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“We have to start getting ready for finals because they’re starting soon.”

CHEYENNE HIGHTOWER, sophomore

Register online now for August WASL retakes

High school students can register to retake the Washington Assessment of Student Learning test online at www.k12.wa.us/waslregistration.

Students can retake one or more portions of the test. Seniors must pass the reading and writing portions of the WASL or complete an alternative to earn a diploma.

Students who have not taken the test before and those who have moved to Washington from other states may take the test in August. Students who have taken the test before are also welcome to retake in August.

Registration opened on Monday and will continue through June 27.

To register online, students need their 10-digit State Student Identification number. School districts should be able to help students locate their numbers.

Students can also register on the phone by calling the toll-free number 866-400-WASL between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Register for Everett summer school

Registration is open for the Everett School District’s summer school program. Discounted early bird registration ends on Friday.

Summer programs include classes designed to help students meet district core expectations, prepare for upcoming WASL testing, repeat courses, extend their interests in academic areas and take new courses.

Tuition-based summer programs will be offered at Sequoia High School and online for students in all four Everett high schools.

Tuition assistance is available for public school students in the district with demonstrated financial need.

Students from other school districts may register for Everett summer school programs, but registration is more expensive for them than for students in the district.

Students can register at their school or online at http://ims2.everett.k12.wa.us/register.

Summer school is scheduled for June 30 to Aug. 8.

Call 425-385-4070 or e-mail summerschool@­everettsd.org.

Lakewood offers online summer school

An online summer school program for students in the Lakewood School District is scheduled to begin July 7.

The program is designed for students who failed one or more courses and remained in the course for the entire semester. Eligibility must be verified by a school counselor.

The first course students enroll in costs $150 and the second costs $75.

The summer school program is called APEX Online Learning Program.

For more information, call program coordinator Joyce Scott at 360-654-2134 or Lakewood High School principal Dale Leach at 360-654-2105.

Families needed to host EvCC Japanese students

Everett Community College is seeking host families for Japanese high school students visiting the college July 19 to Aug. 2.

Host families are asked to provide room, board, and transportation to visiting students participating in the Nippon Business Institute’s summer exchange program. Families do not need to speak Japanese, as visiting students will want to practice English.

Students and their chaperones have come to EvCC from Japan since 1986 to study English and take part in activities that enhance their English language skills and promote friendship between Japan and the United States.

This summer’s exchange program is for students from Iwakuni and Ishinomaki.

“One of the most important aspects of their visit to the United States is the opportunity to live with an American family and experience American life and customs firsthand,” said Nippon Business Institute Director Mayumi Smith. “We ask host families to treat students a member of their own family.”

Students will be on campus from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays, and stay with their host families at night and on the weekends.

The Nippon Business Institute provides host families with a stipend to help cover some of the expense associated with hosting a student.

For more information or a host family application, call the Nippon Business Institute at 425-388-9195 or e-mail kkoss@everettcc.edu.

Edmonds schools consider budget cuts

The Edmonds School District held the final of three community budget meetings last week and is now developing plans to deal with a $3 million budget shortfall.

The district is considering closing Woodway Elementary and Evergreen Elementary in the for the 2009-2010 school year. The district is also consolidating middle school programs at Terrace Park K-8 School with Brier Terrace Middle School for the 2009-2010 school year. Additionally, the district is looking to cut costs by reducing bus routes and changing school start and end times.

The school board plans to vote on the reductions this summer.

For more information, go to www.edmonds.wednet.edu and click on “District Budget Planning and Information.”

EdCC students to renew trails on Orcas Island

Students enrolled in Edmonds Community College’s Learn-and-Serve Environmental Anthropology Field (LEAF) school plan to help rebuild Civilian Conservation Corps trails in Moran State Park on Orcas Island this summer.

The conservation corps was part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s response to the country’s economic crisis. From 1933 to 1942, the government employed three million men for stints of six months to two years in natural resource conservation work.

This summer’s LEAF school projects include studies and service projects on Whidbey and Jetty islands.

On the Moran State Park project, the college will partner with Washington State Parks and Coupeville-based Service, Education and Adventure. Students will spend two days helping rebuild the trails and will study the history of national service programs, while camping in and upgrading facilities created by the CCC.

For more information about the LEAF school, call anthropology instructor Tom Murphy at 425-640-1076 or go to www.edcc.edu/leaf.

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