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Washington Community School Producing Results

01/19/11

Chinook Middle School is taking full advantage of a federal grant for school improvement and has become a successful community school that is producing results. Students’ test scores on district tests have already improved this year and the number of suspensions for bad behavior has decreased.

The federal grant was used to increase summer and after-school programs. The new after school programs include an extra hour of math instruction and homework time and a variety of enrichment activities provided by the Community Schools Collaboration. These programs are helping Chinook "keep the lights on for learning", a phrase used Principal Mark Demick referring to keeping the school open for extended hours.

The money has also been used to fund new classes, provide more fieldtrips, and increase students’ access to technology. Students now have access to more help in reading or math if needed and to more challenging honors courses, which allow students to be continually challenged. There are more electives, including a class that focuses on the skills needed to get in and be successful in college. To read the article, click here.


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