Schools Notebook

  • Tue Jul 3rd, 2012 6:24pm

A team from Brier Terrace Middle School was among the more than 5,000 students from 48 states and three countries who attended the 34th annual Technology Student Association national conference June 21-25 in Nashville, Tenn.

The four students and their advisor raised more than $5,000 for the trip by selling cookies and holding special Sci-Ma-Tech Saturdays events featuring science, technology, engineering and math activities.

Local TSA team members have performed well at the state level for a number of years but this was their first time competing nationally.

Sean Moore took first place in “Promotional Design.”

The team of Haeley Johnston and Moore took second place in “Structural Engineering.” Johnston also made the top 10 for “Career Prep,” finishing seventh.

The team, which also includes AsiaLee Donnelly and Joey Owens, also won a Chapter Excellence Award.

And advisor Todd Johnston was named Washington Middle School Advisor of the year.

Johnston, Donnelly and Owens are moving on to Mountlake Terrace High School’s new STEM Magnet School this fall, while Moore will be joining the International Baccalaureate program at Edmonds-Woodway High School.

All four students participated in Brier Terrace’s STEM course, for which they received high school credit.

MLT grad gets Manu Sood scholarship

Amanda Shoemaker, a recent Mountlake Terrace High School graduate, received the 2012 Manu Sood Mountlake Terrace Arts Commission Scholarship of $1,500.

Shoemaker plans to study visual arts at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, with a focus on photography. “I am honored to be awarded the Manu Sood scholarship,” she said in a press release. “I have found that I have a passion for art and self-expression and it’s what I enjoy doing most.”

Less unpaid time this fall

Edmonds School District administrators and assistants will again take furlough days for the 2012-13 school year to help make budget ends meet, but they won’t have to take as many unpaid days as the 2011-12 school year.

Superintendent staff, school principals and district managers will take three furlough days in the upcoming school year, compared to five days this past school year. Administrative assistants will take one day of furlough, down from two, as well as have $500 in professional development funds restored.

The furlough days are taken at employees’ discretion.

Middle school shed replaced

A replacement for an athletic shed that was damaged by fire last year at College Place Middle School was completed on April 1 by J Tatman Construction Services Inc. The final contract amount, including two change orders, was $36,068.86 plus tax. The Edmonds School Board approved the work and payment at its June 26 meeting.

New roofs this summer

The roof at Mountlake Terrace High School is in the process of being replaced.

Regency NW Construction is heading up the nearly $1.3 million project, which started June 26 and is slated for completion at the end of August.

Westgate Elementary School also will get a new roof later this summer.

The work at both schools is being paid from the voter-approved 2008 technology and capital levy.

Halo producer new head at gaming school

Jason Pace has been named director for the Center for Serious Play at the University of Washington Bothell. He will begin working at UW Bothell July 16.

The Center for Serious Play provides unique opportunities for students interested in game design, interactive media, entrepreneurship and the impact of games and interactive media on contemporary culture. Emphasis is placed on pairing students with industry partners to provide hands-on experience.

Pace was selected after a national search. For the last five years, he has been creative director and lead producer for the Halo franchise on Xbox. Prior to his work on Halo, Pace led the product design teams for Microsoft Casual Games, focusing on game design, social features and metagame development.