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By Mark Heid
Supt of Goldendale School District 

The tide of purple and gold is still rising in the community

The Goldendale Way


The 2012-13 school year is off to a great start!

This year, the Goldendale School District is continuing its pursuit towards making us the most admired school district in the state of Washington. Last June, our graduating seniors were awarded $1.2 million in scholarships for their dedication to and hard work over the last 13 years at our Goldendale schools.

Our test scores throughout the district are on the rise as shown by the fourth, eighth, and 10th grade scores. In the fourth grade, our reading scores went up from 57 percent to 78 percent, a 21 percentage point increase! Writing scores increased from 51 percent to 70 percent, a 19 percentage point increase, and math scores increased from 37 percent to 65 percent, a 28 percentage point in those students passing the test.

At the eighth grade level, reading scores went up from 48 percent to 68 percent, a 20 percentage point increase; math scores raised from 36 percent to 61 percent, a 25 percentage point increase; and science improved from 34 percent to 63 percent, a 30 percentage point increase for students passing the test. At the 10th grade level, reading scores went up from 70 percent to 76 percent, a six percentage point increase; writing went up from 74 percent to 80 percent, a six percentage point increase; and math scores went up from 39 percent to 51 percent, a 12 percentage point increase. We are very pleased with the quality effort delivered by our students and staff last year to reach those numbers.

With the above-mentioned successes directing us towards this year’s continuing efforts for improvement to our school system, one exciting change is that all three school buildings are now “Timberwolves.” The school colors are now purple and gold for all grades and we have a five-year plan to transform the middle school and primary school buildings over to these colors. Our goal with this change is to encourage all students in grades K-12 and community members that attend our school events, to provide a sea of “purple and gold” to support our students.

We will soon have a new website where you can buy shirts, sweatshirts, caps, and more school spirit wear so the schools do not have to keep it in stock. Look for that site coming soon on the Goldendale High School webpage link at We would like to see the entire community accented in purple and gold.

The new Bake My Day bakery downtown has a beautiful Gold flag outside their business with purple lettering, the Goldendale Art Gallery has a purple and gold sign saying they are open for business, and the Little Paris Hair Salon has a huge purple banner encouraging the kids at our schools.

We are the Timberwolves and anyone coming through our town will be able to see our community pride and support for our schools! What do you say community businesses—how can we make this happen?


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