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CKMS Earns State Achievement Awards

During Spring Break last week, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) and the State Board of Education confirmed that a second Snoqualmie Valley school -- Chief Kanim Middle School (CKMS) -- earned 2012 Washington Achievement Awards, joining Snoqualmie Elementary School this year.

This is the fourth consecutive year that CKMS has been recognized for "Overall Excellence" and "Science" for scoring among the highest-performing and improving schools in our state. Based on the Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) state assessment exams, Chief Kanim 8th graders last spring earned the top average science score among middle schools with more than 100 students.

"We are extremely proud to once again be recognized for the Overall Excellence and Science awards. It is nice that the state has these awards to recognize the hard work that our students, staff, and parents have done to achieve and maintain such high levels over the past four years," said Chief Kanim Principal Kirk Dunckel.  

"Congratulations to the staff and students at Chief Kanim Middle School for once again receiving this prestigious recognition from OSPI and the State Board of Education. A number of our schools have earned Washington Achievement Awards since the state's recognition program was instituted four years ago. During this time however, Chief Kanim Middle School has been recognized on numerous occasions, demonstrating sustained levels of both excellence and improvement, year in and year out," said Superintendent Joel Aune.

Washington Achievement Award celebrates student achievement on many different levels and subject areas. Winners are selected based on the previous three years of statewide assessment data, which is analyzed using the Washington Accountability Index and criteria from the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver. Achievement Awards are given to elementary, middle, high and comprehensive schools in seven categories: overall excellence, language arts, math, science, extended graduation rate, closing achievement gaps and high progress.

The 2012 award-winning schools from across the state have been invited to a special awards ceremony on April 30, 2013 at Kentwood High School in Covington. 

Learn more about the Washington Achievement Awards on the OSPI website.   

The Snoqualmie Valley School District ( provides quality public education for approximately 6,000 students in grades K-12 in ten schools. The district spans more than 400 square miles, serving the communities of North Bend, Snoqualmie and Fall City, parts of Redmond and Sammamish, and surrounding areas of unincorporated east King County in Washington State.


Media contact:
Carolyn Malcolm
Snoqualmie Valley School District