For the second year in a row, Hillcrest Elementary School earned a “Reward” designation from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) for high student progress. Hillcrest is one of only 12 schools throughout the state to consecutively receive Reward status. As a High-Progress Reward school, Hillcrest is in the top 10 percent of Title I schools statewide in reading and math, combined, for three years.
On Feb. 14, Amy Beth Cook, Lake Stevens School District Superintendent, and Steve Burleigh, Hillcrest Elementary School Principal, hosted an impromptu celebration, where they notified Hillcrest staff of the honor.
“This outstanding achievement is an important recognition of your leadership and the work you do on a daily basis for our students,” said Cook. “I know you’ve been working incredibly hard, and I’m extremely proud of your work and that of your students. Congratulations on behalf of myself and the school board.”
“This is a compilation of the hard work we have consistently been doing for several years,” said Burleigh. “I’m very excited about this honor and what it represents—only 12 schools in the entire state received this honor—that’s huge!”