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Three Elementary Schools Earn Achievement Awards
State Superintendent Randy Dorn honored recipients of the 2012 Washington Achievement Awards at a ceremony held April 30. The annual award celebrates top-performing elementary, middle, high and comprehensive schools for overall excellence and special recognition in: language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate, closing achievement gaps, and high progress.
Three elementary schools in the Sumner School District were recognized for top performance: Bonney Lake, Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools.
Liberty Ridge Elementary earned the award for Overall Excellence and as a High Progress School. Overall excellence is earned by schools whose overall two-year average puts them in the top five percent. Teacher Stephanie Linggi-Manley, Intervention Specialist Michele Johnson and Director John Hellwich accepted the award.
Superintendent Craig Spencer remarked, “This is the state’s highest honor awarded to public schools in recognition of academic achievement. We are proud of the academic gains our students are making. Our principals, teachers and staff are dedicated to providing quality learning experiences for all students and this recognition is evidence of their progress and success.”
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education sponsor these awards, now in their fourth year. Award winners are selected using the state’s Achievement Index and criteria set forth in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver.
Changes in Elementary School Start Times for the 2013-14 School Year
For the 2013-14 school year, there will be an increase in instructional hours for students in kindergarten through 5th grade to meet the state mandate of 1000 hours of instruction. This will require a change in the elementary school day, with earlier start times for students.
- All elementary students will begin school 15 minutes earlier each day.
- Breakfast will be served 15 minutes earlier each day.
- The Recreation Department's Before and After School Program hours will not change.
New bus schedules will be posted on the Web in early July.
Late Start Elementary Schedule for Liberty Ridge Elementary
Student Day: 9:05 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Wednesday Late Start: 10:35 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
NEW for 2013-14!
FREE Full-time Kindergarten Program
The Sumner School District now offers free full-time kindergarten classes for students in the Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools. Enrollment in this program is limited to students residing within these school attendance boundaries.
Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools will no longer offer a half-time (red or blue) kindergarten program.
Full-time kindergarten students attend school every day and have the same school calendar as students in grades 1-5. Students enrolled in full-time kindergarten receive extra instruction time to learn basic skills for first grade.
All children enrolling for kindergarten for the coming school year must be five years old by August 31, prior to the start of school. When registering a child for school, families should bring:
- Proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport);
- Immunization information and child’s health history; and
- Names and phone numbers of parents, physician, and an emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.
Providing free full-time kindergarten programs at Daffodil Valley and Liberty Ridge elementary schools is part of a multi-year transition to free full-time programs at all District elementary schools.
Other elementary schools in the District offer half-time kindergarten programs and tuition-based, full-time programs on a space available basis.
From the Principal's Desk
(Principal Update sent May 13, 2013 via school messages)
Dear Liberty Ridge Families:
With the exception of fourth grade, students have completed taking the MSP. They worked incredibly hard and gave their best effort. Thank you for encouraging your child and providing support during this time. Also, thank you for making attendance during these days a priority. Fourth grade students will complete the last section of the writing test on Tuesday. I look forward to seeing their results in August!
May is full of great opportunities for you to be involved! Mark your calendar now for these upcoming events:
- May 21: Kindergarten Screening
- May 22: No School, Student Waiver Day
- May 23: Volunteer Assembly, 3:00 p.m.
- May 27: No School, Memorial Day
- May 31: Primary Concert at the PAC, 7:00 p.m.
Thunder Eagle of the Week
Congratulations to our Thunder Eagle students the week of April 29 - May 3! Way to Go!
Principal, Liberty Ridge Elementary
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