The Washington Association of School Administrators Awards were recently presented by Educational Service District 112 to individuals who have made extraordinary contributions to K-12 education.
The Merit Award, the Leadership Award for Student Achievement and the Community Leadership Awards were presented virtually at a ceremony hosted via Zoom in May.
Mary Beth Tack, superintendent of Kelso School District, received the Student Achievement Award for delivering innovative programs, according to a press release from ESD 112.
As schools were closed and districts struggled to switch to distance learning, KSD’s teaching and learning team, led by Tack, began expanding online offerings.
Previously, online education was offered through the Kelso Virtual Academy to students in grades 8-12. In fall 2020, KVA’s virtual learning program was expanded to include all students in Kindergarten to Grade 12 who could take online courses exclusively or mix with distance learning, according to the release. hurry.
Enrollment has grown from 30 students last year to 1,000 students this year.
The neighborhood has also incorporated 1: 1 technology, internet cafes and Wi-Fi hotspots to boost engagement and success, the statement said.