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North Lake Middle School named School of Distinction


November 7, 2011

North Lake Middle School shows its pride for being named a School of Distinction for 2011.

The School of Distinction award is distinguished recognition that goes out to the top five percent of schools in the state for outstanding improvement in student achievement over time.

This is the third consecutive year that North Lake Middle School is being recognized as a School of Distinction for their improvement in reading and math scores.

Superintendent Dr. Amy Beth Cook thanked the North Lake Staff and commended them on their instructional skills and said, “I’m often asked, ‘What’s the key to North Lake’s success,’ and I know that it is not just one particular program; it is intentional and focused instruction every day on the part of the staff that leads to success over time.”

For schools selected, data is reviewed over a period of five years and improvement is at or above the state median for the grade band. The state’s Measurement of Student Progress test and prior to that the WASL test was used for the collection of data.

Principal Brad Abels is proud of the work of his staff. “This award is the result of hard work and dedication on the part of the staff members at North Lake. We don’t waste time and we focus on instruction on reading, writing and math.”

School of Distinction Awards are provided by The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Phi Delta Kappa-Washington Chapter (PDK-WA), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State ASCD and Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA).


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