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Welcome to Chess


Principal Manthei

Dear Parents and  Guardians,

It’s hard to believe the school year is already coming to an end.   We are proud of the participation, excitement and sense of school pride exhibited by our students on a daily basis and at our evening activities this year. Our teachers and our students have worked hard, and we are proud of them!   It is our honor and pleasure to watch your children learn and grow each and every day at Rowena Chess Elementary. 

This summer it will be important to encourage your children to read.  Talk to them about what they are reading and what they like about the story. This will keep them from falling behind and increase their comprehension skills.  Keeping a journal and writing about summer activities is also a good idea, and makes a great keepsake to look back at in the future. 

We’ll look forward to seeing you at our Welcome Back to School Night on Monday, August 25th from 4:00-5:30.  At this time, you will be able to drop off school supplies, meet your teacher, visit your new classroom, and re-connect with friends.  Enjoy your summer vacation, and remember to read every day!


Wendi 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.