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The Ballard High School boys soccer team was shut out in its second consecutive game, this time 1-0 at the hands of Woodinville.

The Beavers are now 0-2 in the conference and 1-3 overall.

Coach Gary Hunter said the team would spend more time on shooting practice in coming practices and put more emphasis on the offensive side of the ball.

Ballard has a lot of young players – they only started two seniors against Woodinville – and they are still trying to learn the system of the team, Hunter said.

"I think they are playing hard," he said. "The team is a young team."

The Beavers head to Bothell to take on Bothell High School at 7:30 p.m., this Friday, March 27.

03/25/2009
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March 24 – Woodinville: 1 Ballard: 0

The Ballard High School girls golf team lost to Woodinville by eight strokes in the first match of the season on an unseasonably chilly March 24 at the West Seattle Golf Course.

"It was really cold for one," coach Casey McMullin said. "And, for the first match of the year, it was our players getting their feet wet."

Ballard's Kayla Wenger tied for first place with Woodinville's Bri Hemming with a score of 57.

Amy Johannsen (62 strokes) and Caime Scott (63 strokes) placed fourth and fifth respectively for the Beavers.

McMullin said a number of girls were ineligible for the game due to grades.

The team faces Inglemoor at 3 p.m., March 26 at the West Seattle Golf Course.

03/25/2009
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March 24 – Woodinville: 311 Ballard: 319

Winners receive $500 for school or for the charity of their choice

Mayor Greg Nickels announced today the 26 "outstanding" middle school students, including one from Ballard, who have earned this year’s scholar awards for service to their schools and communities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the mayor’s Scholars Awards and in celebration, all 189 past award recipients will be honored.

Each of this year’s students will receive $500 that can be used for education or donated to a charity. Criteria for selection include overcoming obstacles or meeting challenges, giving back to the community, and maintaining good academic standing.

“With this award, we recognize Seattle’s next generation of leaders,” Nickels said in a statement. “Service to others is the foundation of a strong community, and I’m glad we can help these promising young people with their education and service goals.”

Students wrote short essays about how they contribute to their community and how they would use a $500 cash award. In addition, students were required to provide several recommendations from adults familiar with the students’ service work.

Ballard area award recipients include:

Sidney Axtell, Salmon Bay School, 8th grade

03/23/2009
Winners receive $500 for school or for the charity of their choice

Mayor Greg Nickels announced today the 26 "outstanding" middle school students, nine in West Seattle, who have earned this year’s scholar awards for service to their schools and communities.

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the mayor’s Scholars Awards and in celebration, all 189 past award recipients will be honored.

Each of this year’s students will receive $500 that can be used for education or donated to a charity. Criteria for selection include overcoming obstacles or meeting challenges, giving back to the community, and maintaining good academic standing.

“With this award, we recognize Seattle’s next generation of leaders,” Nickels said in a statement. “Service to others is the foundation of a strong community, and I’m glad we can help these promising young people with their education and service goals.”

Students wrote short essays about how they contribute to their community and how they would use a $500 cash award. In addition, students were required to provide several recommendations from adults familiar with the students’ service work.

Award recipients from West Seattle include:

Luke Asatiani, Madison Middle School, 8th grade

03/24/2009

It’s that time of year again. The sun is starting to peak out of the clouds, sneakers are replaced with flip-flops, and the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) is back. But there might be changes coming soon to the WASL people have grown accustomed to.

To graduate high school, students must pass the reading and writing section of the WASL. Math also has a requirement, but there are alternatives. If the math section of the WASL isn’t passed, students need to take a math class each remaining year of high school, and earn a D or better in each of those classes in order to graduate.

Newly elected Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn was the one who proposed changes to the WASL. The several reforms to the WASL will start in 2010, if they are approved. Some of the changes include taking the test via computer, fewer extended answer questions, and faster results, among others. With this new test, Dorn hopes to reduce the amount of time students spend on response, and minimize the cost.

Even though Ssuperintendent Dorn is seeking to improve the WASL, it is easier said than done.

03/24/2009
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West Seattle High

The Ballard High School softball team couldn't keep up with Sammamish's offensive onslaught in a 13-3 defeat March 23.

The Beavers gave up 13 runs on only six hits and had five errors.

Starting pitcher Haley DeGarmo gave up 10 runs in three innings of work.

On the positive side for Ballard, Sophie Overlock-Pauley went 2-2 with an RBI and a walk, while Karissa Marshall and DeGarmo added an RBI each.

The Beavers, 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the conference, don't play again until April 6, when they face Roosevelt at 4 p.m. at Lower Woodland.

03/24/2009
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March 23 - Sammamish: 13 Ballard: 3

On Sunday, April 8, starting at 7 p.m. the Madison Middle School Parent Teacher Student Association PTSA and Southwest Healthy Youth Partnership is hosting an event to provide tools for families to prevent underage drinking.

Alcohol is the number one drug of choice for America's youth and binge drinking is the biggest health problem on America's college campuses, according to the youth partnership group.

Prevention needs to start early, according to the group, and most adult alcoholics develop their drinking behaviors before age 15.

At the event will be nationally acclaimed authors and speakers, Toren and Chris Volkmann, who will share their stories and tips.

Madison Middle School is located at 3429 45th Ave. S.W.

For more information, contact Renaé Gaines, (206) 252-9189 or (206) 396-2945 or email rtgaines@seattleschools.org.

Funding for this event was provided by The Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant, a grant funded by The Federal Center and the Department of Alcohol and Substance Abuse.

03/24/2009

Two students from marketing programs at West Seattle High have qualified to participate in the International Career Development Conference to be held April 28 to May 2 in Anaheim, Calif .

Students from the three Seattle high schools, Garfield, Roosevelt and West Seattle, participated in the state DECA competitions from March 5 to March 8 at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue. A total of 27 students from Seattle Public Schools competed with about 3,100 students from around the state.

The five Seattle Public Schools students advancing to the international conference are:
• Sumeet Chadha and Tyson Kimball, West Seattle, who finished fifth in Advertising Team, advised by teacher Michelle Sloan;
• Austin Dickerson, Garfield, who finished fourth in Automotive Service Marketing; advised by teacher Eric Blazevic;
• Carol Brown, Garfield, who finished sixth in Marketing Management, advised by teacher Eric Blazevic; and
• Maggie Montgomery, Roosevelt, who finished sixth in Food Marketing, advised by teacher Lovenia Smith.

03/23/2009

The Chief Sealth expansion project is being appealed by the group Save Our Schools and a public hearing is scheduled for April 24.

The Chief Sealth Senior Projects Manager for the Seattle School District reports that on March 6, the Seattle Department of Planning and Development received an appeal from a member of the public.

The following decisions are being appealed:

- The Determination of Non-Significance, which states the project will have no adverse effects to the surrounding environment.

- A departure to allow less than required parking stalls.

-A departure to allow the new structure to xceed maximum height in a single family zone.

The permits, and the appeal process, is part of the process to obtain the Master Use Permit and building permits for the project.

"We are following the process and the project team will continue to take steps to get the required permits for our project," the district said in a statement.

The project is proceeding to meet the expected opening of Chief Sealth on time in September 2010 and complete the construction of a new Denny Middle School.

03/20/2009
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Here is an artist's sketch of how the co-located campuses of Chief Sealth High School and Denny Middle School could look. The project is being appealed through the city.

The Ballard High School softball team was trounced by Roosevelt March 19 to start their season.

The Beavers gave up runs in four of the five innings and couldn't mount a response on the way to a 10-0 drubbing.

Starting pitcher Sophia Pauley gave up four hits in three innings with four strikeouts and seven walks for Ballard.

Ballard softball squares off against Sammamish at 4:30 p.m., March 23 at Sammamish Field.

03/20/2009