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High school a five-time winner

FGHS receives yet another 'Celebrating Student Success' award from the state education department

Forest Grove High School was one of 13 schools in the state honored last week for their significant progress in closing the achievement gap that separates low-income and minority students from their peers.

These schools were named as 2011 Celebrating Student Success winners during a press conference at Jason Lee K-8 School in Portland March 9.

The awards are given annually to single out schools that have demonstrated significant improvement in student achievement for minority and/or low-income students. This year there are seven Champion Schools - first-time winners recognized for significant progress - and six Continuing Success Schools, past champions that have continued to reduce their achievement gap.

FGHS has won the latter award four other times, said Connie Potter, spokeswoman for the school district. Last year was the only year since 2005 that the high school did not receive the award.

Champion Schools will each receive a $3,000 award and Continuing Success Schools will each receive a $1,000 award. All 13 schools received trophies and recognition in The Oregonian on Sunday, March 13.

'These schools are showing us all what is possible when everyone in a school community works together and truly believes that all children can achieve at high levels,' said state schools Superintendent Susan Castillo. 'Despite facing high poverty, high mobility, high numbers of students learning English and highly diverse student populations, these schools are making significant gains.'

Forest Grove Superintendent Yvonne Curtis congratulated the teachers and staff at FGHS for continued academic success, heightened performance levels and recognition FGHS students have achieved.

'This recognition is shared districtwide for the tireless efforts our teachers, counselors, administrators and support staff make every day in support of student success and achievement,' Curtis noted.

First-year principal Karen Robinson credited her staff and the students themselves. 'I am very proud of our staff and students at Forest Grove High School for their continued belief in high expectations. In our work to close the achievement gap and prepare all students for college and career, it's exciting to see more and more students achieve these goals every year,' said Robinson.

Winners of Oregon's annual achievement awards listed

2011 Champion Schools

• Jason Lee K-8 School, Portland Public Schools

• Lot Whitcomb Elementary School, North Clackamas School District

• M.A. Lynch Elementary School, Redmond School District

• Riverside Elementary School, Grants Pass School District

• Tualatin Elementary School, Tigard-Tualatin School District

• Weddle Elementary School, Salem-Keizer School District

• Woodburn Academy of Art, Science, and Technology, Woodburn School District

2011 Continuing Success Schools

• Bridgeport Elementary School, Tigard-Tualatin School District

• Claggett Creek Middle School, Salem-Keizer School District

• Forest Grove High School, Forest Grove School District

• Menlo Park Elementary School, David Douglas School District

• Merrill Elementary School, Klamath County School District

• Valor Middle School, Woodburn School District