Highline Council PTSA (HCPTSA) is accepting applications for its annual scholarship. It expects to award $6,000 in scholarships this spring.
HCPTSA is the organization made up of all PTSA units in the school district. Last year, with 40 students applying, HCPTSA awarded six scholarships for a total of $5,000.
The student’s high school does not have to have a PTA -- any senior living within Highline and attending a Highline Public School is eligible.
Because PTA is a community service organization, the scholarship applicants will be evaluated on volunteer work and extracurricular activities. An essay, letter of recommendation, and grade point average will also be considered.
The scholarships are funded through donations of school district employees and school PTAs. “We are honored to be able to help the students of our community with their education,” says Debbie Thoma, HCPTSA Scholarship Committee coordinator.
Applications must be postmarked by Monday, May 7. Applications cannot be emailed
Three Tree Montessori School is a small (143 children ages 1-12) school in South Burien.
Last month a few of our TTMS Elementary students challenged each other to a canned food drive.
Part of the continuous Montessori curriculum is community service. It is our hope that children will leave TTMS with a heartfelt commitment to their neighborhoods and to the world.
This year particularly our students have been discussing the need in our own community. They were shocked to learn that other children, right here in Burien, go each day with little to no food.
TTMS students have volunteered at the “Highline Food Bank” in the past, but this time they wanted to do something that could make a different kind of difference.
The challenge was on! Our upper Elementary (8 students, ages 9-12) and our Lower Elementary (25 students, ages 6-9) decided on a canned food off.
Students had 25 days to collect as many cans as possible. Time was short and the methods were creative. All efforts, as in all things Montessori, were student driven.
Each year the Highline Schools Foundation solicits nominations from community members, district employees, and parents for its prestigious and much-anticipated Gold Star Awards. This year’s list of impressive and well-deserving nominees includes highly qualified staff, volunteers, and administrators.
The Gold Star Award WINNERS will be announced live next Thursday, March 22nd, at the first annual Gold Star Awards BASH. The Foundation has created this event as a low-cost way for parents, teachers, and community members to participate in Gold Star and celebrate all of the notable people who do such important, great work in Highline Public Schools.
Gold Star Awards BASH
Thursday, March 22nd
The Production Shop (a new event space in Burien)
14624 9th Avenue, one block East of Burien Walgreens.
Tickets are $15 and include appetizers, drinks, music and celebration at this fun event unveiling the winners of the 2012 Gold Star Awards! 21 and over, please.
Click this link to our event registration page:
2012 GOLD STAR AWARD NOMINEES
Discover Burien took in a net total of $10,000 at last Friday’s Burien Awards Dinner and Auction, event manager Debra George reports.
That beats the 2011 net total of $7,500.
George reports total revenues from the dinner and auction of $13,274. After a $1,450 contribution to the Highline Schools Foundation and expenses of $1,742.15 that leaves about $10,000. There are still a few small bills to pay and a couple of auction items to collect on, according to George.
Discover Burien honored Elliott Newson of Highline High as Student Leader of the Year, Highline Schools Foundation for Excellence as Non Profit of the Year, Dan House, owner of Tin Room Bar/Theater, as Business Leader of the Year and Margie Gibb as Volunteer of the Year. Doug Query was awarded Team Clean Sweep Recognition.
Prominent Burien attorney Doug Moreland received the Robby Award from the Highline Times and Robinson Newspapers for his outstanding community service. He was unable to attend.
Nomination forms for awards to be given at Discover Burien’s annual Awards Dinner and silent auction fundraiser are due by 3 p.m.,Wednesday, Feb. 8.
Nomination forms can be found online at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/58NTV8F or http://www.discoverburien.com/events/events-burien-winter.php. Sponsored in part by Waste Management of Washington and Re/Max All City.
The event is March 2 at the Burien Community Center 14700 6th Avenue SW, from 6 – 10 p.m.. Money raised will support the continued efforts “To create and sustain a vibrant Burien business community through promotions and education" -Discover Burien Mission Statement.
Tickets are $35 in advance and $50 at the door. Tables seating 8 can be purchased for $240 in advance. Sponsorships are available at the Gold, Silver, Table, Auction Table and Swag Bag levels. Contact Debra George for information firstname.lastname@example.org .
Auction items are now being accepted. Donation forms are available on the Discover Burien website, http://www.discoverburien.com/pdf/AUCTION%20PROCUREMENT%20FORM.pdf
Burien Arts’ Fourth Annual Classic Jazz Festival on Saturday March 10th from 3pm-10pm will offer a Big Program at its' new location, The Landmark Event Center in Des Moines.
There will be more music with eleven bands participating in two music venues, and more styles of music including Straight Ahead Jazz classics, early and mid -20thcentury jazz styles, from Dixieland, Gypsy Jazz and Western Swing to Big Band Swing.
This great jazz experience includes: Concerts, Dancing, Food and Drink, and Jam Sessions! The bands include:
• Del Rey & Matt Weiner (www.hobemianrecoreds.com)\
• Echoes of Harlem Orchestra
• Gail Pettis (www.gailpettis.com)
• Glenn Crytzer & His Syncopators (www.syncopators.net)
• Holotradband (www.holotraband.com)
• The Jangles (www.janglesband.com)
• Jennifer Scott Trio (www.jeffiferscott.ca)
• Mount Rainier High School Jazz Band (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9GU9oAQ6dI)
• Pearl Django (www.pearldjango.com)
• Susan Pascal with Greta Matassa (www.susanpascal.com and www.gretamatassa.com)
• Uptown Lowdown Jazz Band. (www.uptownlowdownjazz.com)
Each year, Gold Star is a much anticipated awards celebration and fundraiser to benefit the Foundation, which is the only non-profit organization supporting all schools in the Highline School District.
The Foundation directly supports students in our district in areas where state funding cannot, through grants for classroom innovation, funding for arts programming, help for students in need with sports participation fees, a substantial college scholarship program, and more. In eleven years since the Foundation began, it has given over $1,000,000 in funds to programs and students in Highline Public Schools.
Below is a list of important Gold Star Related Events and Programs
GOLD STAR AWARD NOMINATIONS
Nominations are NOW OPEN for the 2012 Gold Star Awards in the following categories:
• Outstanding Teacher
• Outstanding Administrator
• Outstanding Alumnus
• Outstanding Volunteer
• Outstanding Classified Employee (non-certified staff)
Rebecca M. Pratt takes her readers to Africa, Central America and the United States to bring awareness to the needs around the world and stimulate people to help those who are suffering in “Inspired To Action: How Following the Promptings of Your Heart Can Change the World” (ISBN 1466409029).
Pratt shares her experiences and challenges in her own walk with God to inspire readers to trust God in the unseen.
She brings her readers into the lives of those suffering and hurting., and she shares about being faced with unbelievable decisions that will change the outcome of hundred of children’s lives in Africa, . Her book will challenge readers’ faith as they reflect on their own personal walks with God.
“You will be challenged to live your life purposefully and to embrace the concept that we each have the ability to make a huge difference in the world as we say yes to all that God may prompt us to walk forward in,” Pratt says. “In return, we will live this amazing, empowered and fulfilling life like we have never experienced.”
Global to Local (G2L), an unprecedented public-private partnership focused on addressing health disparities in the cities of SeaTac and Tukwila is hosting an open house event Wednesday, Jan. 18th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Family Resource Center, 4040 S. 188th St., Suite 100 in SeaTac.
Following its conceptualization in 2009, G2L has brought together public health experts, private health-care providers, and global health specialists to improve the health of underserved populations in King County.
These organizations came together to implement a multi-year commitment to provide resources such as staffing and funding to develop local programs that will help improve health among some of the most underserved populations in the County.
At the Jan. 18th open house, Global to Local staff and leadership will introduce G2L’s new space, highlight 2011 accomplishments, take a short tour of the HealthPoint Community Clinic upstairs and share information with community members and elected officials.
B-Town’s Recovering Youth in Motion is taking a break for the Christmas season.
The group normally holds a monthly fun gathering in Burien for youth recovering from drug and alcohol abuse.
There will be no gathering in December but the group plans a fun event to kick off the new year in January. When a date and place are determined, the Times/News and Highlinetimes.com will provide details. Stay tuned.
B-Town’s activities are now highlighted on the National Recovery Month community events website.