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School-Wide Programs

 
  • Multi-age Learning Centers: Kindergarten-1st Grades, 2nd-3rd Grades, and 4th-5th Grades
  • Integrated Thematic Instruction
  • Positive Discipline Approach to Instruction
  • WSIC "Washington School Is Cool" - Daily Newscast Edited and Performed by Students
  • Technology Club
  • Science Club
  • Math Club
  • Reading Buddies
  • Washington Troupe- 4th and 5th Grade Chorus
  • Musical Performances (Every child has an opportunity to perform in programs that are directly connected to the curriculum)
  • School Age Child Care (SACC)- Provides before- and after-school childcare as well as summer break.
  • Safety Patrol
  • Field Day Events- Every child participates in physical activities and games in a supportive environment
  • Read Across America
  • Math Across Washington
  • Washington on Wellness- GWES' "Heart Healthy" Approach to Celebrating Valentine's Day
  • Annual Service Learning Projects (Provide aid to tsunami and hurricane victims, 2nd Harvest Food Bank, etc.)
  • Mountain Trail Outdoor School- 5th Grade Extended Field Trip
  • Celebrations of Learning
  • Early Childhood Learning Center (NAEYC Accredited Program for children 6 weeks through 4 years)
  • Road Patriots- Running Club
  • D.A.R.E.

School Achievements

 

  • In 2012 Washington was listed as one of the top ten environmental schools in the state through the Good Sports Always RecycleTM program.
  • In 2012 Washington Elementary was awarded a Bronze Award for nutrition, nutrition education, and physical education efforts by the USDA Healthier School Challenge.   
  • In 2007 Washington Elementary was named a SMART Showcase School by SMART Technologies.
  • In 2005 Washington Elementary School was one of 30 schools in the nation to be  named a Blue Ribbon Lighthouse School by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc.
  • Intel Scholastic 2005 School of Distinction Award (winner in the elementary teamwork category) 
  • In 2001 Washington Elementary was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School of excellence by the United States Department of Education. The intensive application process caused us to reflect upon all of our accomplishments since the school's beginning in 1994. It was truly validating to receive a site visit and then to be recognized as the only Blue Ribbon School in Tennessee at that time. 
  • In the fall of 2001 Washington Elementary won the Tennessee State Board of Education’s Parent Involvement Award for the 1st District. It's PATRIOTS (Parent Action Team Reinforcing and Integrating Opportunities To Succeed) logged more than 9,500 volunteer hours, the majority of which involved direct contact with the students. 
  • Since our opening in 1994, Washington has had ten system-wide Teacher of the Year awardees. 
  • During the past 10 years, Washington has had five teachers achieve National Board Certification:  Dwain Arnold, Karen Reed-Wright, Susan Lewis, Jennifer Arblaster, Traci Harris.
  • In 1999 Karen Reed-Wright became the second Washington teacher (Dwain Arnold was the first) to be recognized as the winner of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching for the area of K-6 Math. 
  • Patty Williams, media specialist, was recognized as the recipient of the TECH STAR award for her creative use of technology to bring a live news broadcast to the Washington community each day. She also received the Progressive Library Media Award in 2000. In addition she was named the recipient of the Clara Housbrouck Award and the Louise Meredith School Library Media Services Award from the Tennessee Association of School Librarians.