Schools Notebook for June 20

  • Tue Jun 19th, 2012 9:08pm

Retired admin hired at Holy Rosary

Holy Rosary Catholic School in Edmonds will get a new principal.

Kathy Carr is retiring after 14 years leading the school. “I have planted in my yard an impatiens for each child in Holy Rosary School. I water them daily and count my blessings for each day I have served them as principal of Holy Rosary School,” she wrote in a letter to parents.

Incoming principal Sue Venable is a retired Edmonds School District administrator.

Venable retired in 2010 as an assistant superintendent and administrator of student and family support. Before that she was principal at College Place Elementary School and a special education teacher at Sherwood Elementary School.

She’s been active raising money for district programs since retirement. The school board recently honored her for her work with the Lynnwood Rotary Community Foundation to establish a total of $20,000 in new funding for early learning programs.

EWHS senior named a Minority Achiever

Sir Stephen Jackson, a graduating senior from Edmonds-Woodway High School, was recently honored at the YMCA of Snohomish County 12th annual Minority Achievers Program Recognition and Scholarship Banquet.

Jackson was one of 15 students countywide to receive a college scholarship from the program.

MAP’s mission is to motivate and support students of color and immigrant students to achieve higher educational and career goals.

Four local teens graduate from ORCA

Thirty-seven students from Everett Community College’s Ocean Research College Academy graduated June 15, earning both their associate’s degree and high school diploma.

Graduates who live in the Edmonds School District: Zachary Henchman, Jalen Son, Steven Tedrow and Marissa Wyll.

The program is the only early college academy of its kind in the country. ORCA uses the local marine environment as the unifying theme for all academic disciplines.

College honors poet-teacher

English instructor and poet Holly Hughes received Edmonds Community College’s 2012 Excellence in Education Award for outstanding commitment to education and the college’s mission.

“In addition to her outstanding teaching, she is a well-respected, humble and brilliant colleague. Her mark on the college is singular and noteworthy in so many ways. However, her contributions to making our wider communities and our planet a better place to live are an even greater testimonial to her passion, energy and dedication,” board of trustees Chairman Dick Van Hollebeke said in a press release.

Hughes has taught English at EdCC since 1993. She co-founded the college’s Sustainability Initiative. She’s a past adviser to the ecology club, student newspaper and campus literary and arts journal, Between the Lines.

Hughes is co-author with Brenda Miller of “The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World” (Skinner House Press, 2012), editor of the award-winning anthology, “Beyond Forgetting: Poetry and Prose about Alzheimer’s Disease” (Kent State University Press, 2009) and author of the chapbook “Boxing the Compass” (Floating Bridge Press, 2007). Nominated for several Pushcart prizes, her poems and essays have appeared in many anthologies.

Hughes has also earned a 2012 Literary Fellowship from Artist Trust, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting Washington state artists. She has spent more than 30 summers working on the water in Southeast Alaska as a commercial salmon fisherman, boat skipper and naturalist and will be working on a collection of essays about her experiences.

The college award comes with a $500 gift and $1,000 in professional development funds for the recipient’s department.

WASA honors two district admins

The Washington Association of School Administrators recently awarded Edmonds School District’s Assistant Superintendent Ken Limon and Community Relations Manager DJ Jakala for their dedication to students and the community.

Limon received a student leadership award. Since 1999, he has been at the helm of the district’s secondary schools, career and technical education programs, athletics, transportation and student discipline.

Jakala received a community award. In addition to her community relations role, for the past several years she has worked directly with the district’s Citizens for Schools group, a volunteer committee that is responsible for the submittal of many levies and bonds.

UW Bothell tech program names director

Elaine Scott is the new director of the science and technology program at the University of Washington Bothell. Scott currently is professor and director of engineering programs at Seattle Pacific University.

Groundbreaking for a new Academic and Science Building was held last month; it will be completed in 2014. Recently, two programs were merged to create a single Science and Technology Program. By 2013, the program is expected to become UW Bothell’s third school: the School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

Scott will start at UW Bothell Aug. 1.