Monday, July 23, 2012

Tahoma Green Ribbons - State Awards

Four schools, including Tahoma Junior High, were honored today by State Superintendent Randy Dorn for their commitment to environmental leadership.  The award-winning schools, honored at an award ceremony at Bainbridge Island’s IslandWood, all incorporate health and energy management into academics through connections between science, technology, engineering and math, civic skills and green career pathways.

Today’s recognition was an extension of a national competition, open to public and private schools, at the U.S. Department of Education, which named finalists from several states as “Green Ribbon Schools.” Washington had three public-school winners and one private-school winner among 72 schools that won the national award:

Camelot Elementary, Federal Way SD
Secondary Academy for Success, Northshore SD
Tahoma Jr High, Tahoma SD
The Overlake School (private)

 “Their enthusiasm, hard work and creativity demonstrate that we can provide an excellent environment for a well-rounded education with an emphasis on addressing the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century,” Dorn said. “Criteria for this award were rigorous. I applaud the winners for their dedication to making the world a better place.”
State-level awards were given in three categories:

Pillar 1: Environmental Impact and Energy Efficiency
Bryn Mawr Elementary School, Seattle SD
Creekside Elementary School, Sammamish SD
Issaquah Middle School, Issaquah SD
The Jewish Day School, Bellevue SD
Skyridge Middle School, Camas SD
Pillar 2: Healthy School Environments
Bertschi School, Seattle SD
Tahoma Sr. High, Tahoma SD
Pillar 3: Environmental and Sustainability Education
The Evergreen School, Shoreline SD
Glacier Park Elementary, Tahoma SD
Sacajawea Elementary, Vancouver SD
Skyview Jr. High, Bothell SD
The U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools award honors schools that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact and costs, improving the health and wellness of students and staff and providing effective environmental and sustainability education. The program is part of a broader effort by the Department of Education to identify and disseminate knowledge about practices that are proven to result in improved student engagement, higher academic achievement and graduation rates, and workforce preparedness.

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