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This spring, more than 2,000 students will hit the beach with the Environmental Science Center's naturalists to explore intertidal Puget Sound. A new component this year includes an expanded field study from one and a half hours to two hours so that students can learn about the harmful effects of marine debris on our oceans and actions they can take to be a Beach Hero.

Taking advantage of ESC's new facility at Seahurst Park, students will be able to explore plastics collected from the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch" in the North Pacific Gyre, view satellite imagery of earth's ocean currents, and learn how to pack a sustainable lunch box by minimizing single use plastics.

When students make the pledge to REFUSE, REDUCE, RE-USE, and RECYCLE plastics in their daily life, they will receive an official Beach Hero identification card.

Most of the more than 90 classes that ESC will serve this spring receive a one-hour classroom session, two-hour field study, and bus transportation free-of-charge.

Real world application of lesson is helping students learn

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Budding scientists at Cascade Middle School and the Arts and Academic Academy (AAA), both in SeaTac, are working together to experiment on new biotech equipment.

High school students in AAA’s BioInformatics, Technology, and Ethics class are partnering with 7th grade science students from Cascade to learn together. While the older students are mentoring the younger students, both groups are learning from each other.

“Working with the students was really fun and it seemed that they responded better and were more interested in working with other teenagers rather than teachers,” said high school student Kateah Nims. “I felt they were more inspired to be more involved with what was happening.”

In class, the students are learning about the genetic basis for antibiotic resistance.

“This lab is a real world application of everything they have been learning,” said Cascade teacher Anna Kramer, “It wouldn’t be possible without the AAA students leading each small group on the specific lab skills.”

Students log most hours in international math competition

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Practice is paying off for math students at North Hill Elementary in Des Moines.

Students at the school finished 1st on the West Coast and 7th in the world for most minutes logged in the Math Mania Bowl.

The Math Mania Bowl is a computer based competition where students play one minute math games in real time. The competition lasted 24 hours and students from around the world participated.

“The students went wild and logged in an incredible amount of minutes online,” said North Hill Principal, Nancy Melius. “The kids were excited to compete against each other, and the rest of the world.”

Many students logged in for 5-6 hours.

Fourth and fifth graders started training for the competition in September when the school started a Math Club through V-Math, an online math program and interactive game. To join the club, students were asked to put in 100 minutes of work each week, on top of their regular weekly homework.


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Parents in Seattle and South King County are invited to a free event that will provide the information and resources they need to help their children do well in school – from cradle to college and career.
Hundreds of parents are expected at the April 20 Road Map Region Parent Forum, which is designed to help parents understand school systems, get information on academic requirements and build stronger relationships with schools. Research shows these factors are critical for student academic success.
The Parent Forum will feature workshops, prizes, inspirational speakers and an interactive Resource Fair that will include Radio Disney.

Road Map Region Parent Forum
Saturday, April 20
Foster High School
4242 S. 144th St., Tukwila, WA 98168

Registration opens at 9 a.m. | Welcome begins at 10 a.m. | Workshops run until 3 p.m.
Resource Fair is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Three Highline schools have won multiple 2012 Washington Achievement awards. The awards were announced Tuesday, April 2.

Aviation High School in Des Moines earned awards for overall excellence, math, and science.

Global Connections High School on the Tyee campus in SeaTac won for overall excellence, extended graduation rates and closing achievement gaps.

Health Sciences and Human Services High School (HS3) on the Evergreen campus in White Center won for overall excellence, extended graduation rate and high progress.

Single award winners were Marvista Elementary in Normandy Park, science; Gregory Heights Elementary in Burien, closing achievement gaps; and Southern Heights Elementary in Burien, high progress.

In the Tukwila district, Cascade View Elementary was honored for math.

Aviation, Global Connections, HS3, and Southern Heights also won 2011 Washington Achievement Awards.

The office of the state superintendent of public instruction issued a press release giving details about the awards:

Highline Community College students earn top honors at state awards

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Highline Community College students Jemimah Kamau and Lloyd Thomas have been named members of the 2013 All-Washington Academic Team for their academic achievement, community service and involvement on campus.

“We are proud to have Jemimah and Lloyd as Highline’s All-Washington Scholars this year,” said HCC President, Dr. Jack Bermingham. “They both overcame extraordinary challenges to gain access to higher education, making their academic achievements even more remarkable. Their outstanding success both inside and outside the classroom demonstrates the character and leadership that merit national recognition.”

Kamau, Thomas and other top scholars from the state’s 34 community and technical colleges were recognized today during the awards ceremony at South Puget Sound Community College in Olympia.

KeyBank honored each team member with a $500 scholarship. Kamau also received a $1,000 scholarship from the Washington Trustee Association of Community and Technical Colleges at the event.


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Dr. Susan Enfield, Highline schools superintendent, invites business owners, representatives of community organizations, and other community members to make appointments to meet with her during her monthly office hours.

Each month Superintendent Enfield hosts office visits, an opportunity for anyone in the community to share ideas and ask questions. The last two scheduled dates for office hours this school year are April 25 and May 23, both from 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

“Most of my office visits this year have been with parents and staff members. I have enjoyed these meetings and have learned a great deal from them,” said Enfield. “I am also hoping to have the opportunity to meet with members of the general community. You provide a different, and important, perspective.”

To schedule a 15-minute visit during office hours, please contact Jan May at 206.433.2217 or

Highline faculty member awarded Fulbright grant

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Highline Community College faculty member Dr. Emmanuel Chiabi has been awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture and perform research in Cameroon, Africa for the 2013-2014 academic year. He will be teaching a hybrid course of American history and government, and cultural anthropology at the Catholic University of Cameroon while continuing his research on the history of Cameroon.

“In the higher education community, it’s a significant honor to be selected for a Fulbright. Beyond the prestige of Dr. Chiabi’s award, the project itself is important,” said Jeff Wagnitz, Highline’s vice president for academic affairs. “His work in Cameroon builds on his prior academic work and will enrich Highline Community College’s efforts in internationalizing curriculum.”

This is Dr. Chiabi’s second time receiving a Fulbright award. In 1993 he was given a Fulbright research grant to the University of Florida, Gainesville, as well as other additional exchange grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the University of Yaoundé, Cameroon. Dr. Chiabi joined the Highline faculty in 1997.

Opportunity to shape students’ middle and high school experience

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Parents of middle and high school students are needed to help shape a plan that will guide schools for the next three years. It is part of a community effort to create a new three-year strategic plan.

The core planning team responsible for designing the plan is seeking ideas from Highline families and community members. The upcoming public input session will focus on ideas that can shape students’ middle school and high school experience.

“We are working toward very ambitious and necessary goals, to achieve better outcomes and broaden the opportunities for all students, and to better prepare them for their adult, working lives,” said Stacia Jenkins, a member of the core planning team and mother of a student at Pacific Middle School.

All parents are welcome, but middle school and high school parents are especially encouraged to join other families and community members for a meal and a conversation about what we want for our children and our community.

Entered Gregory Heights Elementary at age 4

The latest Mensa member is a five-year old boy from the Gregory Heights neighborhood of Burien.

Wikipedia notes, “Mensa is the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world. It is a non-profit organization open to people who score at the 98th percentile or higher on a standardized, supervised IQ or other approved intelligence test.”

Alex Schwieger is a first grader at Gregory Heights Elementary. He entered elementary school at age 4 last September.

According to his father, Bob Schwieger, Alex has been excelling at his educational requirements there.

“This prompted his Mom and I to have him tested and found out that his 135 IQ places him in the 99th percentile,” the proud father reports.

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