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Category: Schools


‘Healthy Youth’ survey asks students about diet, drug use, bullying

Nearly 300,000 Washington youth in more than 1,000 public schools around the state are taking the Healthy Youth Survey this week.

The anonymous survey asks students about alcohol, drug and tobacco use, exercise, diet, bullying , TV and online habits and other behaviors that can impact their health. It’s administered to 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th graders in Washington every two years.

“Habits people develop when they’re young often stay with them for a lifetime, so it’s important for us to understand what kids are up to in our state,” Secretary of Health Mary Selecky said in a

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New library and office expansion at University of Washington Tacoma is open

They call it the Tioga Library Building, I guess because it is connected to the historic – but still not renovated – Tioga Building (1890).

It is across the street from the Swiss Tavern and the skybridge that connects it to the University of Washington Tacoma’s existing library crosses over the Prairie Line. The official opening is Oct. 3. Fall quarter begins Sept. 24 and it looks like finishing touches and the final move in will be completed by then. It cost $24 million.
One benefit of completion is the fencing that prevented use of the Prairie

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Students hold lemonade stand to support classmate battling cancer

When 9-year-old Maari Dickerson was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer last week, her school decided to rally to help raise funds for her family.

Her third-grade class at Washington-Hoyt Elementary School will host a lemonade stand from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Proctor Farmers Market, at North 27th Street and North Proctor Street.

“We’ve kind of gone with the theme, ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade,’” said Megan Gibson, Dickerson’s teacher.

Dickerson’s family has been keeping the community informed of her condition via Facebook posts, Gibson said.

She has started a 40-week cycle of

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Bryant Earth Day garden fair

Join the Bryant Montessori School Peace Committee for the third annual Earth Day Garden Fair, scheduled for 3:30 to 7 p.m. April 20 at the Taoma school.  The fair includes earth-friendly vendors, information tables, activity stations, food booths and a Parade of the Species at 6 p.m.  Come dressed as your favorite animal, sea creature or bird and join a parade around the Bryant neighborhood led by a 21-foot peace dove.  For more information visit this link.


New school construction to start this summer at JBLM

Here’s a construction update from the Clover Park School District in Lakewood:

The district, in partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, is building two new elementary schools on base: Carter Lake and Hillside. The schools will be built at their current locations. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by fall 2013.

Funding comes from the Department of Defense and Washington state school construction funds. The DOD funding is the result of a national study of schools on military bases around the country. Carter Lake, located on the McChord section of the base, and Hillside, on Fort Lewis,

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Candlelight vigil for Tacoma principal

A candlelight vigil will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 28) at Lowell Elementary School in memory of Principal Bob Dahl, who died March 18 after a short illness.

The outdoor program will be held in the back playground at Lowell. The program will feature bagpipers, candle lighting, speakers, a short presentation and music from the Lowell chorus.

The public is welcome to use the nearby parking lot at St. Patrick school and church. Refreshments will be served following the program in the Lowell auditorium.

For more information, contact the school at 253-571-7200.


Tacoma schools will lead science, math efforts

The Science and Math Institute (SAMI) and Stewart Middle School in Tacoma are among six educational entities chosen to serve as Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) mentors to other schools in the state.

A total of five schools and one school district have been named Lighthouse mentor schools by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Each entity will be awarded $20,000 to help promote and develop STEM education. They will offer technical assistance and advice for other middle schools and high schools that are creating their own STEM environments.

In addition to SAMI and Stewart, other

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