Kellogg Middle School receiving Washington Achievement Award

Sunday, March 21, 2010

From Craig Degginger, PIO, Shoreline Schools

Kellogg Middle School in Shoreline is among 174 schools statewide receiving Washington Achievement Awards for 2009. The State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction are giving the awards.

Kellogg is among only 19 middle and junior high schools in the state to be honored for overall excellence, and one of only two to receive a special recognition award for Language Arts (reading and writing combined). The overall excellence award is for schools whose overall two-year average put them in the top five percent.
“This award belongs to our teachers, staff and community at Kellogg, said Lori Longo, principal of the school since 2001. “We have made a commitment to challenge students to reach their highest academic and personal potential.”
The schools will be recognized at celebrations around the state on May 5.

The awards are part of the State Board’s accountability program, adopted in 2009. Under the program, all schools will be indexed according to outcomes and indicators from 2007 to 2009. The outcomes include student performance in statewide reading, writing, math and science tests.

Kellogg has posted significant gains in test scores the past two years. In reading, 90 percent of 8th graders passed the WASL in 2008-09, an increase of 11 percent from the previous year. 8th graders passing the Math WASL increased 10 percent.

Kellogg has used a number of interventions to increase student achievement. These include student learning plans for those not meeting state standards, math support and team tutorial classes, before-school writing and math intervention classes, “Homework Lunch” to complete missing assignments and the after-school “Hang Time” tutoring program.

Kellogg teachers and support staff are committed to student growth and development in reading and writing, monitoring student progress to ensure that curriculum matches student needs. Students are screened two or more times per year using a building-wide reading assessment to insure appropriate class placement. Staff participates in ongoing professional development designed to teach strategies that cross content areas, developing skills and knowledge that students apply in all subjects.


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