Eatonville Middle School was awarded a STEM Lighthouse grant for the 2019-20 school year.They were selected for their ability to reach students in STEM education. The grant is for $20,000. They were recognized for their innovative practices.
Closing Gaps: Closing opportunity gaps for specific student groups, e.g. Hispanic students and make systems changes to improve outcomes for all students
The State Board of Education (SBE) along with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the Educational Opportunity Gap Oversight and Accountability Committee (EOGOAC) have re-imagined school recognition in Washington! Recognition is based on state-level and local information. This recognition framework selects schools along the entire continuum of support and highlights positive systems changes happening in schools around our state.
"Olympia—The Washington Student Achievement Council has recognized schools and districts that signed up more than 72 percent of last year's eligible 8th grade students for the College Bound Scholarship. Over 230 middle schools and almost 100 school districts exceeded the statewide sign-up rate of 72 percent—a 2 percentage point increase over last year’s state sign-up rate—and will receive Gold Star Awards for their efforts. Find the list of Gold Star schools and districts along with district sign-up rates at www.wsac.wa.gov/college-bound.
Over 30,000 of last year’s eighth graders signed up for the College Bound Scholarship. Students who sign up for the scholarship graduate from high school and enroll in college at higher rates than their low-income peers. The first cohort of College Bound students graduated from high school in 2012. Since then, the four-year high school graduation rate for these students has consistently been similar to the statewide average, and over 10 percentage points higher than for low-income students who were eligible, but didn’t sign up.
This year, there are nearly 30,000 high school seniors across the state who signed up for College Bound in middle school. To access their scholarship and continue their education, these students must take the crucial step of applying for financial aid.
In Washington, there are two ways to apply for financial aid. U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens apply with the FAFSA. People who can't file the FAFSA due to immigration status can still apply for state aid with the WASFA, the Washington Application for State Financial Aid. Get more information about important steps for seniors at www.wsac.wa.gov/pathways.
To receive this early commitment of state funding, eligible students must sign up in middle school, by the end of their eighth grade year. In combination with other state aid, the scholarship covers tuition at public college rates, some fees, and a small book allowance. To receive the scholarship, students must enroll in an eligible college within one year of high school graduation.
About the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC)
The Washington Student Achievement Council is committed to increasing educational opportunities and attainment in Washington. "
In May of 2016 Eatonville School District took possession of roughly 3.5 acres of farmland around an over 100-year-old farmhouse, barn, and various outbuildings. The land and buildings were the last piece of a larger salmon restoration project in the Ohop Valley by the Nisqually Land Trust and Nisqually Tribe. Not wanting to destroy the buildings left on the farm, the Land Trust and Tribe approached Eatonville School District about taking the farm and incorporating in into the school district’s programs.
Superintendent Krestin Bahr worked with local legislators and representatives from Pierce County to clear various zoning and right of way issues before the school district could take possession of the farm. Once the concerns were cleared the district officially took over the farm.
ESD has worked with GruB out of Olympia to craft a vision for the future of the farm. That work led to two events where members of the public and school community were invited to provide input. From there Eatonville's maintenance team has worked hard to make the farm safe for students and beginning in the fall of 2017 students began attending classes at the farm full time.
Interested in learning more about the farm? Contact Tod Morrish.
Eatonville Online Academy (EOA) is an ALE in Eatonville School District which strives to create a personalized educational experience for students in grades 6-8 via digital learning, in a flexible setting that meets each student's unique life circumstances, and supports his/her individual educational goals while providing preparation for college, career, and life.
We believe in academic success through personalization, inspiration, and flexibility. EOA provides online courses from OSPI approved providers, Edgenuity and Spokane Virtual Learning.