Drom Aluinn performs Friday, May 7 at Laughing Ladies

Friday, April 30, 2010

Celtic band Drom Aluinn will play at the Laughing Ladies Cafe, 17551 15th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155, phone 206-362-2026, on Friday, May 7, from 7 - 9 pm.

Kate with her native Irish lilt and local pianist Kathy Morris formed this band following the musical traditions of Celtic Woman and Celtic Thunder.

They are joined by violinist Anna Fuhrmann-Ferenczy, assistant concertmaster with the Edmonds Cascade Symphony; guitar and mandolin player Joe Hinchy, teacher at Guitarville in Shoreline; percussionist Meryl Roth on spoons and the bodhran Irish drum; Pam Greene, flute and bass player; and vocalists Victoria Casteel and Harrison Casteel.

Photo courtesy Drom Aluinn


Update: Suspect in Shoreline attack turns himself in

Stephen James Pollock (suspect in Shoreline assault) turned himself in to King County Sheriff Major Crime’s detectives on April 28, 2010. Pollock was accompanied by his attorney.

Story as previously published
Detectives looking for suspect Stephen James Pollack in Shoreline attack

Shoreline Police and Sheriff's detectives are looking for a suspect in the beating that left a 36 year-old Shoreline man with serious head injuries. The victim is currently at Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

The suspect is Stephen James Pollack, age 23. He is a housemate of the victim and the woman who was in the house at the time of the attack.

The injured man was taking a nap on a basement couch late Sunday afternoon when he was hit in the head several times with a table leg (similar to one that would be found on a dining room table).

A motive for the attack is unknown at this time.

The woman saw the assault and called 9-1-1, although her recollection of the event “became more detailed” as she was interviewed by detectives.

If anyone knows where Stephen Pollock can be found, they are asked to call the King County Sheriff's Office at (206) 296-3311 (24 hours) or 9-1-1.


Shorecrest takes undefeated soccer record into Friday game with Shorewood

       The Shorecrest boys’ soccer team takes a 6-0 league record and 13-0 overall record into a Friday evening game at Shoreline Stadium.
       The Scots and Thunderbirds will meet at 7 p.m. Friday at Shoreline Stadium.
       Shorewood goes into the game in a struggle for post-season survival. With three regular-season games left, the Thunderbirds stand fifth among Wesco South 4A teams. The top three qualify directly for the Northwest District tournament. The fourth team will play the No. 5 Wesco North team for a berth in the tournament.
Shorecrest comes into the game after defeating Lynnwood 3-0 April 21, and Glacier Peak 1-0 early this week.
In the victory over Lynnwood, Glenn Paden, Michael Harris and Morgan West scored the goals. Joe Schober and Hiei Rose had assists. Eric Baker had his tenth shutout of the season.
       In the victory over Glacier Peak, Eli Blauser scored the goal with an assist from Erik Bracht. Baker had his eleventh shutout.
       For the season, Paden leads the Scots with 16 goals and nine assists. Blauser has nine goals and two assists, Harris six goals and five assists, Ian Adams four goals and eight assists, Schober two goals and eight assists, and Rose three goals and three assists.
       Shorewood has lost recent games to Meadowdale, 2-1, and Jackson, 3-0. Essa Jallow scored Shorewood’s lone goal against Lynnwood.
       Jallow leads the Thunderbirds with five goals and six assists. Tanner Jones has six goals and one assist. Simon Aspinall has two shutouts.
       The Shoreline Education Access Channel will show the game on Channel 26 (Comcast) and Channel 36 (Verizon Fios).

Wesco South boys’ soccer

Top three 4A to District 1; Fourth 4A to play-in game; All 3A to District
Shorecrest (3A)
Glacier Peak (3A)
Edmonds-Woodway (4A)
Kamiak (4A)
Jackson (4A)
Mariner (4A)
Shorewood (4A)
Meadowdale (3A)
Mountlake Terrace (4A)
Lynnwood (3A)


SCC Women's Tennis breaks 2 year losing streak

Thursday, April 29, 2010

The SCC Women's Tennis Team broke a two year long losing streak on Saturday, as they defeated Treasure Valley Community College from Oregon 7-2 in a match at Shoreview Park. The Lady Dolphins last victory had been a 5-4 victory on April 24, 2008 against the Community College of Spokane.
TVCC had to forfeit 3 matches due to lack of players, but Stephanie Eli, Christine Yang and Angel Mach all won their single's matches for SCC and Marina Lutsky and Blair Stone sweep their #2 doubles match to have SCC coast to victory. 
SCC lost a match to Skagit Valley on Wednesday 9-0 in Mt. Vernon, WA. SCC is 1-5 on the season and plays at Bellevue College on Friday at 2 pm. The Lady Dolphins return home on May 5 against Green River Community College at Shoreview Park. Match time is 2 pm.

Photos: Christine Yang, left; Stephanie Eli, right. Photos by Wilson Tsoi.


Urban search and rescue demos at Central Market, Saturday, May 1

This Saturday, May 1, from 10 am to 3 pm, Central Market, in the Sears shopping center at 155th and Aurora, will host an Emergency Preparedness Fair sponsored by the City of Shoreline. The fair will feature demonstrations from a number of City organizations. 

The ham radio team will be there with their communications van, as will the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). At 11 am the two teams will collaborate on a mock Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). The CERTs will show off their rescuing skills on a group of volunteer "victims," complete with gruesome make-up, who will be in various hazardous situations. 

CERT will be back at 1 pm to show their cribbing and lifting skills by picking up a fake wall collapse with nothing more than a few 2x4s.

While those two events are scheduled, there will be demos going on continuously. Representatives from the Shoreline Fire Department will be on hand to explain and demonstrate proper fire extinguisher usage throughout the day. 

The ham radio team will also be performing a number of communication drills. Prepare Smart will be present with a number of preparedness kits and tools for sale as well as demonstrating how to build an effective emergency kit. 

All events are free, and the City of Shoreline's Emergency Management department will be raffling off prizes all day long, giving you more than enough reason to stick around and take in the sights. 

To recap, there will be five hours of fire extinguishing, teenagers in gory make-up, dramatic rescue attempts, wall-lifting, kit-building, two way radioing and, best of all, free prizes.


James Johnson heads up women’s basketball program at Shoreline Community College

 James Johnson, who has more than 15 years coaching experience and 20 years playing experience, has been hired as the women’s basketball coach at Shoreline Community College. He replaces Alisa Scott, who coached the Shoreline team last season.

Johnson, who hails from Brooklyn, New York, has been devoted to basketball since he taught for the Special Olympics at the ripe old age of 24. Although his experience has taken him from coast to coast, Johnson said he is here to stay. “I want the student athletes to know that I am here for them,” Johnson said.

Coaching experience includes Snow Valley Basketball School, head men’s basketball coach at Evergreen High School and head coach of the women’s team at Forest Ridge and Kentridge high schools. Johnson continues to provide basketball clinics for youth at the Magnolia Community Center for all ages and skill levels. The reason behind his commitment to working with young athletes is that he wants to give them the opportunity to achieve their maximum potential to further their basketball skills.

“At Shoreline, I want to strengthen the program within the community college arena.” Johnson hopes to take his team to regionals his first season of coaching.

“Bringing my assistant, Coach Young, will definitely help me with that goal,” he said referring to James Young who he coached with at Forest Ridge high School. “When I got the phone call about the job at Shoreline, I called James first thing and asked him to be my assistant coach. We’re a good team,” he said.

Johnson said that his greatest strength is his ability to adapt to different situations and different kinds of teams. “I can think quickly on my feet,” he said.

Although he believes in hard work and commitment, Johnson’s philosophy is to have fun. “I tell my kids to enjoy what they are doing and to use it as a vessel to take them to their next destination.”

Johnson comes to Shoreline just in time to recruit for next year’s team. “I’ve talked to students about our program, the college’s academic programs and our graduation rates,” Johnson said. The most important point that he made to prospective players is that he will be here for them throughout their time playing ball at Shoreline. Johnson is currently recruiting players from all around the region, including as far west as Port Angeles and Aberdeen. He said he is also talking to coaches and students in Alaska, Hawaii and California.

He graduated from high school in Denver, Colorado, and earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing and his master’s in business administration from the University of Phoenix. He and his wife, Carmen keep busy taking their nine year-old triplets, Savannah, Vanessa and Malik to their sporting events – each one of them involved in a number of competitive sports teams. 

Photo courtesy SCC


SCC Softball Takes Control of the NWAACC North

By Doug Palmer, SCC Athletic Director

Riding a 12 game winning streak, the Lady Dolphin Softball Team has taken control of the NWAACC Northern Region. SCC is 11-1 in the region, 16-8 overall and has a 4 game lead in the win column over second place Olympic College (7-3) and a full 3 game lead over third place Everett CC and Bellevue College who are 8-4.

SCC defeated Everett CC on Wednesday, 9-7 in a dramatic game and then routed the Trojans 7-1 in the second game. In Game 1, SCC was down 1-0 early, but built a comfortable 6-1 lead, only to find themselves tied 7-7 in the bottom of the 7th. Mo Durant singled with one out in the 7th and then Erin O'Hara drove a homerun over the fence to win it for the SCC squad. Photo: Erin O'Hara by Wilson Tsoi

Lynsey Walter pitched a 6 hitter in the second game to lead SCC to the sweep. Photo by Wilson Tsoi.

Shoreline plays at Olympic College on Friday at 2 pm and at Edmonds in Lynnwood on Saturday at 4:30 PM. SCC returns home on Tuesday, May 4, to battle rival Bellevue College at Shoreview Park at 1 pm.  


Shoreline runners help end human trafficking this Saturday, May 1


Suspect pleads not guilty to Shoreline graffiti

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

From The Seattle Times online
A man accused of graffiti vandalism spree in Shoreline pleaded not guilty Monday to malicious mischief charges in King County Superior Court.

Thirty-five-year-old Tony Huy Lee was released without bail while awaiting trial.

Police accuse him of spray-painting homes, businesses and city property with the tag "Kidd" and "K-D" over three years, causing more than $7,000 in damage.

Lee told KOMO News police have the wrong man. He says officers arrested him February 8 because he was in the area of vandalism. He says blue paint on his coat was from painting his house.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Police 

In a separate story, The Times looks at the cost of graffiti

Graffiti vandals cost public millions


Sugar's and Rick's to close permanently in plea deal

From the Seattle Times online

The three men who ran Frank Colacurcio Sr.'s strip-club operation for decades pleaded guilty Wednesday to prostitution-related crimes in a deal that will shutter the three remaining clubs, bringing to a sudden end what federal prosecutors described as a 50-year "scourge on the community."


Evan Smith: State Rep. Maralyn Chase announces candidacy for State Senate

By Evan Smith

ShorelineAreaNews Politics Writer

Democratic State Rep. Maralyn Chase formally announced her candidacy for the State Senate Monday.

Chase made the announcement to about 50 people in Shoreline.

Rick Horner, President of Letter Carriers 79 and Luis Moscoso, legislative candidate in District 1 South Snohomish County, flank Rep. Maralyn Chase as she announces her bid for the senate seat from the 32nd District.

She used the occasion both to rally her traditional supporters and to appeal to supporters of the woman she hopes to replace as senator from the 32nd Legislative District – Darlene Fairley.

Chase put aside past differences with Fairley Monday, thanking Fairley for her 16 years of service and calling Fairley a “class act.“ She also pointed out that she and Sen. Fairley have an identical voting record.

Chase said at the announcement that she wanted to follow her passion for public policy

Among those attending were Shoreline City Councilmen Chris Eggen and Chris Roberts, former Shoreline Councilwomen Cindy Ryu and Janet Way, and former Shoreline School Board member Dan Mann

Chase said that the main pillars of her candidacy were attracting working-class jobs, protecting the environment, and to convey the values of “fairness, justice and compassion” in the legislative process.

Rep. Chase said that the goals of supporting local businesses and creating living-wage jobs do not conflict with protection of the environment.

Chase won appointment to the Legislature in 2001 after then-Rep. Carolyn Edmonds resigned. Chase won election to two-year terms in 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.


Third Place Books warehouse sale this weekend, May 1 - 2

Warehouse Sale
Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and May  2

10 am - 4 pm

Find great deals at our first "Warehouse Clearance Sale"of books and gifts.

Follow the signs to our basement sale rooms.

Third Place Books

17171 Bothell Way NE

Lake Forest Park, WA 98155



Shorecrest wins first place in Japanese speech competition

Shorecrest Japanese language team. Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

By Craig Degginger, Shoreline Schools

Shorecrest High School students won first place in two divisions of the 27th Washington State Japanese Speech and Skit Competition. It is sponsored by Hyogo Business and Cultural Center (Hyogo is the sister "state" of Washington).

Thirty schools with Japanese programs from around Washington state participated. The event was held at the Mountaineers Club in the Goodman Auditorium at Magnuson Park.

Shorecrest won first place in the Level 2 Skit competition (Annie Yi, Melissa Tran, Becca Wood, and Zack Loffelbein). Shorecrest also won first in Level 3 (Phung Tran, Emma Orton, Daniel Lizarraga, and Sage Alexander). In addition, Zara Qatir of Shorecrest competed in the Level 1 Speech Competition and placed first.

The students write, memorize and perform their own skits using state guidelines for grammar at their level. The teacher for Japanese 2 is Sachiko Smith. The teacher for Level 3 is Kelli Spann. Soran Bushi, a Japanese dance group at Shorecrest, also performed at the event.


Shoreline Invitational Track Meet Saturday, May 1

From the Shoreline Schools Athletics Department

The 23rd Annual Shoreline Track and Field Invitational is Saturday, May 1, 12 noon at the Shoreline Stadium on NE 185th between 1st and 5th NE.

Take Your Marks: Shoreline Stadium will host many of the best boys’ track and field teams and individuals from around the state in the 23rd Annual Shoreline Invitational scheduled for Saturday, May 1. Field events are scheduled to begin at 12 noon, while the first running event is slated for 1 p.m. Eighty teams and over 1,000 entries are expected in the biggest all-boys invitational in the Northwest.

More than the 23rd: Although it is marked as the 23rd annual meet, the Shoreline Invitational has been in existence for more than 30 years. The meet first began in 1972 and continued through the late 1970’s. With the closing of Shoreline High School, the meet closed as well. In 1985, the meet started up again under the name Thunderbird Invitational, and barring a few missed years, it has been going strong since. The name was changed back to Shoreline Invitational in 1994, with both Shoreline high schools (Shorecrest and Shorewood) supporting the meet.

Ticket Prices: Adults $7
Students W/ASB $5
Seniors and Children $4

You Pick ‘em: It is not too difficult to find some key outstanding individuals that will compete on Saturday. Picking the team favorite might be a bit more challenging. A number of teams will have a chance at top honors, which include, but may not be limited to: Auburn Riverside, Eisenhower, Enumclaw, Foster, North Central, Skyline, Tahoma or Wenatchee. It truly could be any team’s meet, as many teams have the potential of placing multiple athletes in the same event. Last year North Central defeated runner-up Todd Beamer and third-place team finisher Kentwood for top honors. All of last year’s top ten teams return (North Central, Todd Beamer, Kentwood, Renton, Federal Way, Inglemoor, A.C. Davis, Kentlake, Hazen and Auburn Riverside).

State’s Best Enter Here: Of the 17 events that exist on the athletic.net state leader board, six of the state leaders will be in attendance. Hot events to keep an eye on are the 300 Hurdles and 4x100 relay that includes five of the state’s top 10; four events have four of the state’s top 10 in attendance (110H, 800, 1600, 4x400 Relay) and four events have three of the state’s top 10 (long jump, high jump, shot put, javelin). In addition, the meet includes a few non-traditional events (Distance Medley, Sprint Medley), and adds its own flavor as the only meet in the area with a scored Frosh/Soph 1,600 meter run. State leaders entered for Saturday’s meet are marked on the next page.

Top Entrants Submitted By Coaches
Event..........Name................ School Mark............. State Rank

100 Meters Trenton Pinson Federal Way 10.93 3 200 Meters Markeen Adams West Seattle 22.14 7

400 Meter Dash Jacob Sealby Wenatchee 48.20 2

800 Meters Justin Ximmerman Joel Ferris 1:52.58 2

1600 Meters Kenny Krotzer Auburn Riverside 4:14.04 2

Frosh/Soph 1600 Danny Lunder Kentwood 4:26.83 Not in Top 10

3200 Meters Drew O’Donoghue-McDonald Seattle Prep 9:04.62 2

110 Hurdles Rashaun Johnson Foster 14.51 2

300 Hurdles Rashaun Johnson Foster 38.05 1

400 Meter Relay Federal Way 42.49 2

1600 Meter Relay Federal Way 3:22.28 1

Distance Medley Garfield 10:40 NR

Sprint Medley Everett 1:32.0 NR

Pole Vault Marcus Schooley A.C. Davis 14-7 3

Javelin Derek Eager Tahoma 229-5 1

Discus Derek Eager Tahoma 182-9 1

Shot Put Kjelby Oiland Joel Ferris 57-4.75 3

Long Jump Jordan Brown Shorecrest 22-11.75 4

Triple Jump Kasen Williams Skyline 48-0 1

High Jump Kasen Williams Skyline 6-11 1

Meet Schedule: Time...... Event........ Flights/Heats

  • 12:00 Javelin 52 Entrants-7 Flights
  • 12:00 Pole Vault 46 entrants
  • 12:00 Long Jump 62 Entrants-8 Flights
  • 12:00 Discus 63 Entrants-8 Flights
  • 1:00 110 Hurdle Prelims 57 Entrants-8 Heats
  • 1:20 100 Meter Prelims 59 Entrants-8 Heats
  • 1:40 Distance Medley 33 Teams-2 Heats
  • 2:20 200 Meter Prelim 60 Entrants-8 Heats
  • 2:30 High Jump 48 Entrants
  • 3:00 Shot Put 64 Entrants-8 Flights
  • 3:00 Triple Jump 57 Entrants-8 Flights
  • 3:00 Sprint Medley 32 Teams-4 Heats
  • 3:35 3200 Meters (sec. 2) 41 entrants over 10:01
  • 4:00 Meet Dedication Ceremony
  • 4:05 Frosh/Soph 1600 1 Heat-58 runners
  • 4:25 110 Hurdle Finals
  • 4:30 100 Meter Finals
  • 4:40 1600 Meters 1 Heat-63 runners
  • 5:05 400 Relay 47 Teams-6 Heats
  • 5:30 400 Meters 55 Entrants-7 Heats
  • 6:00 300 Hurdles 61 Entrants-8 Heats
  • 6:30 800 Meter 63 Entrants-4 Heats of 16 each
  • 7:00 200 Meter Final
  • 7:15 3200 (Sec. 1) 30 entrants 10:00 and under 7:35 1600 Meter Relay 40 Teams-6 Heats
  • 8:00 Closing Ceremonies; Presentation of Team Trophy


Prince of Peace Community Plant Sale Saturday, May 8, 9 am - 3 pm

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 14514 – 20th Ave NE - the corner of NE 145th & 20th Ave NE, Shoreline 98155.  For more info, 206-363‑8100.


Shoreline's connection to the Chilean earthquake: Shorewood student Pancha Perez Heredia

When the earthquake hit Chile on February 27, Shorewood Rotary exchange student Francisca "Pancha" Perez Heredia didn't know if her family at home in Chile were alive or dead. The earthquake news was very bad - an 8.8 quake, one of the largest ever recorded.  Elevated freeways in Santiago, the largest city in the area, collapsed, with cars tumbled like toys. Pancha's home town of Talca, 186 miles south of Santiago, was even closer to the epicenter than heavily damaged Santiago and was one of the hardest hit cities.
Photo of Shorewood student Pancha Perez Heredia by Lee Craig.

It was several hours before she made contact with an uncle and four agonizing days before she finally talked to her parents to hear that they and her little sister were unharmed.

 Like the rest of their neighbors, they were afraid to stay in their homes. After-shocks as big as 5.5 continued to shake the area on a daily basis and no one knew when the next building would fall. Like many others, her family was sleeping in their car.  
Photo courtesy Pancha Perez Heredia.

Solidly built homes were severely damaged, such as this fine old home belonging to the sister of a former Northshore exchange student, also from Talca.   
Photo from Katharine Sutter.

The oldest parts of town were shredded and broken. If you look at the photos collected by Boston.com, there are many stunning shots of the devastation in Talca. The second picture on the site shows the interior of what used to be someone's home.
Photo of Talca business area courtesy of Pancha's friend Pablo.

486 people died while some 80 people are still missing. Bodies were lying in the streets and buried in the rubble.

Cathedral in Talca. Photo by Pablo.

Civic building in Talca. Photo by Andres Perez.

Pancha's father, whose office was intact but contents tumbled, had stress beyond seeing to the safety of his family. As an executive with the power company, he was responsible for restoring electricity to the city. With the substations twisted like steel pretzels, this was a daunting task.

Photos of office and power substation by Luis Perez

Pancha's family moved back into their home, but hundreds of people were homeless.  

Chile is a modern country, with hard-working people who set about immediately to clear rubble, restore services, and take care of the dead and wounded.  But the extent of the homelessness, in a city with a population of 100,000, is devastating.


The Edible School Yard

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

By Afia Menke ND, MA

If you were to drive or walk south on 3rd Ave NW from N 195th St, you would pass one of Shoreline's hidden gems - the Edible School Yard (ESY)

Located in the Hillwood Neighborhood, these beautiful, raised garden beds are the result of Einstein Middle School “Pride” students, Einstein science teachers Marcia Garrett and Mary Thurber, and the greater Shoreline community. Art students made the quaint signs identifying the veggies which are just peeping through the rich soil, composted with a gift of Zoo Doo from The Woodland Park Zoo.

Our community has jumped in to support this project. Three Hillwood neighbors, Dan Thielman, Wayne Erikson and Nick Hanson, took a full Saturday and built a gorgeous three bin composting system. 

Eagle Scout candidate Brian Vessey and BSA Troop 325 are preparing the ground for a green house. Heath Landscaping will be donating and delivering the gravel and sand for the paving stones. Mr. Heath and his son are members of Shoreline BSA Troop 325.
The greenhouse raising will occur on Embrace Shoreline Schools Day, May 15, to music provided by the Einstein jazz band and chili, corn bread and lemonade prepared by neighbors.

The City of Shoreline awarded the ESY an Environmental Mini-Grant. Local hardware store branches of Lowes and Home Depot have gifted materials. Sky Nursery supplied a gardener to help with planning. Calvin Presbyterian church members are volunteers. ESY has good energy and the number of organizations, educational institutions and people supporting the ESY just keeps growing.

If you would like to support the ESY, come on down to our Embrace Einstein Green House Raising on May 15. I hope you can join us, because ESY is one of the gems of Hillwood.

Photos by Afia Menke, ND, MA


Volunteer for the Kruckeberg Botanic Garden’s 23rd Annual Mother’s Day Sale

The Kruckeberg Botanic Garden’s biggest weekend of the year requires the efforts of scores of volunteers. Would you like to be one of them? Many volunteer shifts still available every day of the sale (May 6th-9th). Volunteers help with parking, greeting, cashiering, and running educational arts and craft stations for children.

There will be an optional training for new volunteers held Friday, April 30, 3:30 - 4:30 and Sunday, May 2, 3:30 - 4:30 (choose one). Sale volunteers receive 10% off any nursery purchases during the sale.

Please contact Emily for more information.


Bowling night fun for North City

 By Melanie Matway, North City Neighborhood

North City Neighborhood Association had its first Bowling Night at Spin Alley in Richmond Beach. It didn't matter if one was a great bowler or not as the goal was to have a good time and, by the end of the night, that was indeed the general consensus.

Those who attended got two hours of unlimited bowling and free shoe rental. Some hidden talent was also discovered within the neighborhood group. As for the little ones, they availed themselves of bumper bowling. No gutter balls for them! If only some of us adults had that luxury... Overall, it was a perfect activity for a rainy night.


Richmond Beach Library: Teen activities in May

 Richmond Beach Library photo by Steven H. Robinson

Richmond Beach Library
19601 21st Ave NW, Shoreline 98177

May 2010 Calendar of Events  

Study Zone
Monday, May 10, 17 and 24, 4 pm

Drop in for homework help from trained volunteer tutors.

Game On! & Mural Project
Thursday, May 13 and 27, 4 pm

The Game On/Mural Project (GOMP) is video gaming and manga art for teens! Gamers and artists in middle and high school play multi-player video games and create full-wall mural. Games may include Wii, DDR, Guitar Hero, Cooking Mama and others. Bring your talents to the library and get GOMP!


Shorecrest, Shorewood to meet in televised boys soccer game Friday, April 30

The Shoreline Education Access Channel will telecast live the boys soccer game between Shorecrest and Shorewood on Friday, April 30 at 7 pm from Shoreline Stadium.

The game is available on Channel 26 (Comcast) and 36 (FIOS) and produced by the combined Live Video Production class from Shorecrest and Shorewood.

Students Joseph Veyera of Shorecrest and Lisa Santroch of Shorewood will handle the play-by-play duties. The telecasts will be repeated on the following Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at the same time.

Shorecrest Soccer photo courtesy Shoreline Schools.

Shorecrest is undefeated this season and ranked fourth in the nation and first in the region by the National Soccer Coaches Association.

The Scots were featured recently on KING 5 News.


Shoreline School Board, March 15

March 15, 2010
Submitted by Debi Ehrlichman, Board Member
Complete minutes available on School District website

Mr. Wilson read Resolution No. 2010-4, Declaration of Shoreline Public Schools Foundation Appreciation Week (March 22-26), and extended thanks to Cindy Pridemore, Foundation Co-President and the Foundation for the wonderful things they do for the Shoreline School District.

Reports and Presentations

Extended Day Kindergarten with Title 1 Principals

Dr. Ellen Kaje, Manager of Title I, LAP, ELL, reminded the Board of $185,000 that was set aside to provide transportation and other cost-related activities for students making a Public School Choice (PSC) and transferring to a school that did meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). Only three students took advantage of that provision so costs were very minimal. This provided the opportunity to use those set-aside funds for other Title I purposes.

A group of Title I principals including Cinco Delgado, Mary Koontz, Aimee Miner, Jonathan Nessan, Laura Ploudre´and Paul Shanahan worked together with Dr. Kaje to identify school needs:

  • Make the most of Public School Choice resources for the greatest student impact;
  • Address achievement gaps;
  • Address AYP (reading and math);
  • Increase instructional time for the most at-risk half-day kindergarten students.

It was decided that using the remaining funds for an extended day program for at-risk half-day kindergartners was the best use of funds. The day was extended by up to two hours every day for those students identified as the most at-risk. The program contained 75 minutes of literacy and 30 minutes of math.

In order to determine the effectiveness of the program and whether or not it should be continued, teachers are expected to use the various provisions that were purchased specifically for this program and data will be gathered. Teachers, administrators, and paraeducators meet regularly to review the data and discuss what is working and how the program can be refined.

Currently, there are about 90 students served and parent feedback has been very positive. To determine if the model will continue for 2010-2011, an exit survey will be taken, logistics will be reviewed, and other building needs will be considered.

Ms. Walker reminded the Board that Washington voters passed I-728 with one of its primary focuses being the extended day for all students not meeting standard. Programs like this one could have been funded for all grades, not just kindergarten, if $4.2 million in I-728 monies was still coming to Shoreline School District. The I-728 revenue will most likely not be available for next year’s budget.

Advanced Placement Participation Data

A recent article in the Seattle Times concerning Advanced Placement (AP) courses and scores prompted board inquiry about Shoreline’s offerings. Dr. Monpas-Huber shared some recent transcript data from 2009. The first table indicated AP courses offered in Shoreline high schools, including the number of Fall 2009 grades awarded and pass rates. Of a potential 30 courses listed on the College Board Web site, Shoreline offers 17, whereas the national average is about 10 courses per high school. For Fall 2009, Shorecrest reported 533 students with an AP grade and a pass rate of 99.1 percent. Shorewood reported 682 students with a pass rate of 98.7 percent.

The second table reflected the number of AP grades received by Shoreline high school students in Fall 2009 by school and grade.

A third table indicated the cumulative achievement on all AP exams by school and subject area, taken at any time and potentially over a two or three year period of time, by the Class of 2009.

When the numbers are reduced down to students passing (as opposed to number of exams passed), this represents a pass rate of 79.4 percent. The nationwide pass rate is approximately 15 percent. The Bellevue School District encourages all students to take at least one AP course and claims a 61 percent pass rate (Class of 2009). Shoreline students are passing AP courses at a very high rate, well above the national average.

The fourth and last table reflected the AP course participation by race, grades 10-12, for the Class of 2009.

AP classes are regulated and governed by the College Board but no such regulation exists for Honors courses. The School Board recommended that staff take steps to ensure that AP classes truly are challenging and at the College Board AP standard, and in addition that staff work towards standardization in offerings between the two District high schools. It was suggested that the point of the AP class shouldn’t be just to pass the tests, but to become better-equipped students who are able to perform advanced level work.

Shorewood Modified Site Plan and Building Footprint

As a result of the recent agreement with the Shoreline Historical Museum to move the Ronald School Building to an alternate site, a modified site plan and building footprint was prepared by Bassetti Architects. Marcia Harris, Deputy Superintendent, presented highlights of the draft plan:

1) The entire school building is moved north to the setback at N 175th St. – the performing arts area is assumed to remain in northeast quadrant of site.

2) The school day use parking includes 350 spaces with additional parking available on driveways for evening event capacity of 425 spaces. Some of the parking along Fremont Ave. has been relocated south of the gymnasium on the east side of the site. (Currently there are approximately 350 spaces.)

3) The P.E. field has been relocated to the west side of the site, providing space for javelin, discus, and pole vault areas.

4) The central courtyard is now focused on student lunch and gathering space rather than the P.E. practice field.

5) The bus drop-off loop is extended towards the student courtyard entrances and includes a new connector drive to gymnasium parking area for evening vehicle access.

6) The gain of additional area at south of site allows the baseball field to be enlarged.

7) The main school entry remains facing the NW corner parking area.

8) A secondary (smaller) entry to the theater lobby remains facing N. 175th Street.

February Financials and March Enrollment Update

Marcia Harris, Deputy Superintendent and Mark Spangenberg, Director of Business and Finance, presented the February Cash Flow Report which reflects an increase in levy collections from $58,536 in January to $188,583 in February. February expenditures include the annual sick leave buy back. There was an increase of five students at the elementary level and a decrease in the high school enrollment for the month of March.

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