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Tag: Education


Arlington re-creation in Lakewood

Community members can visit Clover Park High School’s replica of Arlington National Cemetery beginning Thursday, when students set up the memorial on the high school’s front lawn, 11023 Gravelly Lake Drive SW in Lakewood.

This is the fourth year of the project, which is designed to honor soldiers who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, using white plastic stakes with the hand-written names of each deceased soldier. As a tribute to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, the sticks will be spaced two-and-a-half feet apart—the stride length of the guards who watch over the tomb. Students

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PLU students nominated for ‘Oil Literacy’ documentary

Pacific Lutheran University’s student MediaLab has been nominated for a 2011 Emmy award for the documentary “Oil Literacy.”

The film, which premiered in October in Seattle, explores the roles of governments, consumers, oil companies and others in the oil industry. Students Lorna Rodriguez, Kari Plog and Elizabeth Herzfeldt-Kamprath produced the film, while MediaLab faculty adviser Robert Marshall Wells served as the project’s executive producer.

MediaLab partnered with earth science graduate students and faculty at the University of Calgary in Alberta to produce the documentary. The team spent more than a year conducting research and traveling all over North America.


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NE Tacoma community night

Northeast Tacoma Elementary School hosts “Together We Learn,” a night to support and celebrate the community, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Families can learn about services for the community, as well as experience performances by community members to celebrate their unique talents.


Bethel Board OKs grade switch

The Bethel School Distict is moving from junior high schools to middle schools.


The board for the Spanaway-based school district voted Tuesday night to start the transition from its current seventh-through-ninth grade junior highs beginning in the 2012-13 school year.

That year, ninth graders will move to the district’s high schools, leaving a junior high-middle school hybrid to house only seventh- and eighth-graders.

Then in the 2013-14 school year or later – depending on student growth and economic conditions – the plan is to move sixth graders from the district’s elementary schools to middle schools for students in grades

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Another step toward UW Tacoma doctoral degrees

The University of Washington Tacoma says that Gov. Chris Gregoire is expected later today to sign a law that could clear the way for the Tacoma branch campus to offer an Ed.D., or doctoral degree in education.
The UWT proposal would first be submitted to the faculties of both the Tacoma and Seattle campuses, the UW Graduate School, and the UW Office of Educational Outreach, before it could be considered by the state Higher Education Coordinating Board.
A survey of potential graduate students in the South Sound region found strong interest in the degree. If it is approved,

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This is your kid’s brain on TV

Before children are given screen time, parents can learn about media and its impact on children from Dr. Dimitri Christakis at Bates Technical College’s 14th annual “Brain Series” event. It’s from 7-9 p.m. April 28 at the college South Campus, 2201 S. 78th St. in Tacoma.

Director of Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development, and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Washington, Dr. Christakis notes that not all media is bad.

“There are many very high-quality television programs for children,” said Christakis. “And [there are] many ways we can help make technology

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Puyallup kids showcase science

“Science Explorations 2011,” the annual Puyallup School District Science Fair, will be held this weekend during the The Spring Fair in Puyallup. Visitors can see science projects and posters that K-6 students worked on. An awards celebration is set for Sunday evening (April 17) at 6 p.m. The science fair is on the second floor of the Pavilion at the Western Washington Fairgrounds.


Tacoma school property hearing canceled

A public hearing to consider whether property owned by Tacoma Public Schools should be declared surplus has been canceled.
The hearing, originally announced for Thursday, will be rescheduled. A new date has not yet been announced.
The hearing will concern three properties:
• The Willard site, 1.9 acres at 3201 S. D St., Tacoma.
• Cirque and Alameda site, 15 acres at the southeast corner of Cirque Drive and Alameda Avenue.
• Camp Joshua Taylor, 20 acres at 19607 Bay Road, Longbranch.