Is Your School Innovative? +Apply today to become one of Washington’s Innovative Schools. This designation is reserved for a select group of schools that are using bold and creative approaches to improve student learning. Schools that earn the designation receive a banner and award to display, and are profiled on the OSPI website. For more information and to apply, go to http://www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/Innovative/default.aspx. Or, contact Statewide Recognition Coordinator Hilary Seidel for more details at Read More
Sunnyside School Board named "School Board of the Year" ... again! +Congratulations to the Sunnyside School Board, which was named the Washington State School Directors' Association's 2013 School Board of the Year among school districts with less than 9,000 students! The WSSDA presented the award during its annual conference in Bellevue on November 23. Sunnyside shared honors with South Kitsap, which earned the title for school districts with more than 9,000 studnts. Sunnyside was previously named a WSSDA School Board of the Year in 2008. This year's WSSDA selection committee… Read More
NAEP scores: Washington's 4th and 8th graders make gains +Washington's 4th graders made gains in their math and reading scores, and the state's 8th graders made gains in reading and maintained their scores in math, according to results in the National Assessment for Educational Progress that were released on Nov. 7 by the National Center for Educational Statistics. Among 8th graders, only two states scored statistically higher than Washington's students in reading, and only five states scored higher in math. Among 4th graders, only four states scored higher than… Read More
Yakima School District among BEST Grants awardees +Congratulations to the Yakima School District -- one of seven school districts in the state to be awarded a share of the nearly $800,000 Begining Educator Support Team grants to help beginning teachers grow in their profession. The BEST grants are used by school districts for hiring, orientation, mentoring, professional development, and assessment for teacher growth. The Yakima School District received its award of $169,000 on October 28. Statewide, 38 school districts applied for the grant, which was established by the… Read More
Nominate our next Regional Classified School Employee of the Year! +Does your school district have a particularly exceptional secretary ... custodian ... cook ... parapro ... bus driver ... IT assistant ... or other classified employee? Then nominate that standout member of your school's community for the 2014 ESD 105 Regional Classified School Employee of the Year! Our local finalist will succeed 2013 honoree Cynthia Cisneros, a special education parapro at Mabton, as our region's next honoree. The winner from ESD 105 will also serve as one of the nine candidates for OSPI's annoual statewide award,… Read More
Five area schools among 2013 "School of Distinction" list for outstanding student improvement! +Five south central Washington schools are among 99 being honored statewide with the 2013 School of Distinction Award, which recognizes outstanding improvement in student achievement during the past five years. The five area schools named for 2013 are: Cle Elum-Roslyn High School, which previously received a School of Distinction Award in 2007. East Valley School District’s Moxee Elementary School, which is receiving a School of Distinction Award for the first time. Kittitas High School, which previously received a School… Read More
The 39th annual ESD 105 Regional High School Art Show runs February 26 through March 10 at the Allied Arts of Yakima Valley's Peggy Lewis Gallery (5000 West Lincoln Avenue in Yakima). This year's exhibit features a larger-than-usual collection of more than 150 entries from some of South Central Washington's best young creative talents!
An opening reception will be held on Sunday, February 26, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., with awards being presented at 2:15 p.m., during which time the students receiving awards will give a brief description about their work. After the opening day, the public may continue viewing the exhibit during Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The 2012 show includes works by about 140 students of 26 teachers from 21 regional high schools – the biggest representation of schools in years for this show. The high schools represented this year include: Cle Elum-Roslyn, Davis, East Valley, Easton, Eisenhower, Ellensburg, Goldendale, Grandview, Highland, Kittitas, La Salle, Naches Valley, Riverside Christian, Royal, Selah, Sunnyside, Toppenish, Wahluke, Wapato, West Valley, and White Swan.
High school art teachers in the ESD 105 South Central Washington region were invited to submit the best samples of their students’ art for this annual event.
The judge for this year’s regional show is Dr. Shari Stoddard of the Central Washington University art faculty. Seven entries selected by Stoddard will advance to the 2012 OSPI statewide Superintendent’s High School Art Show, which will be held April 6 through June 1 at the Old Capitol Building in Olympia.
Two of the local pieces not advancing to the OSPI show will receive the “ESD 105 Board Choice Award” and will be purchased by the ESD 105 Board of Directors for permanent display as part of the ESD 105 student art collection inside the ESD 105 Conference Center at Yakima.
This year’s regional show was hung by high school students from Toppenish, Naches Valley, and West Valley participating in the Larson Gallery’s Cultural Education Extension Program, under the direction of Cheryl Hahn.
The annual regional art show is sponsored by ESD 105, Allied Arts of Yakima Valley, and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction as a means to support arts education and provide a venue for student artists to showcase their works.
For the eighth year, ESD 105 is producing a book featuring all the art pieces that will be given to each of the student artists and their art teachers. Images of the regional show will also be available for viewing soon at the ESD 105 ArtFusion Web site (www.artfusion.us).