2014 School of Distinction

(3rd year in a row)

 

          Our school district has again received a prestigious award in honor of grades 6 through 8.  In order to win a School of Distinction award, our student achievement must have improved over a six year period of time (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014) as it relates to spring MSP scores within the content areas of Reading and Mathematics.  Union Gap is one of 101 schools in the entire state to be selected for the 2014 award.  Of that number, our school is one of 22 middle/junior high recipients (grades 6-8) of this year’s statewide Schools of Distinction award.  Schools of Distinction honors are also being presented in the state to 54 elementary schools (grades 3-5), 17 high schools (grades 9-12) and 8 alternate schools.  There are no awards presented for grades K – 3 since those grades are not part of the spring testing program.  In a nutshell, Union Gap is one of the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased Reading and Mathematics achievement over the past six years.  In our opinion, we believe the award is really a Preschool through Grade 8 award since ALL of our staff have had a hand in the success of our older students!

 

For additional award information (see the upper right side of the CEE web site page): http://www.effectiveness.org/school-of-distinction.aspx

2013 Washington Achievement Award

                Our school received the 2013 Washington Achievement Award which is sponsored by the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and by the Washington State Board of Education.  Award winners were selected on calculations based on student test scores collected statewide over three years.  A total of 413 schools statewide are received the 5th annual award out of 2,368 schools in the State of Washington. The awards recognized the state’s top-performing schools in six different categories:  Overall Excellence (top 5 percent in the state, based on a 3-year composite rating), Reading Growth (top 5% in reading growth ratings during 3 years), Math Growth (top 5 percent growth ratings during 3 years), Extended Graduation Rate (only awarded to high schools), English Language Acquisition (top 5 percent in the state, based on a state language proficiency assessment and other criteria) and High Progress (top 10% for achievement and improvement in both reading and math for three years).  Our school’s award categories were:  High Progress, Reading Growth and Math Growth.  Additional information about the Washington Achievement Awards is available from OSPI at:  http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement/

2013 School of Distinction Award Banner
 

(second year in a row) 

            Our school district has again received a prestigious award in honor of grades 6 through 8.  In order to win a School of Distinction award, student achievement must improve over a five year period of time (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013) as it relates to spring MSP scores within the content areas of Reading and Mathematics.  Union Gap was one of 99 schools in the entire state to be selected for the 2013 award.  Of that number, our school was one of 21 middle/junior high recipients (grades 6-8) of this year’s statewide Schools of Distinction award.  Schools of Distinction honors are also being presented in the state to 54 elementary schools (grades 3-5) and 21 high schools (grades 9-12).  There are no awards presented for grades K – 3 since those grades are not part of the spring testing program.  In a nutshell, Union Gap is one of the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased Reading and Mathematics achievement over the past five years.  In our opinion, we believe the award is really a Preschool through Grade 8 award since ALL of our staff have had a hand in the success of our older students!

 

For additional award information (see the upper right side of the CEE web site page):  http://www.effectiveness.org/schools-of-distinction.aspx Criteria:  http://www.effectiveness.org/files/Methodology-Brief-2013-SOD.pdf

 

School of Distinction Award certificate
 

Our school district received a prestigious award in honor of grades 6 through 8. In order to win a School of Distinction award, student achievement had improved over a five year period of time (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) as it relates to spring MSP scores within the content areas of Reading and Mathematics. Union Gap was one of 97 schools in the entire state to be selected for the 2012 award. Of that number, our school was one of 24 middle/junior high recipients (grades 6-8) of 2012's statewide Schools of Distinction award. Schools of Distinction honors were also presented in the state to 54 elementary schools (grades 3-5) and 19 high schools (grades 9-12). There were no awards presented for grades K – 3 since those grades are not part of the spring testing program. In a nutshell, Union Gap was one of the 5% highest improving schools in the state of Washington for increased Reading and Mathematics achievement over the past five years. In our opinion, we believe the award was really a Preschool through Grade 8 award since ALL of our staff have had a hand in the success of our older students!

 
 
 

Welcome

Dedicated to Education, Inspiration for Life

 Welcome to the Union Gap School District and home of the Cubs! 

The district’s Mission Statement is very clear:  The School Board, administration, staff and parents of the Union Gap School District are committed to providing a quality educational experience for all students.  Our vision is Practice, Respect, Integrity and Dedication to Education (PRIDE).I can assure you that you will be treated with respect and dignity upon your arrival to our campus.  We take pride in our educational community's efforts which involves all the stakeholders - students, staff, parents, community patrons and board members.  We instill student pride by stressing that student’s “dress for success” as part of their educational experience.  Hence, we require school uniforms as part of our attendance requirements.

We are a progressive school district that celebrates the positive accomplishments of our area youth.   We truly believe we are an effective school district however effective schools are always changing and evolving as needed.  The seven basic characteristics of an Effective School, as defined by Phi Delta Kappan (adapted), are:

  • Clearly stated and focused school (district) mission;
  • Safe and orderly climate for learning;
  • High expectations for students, staff, and administrators
  • Opportunity to learn and student time-on-task;
  • Instructional leadership by all administrators and staff members
  • Frequent monitoring of student progress; and
  • Positive home/school relations.

Please stop for a visit anytime.  My door is open and I sincerely would appreciate your input for improving our school district.  We look forward to working with you as a partner in making your child’s educational experience rewarding and productive.

Kurt H. Hilyard 
District Superintendent

News and Announcements