School Briefs

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  • Monday, March 3, 2008 11:53am

Kinderfest set for Saturday, Jan. 27

The Shoreline School District Kinderfest event gives parents who will enroll their children in kindergarten for 2007-08 a chance to gather information about kindergarten programs and services.

Kinderfest 2007 will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27, in the Shoreline Room at Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave. NE.

Topics to be covered include kindergarten curriculum, registration, transportation, health and safety, before-and-after-school care, immunization requirements, student services and all-day or half-day programs. Parents also can visit a kindergarten classroom.

Kindergarten registration for 2007-08 begins Tuesday, Jan. 30. Parents can register their child at the school in their attendance area on Tuesday, Jan. 30 from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Effective Jan. 31, the registration hours will be between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. any school day. Packets will be at elementary buildings Jan. 17.

To be eligible, a child must turn 5 on or before Aug. 31 of the year they are entering school. Early entrance is an option for those who turn 5 between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31.

For more information, call 206-361-4202.

Room Nine wins playground grant

The Room Nine Community School has been awarded a $30,000 grant from the 2006-07 King County Youth Sports Facility program to build a playground for the students and neighborhood.

Room Nine Community School is a K-8 alternative public school with an integrated approach to curriculum, student self-assessment, integral family involvement and a multi-age learning environment.

The school also received $15,000 from Starbucks Neighborhood Parks Program and has raised an additional $11,000 from within its parent community. In total, it has raised $56,000 for the project.

Scholarships for travel-savvy students

Students have until Sunday, Jan. 7, to apply for the AAA Travel High School Challenge. Designed to help improve travel knowledge and geographic literacy while encouraging young people to explore careers in travel and tourism, the AAA Travel Challenge tests students’ knowledge of popular vacation destinations.

The Challenge offers two types of scholarships: awards for superior travel trivia and geography skills, and travel-specific scholarships for those interested in careers in the travel and tourism industry. Students who enroll can be eligible for both.

Enroll online by Jan. 7. Once enrolled, a 15-minute online quiz is taken between Jan. 8 and 16.

Five semi-finalists will continue to the state finals, held March 6-8, by taking written proctored tests at AAA offices. The Washington state champion will earn a $1,000 scholarship and a trip to the national finals held May 19-22 at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla.

There students have an opportunity to compete in a high-stakes, single-elimination bee for a grand-prize $20,000 scholarship. Second- and third-place prizes also will be awarded at $10,000 and $5,000, respectively.

In addition, the top five scorers in each state who express an interest in travel-related careers will have an opportunity to submit an essay for both a state and national essay competition to win $6,000 in travel-specific scholarships.

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Shoreline Center hosts WASL info. night

Parents of high-school students can learn more about the upcoming WASL tests at an information session 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the Mount Rainier room at Shoreline Center, 18560 First Ave. N.E.

Nina Potter, director of assessment and student information for the district, will discuss the WASL requirements and registration for the tests.

The spring 2007 test schedule is as follows: writing, March 13-15; reading, March 19-20; math, April 17-18; and science, April 19-20.

Students must be present for all days of testing for a content area in order to receive a score in that area.

For more information, contact Potter at 206-368-4774.

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