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Highline Community College’s Marine Science and Technology Center (MaST) is pleased to announce the launch of the “Got Caps?” plastic bottle cap collection campaign on Saturday, June 8th from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. The MaST Center is partnering with community organizations and local schools to collect bottle caps to prevent accumulation in our landfills. The caps will be reused for eco-art educational projects and distributed to partnering organizations for proper recycling.

The launch event will include workshops to teach different ways to reuse caps for things such as children’s projects or garden art, and a “Sink Your Boat” contest. Attendees that bring a grocery bag of plastic bottle caps to the MaST Center will be entered to win prizes such as a Salty's at Redondo gift certificate, an iTunes gift card, a “sustainable” gift package and more.


May 24 UPDATE: Highline School Board members do not have to formally vote on the new security plan recently unveiled by district administrators.

District officials, however, emphasize that they would not move forward with the plan without informal board agreement.

While the district did hold a community meeting May 20 on the recommendations, a presentation was not given at the May 22 school board meeting.

Here is our previous coverage with corrections made:

School security officers will remain armed under a proposal announced May 14 by Highline Public Schools.

A public meeting will be held Monday, May 20, 6-7:30 p.m., at district headquarters (ERAC), 15675 Ambaum Blvd. S.W.

The school board holds its regular meeting on Wednesday, May 22, 6 p.m., at Southern Heights Elementary,11249 14th Ave. S.

Here is the news release from the district:

More extensive staff training and strong coordination with local law enforcement are the hallmarks of a proposal to improve safety and security at Highline schools. The proposal will be presented to the community at a public meeting on Monday, May 20.


The Highline Branch of the American Association of University Women held its annual Young Scholars reception at the Highline District Offices on May 7 to honor local eleventh grade girls who have excelled in science, math, and technology.

The students were nominated by their teachers and counselors from Highline, Evergreen, Tyee, Aviation, Mount Rainier, Kennedy, and Seattle Christian High Schools

The keynote speaker, Dr. Erika Wagner, Business Development Manager of Blue Origin, talked about the thousands of job opportunities that will be available in the private sector of space exploration.

Her advice of “proceeding step by step ferociously” provided inspiration to the young honorees and was especially timely as these girls face one more year of high school and make decisions about their future.

This is the twelfth year the Highline Branch AAUW has been sponsoring and encouraging young women to pursue excellence in STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) careers.


It went so well last year, Highline Public Schools and Highline Schools Foundation staffers are doing it again this year.

It is the Scholar-Athlete, Coach and Community Recognition Program.

Sixteen student-athletes, eight honored middle and high school coaches and community contributors will be honored at a recognition banquet, Tuesday, May 21 at Mt. Rainier High School in Des Moines.

The students will receive scholarship funds.

The total amount given away depends on the generosity of Highline alums, parents and community members.

In the inaugural event, $15,000 was raised for scholarship support.

Highline district athletic director Terri McMahan said donations reached $30,000 per year when she organized a similar program as Edmonds Public Schools athletic director. The Edmonds program is still going strong, she reports.

As for last year’s Highline event, McMahan said she has heard nothing but positive comments about it.

“We are committed to making this an annual event and to growing scholarship support,” McMahan declared.

AHS ranked among the highest in the nation

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Aviation High School is ranked as one of the top performing schools in U.S. News and World Report’s Best High School rankings for 2013.

The school is ranked as the 6th best high school in Washington state out of 587 public high schools. Aviation High School is ranked #257 in the country out of more than 21,000 public high schools evaluated. Aviation High School is one of just ten Washington schools to receive a Gold Medal in the report.

“Being ranked so high in the prestigious U.S. News & World Report is a great honor and reflects the quality of teaching by our staff, the support of our industry partners, and our remarkable students,” said CEO/Principal Reba Gilman. “This is the first time Aviation High School has received the national gold medal distinction.”

The rankings are based on how well schools serve all their students, calculated first on how students performed on state exams; and secondly, on how well students are prepared for college-level work, measured by Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate participation and test results.

Aviation High School facts:
State Rank: 6
National Rank: 257
Medal Awarded: Gold

Cedarbrook Lodge helping older students mentor younger students

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Global Connections High School students are teaming up with Cedarbrook Lodge to educate fifth graders from Bow Lake Elementary on childhood obesity, anti-bullying and classroom etiquette.

The DECA class at Global Connections developed a field trip for the Bow Lake students. Cedarbrook Lodge is hosting the field trip on May 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

DECA is an international association that aims to prepare emerging high school leaders for careers in marketing, finance, hospitality and management.

“My Advanced Marketing students love the challenge of ‘thinking like a 5th grader’ as they consider their target market for the lessons they are planning,” said DECA teacher Alana Vinther. “It’s delightful to hear them comment on the challenges and rewards of working with the elementary students.”

The high school students have enlisted the help of Cedarbrook’s Culinary Director, Roy Breiman, and Executive Chef, Mark Bodinet, to teach the elementary students about nutrition and sustainability through a cooking demonstration. The students will then get to taste the food and go home with a few easy and healthy recipes to try at home.

HCC launches Career Coach

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Highline Community College in partnership with Economic Modeling Specialists, Inc. (EMSI) is pleased to announce the release of Career Coach, a free online tool that allows students and the community to explore career and educational opportunities in our region.

Through a simple keyword search, students and community members learn about the employment prospects of careers and the educational training requirements. The real-time information is customized to Highline’s geographic location, includes detailed wage estimates, employment trends and up-to-date job postings associated with more than 800 careers.

“Career Coach offers both our campus and surrounding communities a powerful tool for career and educational exploration that is easy to use and best of all free,” said Dr. Lisa Skari, Highline’s vice president for institutional advancement. “It is an especially valuable resource because of the local data and job postings it provides. Our hope is that it connects users to the jobs and educational training necessary to obtain their ideal career.”


Press release:

A meeting of the SW King School Retirees Association will be held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 8th and So. 192nd St., Des Moines, at 11:30 a.m.

A donation ($6) lunch will be served and the program, to follow, features Mr. Richard Anderson, President of WSSRA.

He will bring us up-to-date on the happenings in Lacey, and the benefits that AMBA has for us.

(We are also still collecting food and money for the local Food Banks; this month the Feinstein Foundation will double our contributions.) Please join us. If you have any questions regarding this meeting, please call Eileen at 206 878 3294.

Aviation High and Highline High win several awards at region and state level

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Two Highline schools are headed to St. Louis at the end of the month to compete in the FIRST Robotics World Championships.

Aviation High School holds the Washington State Robotics Champion title this year. The team also earned the Chairman’s Award at the state competition, which honors teams for excellence in design, creativity, innovation, and competition performance.

Highline High School will also compete in the World Championships. The team earned their ticket at the Seattle Regional competition by winning the Judge’s Award and the Safety Award.

Highline’s coach, Fred Leuke, won the Woodie Flowers Award as the region’s best mentor.

As an organization, FIRST exists to inspire young people to become science and technology leaders.

In the FIRST Robotics Competition students compete to build robots that perform various tasks. The tasks change each year and are revealed in January. Teams have just six weeks to construct the robot before competition.


Press release:

The Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) has announced that it will be hosting a 2013 Paralympic Experience in SeaTac in conjunction with U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.

The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 11th at the Tyee Educational Complex, 4424 S. 188th St. It is open to all K-12 students with visual impairments across the state of Washington.

"We are very excited to announce our Paralympic experience for students who are blind and visually impaired. This event will introduce students to several different sports, and give them the opportunity to learn more about the Paralympic games," said Executive Director Billy Henry

"The Paralympic Experience program encourages physical fitness and overall well-being for individuals with physical and visual disabilities, and we are thrilled to be working with Northwest Association for Blind Athletes (NWABA) on this initiative," said Charlie Huebner, USOC Chief of Paralympics.

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