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Archives: Sep. 2012

Sep.
29th

He’ll take social studies for $200, please…

John Hines, a social studies teacher at Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, will match wits with 14 other educators from around the country in an upcoming teachers tournament on TV’s “Jeopardy.”

A film crew from “Jeopardy” recently filmed Hines and his students in the classroom at Todd Beamer in preparation for the show. The two-week tournament tapes Monday Oct. 1 and Tuesday Oct. 2 and will air Nov. 7 to 20.

Hines auditioned for the show in June. The winner of the competition will receive $100,000 and a spot on “Jeopardy’s” tournament of champions. The second place winner

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Sep.
28th

Tacoma parents can keep tabs on student grades and more

Tacoma Public Schools is launching a new Web-based system that will allow both students and parents to check student grades, assignments, attendance records and other information.

The district has for several years offered a system that made limited information available online. But the new system, dubbed Home Access Center (HAC), promises more and is more user-friendly, according to district officials.

Families of high school students, for example, should be able to see a student’s daily schedule, daily assignments due, attendance, progress reports, report cards and transcripts. All students and parents should be able to see a student’s test scores, grades,

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Sep.
25th

University of Washington Tacoma plans community parade, business fair to welcome students to Tacoma

UPDATED 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday to reflect corrections from the UWT:

The University of Washington Tacoma will welcome students back to campus this Friday with a convocation, but it will not be a traditional ceremony with academics in long robes.

Instead, school organizers plan a parade through downtown, ending in a campus-wide community reception and business fair. The public is invited to participate in the processions, which will proceed along six five routes downtown starting at around 1:45 p.m.

“Our convocation reflects UWT’s mission to work in concert with our community in all things, including welcoming our new students,” chancellor

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Sep.
25th

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium score high praise in accreditation report

Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium received high marks in nearly every category when they were granted a five-year accreditation renewal earlier this month.

A commission from the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA) visited the zoo for three days in July to inspect its operations. The ensuing report was glowing, rating all operations as “excellent.”

“The community should take great pride in knowing that Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium is ranked among the best zoos and aquariums in the world,” AZA President Jim Maddy said.

The nonprofit organization has accredited fewer than 10 percent of the 2,400 animal exhibits licensed

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Sep.
24th

Puyallup Fair attendance tops 1.1 million, beats last year

This year’s Puyallup Fair drew 1,117,323 people over its 2 ½ week run, beating last year’s total crowd count by 58,141 people.

The fair’s biggest day was this past Saturday, when 113,917 people poured through the gates. Sunday’s crowd count was 102,696, which was 36,745 more people than the corresponding day in last year’s run – the biggest year-to-year daily attendance gain of the fair.

In general, attendance was slow the first several days compared to the 2011 event. The exception was the first Saturday, Sept. 8, which drew 73,489 people, besting last year’s opening Saturday by 7,638 people.

But

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Sep.
24th

Environmental group to host screening of water documentary

The environmental group Friends of Pierce County is hosting a screening of the documentary “Urban Water: Sustainability in the Balance” at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 at Tacoma’s Grand Cinema.

Jim Gawel, a University of Washington professor, wrote and produced the film. He’ll be on hand at the screening and will answer audience questions afterward, a news release said.

Tickets to the event are $20, including refreshments.

The theater is at 606 S. Fawcett Ave.

 

Sep.
20th

WSDOT says Narrows bridges still standing, despite distorted iOS 6 photo

A distorted aerial photo of the Tacoma Narrows Bridges released Wednesday as part of the maps in Apple’s iOS 6 mobile operating system caused the Washington State Department of Transportation to Tweet Thursday that the bridges are still intact.

A tumblr.com blog called The Amazing iOS 6 Maps, mocking the new system,  posted the picture with the caption: “Oh no, Galloping Gertie is back!” The reference

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Sep.
20th

Hungry kids get help in a backpack from St. Leo Food Connection

St. Leo Food Connection has resumed its weekend food backpacks for Tacoma students who are at risk of going hungry when school lets out.

This is the fifth year of operation for the program. This year, it will serve an estimated 420 students each week in 14 Tacoma Public Schools.

This month, the program will also expand to two schools in Lakewood’s Clover Park School District.

The backpacks are sent home with kids every Friday during the school year. Each is packed with six kid-friendly meals and snacks, including fresh fruits and vegetables.

St. Leo is partnering with local schools

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