) and Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA)—to acknowledge the great work you are doing to benefit student learning and achievement.
Attached you will find a methodology brief that details how the measures were calculated and other information about the School of Distinction Award. CEE used the same measurement process as 2016 to recognize improvement over time in an authentic and accurate manner to identify the School of Distinction awards for this year.
Your efforts deserve celebration. You will receive a 2017 School of Distinction banner and Certificate from your ESD for display at your school – visual reminders and a source of pride for you and your entire school community. You can also check out the School of Distinction press release and CEE’s interactive dashboard to compare your school with others in the state.
We applaud all you are doing to make such positive contributions to your students and hope in the next few weeks you will take some time to celebrate both your efforts and your achievements.
Marilyn McGuire & the CEE Team
EBE Compass Newsletter
We are extremely proud of our staff and feel certain that we are prepared to give your child a high-quality education. You have the right to request information regarding professional qualifications of your child’s classroom teacher(s) or paraprofessional(s). This includes: if the teacher has met state licensing requirements for the grade level and subjects in which the teacher is providing instruction; if state licensing requirements have been waived for the teacher on a temporary basis; the type of college degree of the teacher and the field of discipline for any graduate degree or certificate; and if your child is receiving Title I/LAP services from teachers and/or paraprofessionals and their qualifications as well.
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