Education

Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Rep. Pat Sullivan with Page Julia Williams, Feb. 11.
Rep. Pat Sullivan with Page Julia Williams, Feb. 11. Courtesy

Pierce County students serve as legislative pages

During the current legislative session in Olympia, local students have been serving as pages in the House of Representatives and Senate. They perform a variety of responsibilities and they receive daily civics instruction, draft bills and participate in mock committee hearings. The following students recently served as pages:

Julia Williams, Stadium High School, sponsored by Rep. Pat Sullivan (D-Covington); Elsa Bley, Kalles Junior High, sponsored by Sen. Bruce Dammeier (R-Puyallup); Ethan Roach, Sumner High School, sponsored by Sen. Pam Roach (R-Auburn); Mac Stauffacher, Curtis Junior High, sponsored by Rep. Steve Kirby (D-Tacoma); and Natalya Braxton, Charles Wright Academy, sponsored by Rep. Laurie Jinkins (D-Tacoma).

Edgemont band director in hall of fame

Band director Andy Burch of Edgemont Junior High was recently inducted into the Class of 2016 Washington Music Educators Association Hall of Fame. Inductees are nominated by several people in the association and a selection committee reviews and selects the 10 educators inducted every two years. Burch will be honored at the Puyallup School District meeting March 7.

Schools honored for career guidance efforts

The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction recently recognized 34 middle and high schools in Washington with the Career Guidance Award of Excellence. The award recognizes schools for exemplary career and college-readiness programs. The following local schools received the award: Federal Way TAF Academy, Franklin Pierce High School, Ford Middle School, Gates High School, Emerald Ridge High School, Mount Tahoma High School, Clover Park High School, Lakes High School, Harrison Preparatory, Lochburn Middle School, Mann Middle School, Hudtloff Middle School and Woodbrook Middle School.

Eatonville is on AP honor roll

The Eatonville School District has been recognized with the College Board Advanced Placement Honor Roll status. The recognition is for an increase of access to AP coursework and the percentage of students who score a 3 or higher on AP exams. Eatonville was one of 10 districts in the state to receive the distinction.

Students showcase environmental research, photos

Ten middle and high school students from Tacoma, Lakewood, Fircrest, Spanaway and Puyallup recently completed participation in the Wood Smoke Photovoice Environmental Justice Project made possible through a grant received by the University of Washington Tacoma. The citizen-science research project investigated wood-smoke pollution in homes through documentation with photos and sampling of air quality of the student’s indoor environments.

Students will present their findings to the public at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Moore Branch Library, 215 S. 56th St., Tacoma. The event will include a community discussion about wood-smoke pollution.

Revised schedule for superintendent search

The Peninsula School District announced a revised schedule for three of the special board meetings that are being held in connection with a search for a new superintendent.

The revised schedule:

March 14

School board/candidate dinner meeting at 4:45–6:15 p.m. at Massimo Restaurant, Purdy

Community forum with superintendent candidate at 6:30 p.m. at Henderson Bay High School.

Executive session later that is not open to public to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment. No action will follow the executive session.

March 15

School board/candidate dinner meeting at 4:45 – 6:15 pm at Massimo Restaurant, Purdy

Community forum with superintendent candidate at 6:30 p.m. at Henderson Bay High School.

An executive session later that is not open to public to evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment. No action will follow the executive session.

March 16

School board/candidate dinner meeting: 4:45 – 6:15 p.m. at Massimo Restaurant, Purdy

6:30 p.m. Henderson Bay High School: Community forum with superintendent candidate

Executive session later that is not open to public: To evaluate the qualifications of an applicant for public employment. Action may be taken following the executive session.

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