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Honors week in Forest Grove

ACHIEVEMENTS --State school chief will give two awards to district next week

More than 200 people are expected at a community meeting next week to celebrate a prestigious Community/ School Partnerships Award being presented to Forest Grove School District and the City of Forest Grove.

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo will present the award at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26 in the district office, 1728 Main St.

The award honors a community-wide initiative that the school district started three years ago to develop more assets in young people.

The partnership involves the City of Forest Grove, Pacific University, Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce, Ministerial Association and many other partners who have worked together to help make sure our young people have the assets they need to be successful. The initiative is based on the 40 Developmental Assets, developed by the Search Institute of Minneapolis, and adopted by the district.

After the award presentation, the district will enlist participants' help in the initial work of framing a new strategic plan to guide the district over the next five years.

Castillo will remain in Forest Grove to present another major award to Forest Grove High School on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

Forest Grove High School is one of only seven schools in the state - and the only high school - to receive a 'Closing The Achievement Gap' award from the Oregon Department of Education. The award, which will be presented during a 9:15 a.m. assembly, recognizes the high school's success in improving student achievement.

District officials welcome the public to both events.