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03/03/15
Northshore Christian Academy Presents this Year's Middle School Musical - Annie Jr. (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 03/03/15
Northshore Christian Academy Campus in Everett
Northshore Christian Academy Campus in Everett
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Northshore Christian Academy (NCA) presents its Middle School Musical, ANNIE JR., by special arrangement with Music Theatre International, on Thursday, March 19 & Friday, March 20th both at 6:30pm and a matinee on Saturday, March 21st at 11:00am. Reserved seating tickets are available online; $8 for economy level and $10 for premium seating. The Musical will take place at Northshore Christian Church's auditorium located at 5700 23rd Drive West in Everett, WA.

Join us for the irrepressible heroine and her energetic band of orphans in one of the world's best-loved musicals, ANNIE JR. Showcasing songs from the multiple Tony Award-winning musical, this stage version is from the book, music and lyrics of "Little Orphan Annie" by Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse, and Martin Charnin and the Broadway production by Mike Nichols. Directed by NCA's talented Drama teacher, Ms. Emily Swan, pre-production and rehearsals are underway with the dedicated NCA middle school student cast!

This event regularly sells out! To purchase reserved seating online, go through BrownPaperTickets.com (event #1337602), or go to the NCA Middle School Musical webpage at: http://www.northshorechristianacademy.org/middleschoolmusical

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2015/2016 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: Northshore Christian Academy Campus in Everett , NCA Middle School Musical Annie Jr.
02/27/15
Northshore Christian Academy Robogators Teams Finish in Top 10 at Western WA State FLL Competition! (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 02/27/15
NCA Campus
NCA Campus
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Aptly named the Robogators, since the Northshore Christian Academy (NCA) mascot is an Alligator, both NCA teams finished in the State's top 10 of 600 teams this year. The Robogators are NCA's FIRST LEGO League competitive robotics club, made up of two teams of 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The two teams met twice a week each for 5 months to prepare for the FLL competitive season this year.

The FLL is a robotic competition developed for middle school students with a differing theme that is drawn from real events in society every year. There are always three primary activities which include: building and programing a small robot to accomplish missions; investigating a given research topic and preparing a presentation; and building a team around FLL Core Values.

After successfully advancing through the district level qualifying challenge in December, and then the regional semi-finals in January, both NCA Robogators teams were invited to compete at the FIRST LEGO League Western Washington State Finals on January 31, 2015 at the ShoWare Center in Kent, Washington.

Washington had over 600 teams statewide including British Columbia this year, of which 30 of the best teams from around the state competed at the finals. NCA was fortunate to have both of its teams represented. Both teams worked independently to design, build and program an autonomous robot to complete tasks on the competition table. In addition to the robot work, each team worked diligently to create and present an innovative solution to this year's FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Challenge: World Class Learning Unleashed. Both Robogators teams did their best to create alternatives on how we gather knowledge and skills that could improve the advancement of learning and schooling practices in the 21st century. For instance, Team 1 created a "Public-Speak-o-Phobe-o-Bot" that helps people with a fear of public speaking overcome their fear through exposure therapy using an on-stage telepresence robotic avatar. Team 2 created a new innovation to give the student the advantage of leading edge technology to capture, visualize, and imagine the subject they're studying, including reducing the overall number of pages in each textbook, reducing production costs and engaging the students by utilizing various styles of learning.

NCA's Robogators teams presented their robot design, their solution to the FLL challenge, and gave their best presentation of their specific application of the FLL core values. Each team was evaluated according to their performance in all of these areas. Both teams each had three chances to send their robots out and complete a sequence of tasks in live competition. By the end of the final robot games state competition, Robogators Team 1 ranked 4th place, and Robogators Team 2 ranked 9th place. Team 2 was also awarded the 'Robot Innovation Award'!

NCA would like to congratulate the Robogators Teams and their Team Coaches on a very successful season! NCA would also like to thank the teams' sponsors: Intellectual Ventures, Boeing Company and Abramson Family Chiropractic. The 2014-2015 award winning NCA Coaching team included: Mr. Chad Abramson, Mrs. Elise Abramson, Mr. Jonathan Bloedow, Mr. David Chen and Mr. Cori Stepan. These coaches were allowed time off work by their employers to coach, because they see this endeavor as a great investment in the future of engineering and STEM education.

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Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Prospective family tours are given every Wednesday at 9:30am. Applications for 2015/2016 enrollment are currently being accepted. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: NCA Campus , Robogators Team 1 with Gator Hats , Robogators Team 1 Prepares for Challenge , Robogators Team 1 at Competition , Robogators Team 1 and Coaches Celebrate a Win! , NCA Team 2 Trophies , Robogators Team 2 Celebrates their Win! , Robogators Team 2 Celebrates with NCA Mascot Alligator , Robogators Team 2 in Aviation Theme
02/25/15
Author Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson cancels Seattle 2/27/15 book reading due to illness
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/25/15
Oregon (Feb. 25, 2015) Northwest author, Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson has canceled a previously scheduled appearance at Third Place Books Ravenna in Seattle, Washington, Feb. 27, 2015, due to illness.

Hillman-Magnuson, author of Peanut Butter and Naan: Stories of an American Mom in the Far East, recently returned from a book reading in Paris, France. She was disappointed she would be unable to visit her childhood home this week and said the the event will be rescheduled for a later date.
02/22/15
Race to the Top 'SAT School Day' - An Effective Strategy in Closing the College Enrollment Gap
Puget Sound ESD - 02/22/15
On February 25, students in Seattle, Highline, Renton and Federal Way will take the College Board's SAT, a critical step in the college admissions process. Other students in the Road Map Region (Auburn, Kent and Tukwila) will take the SAT in April. Typically, taking the SAT includes a $50 registration fee and spending several hours at a testing site outside of the school day.

As part of an effective strategy to increase the numbers of underrepresented students enrolling in college, The Road Map Region Race to the Top consortium continued and expanded a successful strategy implemented by Federal Way Public Schools. For high school juniors across the region, students are taking the SAT free of charge, during the school day, at their schools. This is made possible through the use of federal Race to the Top grant funds and includes the registration fees and an online SAT-prep course.

"I can't emphasize what a great opportunity this is for our students and acknowledge the significant efforts of our schools," said Jennie Flaming, College and Career Readiness Project Manager for Race to the Top. "Students will be able to experience a more positive testing environment by participating in the SAT at their schools during the normal school day, in a familiar environment with familiar proctors. As we implement 'SAT School Day' for the second year, the high school staffs continued to do an incredible job planning logistics for this day and complying with all testing requirements from the College Board."

The results over the last year support the fact that this strategy eliminates barriers, particularly for students of color, to attend college. Across the seven Road Map districts, SAT participation has dramatically increased and the growth rate of students of color outpaces that of white students. In fact, the number of Hispanic and American Indian students in the region taking the SAT more than doubled. While only one barrier of many to postsecondary enrollment, the SAT (or ACT) is a significant logistical hurdle many students would otherwise fail to meet.

The SAT is just one of three college assessments administered by the College Board. Students across the region also had the opportunity to participate in the other two as part of the college readiness effort. Eighty percent (8,953) of 10th graders took the PSAT and 93% (7,409) 8th graders, excluding Seattle, took the ReadiStep in the fall. The adoption of the College Board College and Career Readiness Pathway costs $2.9 million in Race to the Top grant funds.

In addition to assisting with college admissions, these tests provide districts and schools with valuable data to help improve instruction. The information can help district and schools identify potential students who are likely to succeed in rigorous, Advanced Placement classes and to inform High School & Beyond Plans and course planning.

Across the Road Map Region, the percentage of high school graduates who took one or more AP, IB or Cambridge Course increased from 58% to 64% from the class of 2013 to the class of 2014. The percentage of Black/African American students taking rigorous courses increased dramatically, from 46% to 58%.

The Race to the Top grant's work in 'Stay Strong' is focused on implementing multiple strategies to help more students enroll in postsecondary education and be successful. The opportunity for students to take the ReadiStep, SAT and PSAT in school for free is just one effort. Other initiatives include expansion of the Advanced Placement (AP) course selections for students and assisting more teachers to get AP course training, improving high school course selection by including more STEM, International Baccalaureate (IB) programs, world language and career certificate options, training for middle and high school guidance counselors, and providing counselor assistance to better serve more students.


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About the Road Map Region Race to the Top Grant
The Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle and Tukwila school districts competed together for $40 million in Race to the Top federal funding as the Road Map District Consortium. The districts' grant was among 16 winners picked from nearly 400 applications by the U.S. Department of Education. The Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is responsible for managing the grant's implementation and functions as the fiscal agent. For more information visit www.roadmapracetothetop.org
02/20/15
All 77 of BPA's annual reports now on line
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/20/15
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration now has all 77 of its annual reports online at BPA.gov. Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Bonneville Project Act in 1937, BPA administrators have used these annual reports to share their thoughts about the year and describe BPA's financial performance in detail.

Each annual report covers BPA's fiscal year, which today runs from Oct. 1 through Sept. 30, and provides financial highlights, management discussion and analysis, and financial statements. It also provides a letter from the BPA administrator that summarizes the year's accomplishments.
It's in these letters from the administrator that BPA's rich history unfolds. That history includes bringing electricity to all corners of the Northwest in the 1930s and '40s, supporting the war effort that led to the allies winning World War II and signing the Columbia River Treaty with Canada in the early '60s that has provided over 50 years of flood control, electricity and other benefits to both nations.
In 1970, BPA completed the Pacific Direct Current Intertie that allowed the region to begin sharing power with our neighbors to the south. In 1980, Congress passed the Northwest Power Act that gave rise to BPA's development of the largest energy conservation and salmon recovery programs in the country.
More recent annual reports highlight BPA's effort to sustain and expand the Federal Columbia River Power and Transmission System and connect more than 4,500 megawatts of renewable and carbon-free wind power to our transmission system.
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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02/13/15
*** Update *** Oregon State Police now Hiring Troopers!
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 02/13/15
Ever thought you would make a good cop? Ever thought you had what it takes to be one of the best cops? If the answer is yes - you're an OSP Trooper.

A career as an Oregon State Police (OSP) Trooper is challenging and rewarding. OSP Troopers provide Premier Public Safety Services to the citizenry of Oregon and we hire the best people to do it. If you've ever thought about being a Trooper now is the time to apply. OSP is preparing to hire recruit troopers in 2015 using the E-Recruit electronic application system. Lateral and Entry level recruit trooper applications will be accepted at 12:01 p.m., Friday, February 13, 2015, and will be open until 11:59 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2015. For more information click here: http://bit.ly/1DOt1mL

Persons interested in applying should start the process now by going to the Oregon State Police recruiting website at www.osptrooper.com. The website helps interested applicants:

* Learn the application process and what it takes to successfully apply
* Clearly understand our qualifications
* Find out what it will take to get a jump on the required Entry Level Testing

To better serve qualified applicants, OSP is scheduling two separate Entry Level Testing sessions:

* Session #1 - Saturday, March 14, 2015
* Session #2 - Monday, March 16, 2015

Both sessions will be held at the Oregon Public Safety Academy, 4190 Aumsville Hwy SE, in Salem.

Applicants should prepare beforehand for Entry Level Testing. Candidates can create an account now by building a profile following the instructions detailed on the www.osptrooper.com website. The complete application for employment is comprised of the E-Recruit profile, the supplemental questionnaire, and any required attachments.

The Oregon State Police is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages women and minorities to apply. Information about our agency, the different opportunities that are available, how our hiring process works, and updates to our hiring process can be found at www.osptrooper.com.

Questions about the application process can be directed to the OSP Recruitment Unit at (503) 378-4175. IF you are ready to go we have a place for you in the Oregon State Police.
Water Alert--Raymond Schools In Session As Normal
Raymond SD - 02/13/15
UPDATE 2/13/15--The City of Raymond has confirmed that the water is now safe. Residents should drain their lines and clean out their ice makers a couple of times.

The Department of Health (http://www.doh.wa.gov/CommunityandEnvironment/.../RecentAlerts) indicates the same.
02/12/15
Northwest Author to Read from Book Peanut Butter and Naan at Third Place Books Ravenna - Feb 27, 7pm (Photo)
VanNatta Public Relations - 02/12/15
JenniferHillman-Magnuson
JenniferHillman-Magnuson
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Attention reporters: Travel, Parenting, Books, Culture

WHO: Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson is a northwest writer and mother of five who has lived in India and Abu Dhabi. She was born in the Seattle area and spent some of her early years there. In June 2010, Jennifer, husband Bob and five children ages 1- 14 moved to Chennai in southeast India.

WHAT: Author Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson will be sharing excerpts from her must read travel memoir Peanut Butter and Naan: Stories of an American Mom in the Far East.

Fly-by-the-seat-of-her-pants mom Jennifer Magnuson knew her spoiled suburban brood needed a wake-up call--she just couldn't find the time to fit one in. But when her husband was offered a position in India, she saw it for what it was: the perfect opportunity for her family to unplug from their over-scheduled and pampered lives in Nashville and gain some much-needed perspective. What she didn't realize was how much their time in India would transform her as well.

A combination of Eat, Pray, Love and Modern Family, with a dash of Chelsea Handler thrown in for good measure, Peanut Butter and Naan is Magnuson's hilarious look at the chaos of parenting against a backdrop of malaria, extreme poverty, and no conveniences of any kind--and her story of rediscovering herself and revitalizing her connection with those she loves the most. Hers is a story about motherhood that will not only make you laugh and nod with recognition--it will inspire you to fall in love with your own family all over again.

Marcelle Soviero, Editor-In-Chief of Brain, Child Magazine: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers hails it as "A powerful debut. Magnuson has the gift of conversational prose laced with a quick wit. In this thoughtful, often hilarious book, Magnuson crosses parenting cultures with her husband and five children, gaining insight into herself, and ultimately finding her tribe."

WHERE: Third Place Books Ravenna, 6504 20th Ave. NE, Seattle, WA 98115

WHEN:Friday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES: Jennifer Hillman-Magnuson will be available for interviews at the event or in advance as well as photos and book signings.


Attached Media Files: JenniferHillman-Magnuson , CoverPeanutButter , ThirdPlaceBooksPoster
02/07/15
Westview High School Team 1 of Portland wins the BPA Regional Science Bowl to advance to national competition
Bonneville Power Administration - 02/07/15
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Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/971-207-8390 or
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Westview High School Team 1 of Portland, Ore., wins the BPA Regional Science Bowl to advance to national competition

More than 350 students from western Washington and Oregon competed Saturday at the University of Portland

Portland, Ore. - For the second year-in-a-row, Westview High School Team 1 of Portland, Ore., won the BPA Regional Science Bowl and advances to the National Science Bowl.

Westview went undefeated through 16 rounds in the nation's largest regional science bowl. Sunset High School Team 1, also of Portland, came in second. Jesuit High School Team 1 of Portland came in third place.

Last weekend, Stoller Middle School Team 1 of Beaverton, Ore., won the middle school division of the BPA Regional Science Bowl to advance to nationals. Science Infinity Club Team 1 of Bellevue, Wash., came in second with Xenon Science Group of Bellevue, Wash., taking third place.

For 24 years, the Bonneville Power Administration has hosted the nation's largest regional science bowl as part of its commitment to encouraging young minds to engage in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Teams, which represented both public and private schools, traveled from as far as Republic, Wash., and Ashland, Ore., to compete. Many practiced for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event.

The morning kicked off with a round-robin contest of eight rounds that whittled the teams from 70 to 16. The advancing teams spent the afternoon competing in a double-elimination contest that could last up to nine rounds. For each match, teams of four students sat opposite each other, using buzzers to field a variety of science-based questions.

The top individual performers in the morning rounds - those who correctly answered the most questions - were recognized as All-Stars.

This year's BPA Regional Science Bowl All-Stars for high school are:
* Kai Klocke, Sunset High School, Portland, Ore.
* Abhijit Mudigonda, Westview High School, Portland, Ore.
* Drew Cannon, Jesuit High School, Portland, Ore.
* Ming Liu, Mountain View High School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Daniel Chiu, Catlin Gabel High School, Portland, Ore.
* Rohan Guliani, School of Science & Technology, Portland, Ore.

This year's BPA Regional Science Bowl All-Stars for middle school are:
* Kevin Shen, Stoller Middle School Team 1, Beaverton, Ore.
* Kevin Jin, Stoller Middle School Team 3, Beaverton, Ore.
* Eric Tong, Meadow Park Middle School Team 1, Beaverton, Ore.
* Matthew Seeley, Lake Oswego Junior High Team 1, Lake Oswego, Ore.
* Erica Chiang, Lake Oswego Junior High Team 2, Lake Oswego, Ore.
* Anirudh Prakash, Xenon Science Group, Bellevue, Wash.
* Monica Chang, Shahala Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Alex Westrick, Ashland Middle School Team 1, Ashland, Ore.

Also recognized at the lunch celebration were the winning entrants in the second year of SciClips, a competition sponsored by Google in which competing teams created short videos that expressed their enjoyment of science. Winning teams received a gift certificate for supplies for their sponsoring school's science laboratory. Coaches for the winning teams also received a trophy in the form of an Einstein bobblehead.

The SciClips winners from high school are:
* David Douglas High School, Boring, Ore.
* Exploring Post 311 Club, Walla Walla, Wash.
* North Bend High School, North Bend, Ore.
* St. Mary's Academy, Portland, Ore.

The SciClips winners from middle school are:
* Boring Middle School, Boring, Ore.
* Mt. Tabor Middle School, Portland, Ore.
* Valley Catholic Middle School, Beaverton, Ore.
* King's Way Christian Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Shahala Middle School, Vancouver, Wash.
* Pierce County Home School Club, Milton, Wash.

BPA sponsors the science bowl to showcase students' talents in science, technology, engineering and math, as well as to encourage them to consider careers in these fields. This helps to ensure a future pool of engineers, scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

The high school students not only competed for the trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Science Bowl in late April, but also for potential scholarships. Several colleges and universities throughout the region have set aside a total of $134,000 in scholarships that members of the top three teams may claim.

The BPA Regional Science Bowl is powered by more than 200 volunteers from BPA and partner agencies, many of whom have volunteered for 10 years or more.

The event is sponsored by the University of Portland, Google, Vernier Software & Technology, and Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc.

More info: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowl

Complete list of teams for both middle school and high school: www.bpa.gov/goto/ScienceBowlTeams

BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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02/04/15
Northshore Christian Academy Accepting Online Applications for 2015-2016 School Year (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 02/04/15
Northshore Christian Academy and Church
Northshore Christian Academy and Church
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Northshore Christian Academy (NCA Established in 1995) is now accepting new student applications for the 2015-2016 School Year. For details on NCA Admissions and Prospective Family Tours currently offered every Wednesday at 9:30AM, go to: http://www.northshorechristianacademy.org/Admissions

Why consider NCA? Imagine sending your child to school in an environment where children are safe, loved and inspired to be all that God has called them to be. Parents who send their children to NCA have peace of mind knowing they are in such an environment. NCA partners with families to provide a superior Christian education, developing spiritual, academic and personal excellence in a Christ-centered environment. In addition to providing all the core subjects, Kindergarten through 8th grade students are instructed by specialists in Foreign Language, Music, Drama, Physical Education, and a progressive Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Program. Middle School Athletics include soccer, volleyball, basketball and track.
Programs offered:
* Kindergarten - 8th Grade
* Early Learning Center: Toddlers, Preschool and Pre-Kindergarten (full and part time)
* Before and After School Care
* Northshore School of Arts and Enrichment
* Summer Program

Northshore Christian Academy is located in Snohomish County, near the Everett Boeing Plant and the City of Mukilteo. Northshore Christian Academy provides a high quality education in a Christ-Centered environment for over 970 students in K-8th Grades and a Licensed Early Learning Center for toddlers, preschool and pre-Kindergarten children. Please visit the NCA Website for more information at www.northshorechristianschools.org.


Attached Media Files: Northshore Christian Academy and Church