Members of the Glenwood High School sophomore class can all breath a sigh of relief.
100 percent of the Glenwood Class of 2008 met one of the stringent new state requirements for graduation -- meeting (or exceeding) standards in all three core academic areas of the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning).
Students earn the Certificate of Academic Achievement by passing the reading, writing, and mathematics sections of the high school WASL.
Other new graduation requirements include passing core classes, completing a senior project, and developing a high school and beyond plan.
Members of the Glenwood Class of 2008 celebrated their success before school let out last week. High fives were common as students were lauded for their extraordinary accomplishment. None of these students need worry about summer school or WASL retakes. They all succeeded in meeting the mark on their first attempt.
Once teacher Claire Alexander e-mailed a member of the Mathematics Initiative Team at OSPI, word soon spread. Superintendent Dr. Shane Couch has since received several phone calls from Dr. Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Not only were these calls congratulatory in nature, Dr. Bergeson was eager to know details of the school district and its inner workings.
All but one member of the class has been a part of the Glenwood School system since kindergarten -- and that one joined the rest as a second grade student.
Needless to say, parents, staff and community members are proud of the students' accomplishments.