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DHS named ‘exemplary school’

by Merrie Leininger

Douglas High School was designated an “exemplary school” by the association that accredits schools in the northwest.

In a letter to Principal Bev Jeans, Leonard Paul, Nevada State chairperson of the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges, congratulated the school on its annual report.

Jeans said administrators had to write a report listing the school’s improvement plan during the 10 years between accreditation visits. The school will be accredited during the years 2001-02.

She said this year’s 50-page report discussed the career center and the career focus in everyday curriculum.

“There is a career focus for all students so they can see where they are heading. Our goal is to have students graduate to something than just from Douglas High School,” she said.

The report also included information about the media center and the University of Nevada, Reno, grant that provided a large database of UNR library holdings that teachers and students can access at any time.

“It’s great for students and staff for research. I have no reason to go to UNR any more for research,” she said.

n Reading program. The reading program that allowed students to improve their reading skills was also included in the report.

“We were worried about the sophomores reading test scores last year,” she said. “The teachers were taught reading strategies for improving the act of reading and we did see improvement in reading scores on the proficiency tests from the state.”

Jeans said she sent a copy of the letter to every staff member.

“We can sometimes get bogged down with the day-to-day work dealing with the trees and never get to see the forest. The reason we see this award is because of the quality ideas of people who put these programs together,” Jeans said.

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