By Nancy Covert
Approximately 108 (or three dozen per grade level) Pioneer Middle School students were honored on Dec. 3 at the first Pirate Pride Assembly of the 2008-09 school year.
A second Pirate Pride assembly is scheduled for next spring. This program marks the school‚Äôs second year for hosting the event.
Based on teacher/advisor nominations, the students are honored for ‚Äúdoing the right thing all the time,‚Äù explained PIO Principal Kristi Webster.
The special recognition is held as an addition to WASL recognition‚Äî‚Äúthe WASL doesn‚Äôt focus on the students who deserve recognition for their leadership, citizenship, and academic excellence. Students also are nominated for the recognition based on displaying excellent classroom behavior and behavior improvement,‚Äù explained Kathy Lech, Pioneer‚Äôs Leadership Advisor.
Honorees from 6th, 7th and 8th grade received Outstanding Student medallions and colorful Pirate certificates. An end-of-the-year school trip is being planned for next spring. At the end of the 2007-08 school year, Lech said, 120 Pioneer students attended a Mariner game at SAFECO Field.