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Archives: June 2013


Mr. Dahl Drive to honor late Lowell Elementary principal

The street in front of Tacoma’s Lowell Elementary School is now known as Mr. Dahl Drive, honoring a longtime principal who died last year.

On Tuesday, the Tacoma City Council approved naming the 800 block of North 13th Street after Bob Dahl, who served as Lowell’s leader for 15 years.

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University of Puget Sound receives $2 million for endowed chair in biophysics

The University of Puget Sound announced today that it has received a $2 million gift from William and Flora McCormick of Austin, Texas, to establish The William D. and Flora McCormick Endowed Chair in Biophysics.

The gift was made as part of the university’s $125 million One [of a Kind]  campaign that is supporting critical programs and facilities, expanding scholarship opportunities for students and faculty, and reinforcing community initiatives.

“We are grateful to Bill and Flora for this generous gift, which supports the breadth of our undergraduate science education and enhances our commitment to interdisciplinary work in the new science

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Steilacoom School Board moves summer meeting dates

The Steilacoom School Board has voted to revise the 2012-13 school year meeting schedule.

The meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 11  has been moved to Thursday. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held in the Steilacoom High School Library, 54 Sentinel Drive, Steilacoom.
The board also scheduled a special meeting for Wednesday, June 26 to discuss the District Administration remodel project and personnel issues. The meeting will begin at 6:30
p.m. and be held in the district Professional Development Center, 511 Chambers Street, Steilacoom.


Tacoma schools: Leadership lineup changes announced

Tacoma Schools Superintendent Carla Santorno has created two new departments and announced other organizational changes, including school leadership positions.

Here are changes announced Friday:

  • A new Data and Enrollment Department will manage student enrollment and track data on academic achievement, early learning, safety and partnerships. The district will hire a new director for the department, which will combine staff members from several existing operation.


  • A new Project Management Office will spin out of the Technology Services Department and oversee the work and monitor progress on major district initiatives with a technology component.

Cabinet Member Shaun

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Sumner Board working on school sale

The Sumner School Board is working on a sale of McAlder Elementary School, which was closed to student use in September 2012.

The district had tried to lease the building, but found there was more interest from people who wanted to buy it, district spokeswoman Ann Cook said.

She said the district has a purchase agreement for the building, and it hopes to close the sale this summer.

The school, built in 1961, is located just off the Sumner-Orting Highway.

Cook said the board closed the school after a review and recommendation from the district’s

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Tacoma announces kindergarten schedule, assessment

Kindergarteners in Tacoma Public Schools will have a different schedule than other students this fall.

A later start date in September allows teachers to get to know their students better through early parent-teacher conferences aimed at making the transition to kindergarten easier for students and their families.

Early entrance assessment
An early entrance to kindergarten screening for children who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31, 2013, is available during July. Families can contact the Early Learning Department at 253-571-1415 for an appointment. Based on the outcome of this assessment, some students may attend kindergarten on a conditional

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New administrators named in Clover Park School District

Clover Park School District superintendent Debbie LeBeau recently announced the appointment of two administrators to leadership positions in the Lakewood district.

The retirement of Gary Wilson caused the district to find a replacement administrator for his position. Hudtloff principal Moureen David will serve as assistant superintendent for secondary schools.

David has 14 years of experience in the district – having served as a program director, assistant principal at the elementary level and for the last 10 years, as principal of Hudtloff Middle School.

David’s new appointment created a vacancy at Hudtloff, which will be filled by Greg Wilson.

Wilson comes

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Statewide campaign on Common Core standards

You’ll be reading a lot more about Common Core standards in the coming months.

Today, the Ready Washington coalition is launching a new public awareness campaign called “Real Learning for Real Life” to help parents and the public better understand the Common Core State Standards. The K-12 learning standards in math and English language arts will be fully implemented in Washington public schools at every grade level in the 2013-14 school year.

Ready Washington is a new coalition formed by state and local education agencies and associations, as well as community and education advocacy organizations, to promote the standards.

You can

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