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Archives: May 2013

May
31st

When are kids old enough to be home alone?

This advice comes from the state Department of Social and Health Services:

There is no federal or Washington state law regarding the age when children may stay home alone or baby-sit. Parents need to take into consideration the skills and maturity of the child. Some children mature sooner than other children.

Like many other aspects of parenting, there are no hard and fast answers about what to do. Most important of all is to know your child and to be clear about what his/her capabilities are.

When parents decide that a child is able to stay home alone or

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May
30th

Chloe Clark Elementary “Watchdad” earns honor

Jason Pierce, Top Dog Coordinator of the WATCH D.O.G.program at Chloe Clark Elementary in the Steilacoom School District is the recipient of the 2012-13 Washington Association of School Administrators Region 111 Community Leadership Award.

Pierce was instrumental in establishing the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program at Chloe Clark in November 2012. The program asks dads (and other father figures) to spend a full school day at Chloe Clark being a positive male role model.

Pierce organizes evening events and coordinates the schedules for three to five dads per week. An average day for a Watch D.O.G.S. volunteer

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May
29th

Lincoln High co-principal will head Tacoma’s graduation support center

​Greg Eisnaugle, co-principal at Lincoln High School since 2008, will lead Tacoma Public Schools’ newest innovation – the Reengagement and Graduation Support Center – beginning July 1.

As a principal on special assignment, Eisnaugle will work on identifying and supporting students who dropped out of school or fell off their graduation path, with a goal of getting them back on track to graduation.

Eisnaugle shared in the creation of the award-winning Lincoln Center program, a successful small school-within-a-school that has recorded a graduation rate above 90 percent.

While at Lincoln, he helped start Early Study Wednesdays, which increase collaboration among

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May
29th

Jason Lee principal has a new job at Life Christian Academy

Jonathan Kellett, principal at Tacoma’s Jason Lee Middle School since 2009, will become the next high school principal at Life Christian Academy in Tacoma, the academy announced today.

Previously, he was principal at Stadium High School, where he was honored as Washington’s Principal of the Year by the Association of Washington State Principals.

Kellet, who has been an educator for 34 years, starts his new job in the fall. He plans to attend the Life Christian Academy graduation of the class of 2013 on Friday.

“Jon Kellett is the right man at the right time to lead our high school

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May
29th

Puyallup woman elected to state PTA post

Dori Tate of Puyallup was recently elected as Washington State PTA (WSPTA) Leadership Director for a one-year term, which begins June 1. As Leadership Director, she will coordinate WSPTA leadership resources and activities. She will also serve on the WSPTA Board of Directors.

Tate has been actively involved in PTA since 1997, serving in various offices at Zeiger Elementary and Ballou Junior High PTSA, as well as with the Puyallup PTA Council.

In addition to her PTA activities, she is a volunteer for Good Sam Readers and tutors a first grader in reading. She has been married for 24

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May
29th

Puyallup names outstanding seniors

Outstanding high school seniors in the Puyallup School District are honored each year by the Puyallup School Board. Students from each high school are nominated for the honor by faculty members from various departments at each school.

This year’s honorees are:

Emerald Ridge High School: Elizabeth Clemens, Megan Cuddie, Anna DeCaterina , Grace Hiegel , Kendelle James, Austin Kelley , Sam Lund , Garrett Metz , Abigail Newby,
Nathan Norawong , Amisha Parikh, Rutvi Patel, Cameron Powers, Alexandria Proby , David Proby, Kyle Rink, Jerry Tang, Virginia Van Keuren , Kayla Walker , Cody Worhatch.

Puyallup High School:

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May
27th

Reminder for parents: Talk to graduates about celebrating safely

Many teens are making plans for senior week and graduation. The state Department of Social and Health Services reminds parents that there is a heightened risk for underage drinking at graduation parties. Parents and other adults can help keep teens safe by being informed and prepared.

“The good news is that two out of three high school seniors choose not to drink alcohol (according to the 2012 Washington State Healthy Youth Survey),” said Michael Langer, the Prevention and Treatment Services Supervisor for DSHS Behavioral Health and Service Integration Administration. “It is important that parents and other adults recognize teens for

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May
24th

Peninsula School District also bows out of charter school game

Like their counterparts in Tacoma, school board members in the Gig Harbor-area Peninsula School District have opted out of becoming a charter school authorizer.

Both the Peninsula and Tacoma boards had earlier indicated preliminary interest in the concept.

But on Thursday night, both said meeting the July 1 state deadline to apply for authorizer status would burden district staff who are busy with other work. Also like Tacoma, Peninsula board members left open the option of pursuing charter authorizer status in the future, Peninsula Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto said.

Under the state’s new charter school law, the publicly funded, privately run

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