The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction recently announced 46 middle and high schools received the Career Guidance Award of Excellence. The schools are recognized for highly effective, inclusive guidance and counseling programs. The following local schools received the award: Harrison Prep, Clover Park and Lakes high schools, Lochburn, Mann, Hudtloff and Woodbrook middle schools in the Clover Park School District; Franklin Pierce, Gates and Washington high schools, Ford and Keithley middle schools in the Franklin Pierce School District; Emerald Ridge High School in the Puyallup School District; Lincoln and Wilson high schools in the Tacoma School District.
Enrollment for Tacoma Public Schools’ 2015-2016 preschool and kindergarten will begin Wednesday. All elementary schools offer full-day kindergarten programs and each school will host an open house this spring for registration. Early entrance screening will be available for children that turn 5 years old between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31. Preschools are available at elementary schools for 3 and 4 year olds with about 1,400 free preschool slots available. For more information on kindergarten and preschool registration call 253-571-1049.
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Bryant and Geiger Elementary Schools offer full-day Montessori preschool for a monthly fee. For information contact Bryant at 253-571-2800 or Geiger at 253-571-6800.
The Bethel School District will offering a Spanish Dual Language Immersion program at Chester Thompson Elementary. The program is designed as an academically challenging targeted on developing student bilingual and biliterate proficiency in Spanish and English. The school is seeking both native Spanish and English speaking students with enrollment limited to kindergarten the first year.
A informational meeting for Spanish speaking families is 6:30-7 p.m. Thursday at the school. The program is open to all students. For more information call 253-683-5800.
The Tacoma Chapter of the Washington State Music Teachers Association will be hosting it annual playoffs piano competition at 3 p.m. Sunday. Two students, from a pool of 15 local piano students, will be selected winners to represent the Tacoma Chapter in the state-wide Honors Recital in June. The competition will be presented in a concert format at First Lutheran Church, 524 S. I St., Tacoma and is free and open to the public.
High school students in grades 9-12, are invited to partiticapte in The Sidekick Collective Superhero (Re)Design Contest with winners receiving tickets to the Seattle Interactive Conference. Students are tasked with creating a new generation of superhero for the 21st century through photography, design, or comic book art, heroes that inspire change or challenge injustice. Entries are being accepted through April 15 online at sidekickcollective.com/redesign
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers