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Gov. Locke, Superintendent of Public Instruction Bergeson honor Reading School of the Month in Tumwater

TUMWATER – Gov. Gary Locke and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Terry Bergeson today recognized Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School in Tumwater as the Washington State Reading School of the Month for May.

Locke and Bergeson presented the award to the school’s principal, Denny Eygabroad, and congratulated students, parents, teachers, staff and community volunteers for their impressive results in improving reading proficiency and overall academic achievement.

“Reading is the foundation for success throughout life,” Locke said, emphasizing the importance of high academic standards in preparing students to succeed in a global economy.

“Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School is a model of improvement in reading and math achievement,” Locke told the children and adults gathered at a morning assembly in the school courtyard. “People all across the state can learn from your accomplishments.”

The school’s fourth-grade students meeting the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) reading standards jumped from 55.1 percent in 1998 to 84.9 percent in 2001. While only 23.1 percent of the school’s fourth-grade students met WASL math standards in 1998, the school’s most recent WASL math scores more than tripled to 74 percent.

Bergeson also thanked the teachers, staff and parents for helping students improve their academic performance so dramatically.

“This school has made some exciting strides, and you can see that just by walking into this building,” Bergeson said. “Peter G. Schmidt is a place where reading comes alive and where reading well is a priority for teachers, students and staff as well as parents and the community. This school should be very proud of its accomplishments and I congratulate everyone on their hard work in helping all students succeed.”

Principal Eygabroad highlighted the importance of focused teamwork in achieving success. “We all work closely together to create a fun, inspiring environment for learning. I’m so proud of our team’s accomplishments in building our students’ reading and life skills.”

Each school recognized for reading excellence is profiled on the Washington State Reading School of the Month Web site (, which was developed through a donation from Verizon Reads. The site highlights the characteristics of high-performing schools for each Reading School of the Month honoree.
Related Links:
- Washington State Reading School of the Month
- Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

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