UPS to host school of education info night
The University of Puget Sound will host a school of education information night open to the public Thursday Nov. 5. Faculty and staff from the master of arts in teaching program and the master of education in counseling program will explain the programs, how to enroll and career opportunities that the masters programs provides. The event will be held from 7-9 p.m. in Howarth Hall, Room 212 on the university campus in Tacoma. For more information go to pugetsound.edu/education.
Clover Park swimmers earn academic honors
The Clover Park High School’s girls swim team recently received the Dairy Farmers of Washington/Les Schwab Tires Scholastic Award and will be in the running for the 2A Swim Academic State Championship. The team’s cumulative team grade-point average was 3.542 with 16 participants. This is the second academic excellence award the team has earned.
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Sumner students to attend national conference
Sixteen students from Sumner High School have qualified for the Future Farmers of America National Conference. Thirteen will be attending, 12 of them girls. The group raised enough money to cover some of the costs for their flights and hotel to go to Louisville, Kentucky to attend the conference and present their project.
Pierce County school districts boost College-Bound sign-ups
More than 91 percent of last year’s eligible eighth grade students signed up for the College Bound Scholarship offered to low-income students in Washington state, according to a report from the Washington Student Achievement Council. Students must enroll in middle school by June 30 of their eighth grade year.
The Carbonado, Dieringer, Eatonville, Puyallup and White River school districts had a 100-percent participation rate for eligible students. Districts with at least a 92-percent sign-up rate include Clover Park, Franklin Pierce, Peninsula and Tacoma.
College Bound scholars promise to graduate from high school with a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, have no felony convictions and apply for financial aid at both the state and federal levels. To receive the scholarship upon graduation, they must be income-eligible, must be accepted to college and either be a U.S. citizen or have federal deferred action immigration status. The scholarship, combined with other state aid, covers tuition at public college rates.
The most recent cohort, scheduled to graduate from high school in 2019, includes more than 33,000 Washington students and is the largest since the program’s inception in 2007.
Lakewood preschoolers get donated books
Students in the Head Start program at Tillicum Elementary School in Lakewood have 1,100 new books, thanks to a grant from the Molina Foundation. The donation to the preschoolers is aimed at both an in-school program and a home visit program, which delivers books to families at home. One goal is to help kids build home libraries.
“The earlier we can get books into the hands of our students, the better the results in the classroom,” Tillicum Principal Jeff Miller said in a news release. “They’ll be that much better prepared for kindergarten.”