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Lake Roosevelt Jr./Sr. High named school of distinction


Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High School is one of seven schools in Educational Service District 171 to be named a “School of Distinction.”

The 2017 award was posted in November, and high school Principal Mark Herndon outlined the award at the school district’s last board meeting.

The other schools from ESD 171 are Brewster High School, Brewster Middle School, Grant Elementary from East Wenatchee, Moses Lake High School, Oroville Middle School, and Valley Academy of Learning in Wenatchee.

“We are so proud of our schools and their comprehensive focus on learning and student achievement,” stated ESD Superintendent Michelle Price. “Our students are the future, and at North Central Washington Service District we see first hand the level of commitment and dedication to teaching and learning so that our students can succeed. This is a tremendous honor for each school.”

Lake Roosevelt Junior/Senior High is in the top 5 percent of improving schools in the state of Washington for English language arts, math achievement and graduation rate over the past five years.

Herndon, who is in his second year as principal, had praise for his staff.

“They are working hard for growth and that’s why we are here,” he said Monday. “We are in the 5 percent, which means that 95 percent of the schools didn’t get the award.”

The junior high division at Lake Roosevelt was judged on test scores, the high school on graduation rates, Herndon said.

The graduation rate at LRHS last year was 74 percent, up from 67 percent.

“Our counselor, Tex Prewitt, and Vice Principal Charlie Pierce have been instrumental in encouraging students who have only a few credits shy of graduation to return and get their degree,” Herndon said.

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