Maplewood Elementary’s music program honored
The music program of Maplewood Elementary School in Puyallup is one of six schools being honored as part of Music in Our Schools Month by Give a Note Foundation.
The school’s Mustang Marimba Madness ensemble will receive a $2,500 grant. Money from the grant plus funds raised at an all-school benefit concert will be used to buy four marimbas for the classroom. On Tuesday, the marimba group will perform at the Puyallup High School Performing Arts Center during a presentation that also features a performance by Radio Disney artist Ruth B. The event begins at 7 p.m.
3 Eatonville District schools recognized for innovation
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Three of the seven schools receiving the state’s Innovative Schools designation for 2016 are in the Eatonville School District: Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy in Ashford, Eatonville Elementary and Eatonville Middle School.
The seven new designees bring the total number of Innovative Schools in Washington to 34. They will be recognized at a statewide awards ceremony May 10.
The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction accepts applications for the designation, and a statewide selection committee of educators and experts reviews them. Schools must meet a 95-percent participation rate on state tests and are selected based on criteria that include creativity, experimentation, increased student achievement and other factors.
Exam money available for low-income students to take advanced exams
Money is available for low-income students to take Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Cambridge Capstone exams, the U.S. Department of Education has announced. The cost is $15 per exam for qualified students. There is no limit to the number of exams a student can take.
Information on the program and how to qualify is available at tinyurl.com/hwvr4xe.
Clover Park to accept kindergarten registration
The Clover Park School District will accept registration for new kindergartners for the 2016-17 school year beginning April 25. During that week, each elementary school will hold an orientation for students and families. A list of times and dates is at www.cloverpark.k12.wa.us.
Clover Park lists changes to start, dismissal times for next school year
Start and dismissal times for many Clover Park schools will change for the 2016-17 school year. Officials said changes are being made to improve efficiency of school bus routes and to help manage a shortage of bus drivers.
Informational meetings will be held for families at 5 p.m. Monday at Carey Theatre, Building 2163, Liggett Ave., Joint-Base Lewis McChord, and at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood.
Call 253-583-5010 for more information.
Tacoma student entrepreneurs pitch their business ideas
Student entrepreneurs will take the stage this week to present their business plans before a panel of local business leaders and a public audience. The event takes place at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Pacific Grill Event Center, 1530 Pacific Ave., Tacoma.
Eight Tacoma Public School students in grades 6 through 12 who participate in the the Young Entrepreneurs Academy through the Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber will have five minutes to pitch their business plans. Business representatives will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement.
Investors will also select one business group to advance to national competition.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers