May 30, 2013 | Vol. 117 -- No. 6

Cheney School District schools, teacher receive awards

The Cheney School District has been the recipient of several honors and awards during the month of May.

John McCallum
Cheney Middle School teacher Tammie Schrader stands with CenturyLink vice president/general manager for Eastern Washington District, Tom Novotney, (middle) and middle school principal, Mike Stark, after receiving a $5,000 grant from the communications company at last Wednesday’s school board meeting.

On May 6, Cheney High School was named as one of America’s Best High Schools 2013 by Newsweek and The Daily Beast. According to a press release and information on The Daily Beast website, Cheney High School was ranked 1,651 out of 2,000 schools making the list.

For the past two years Newsweek and The Daily Beast have analyzed the nation’s high schools to determine those that best prepare students for college. Schools receive weighted evaluations in six categories: Four-year, on-time graduation rate (25 percent), percentage of 2011 graduates who were accepted to college (25 percent), AP/IB/AICE (Advance Placement, International Baccalaureate, Advance International Certificate of Education) tests per student (25 percent), average SAT and/or ACT score (10 percent), average AP/IB/AICE exam score (10 percent) and percent of students enrolled in at least one AP/IB/AICE course (5 percent).

Cheney High School, in the open enrollment classification, posted a graduation rate of 88 percent, a college bound rating of 85 percent, average SAT score of 1,515, ACT average of 22.4, AP score of 3.2 and AP/IB test of 0.1.

Newsweek and The Daily Beast invited more than 5,000 high schools to participate in the survey, receiving nearly 2,500 responses. All high schools in the U.S. are eligible.

Cheney Public Schools as a whole was one of 539 school districts in the U.S. and Canada to be listed as an AP Honor Roll recipient by the College Board in its third annual AP District Honor Roll in November 2012.

Finally, Cheney Middle School’s Tammie Schrader received a $5,000 grant award from CenturyLink’s Teachers and Technology program to help fund the seventh-grade science teacher’s class program focused on water research. The award was made to a surprised Schrader at the district’s May 22 School Board meeting held at Cheney Middle School.

According to a CenturyLink news release, a total of $110,000 in grants will be awarded to 22 teachers in 2013 as part of the program in partnership with the state’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Schrader intends to purchase iPads, Vernier Probes and netbooks for her students. The class will investigate water quality and design their own experiments. Students will then create presentations to communicate what they have discovered.

According to the news release, “Schrader believes this project will introduce new technology to students and allow them to work within their comfort zones.”

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