Jefferson Recognized as High Performing by CEE

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Jefferson Recognized as High Performing by CEE
Jefferson Middle School Staff

Congratulations to the administration, staff and community of Jefferson Middle School for being recognized by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) for continuous improvement for Black, Latinx and low income students. JMS was selected from amongst the 295 school districts across Washington state.


Here is  a graphic representation of Jefferson's “Residual Values by Student Group” drawn from the CEE statewide study. A positive residual value means the student group did better than predicted.


Ivy Bronemann, Assistant Principal of Jefferson Middle School had this to say about being recognized by the CEE;


"Jefferson Middle School is a community that believes that all students can achieve. We value hard work above all else and that is evident in our approach to learning. We also value each other's differences and link that to our student's success."


Jefferson Middle School counselor Brenda Corkum has a very unique perspective about this recognition as two of her own children attended JMS;


"Jefferson is an amazing school. I have worked in many different districts over my years as a counselor as well as working for many different principals. I have never worked for someone who instills such confidence in the students, builds on the strengths of his teachers and pushes himself, his staff, his students and their families to believe in themselves the way that Michael Cimino does."

"We have high expectations of our students and we expect them to be in their classrooms ready to learn before the bell rings. We teach them manners through our Manners Matter program, we treat students like the young adults they are, instilling lifelong social skills and a work ethic that allows them to achieve to their highest level." There is something different about how Jefferson works and it is difficult to describe with words, however anyone who spends time with our students, our staff, our families or just walking through our building feels it."


This is a remarkable accomplishment and one which the entire Jefferson community should celebrate and share together. Special congratulations to Mr. Cimino and Mrs. Bronemann for your integral leadership, it starts from the top down. Way to go Jags!