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Welcome to Chess

Principal Manthei

Dear Parents;

I am happy to report that Rowena Chess Elementary is a recipient of the 2013 Washington Achievement Award. 

Rowena Chess is being honored for Special Recognition Award, English Language Acquisition.

This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work of our students, the dedication of our teachers, and the support and guidance of our parents. Rowena Chess’ award is well deserved. In the past years, Rowena Chess has implemented several improvements that have impacted our students’ success.

The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They celebrate Washington’s top-performing schools and recognize achievement in many categories. This highly-selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Achievement Index and uses criteria set by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver.

The Washington Achievement Award is given in six categories: overall excellence, high progress, reading, math, science, extended graduation rate (high and comprehensive schools only) and English language acquisition.

I hope you will visit the OSPI Washington Achievement awards site to learn more about the awards and the criteria for selection.

The selection process for the Washington Achievement Award is very rigorous, and all of us take great pride in this accomplishment.


Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had many exciting events and activities that enhance the learning and experiences available for our students at Rowena Chess this year. We are proud of the participation, excitement and sense of school pride exhibited by our students, and look forward to celebrating many more events and accomplishments this year.

It’s hard to believe that testing season is already here. Students will participate in district-wide reading and math assessments this spring along with language proficiency tests. Teachers meet each week to discuss academic achievement and plan lessons that will meet the needs of students in their classrooms. We have dedicated, skilled teachers that make our school a great place to learn.

Please help us provide the best testing environments possible so our kids are able to show all they have learned. Ask them about what they are studying at school and give them a quiet place to read and complete homework. A full night of sleep is very important. If our bodies and minds are well rested it is easier to focus and stay on task during the day.

Our annual Spring Carnival is planned for May 14 and Field Day is scheduled for June 4th. Thanks for entrusting us with your children on a daily basis. It is our honor and pleasure to watch them learn and grow each and every day at Rowena Chess Elementary.



Wendi Manthei