Washington County schools win Governor’s Award for Excellence

June 9, 2014
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Trinity East Elementary Principal Jack Minnick, left, accepts the Governor’s Award for excellence in education banner from Trinity School District Assistant Superintendant Mike Lucas Wednesday during an assembly at the school. Trinity East was selected as one of the best elementary schools in Pennsylvania. Order a Print
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Students in fourth and fifth grade at Trinity East Elementary attempt to fly tetrahedral kites they made as part of a cross-grade-level project using mathematical concepts through project-based learning. From left are Maggie Torboli, Alexandra Koffler, Emma Morgan, Chad Johnson and Emily Ewbank. In the background is Amanda Berner. Order a Print

Schools in Canon-McMillan, Peters Township and Trinity Area school districts earned the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Academics, presented to schools that scored 90 or better on the 2012-13 School Performance Profiles.

In Canon-McMillan, Muse Elementary School attained a score of 94.8, and the high school obtained a 90.2; in Peters Township, Bower Hill Elementary received a 96.5, Pleasant Valley Elementary a 97.1, the middle school a 98, and the high school a 90.1; and Trinity East Elementary earned a 92.6.

The districts received a proclamation from Gov. Tom Corbett honoring the schools for the accomplishment.

“I would like to congratulate the East Elementary staff and Principal (Jack) Minnick for their tradition of academic excellence,” said Superintendent Michael Lucas, who, during a June 4 assembly, presented Minnick with the banner given to the district by Corbett.

“The proclamation references Trinity East serving as a role model to its peers across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and for its ability to showcase what can be achieved when quality educational programs, enthusiastic teachers and staff, dedicated administrators, parents and a supportive community come together on behalf of students. We are proud of the accomplishments of the East Elementary students, staff and parents.”

Following the assembly, Trinity East’s Parent Teacher Association provided Italian ice for the students and staff to celebrate the achievement.

Peters Township School District will recognize the accomplishment at its June 30 school board meeting.

Said Superintendent Jeannine French, “In terms of the award, it’s a wonderful acknowledgement of the hard work of the students and staff, and we’re certainly proud of the hard work that goes on every day here. A big part of (our success) is the support of our families and community. There’s been a high bar that’s been established, and there’s an expectation of success.”

Statewide, 428 school buildings attained a score of 90 or higher.

The School Performance Profiles system of evaluation gives parents, taxpayers and educators a look at the academic performance of all public schools, including traditional public schools, brick-and-mortar and cyber charter schools, and career and technology centers.

It includes results of the statewide assessments and other measures of student achievement, such as academic growth, graduation rate, attendance rate and promotion rate. The profile also includes raising the achievement of all students and historically underperforming students, such as English-language learners, economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities.

Karen Mansfield is an award-winning journalist and mom of five who has been a staff writer for the Observer-Reporter since 1988. She enjoys reading, the Pittsburgh Steelers, a good glass of wine and nice people.

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