Archive for May, 2012
More than 700 people showed up at Roosevelt Elementary School the evening of Thursday, May 24, to see student performances and artwork.
It was the Bellingham school’s second annual Children’s Art Festival Extravaganza.
The school’s 430 students each displayed several pieces of art.
Roosevelt also held a dedication ceremony for the Poet Tree — a sculpture created by artist Tony Hermanutz.
Hermanutz donated it to the school.
Excellent Schools Now members will talk about their new program, A+ Washington, during a Friday, June 15, luncheon at Northwood Hall, 3240 Northwest Ave.
They will discuss the need to strengthen the state’s educational system in order to support increasing workforce demands.
Organized by the Technology Alliance Group for Northwest Washington, the luncheon is 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Registration deadline is June 13.
The program starts at noon. The cost is $15 for members or $25 for non-members.
Excellent Schools is a coalition of education, business and community-based organizations in the state working on education reform.
The Lynden High School InvenTeam will unveil the recumbent tricycle members created for people with disabilities during an open house Tuesday, May 29.
The event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a meet and greet, followed by a presentation at 5 p.m. in the library of the high school, 1201 Bradley Road.
The team of student inventors from the high school created the tricycle using a $9,985 grant from the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam program, which helps students pursue inventions and career goals related to science, technology, engineering and math.
Fifteen teams were awarded grants nationwide in the 2011-12 school year, with the Lynden team the only one in Washington state.
The Lynden team also is one of just four picked to present their invention June 20-23 at EurekaFest at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
The team will present the tricycle, which uses a hydraulic lean mechanism controlled by a computer chip, June 20-23 at EurekaFest at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge.
Details are online at web.mit.edu/inventeams/currentinventeams.html.
Some of you at Lynden Christian High School might remember Kevin LaFleur, a former science teacher there.
The accomplished mountaineer loved Mount Baker, where he was last seen by fellow climbers heading up Deming Glacier alone the afternoon of April 26, 2008.
He hasn’t been seen since. He was 31 when he disappeared. This year, three Kevin LaFleur Memorial Teams will race in his honor at Ski to Sea on Sunday, May 27.
Click here to read the rest of the story.
Parent educator Jody McVittie will talk about connecting with teenagers and preventing youth suicide Thursday, May 31, in the Bellingham High School Auditorium.
The free event is open to the community. It begins at 7 p.m. at 2020 Cornwall Ave.
McVittie will discuss how the teenage brain works, how to help youths know that they matter, the warning signs of suicide and who is most at risk.
Because of the subject matter, organizers said only students older than 12 should attend.
Bellingham Public Schools and Western Washington University’s Counseling, Health and Wellness Services are sponsoring the event.
Click here for more on McVittie.
Beginning this fall, Western Washington University will offer its first online-only master’s degree.
The master of education in continuing and college education will prepare graduate students and educational professionals to teach, train and administer educational programs for adults in colleges and universities, businesses, social services, nonprofits, government and the community, according to a Western news release.
Because the courses through Western’s Woodring College of Education will be completely online, they will be available to graduate students across the country.
Known as the Continuing and College Education – Distance Learning (CCE-DL), the program begins Sept. 26. Applications will be accepted June 1 to Aug. 1.
The entire news release from Western is below.
In case you missed it, click here to read the story about a Western Washington University alum and his family donating $1 million to help build a multi-purpose, turf athletic field on the Bellingham campus.
Western Washington University has just announced that alumnus Scott Harrington and his family have donated $1 million to a project to build a new multipurpose athletic field.
The $4.6 million project will create an artificial-turf field that will be the new home for Western’s NCAA Division II men’s and women’s soccer teams. It also will be an important resource for Western recreation programs.
Here’s a description of the new Robert S. Harrington Field from Western.
The two Fairhaven fields on south campus near the tennis courts and softball field will be graded to one level, large, dividable turf field. The project will include a scoreboard, team benches and scorer’s tables, storage, spectator seating, restrooms and team facilities/locker rooms. In addition, the field will include an extension to enable concurrent and multi-recreational uses such as lacrosse and rugby.
The project is expected to be completed by November 2013.
The Bellingham Herald will follow this story on Wednesday, May 23.
Click here to read the announcement from Western.
The Washington Secretary of State says supporters of public charter schools are trying to gather enough signatures to put a statewide initiative before voters in 2012.
Tania de Sa Campos of Seattle on Tuesday, May 22, filed an initiative to authorize formation of up to 40 public charter schools over five years, operated by “qualified nonprofit organizations approved by the state,” David Ammons wrote on the Secretary of State’s blog.
Supporters must gather 241,153 valid signatures of registered Washington voters to land the measure on the ballot.
The Legislature considered charter schools this session, but the bills didn’t make it out of committee.
Voters already have twice rejected charter school measures.
Click here to read more, including the initiative language.
How will you vote if this measure qualifies for the ballot?