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Archives: April 2013

April
25th

Giaudrone Middle School hosts Hollywood-themed murder mystery dinner

Tickets are now on sale for Giaudrone‘s second annual murder mystery dinner theater, “Hollywood Files,” performing for one night only on Saturday, June 1.

The action takes place at the villa of “Hugh Jeego,” where a post-production party goes bad, and actor extraordinaire “Rich N. Famous” takes his last breath.

The show includes a three-course dinner catered by Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, along with prizes and a mystery to solve.

Tickets are $15. There are only 150 seats available. To purchase tickets, call 253-571-5811 or stop by the Giaudrone office at 4902 S. Alaska St., Tacoma.

Proceeds from this

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April
25th

Charles Wright hosts “Parenting in a Digital World”

Charles Wright Academy will host a workshop on “Parenting in a Digital World” in the middle school library at Charles Wright on Monday, April 29, 6-7:30pm. Its free and open to the public.

The workshop is led by local bloggers and Charles Wright educators, Holly Gerla and Samantha Harris. Gerla is a technology coordinator for the school and Harris is a librarian for the academy’s middle school.

Certified parent coach Emily McMason will join the duo for a discussion on issues related to kids, parenting, and technology in the 21st century. Attendees will get updates on social media and tech

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April
25th

Have fun “Chasing Vermeer” at Puyallup Library

The Puyallup Public Library will start “Read Outside the Lines” a series of programs for students in grades four through six that revolve around great children’s literature. The first series will be based on the award-winning chapter book “Chasing Vermeer” by Blue Balliett. Programs will take place at 3:45 pm every Thursday from May 2 through May 30.

While you don’t have to read the book to participate, I’d highly recommend it. My daughter was addicted to this author in her younger years. I picked up her copy of “Chasing Vermeer,” and soon I was deeply involved with it,

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April
24th

Teachers talk class size, school funding and paychecks at WEA convention this week

Educators will gather in Bellevue this week for the Washington Education Association‘s annual Representative Assembly. The convention is the highest decision-making body in the 82,000-member association, which is the state’s largest union for educators.

Hot topics, according to a union news release, will be smaller class sizes, school funding and educator compensation. More than 1,200 K-12 and higher education employees will convene at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, beginning Thursday night and running through Saturday night.

The event is WEA President Mary Lindquist’s sixth and final assembly as the association’s top leader. Elections for a new WEA president and vice

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April
24th

KBTC has a new interim director

Bates Technical College has appointed Ed Ulman as the interim executive director/general manager of KBTC Public Television. Ulman replaces David Hinman, who left his position to become the general manager of Pierce County TV.

During the past four years as KBTC’s development director, Ulman led all fundraising, underwriting, community engagement and grant activities for KBTC. He also represented KBTC and Bates Technical College through on-air fundraising and community activities. Under Ulman’s leadership, the development team nearly doubled its fundraising.

Before moving to Tacoma, Ulman served as the education and outreach manager for KNME-TV in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

“Ed has the

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April
24th

Lincoln High School plant sale starts Thursday

The Lincoln High School Environmental Science Club’s plant sale will be April 25 through April 28.

Hours:
Thursday April 25, 11-5
Friday April 26, 2:30-5
Saturday April 27, 9-3
Sunday April 28, 9-3

The club will sell tomatoes, cucumbers, green beans, peppers and more, as well as a wide variety of annuals and perennials.

April
23rd

Follow Tacoma school construction projects online

You can follow news and information about Tacoma Public Schools construction projects by becoming a fan of the school district’s Planning and Construction’s Twitter and Facebook social networking sites.

Voters this year approved a $500 million bond measure that will pay for 14 new and renovated schools, along with nearly 200 small capital improvement projects throughout the school district.

Those interested in following the design and construction progress on Twitter and Facebook can visit the district Planning and Construction Facebook fan page at Building For Achievement or receive alerts at #bldg4achievemnt through Twitter.

Links to both social networking sites can

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April
23rd

TCC has new executive vice president

After a nationwide search, Tacoma Community College has hired a new Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs. Dr. Tod E. Treat.

The Illinois native starts at TCC in July.

Treat has served as Vice President for Student and Academic Services at Richland Community College in Decatur, Illinois since 2010. Prior to joining Richland, Treat spent two years at the University of Illinois as Assistant Professor in the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership. While at Illinois, he was regularly recognized for excellence in teaching.

Treat has a Doctor of Philosophy from the College of Education at

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