The Shoreline Dollars For Scholars Program is taking 2012 applications

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

2011 scholarship winners
Photo courtesy Shoreline Chamber of Commerce



The Shoreline Dollars For Scholars, the scholarship arm of the Shoreline Chamber of Commerce, is now taking applications for the 2012 scholarship program.

High school seniors at any local Shoreline area high school (either public or private) or students who are seniors at other high schools but live in Shoreline can apply for Dollars For Scholars funds. Students can download the application at this link:

Students or parents can call or email the Chamber of Commerce office at 206-361-2260 if they have questions or need more information. 

The deadline to apply for the scholarships is March 15th, and the Dollars For Scholars Reception will be on May 16th at 5pm at Shoreline Community College in the Quiet Dining Room of the PUB.

The Shoreline Dollars For Scholars has awarded over 150 students in the Shoreline area scholarships during the past 8 years and is committed to seeing local students achieve their educational goals. The Dollars For Scholars Program awarded 10 scholarships in 2011.



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Book Review by Aarene Storms: I am J

By Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach Library, KCLS

I am J by Cris Beam

J has always felt misunderstood, and no wonder: his parents think he's a lesbian, his best friend Melissa think he's a girl, and his girlfriend Blue is pretty sure he's gay. But J knows that he is a boy, although he was born female. After doing some Google research, J learns about testosterone shots, and is convinced that taking "T" will fix everything in his life. But even after seeing a psychologist and starting hormone therapy, J learns that, as much as he loves them, the people in his life are still not perfect.

Readers will learn a lot about the lives of transgender teens as J attends a support group, enrolls at a school for transgender teens, and does his best to become a man in a society that isn't quite sure how to define him. The book is obviously issue-driven; however, the convincingly multi-ethnic and gender-diverse characters retrieve it from the "Afterschool Special" pile. Not everyone accepts J as he accepts himself, but there is hope.

Squeaky-clean: no cussing, no sex. References to body parts are polite. Sexual tension does not progress beyond a few exchanged kisses.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern


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Flags at half-staff on Thursday, February 2

Governor Chris Gregoire has directed flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Thursday, February 2, 2012, in memory of U. S. Army Private First Class Neil I. Turner, 21, of Tacoma, who died January 11, in Afghanistan of injuries sustained from a training accident.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business Thursday, or first thing Friday morning, February 3.

Other government entities, citizens and businesses are encouraged to join this recognition.



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Shoreline Community College signs agreement with Taiwan Academy

Shoreline Community College President (left) and Andy Chin, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, swap documents as they sign a letter of intent between the college and the Taiwan Academy.

By Jim Hills, SCC

The world of opportunities for Shoreline Community College students and the surrounding community just got wider.

An agreement signed on Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012, by Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert and Andy Chin, Director General of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Seattle, opens new cultural and scholastic channels.

“This agreement will enrich campus internationalization at Shoreline, and highlights the college’s global engagement mission and reputation in Washington state, the nation and the world,” Lambert said.

The agreement, a letter of intent, is between the college and the recently established Taiwan Academy. The academy was created in October, 2011, as a public diplomacy program by the Taiwan Foreign Ministry. To date, the University of Washington is the only other college or university in the state to participate in the program.

“We welcome this partnership and look forward to strengthening the relationship with Shoreline Community College,” Director General Chin said. 
Chin has served in a variety of diplomatic positions since 1992, representing Taiwan in Sweden, Latvia and Dominica. Chin took over the Seattle post on Jan. 17, replacing Daniel Liao who has moved to another diplomatic position.

For Shoreline students and faculty, the agreement means the chance to study and do research in Taiwan. The Taiwan Academy tie brings access to historical and diplomatic archives. Opportunities to learn the Chinese language will also be enhanced.

Priority opportunities for applicants to the Taiwan Fellowships and Scholarships Program are also now available.

The agreement may also ease the way for cultural exchanges, including art, music, literature and other opportunities.

For its part, the college will become a “Contact Point of the Taiwan Academy,” disseminating information on the various academy programs and working on other activities through mutual cooperation.



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Shorecrest sophomore achieves honorable mention for all-state 3A soccer

The Washington State Soccer Coaches Association selected its all-state girls and boys teams for the 2011 fall season.

Frida Swensen, sophomore goalkeeper for the Shorecrest girls soccer team, was named to Honorable Mention goalkeeper for the 3A all-state classiciation.

Players were selected by WSSCA members and other high-school coaches.

The entire list is in this article by sportswriter Mason Kelley from The Seattle Times sports blog.



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Shorewood diver wins Wesco 3A sectional meet and named Seattle Times Star of the Week

Shorewood diver Eddie Young prepares for a dive.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore


Shorewood senior Eddie Young was named a Seattle Times Star of the Week for January 16-21, 2012 for winning the Wesco 3A sectional diving meet.

"Young, a senior, scored an impressive 462.10 to win the WesCo 3A sectional meet by more than 100 points. It tops the 439.60 he earned to win the 3A state title last season."

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Shorecrest boys play host to Shorewood Wednesday after defeating Everett 66-55 Monday

The Shorecrest boys' basketball team plays host to Shorewood Wednesday after defeating Everett, 66-55, Monday.

The Scots and Shorewood play at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday at Shorecrest High School, with junior varsity teams from the two schools playing at 5:40 and “C” teams meeting at 3:45.

Shorecrest defeated the Thunderbirds, 62-52, when the two teams met at Shorewood Jan. 21.

The Scots take a 12-2 Western Conference 3A division record (13-5 overall) into the Wednesday game with Shorewood and a Friday game at Glacier Peak that ends the regular season for both teams, 

In Shorecrest’s 66-55 victory at Everett, the Scots led 23-10 after the first quarter, 34-25 at halftime and 48-40 after three quarters before pulling away in the final period. Junior Chibuogwu led the Scots with 25 points.



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Shorecrest girls took 62-45 loss to Lynnwood Saturday into home game against Everett Tuesday before playing host to Shorewood Thursday

The Shorecrest girls’ basketball team took a two-game losing streak into a Tuesday home game with Everett and a Thursday home game with Shorewood after a 62-45 loss to Lynnwood Saturday.

The Scots dropped out of the Seattle Times top 10 State 3A rankings after a loss to Meadowdale Friday and the loss to Lynnwood Saturday.

Shorecrest and Shorewood play at 7:15 p.m. Thursday at Shorecrest High School, with junior varsity teams from the two schools meeting at 5:40.

The Scots had a 10-3 Western Conference 3A division record (13-4 overall) going into the games with Everett and Shorewood, and their final regular-season game Friday at home against Glacier Peak in a game postponed from Jan. 17.

In Shorecrest’s 62-45 loss to Lynnwood, Lynnwood turned a 15-15 first-quarter tie into a 31-21 halftime lead and 46-40 third-quarter lead before stretching the lead to the final 62-46 advantage. Bri Lasconia led the Scots with 19 points followed by Janie Uppinghouse with 14. The Shorecrest junior varsity team defeated the Lynnwood JVs 33-24.

Lynnwood 62, Shorecrest 45
At Lynnwood High School, Saturday, Jan. 28

Shorecrest        15   6 19   5 -- 45
Lynnwood       15 16 15 16 -- 62

Shorecrest Scoring --Shattuck 2, Magaoay 0, Lindsey 2, Lasconia 19, Jones 0, Schlachter 3, Monson 0, Chibuogwu 1, Greenburg 4, Uppinghouse 14.



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Shorewood boys take 46-40 home victory over Meadowdale Monday into Wednesday game at Shorecrest

Shorewood center, Josh Hawkinson goes up
and over Meadowdale's Charlie White and scores.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore 

The Shorewood boys’ basketball team outscored Meadowdale 15-7 in the fourth quarter Monday for a 46-40 home victory over the Mavericks.

Shorewood takes an 11-3 Western Conference 3A division record (14-4 overall) into a Thursday game at Shorecrest (12-2 Wesco 3A, 13-5).

The Thunderbirds and Scots meet at 7:15 p.m. at Shorecrest High School, with junior varsity teams from the two schools playing at 5:40 and “C” teams meeting at 3:45.

Shorecrest defeated the T-birds, 62-52, when the teams met at Shorewood Jan. 21.

The Thunderbirds finish their Wesco 3A season Saturday with a home game against Mountlake Terrace in a game rescheduled from Jan. 17. 

In Shorewood’s 46-40 victory, the Thunderbirds led 7-4 after the first quarter, but Meadowdale tied the game at 19-19 at halftime and took a 33-31 lead after three quarters before Shorewood came back to win. Josh Hawkinson led the T-birds with 16 points, followed by Semir Kadiric with 13. The Shorewood junior varsity won 57-34.


Semir Kadiric, Thunderbird forward,
pulls down an offensive rebound early in the game.
Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Shorewood 46, Meadowdale 40 
At Shorewood High School, Monday, Jan. 30

Meadowdale    
4 15 14   7 -- 40
Shorewood      
7 12 12 15 -- 46

Shorewood Scoring
Points
Ben Andrews
9
Taylor Freeman
4
Gage Carroll
2
Zane Hopen
2
Josh Hawkinson
16
Semir Kadiric
13
Yonathan Michael
0
Anxhelos Pere
0

Wesco 3A Boys’ Basketball Standings


 Conf.  
Overall

W
L
W
L
Mountlake Terrace
14
0
18
0
Shorecrest
12
2
13
5
Shorewood
11
3
14
4
Glacier Peak
11
4
14
5
Oak Harbor
6
9
6
13
Meadowdale
4
10
6
13
Everett
4
11
4
14
Lynnwood
2
13
2
17
Marysville-Getchell
1
13
1
17
Top six teams to Northwest District 3A tournament 



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State contracts available for student summer meals

OLYMPIA — The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction’s (OSPI) Child Nutrition Services office is now accepting applications for sponsors of the 2012 Summer Feeding Programs for children.

Eligible sponsors are those who operate a non-profit meal program during the summer to children age 18 and younger. Qualified sponsors will be reimbursed for eligible meals served. The meal sites must be located in areas where at least 50 percent of the children are qualified for free or reduced-price school meals or where at least 50 percent of the children enrolled in a specific program are eligible for free and reduced-price school meals. All children – regardless of family income level – can receive a free meal at approved sites.

Participation is open to public and private nonprofit school food authorities, residential summer camps, certain private nonprofit organizations and units of local, county, municipal, tribal, state or federal government. Colleges and universities that participate in the Upward Bound Program may also participate.

A sponsor may serve up to two meal types per day per child at each site. This may be a breakfast, breakfast and snack, snack, breakfast and lunch, lunch, lunch and snack or two snacks. Sites serving primarily migrant children may serve as many as three meal types per day per child, with the option of providing a supper meal.

Meals must meet the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) meal pattern requirements. Sponsors may prepare their own meals or purchase them from a school district or food service management company approved by OSPI’s Child Nutrition Services.

For further information, contact Donna Parsons, Director, Child Nutrition Services, OSPI, at 360-725-6200 or by mail at PO BOX 47200, Olympia WA 98504-7200.


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Late Nite Catechism 3 - 'Til Death Do Us Part, Saturday Feb. 11

Late Nite Catechism 3 - 'Til Death Do Us Part

Sister brings her hilarious class 'Til Death Do Us Part to the Northshore Performing Arts Center (18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell) on Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 pm after the weather-related cancellation of the January 21 performance.

After teaching countless "students" about the saints, venial sins, limbo and more, Sister is now offering up hilarious lessons on the Sacraments of Marriage and the Last Rites, including her own wacky version of the Newlywed Game.

Ticket prices are:

  • $35 for Adults
  • $30 for Seniors
  • $15 for Youth under 17.

About the Northshore Performing Arts Center

The Northshore Performing Arts Center is a state-of-the-art, 600-seat theatre located on the Bothell High School campus (18125 92nd Ave. NE, Bothell).

The Northshore Performing Arts Center Foundation (The Foundation) was established by Northshore-area residents (Bothell, Kenmore, Mill Creek, and Woodinville, WA) dedicated to a cultural center for performing arts and engaging children in global, creative, educational programs. NPACF is a federal 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Visit for the season schedule.

www.npacf.org

ESCAPE... ENJOY... EXPERIENCE
World Class Performing Arts Closer to Home \\


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Shorewood girls follow Friday loss to Glacier Peak, Saturday victory over Oak Harbor with Tuesday game at Meadowdale, Thursday game at Shorecrest

The Shorewood girls’ basketball team takes a Friday home loss to Glacier Peak and a Saturday home victory over Oak Harbor into a Tuesday game at Meadowdale and a Thursday game at Shorecrest.

The Thunderbirds take a 7-6 Western Conference 3A division record (8-9 overall) into the game with Meadowdale (8-6 Wesco 3A, 9-9) at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday at Meadowdale High School, with junior varsity teams from the two schools playing at 5:40 and “C” teams meeting at 3:45.

Shorewood and Shorecrest (10-3, 13-4, going into a Tuesday game with Everett) play at 7:15 Thursday at Shorecrest High School, with a junior varsity game at 5:40.

The T-birds finish their Wesco 3A season Friday at Mountlake Terrace (3-9, 5-11 going into games Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) in a game postponed from Jan. 17. Shorewood now holds sixth place in the Wesco 3A with Mountlake Terrace seventh. One Shorewood victory this week or one Mountlake Terrace loss will clinch the sixth and final Wesco 3A berth in the Northwest District 3A tournament for the Thunderbirds.

In Shorewood’s 72-58 home loss to Glacier Peak Friday, Glacier Peak led 19-16 after the first quarter, 38-29 at halftime and 53-42 after three quarters, and extended their lead in the final period. Junior guard Masha Shtikel led the T-birds with 21 points; Kassie Rasmussen scored 10, The Shorewood junior varsity lost to Glacier Peak, 67-26. The “C” game was canceled.

In the Thunderbirds’ 63-39 home victory over Oak Harbor Saturday, Shorewood led 16-8 after the first quarter, 32-21 at halftime, 50-28 after three quarters and extended their lead in the final period. Shtikel led the T-birds with 18 points. The Shorewood JVs (7-6. 8-9) won, 41-31. The Thunderbird “C “ team (3-7, 3-8) won 29-27. 

Glacier Peak 72, Shorewood 58 
At Shorewood High School, Friday, Jan. 27
Glacier Peak 19 19 15 19 -- 72 
Shorewood- 16 13 13 16 -- 58


Shorewood
Points
Georgia Allfrey
8
Lauren Thompson
5
Jennifer Franklin
4
Salyna McDonald
4
Masha Shtikel
21
Gabby Hager
2
Christine McCauley
2
Jennifer Thompson
2
Kassie Rasmussen
10
Bella Gangnes
0
Shorewood 63, Oak Harbor 39
At Shorewood High School, Saturday, Jan. 28


Oak Harbor- 8 13 7 11 -- 39
Shorewood 16 16 18 13 -- 63


Shorewood Scoring
Points
Lauren Thompson
8
Georgia Allfrey
7
Jennifer Franklin
7
Jennifer Thompson
7
Gabby Hager
5
Christine McCauley
4
Salyna McDonald
3
Bella Gangnes
2
Kassie Rasmussen
2
Masha Shtikel
18
Muna Abdulla
0



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Children's Center open for Mid-Winter and Spring Break

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King County Councilmember Bob Ferguson town hall at Shoreline Center

Town Meeting

Bob Ferguson
King County Councilmember
Invites you to attend a Town Meeting

Bring your questions about transportation, public safety, budget and other County issues.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012
7:00-8:30pm

Shoreline Conference Center
Mt Rainier Room (north end)
18560 1st Ave NE, Shoreline

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Shorecrest boys win Thursday, Friday, Saturday games going into Monday game at Everett, Wednesday home game with Shorewood

The Shorecrest boys’ basketball team won Thursday, Friday and Saturday games going into a Monday game at Everett and a Wednesday home game with Shorewood.

The Scots followed consecutive victories over Marysville Getchell, Meadowdale and Lynnwood Jan. 26, 27 and 28 with the game at Everett and the home game with Shorewood.

Shorecrest took an 11-2 Western Conference 3A division record (12-5 overall) into the game at Everett and the home game with Shorewood.

The Scots and Shorewood meet at 7:15 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1, at Shorecrest High School, with junior varsity teams from the two schools playing at 5:40 and “C” teams meeting at 3:45.

In the Thursday, Jan. 26, 73-51 victory at Marysville Getchell, the Scots led 19-8 after the first quarter, 35-20 at halftime and 55-27 after three quarters before cruising to victory in the final period. Junior Chibuogwu led Shorecrest with 16 points, followed by Dylan Pontrello with 14 and Masamba Njadoe with 11. The Shorecrest junior varsity defeated Marysville Getchell 68-15 The Scot “C”team won 51-73.

In Shorecrest‘s Friday 59-48 home victory over Meadowdale, the Scots led 14-10 after the first quarter, 30-20 at halftime and 43-34 after three quarters, and extended the lead in the final period, Chibuogwu and Keith Shattuck each scored 20 points for the Scots. Shorecrest won the junior varsity game 60-38 and the “C” game 59-48.

In the Scots’ Saturday 46-38 home victory over Lynnwood, Shorecrest led 6-4 after the first quarter, 24-21 at halftime and 33-31 after three quarters before outscoring the Royals 13-7 in the final period. Shattuck led the Scots with 17 points, followed by Chibuogwu with 13 and Ryan Canfield with 9. The Shorecrest junior varsity won 60-42. The games had been rescheduled from Jan. 19.

Going into the Monday game at Everett, Chibuogwu led the Scots with 281 points in 17 games for an average of 16.5 points per game.

Shorecrest 73, Marysville Getchell 51
At Marysville Getchell High School, Thursday, Jan. 26

Shorecrest-----------     19 16 20 18 -- 73
Marysville Getchell      8 12   7 24 --- 51

Shorecrest Scoring--Lawson 2, Canfield 6, Oishi 2, McCoy 2, O'Neill 6, Nelson 1, Shattuck 0, Chibuogwu Jr. 16, Njadoe 11, Pontrello 14, Small 7, Horning 6.

Shorecrest 59, Meadowdale 48
At Shorecrest High School, Friday, Jan. 27

Meadowdale 10 10 14 14 -- 48
Shorecrest--   14 16 13 16 -- 59

Shorecrest Scoring --Lawson 2, Canfield 7, Oishi 0, McCoy 0, O'Neill 2, Nelson 4, Shattuck 20, Chibuogwu Jr. 20, Horning 4, Pontrello 0.

Shorecrest 46, Lynnwood 38
At Shorecrest High School, Saturday, Jan. 28

Lynnwood     4 17 10 7 -- 38
Shorecrest      6 18  9 13 -- 46

Shorecrest Scoring --Lawson 0, Canfield 9, Oishi 2, McCoy 0, O'Neill 2, Nelson 0, Shattuck 17, Chibuogwu Jr. 13, Njadoe 0, Pontrello 2, Horning 1.



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Tween Night at The Rec Saturday, Feb. 11 for 5th and 6th graders

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Scout troop 317: trees, snow, hay, and smoke

By Scout Master J. Bruce Pyper

January has been a busy month for the Scouts of Troop 317.

Christmas Tree recycling project
The month started off with our 26th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Project. On January 7, the troop helped recycle 203 trees. We started at 8:30am and dropped off the last trees at 2pm. There were four teams of Scouts and adults that went through the various neighborhoods and gathered the trees into one location for that neighborhood. Then we had small dump truck that were donated for the day that picked up the piles of trees and; took them to Meridian Park Elementary where the City of Shoreline had recycling stations set up. 

One trip, we had 55 trees crammed into the dump truck. Thank you for those who were able to help out the Scouts. We saw several other troops dropping off trees so even if we did not pick up your tree, your donation went to a good cause!

This is where we camped. Some of the scouts put their tents under the dining shelter.
Photo by Bruce Pyper.


Overnight camp-out
The Scouts also managed to get in an overnight camp-out this month. For a while, the camp-out looked like it would be snowed out. Luckily the snow melted, the roads cleared, and the winds blew themselves out. 

We drove out on a Friday night to a campground near Lake Stevens. We managed to get the tents up and dinner eaten before everyone got too tired or cold to stay up. One scout had to re-think his dinner options when the foil dinner he had cooked on the fire opened and spilled his dinner on the ground. Luckily, there was enough extra food that he didn’t go hungry. 

In true Scout Master fashion, I was the last one to turn in. I was glad to head for bed as it was getting pretty cold ... cold enough that some of the tents were already developing frost. We all survived the night and emerged to…. a fairly warm morning. Yes, it was still cold, but all the frost was gone. 

Breakfast was cooked and eaten around the fire. Most everyone was eating oatmeal: it is fast, easy, and (very importantly) warm! If you ever want your son to eat oatmeal at home, just turn down the thermostat and tell him it will get him warm! 

Wet hay makes a LOT of smoke. Photo by Bruce Pyper.

Service Project (the BEST ever!)
The Scouts had the opportunity to do a Service Project while we were at the campground. The campground has a small archery range that uses bales of hay as backstops for the targets. Several of the bales were coming apart and getting moldy. Our job was to replace the old hay with new bales and dispose of the old bales. The Scouts were thinking this sounded a lot like “work” until they heard that they got to burn the old hay. Suddenly, “work” sounded more like “fun”!! 

We took the old hay and put it in a huge fire ring. The ring was about 6 feet in diameter with walls about 3 feet tall (it was a section of metal culvert liner). After we piled in the old hay, it was about 7 feet tall. As you can imagine, wet, moldy hay gives off lots of smoke. There was enough smoke that the Scouts were wondering if they could practice sending smoke signals. I heard several of the young men commenting, “This is the BEST service project EVER!!” 

Put the garbage away!
After making sure the hay fire was contained, we headed back to camp for lunch. That was when we discovered that, while we had cleaned up our gear, we had forgotten to put our bag of trash away. The Scouts were none to happy to clean up the trash a second time after the local crows had gone through it. I think they will remember to put the garbage away next time!

Stay tuned for the Klondike Derby
Stay tuned next month, as we will be heading to Cle Elum for a Klondike Derby. A Klondike Derby is where several troops of scouts get together for Gold Rush themed competitions like sled races, fire building, cross cut saw races, etc. It should be fun!



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Shoreline Community College shares innovations with House Higher Ed Committee

Monday, January 30, 2012

Rep. Larry Seaquist
By Jim Hills, SCC

The House Higher Education Committee voted 15-1 on Monday, Jan. 30, 2011 to send a bill encouraging innovative approaches in remedial education moving along the legislative conveyor belt.

House Bill 2717 is the brainchild of committee chairman Rep. Larry Seaquist. The Gig Harbor lawmaker took his committee on the road this past summer for a series of meetings, or chautauquas, across the state. 

“This bill emerges from our summer’s work,” said Seaquist, noting that he and committee members saw many examples of innovative approaches. “And we saw how many more people we ought to be educating than we are educating right now.”

Shoreline Community College President Lee Lambert and faculty member Amy Kinsel testified at the hearing at the State Legislature in Olympia.

Lambert shared examples of how Shoreline is innovating to get better outcomes for students in remedial math and holding down the cost for those students. Lambert said the programs reflect the college’s focus on four core values, including: affordability, accessibility, accountability and outcomes. “We look to see if they are accomplishing one of those four broad principles,” Lambert said.

Kinsel spoke of the collaborative support between faculty and administration at the college. “Being an incubator of ideas at the faculty level, it’s great to have the support of the administration,” she said.

Kinsel is also the faculty union representative at Shoreline and a legislative liaison for the Washington chapter of the American Federation of Teachers. AFT-Washington and Kinsel submitted suggested language that would specifically include faculty and students in discussion about innovative approaches. Seaquist offered an amendment to include the suggested language that was approved by the committee and included in the bill as passed.

Also testifying was Michelle Andreas, Director of Student Services and Transfer Education for the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges. Andreas noted the many innovation projects already being undertaken by colleges across the state. She suggested that the bill’s reporting requirements overlap with an ongoing efficiencies study and that the two could be folded together. The only vote against the bill was Rep. Chris Reykdal, a former state board staff member.

Others testifying included Zach Johnson of Blackboard, Inc., which provides Shoreline’s learning management system and other online services, as well as representatives from the University of Washington and Western Washington University.

Just prior to the committee vote that pushes the bill along to the House Ways and Means Committee, Rep. Seaquist said, “Sometimes we are so focused on budget, it is important to remember we have an important agenda to foster innovation.”

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Coffee with a Friend: Third Place Commons

Vicki Michels is a woman on a mission - and that mission is to find every coffee shop in the area where you can get a good cup of coffee and sit down to enjoy it with a friend. She has consumed many mocha mint non-fat sugar-free lattes and raspberry muffins in search of information to share with our readers.


THIRD PLACE COMMONS
17171 Bothell Way Northeast
(Bothell Way and Ballinger Way)
Lake Forest Park, WA 98155
206-366-3333

By Vicki Michels

According to Ray Oldenberg, PhD, there are three places that you spend your time. The first is home, of course. The second is work. The third place is a location where people gather for social interaction and fun.

To quote their website: "With a large public commons, five restaurants, free wireless internet, a community room, a stage, and over one thousand free public events every year, Third Place Books has something for everyone. Whether you need to study, host a community meeting, or get out of the house for the evening, we hope you will make this your third place."
Third Place Books adjoins The Commons
Photo by Vicki Michels

Within that main entrance you will find not only a large and enthusiastic book store selling both new and used volumes, but also one glassed-in room which can be rented for private gatherings, multiple restaurants, numerous tables in various configurations, and a full stage for public presentations and performances.

This place has virtually everything you might want. The Third Place Commons website will name all the upcoming events -- everything from free banjo concerts to holiday flower festivals.

Honey Bear Bakery at Third Place Commons
Photo by Vicki Michels

The most prominent eating area is the Honey Bear Bakery. It serves breakfasts and lunches, soups, sandwiches, and daily specials. There are also coffees and teas, soft drinks, etc. See the menu on their website, above, for a sample of their delicious daily offerings.

Honeybear Bakery, The Commons and the bookstore are on the upper level, west end of a large community center, the Lake Forest Park Towne Centre. At that location you will also find such things as the Lake Forest Park Library, Albertson's, Rite Aid Drugs, Wild Birds Unlimited, Baskin-Robbins, jewelry stores, bread stores, fishing lures, and the adjacent City Hall, police station and court.

HOURS:
Open - Daily, at 9 a.m.
Close - Monday-Saturday 10 p.m.; Sunday 8 p.m.

FOOD:
The food is wonderful. Breakfast and lunch, plus baked goods and desserts – even wedding cakes! Take look at the menu: Memorable home-made soups, grilled or fresh sandwiches, waffles, omelets, fruit, pot pies…

PARKING:
I've never had a problem. There is parking for the entire center on both the upstairs level and also for the stores below. (By the way, there are both elevators and escalators for those who may have limited mobility.)

Lots of places to sit, no matter which restaurant you choose
Photo by Vicki Michels

EATING:
There are a great many tables and chairs throughout, so unless the gathering is huge (as for an evening musical performance) there should never be a problem finding a place to sit.

COMPUTER/INTERNET:
There is free WiFi access, so of course you can bring your own computer. Many outlets are available on walls and on the supporting posts within the eating area.



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Shoreline Community College basketball teams heading in opposite directions at region mid-point

Sophomore Joe Bodman leads the NWAACC in rebounding with 11.44 per game
Photo by Wilson Tsoi

By Douglas W. Palmer
Director of Athletics and Recreation/Wellness
Shoreline Community College

The Shoreline Community College Basketball Teams are heading in opposite directions as the season reaches the mid-point of the NWAACC Northern Region schedule. The men’s team is on the upswing, but the Lady Dolphins find it hard to get traction.

The SCC men’s team is 11-8 overall and 5-3 in the Northern Region. They have won 3 out of 4 games and just beat the NWAACC’s #1 ranked team, Bellevue College, to end the first half of the region schedule. The SCC women’s team is 8-9, the losers of their past 3 games and are 2-6 in the region.

The men’s squad, led by 2nd year head coach, Greg Turcott, is tied for 4th in the Northern Region with North Seattle Community College (the top four teams in the region make the NWAACC Basketball Championship at the end of the season). The Dolphins have 3 of the 4 toughest games left on the schedule at home, including a showdown with North Seattle on “Homecoming” night in the SCC Gym, on February 8th. North Seattle defeated SCC at NSCC 111 to 99 back on January 11.

SCC faces Skagit Valley College on Wednesday night at 7:30 PM in the SCC Gym to open the second half of the region schedule and Dolphins defeated SVC on January 4th in Mt. Vernon, WA 114 to 105.

The SCC Women’s Team faces the region’s #1 team, Skagit Valley College on Wednesday night in the SCC Gym at 5:30 PM, the Cardinals come into the game with a 8-0 record in the region and 13-5 overall record. The Lady Dolphins dropped 94-63 game to SVC to start the region schedule.

The SCC men’s team is averaging 104 points per game, running the famed “System” that Loyola Marymount University ran in the late 1980’s early 1990’s. The team has LMU legend, Bo Kimble, who led the NCAA in scoring in 1990, as an assistant coach this season to help implement the “System” which consists of a full court press on defense with a fast offense of shooting quickly every time down the court.

The SCC men are led by sophomore Avery Scharer who is scoring 18.18 points per game, 10th best in the NWAACC while he is leading the NWAACC in assists, with a 10.00 average per game. SCC has 5 other players scoring in double figures led by freshman Will Acromite, 16.47 ppg, sophomore Joe Bodman, 14.50 points per game, while leading the NWAACC in rebounding, with a 11.44 average per game, Earlie Dixon, 12.50 ppg, Rueben Donaldson, 10.35 ppg and Jordan Lupfer, 10.11 finish off the double digit scorers..

Sophomore Avery Scharer leads the NWAACC in assists with 10 per game and is 10th in the league in scoring, with a 18.18 average. Photo by Wilson Tsoi

Under 2nd year Coach James Johnson, the Lady Dolphins have improved this season, already passing last year’s win total by one game with 8 games to go, but points still have been an issue this year for the SCC squad. The women’s team is only scoring 56.41 points per game, while shooting only 32% from the floor.

The Lady Dolphins got off to a good start, having a 6-3 record going into region play, but has found the tough NWAACC Northern Region a hard nut to crack, only defeating winless Olympic College and Edmonds Community College in region play so far.

Jenny Voss leads the Lady Dolphins in scoring with a 10.11 average and
 is 12tin the NWAACC in steals, with 51 total. Photo by Wilson Tsoi

SCC is led by sophomore Jenny Voss, who is the only Lady Dolphin scoring in double figures, with a 10.11 average per game. Gnanamani Hooyman is second in scoring with a 9.94 average and Kaleigh Phillips is third with a 9.8 average. Hooyman, Phillips and freshman Michan Luecke are all averaging just over 5 rebounds per game while Voss is 12th in the NWAACC in steals, with 51 total.

Both teams have 8 games left in the season, with four games being at home and four games on the road. SCC games at home are:
  • Wednesday February 1 Skagit Valley College 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday February 8 North Seattle CC 5:30 PM and 7:30 PM
  • Saturday February 11 Whatcom CC 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM
  • Monday February 20 Peninsula College 4:30 PM and 6:30 PM

February 1 and 11, has the special promotion “Fly Your Paper Plane” to win a chance at two free airline tickets. February 8th is SCC Homecoming and February 20th is “Sophomore Night”.



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