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Central Kitsap Reporter Letters to the Editor | Oct. 4
Thank you for your article on CKSD’s success in Advanced Placement (AP) scores (“Central Kitsap School District students finding success at AP level,” Sept. 27). Thank you particularly in your singling out the primary reason for the district’s success — the leadership provided by Central Kitsap High School, its principals, its many fine teachers, its dedicated parents and of course its considerably “above average” students.
At the recent CKSD board meeting, the district’s overall accomplishments were noted by Superintendent Lynch. I am glad to see that the Superintendent and Board have finally come to understand that excellence in education, as exemplified by these very high AP scores at CKHS, is commendable. It is about time.
It is unfortunate, however, that the Superintendent didn’t care to recognize the singular accomplishments of CKHS at the meeting, but instead chose to extol the accomplishments of the district as a whole. It is unfortunate because the honor belongs to CKHS, to CKHS alone. Olympic and Klahowya are OK, but they had little or nothing to do with the district’s success. Perhaps it is just that Superintendent Lynch didn’t want to praise CKHS because he is is ashamed of Olympic’s and Klahowya’s meager accomplishments.
It was mentioned during the board meeting and in your article that the district is looking for ways to expand the program in the “other two” high schools. I hope the Superintendent is not thinking of taking funds and qualified teachers from CKHS and forcing those funds and teachers into the “other two” schools. This would be the logical move by a superintendent and board who haven’t really cared much for the AP program up to this time and want to play “catch-up.” But it would be like trying to ride a dead horse. The other schools, especially Olympic just don’t have what it takes: they don’t have the principal, nor the teachers, and they just don’t have the parents to make a great AP program work.
Give credit where it’s due
It was great to read the article concerning the AP program in the CK School District. However, a few clarifications need to be made in the story. It was reported that the pass rate of scores 3 or higher was 81 percent for the entire CKSD, but that is not true. That pass rate was for CK High School only. As reported later in the article, the rates for Olympic and Klahowya Secondary School were 50 percent each.
While I understand the effort of many to spread the wealth, so to speak, I believe that credit should be given where credit is due...and earned. The 81 percent pass rate is far above the national average and is cause for momentary celebration and pride. Current students, their parents, alumni and the community should be proud and supportive of the hard work and dedication that has made CK High a very unique school.
Superintendent Lynch mentioned the role of great teachers and I couldn’t agree more. At CK High there were two AP teachers in particular, Joanne Pendry and Shahid Ahmed, who both had 100 percent pass rates! With more than 90 exams taken in their AP US and AP Calculus classes combined, every single student scored a 3 or higher. Mr. Ahmed had close to 70 percent of his students achieve the top score of 5!
There are many areas that we continue to work on and make improvements and that is the sign of a vibrant and “robust” educational institution.
CK High School teacher