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11/11/14
Accomplished educators from across the Puget Sound Region will attend a convening for teachers by teachers
Puget Sound ESD - 11/11/14
King County/Puget Sound - Over 100 Puget Sound area educators have been nominated and selected to attend the first regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching - Puget Sound (ECET2PS) convening today, November 11. The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) network was born out of the desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and celebrate the teaching profession. At their core, ECET2 convenings are by teachers, for teachers. They harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning and to improve teach ing practice to better serve students. ECET2 Puget Sound is built on the belief that teachers hold the keys to ensuring that policy is well informed, instructional shifts are made with fidelity, and educators are equipped with the right professional development supports to be effective in the classroom. The best way to elevate teachers--and, in fact, the entire teaching profession--is to recognize that teachers are the experts in this field. This event is made possible from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

The goals for the ECET2 Puget Sound convening are to:
* celebrate teachers and teaching
* empower diverse networks of teacher leaders
* elevate teacher leadership practices
* accelerate implementation of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
* use social media to build teacher networks to support learning

In February, 2014 Kent School District teacher Brooke Perry attended the national ECET2 convening in Snowbird, Utah. After collaborating with teacher leaders from around the country Perry felt re-energized, valued, and more proud to be an educator than she had ever been.

"ECET2PS is an amazing opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other highly effective educators and learn how their unique voice can impact daily lives of teachers and students in a positive way," said Brooke Perry, Kent School District.

ECET2PS on November 11 aims to elicit the same reaction from over 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region through focusing on celebrating the hard work and sacrifices that teachers make every day while empowering them to foster their leadership skills and unique voice in the classroom, in education.

The day-long convening will feature breakout sessions delivered by accomplished teacher leaders in the Puget Sound region, inspirational keynote addresses, and will include ample opportunities for teacher collaboration.

WHO: More than 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region
WHEN: Tuesday, November 11th 2014 8:00AM-4:00PM
WHERE: Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188

Educational leaders involved in ECET2PS will be available to media on November 11 at Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188. Photo opportunities will be available during keynote addresses.

Tuesday, November 11th Photo Opportunities
8:00 am: Welcome address, Brooke Perry, Teacher, Kent School District and Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
8:15 am: Opening Keynote, "Mindsets in Education," Amy Abrams, 2014 Puget Sound Teacher of the Year
12:20 pm: Lunchtime keynote, "Changing the Conversation about Teaching," Chris Crouch, Huffington Post, Blogger and Instructional Specialist, Kentucky Department of Education
4:00 pm: Closing Keynote, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, 2013-14 Milken Educator Award Winner

For more information contact Brooke Perry brooke.perry29@gmail.com or follow the group on Twitter: @ECET2PS or #ecet2ps

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About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) #121 is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 383,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.
11/10/14
Forestry Stakeholders Gather in Lacey
Society of American Foresters - 11/10/14
Lacey, WA- Stakeholders in Washington's forests will gather in Lacey on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, to address the topic of "Working Forests for the 21st Century." The meeting will be held at the Norman Worthington Conference Center at Saint Martin's University from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Presented by the Washington State Society of American Foresters, the conference will focus on balancing social, ecological, and economic products and values from Working Forests.

Eleven speakers will examine topics on forest science for the future, climate change adaptation, forest infrastructure and markets, innovations in wood architecture, early successional habitat, carbon sequestration, and examples of managing Tribal, community, and family working forests.
Speakers include Tom DeLuca, director of the University of Washington School Environmental and Forest Sciences; Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark; Brad St. Clair, a research geneticist with the Forestry Sciences Laboratory in Corvallis, Ore.; and more. To view the full program, visit http://www.forestry.org/washington/workingforests/.

About SAF: The Society of American Foresters (SAF) is the national scientific and educational organization representing the forestry profession in the United States. Founded in 1900 by Gifford Pinchot, it is the largest professional society of foresters in the world. Members of the Washington State SAF include over 500 field foresters, forest managers and engineers, administrators, researchers, and educators who manage and study the 22.9 million acres of public, private, and Tribal forests throughout Washington.
11/05/14
Media Advisory: Contact Information for Next Oregon State Police Public Information Officer
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 11/05/14
Effective Thursday, November 6, 2014, Lieutenant Josh Brooks will take over full-time Public Information Officer (PIO) duties for the Oregon State Police. Lieutenant Brooks is assigned at General Headquarters in Salem and may be reached at:

Office: (503) 934-1261
Email: osppio@state.or.us (will go to Lieutenant Brooks' cellphone)

Brooks, age 36, has worked for OSP for nearly 13 years and most recently was assigned as the Area Commander at the OSP Salem office. Since joining OSP in December 2001, Brooks has worked in assignments within the Patrol, Fish & Wildlife, and Criminal Investigations divisions, and the Office of Professional Standards. Previous OSP assignments included working at offices in John Day, Florence, Springfield, and Salem.

Following a 36-year OSP career, Lieutenant Gregg Hastings, OSP Public Information Officer, is retiring effective December 1, 2014. Hastings served as the Department's PIO from 1996 - 2001 and 2004 - 2014.

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11/04/14
Accomplished educators from across the Puget Sound Region will attend a convening for teachers by teachers
Puget Sound ESD - 11/04/14
King County/Puget Sound - Over 100 Puget Sound area educators have been nominated and selected to attend the first regional Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching - Puget Sound (ECET2PS) convening in November. The Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers (ECET2) network was born out of the desire to provide a forum for exceptional teachers to learn from one another and celebrate the teaching profession. At their core, ECET2 convenings are by teachers, for teachers. They harness the power of teacher leader networks to deepen learning and to improve teaching practice to better serve students. ECET2 Puget Sound is built on the belief that teachers hold the keys to ensuring that policy is well informed, instructional shifts are made with fidelity, and educators are equipped with the right professional development supports to be effective in the classroom. The best way to elevate teachers--and, in fact, the entire teaching profession--is to recognize that teachers are the experts in this field. This event is made possible from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Puget Sound Educational Service District.

The goals for the ECET2 Puget Sound convening are to:
* celebrate teachers and teaching
* empower diverse networks of teacher leaders
* elevate teacher leadership practices
* accelerate implementation of Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
* use social media to build teacher networks to support learning

In February, 2014 Kent School District teacher Brooke Perry attended the national ECET2 convening in Snowbird, Utah. After collaborating with teacher leaders from around the country Perry felt re-energized, valued, and more proud to be an educator than she had ever been.

"ECET2PS is an amazing opportunity for teachers to collaborate with other highly effective educators and learn how their unique voice can impact daily lives of teachers and students in a positive way," said Brooke Perry, Kent School District.

ECET2PS on November 11 aims to elicit the same reaction from over 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region through focusing on celebrating the hard work and sacrifices that teachers make every day while empowering them to foster their leadership skills and unique voice in the classroom, in education.

The day-long convening will feature breakout sessions delivered by accomplished teacher leaders in the Puget Sound region, inspirational keynote addresses, and will include ample opportunities for teacher collaboration.

WHO: More than 100 teachers from the Puget Sound region
WHEN: Tuesday, November 11th 2014 8:00AM-4:00PM
WHERE: Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188

Educational leaders involved in ECET2PS will be available to media on November 11 at Cedarbrook Lodge 18525 36th Ave S. Seattle, WA 98188. Photo opportunities will be available during keynote addresses.

Tuesday, November 11th Photo Opportunities
8:00 am: Welcome address, Brooke Perry, Teacher, Kent School District and Irvin Scott, Deputy Director of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
8:15 am: Opening Keynote, "Mindsets in Education," Amy Abrams, 2014 Puget Sound Teacher of the Year
12:20 pm: Lunchtime keynote, "Changing the Conversation about Teaching," Chris Crouch, Huffington Post, Blogger and Instructional Specialist, Kentucky Department of Education
4:00 pm: Closing Keynote, Nathan Gibbs-Bowling, 2013-14 Milken Educator Award Winner

For more information contact Brooke Perry brooke.perry29@gmail.com or follow the group on Twitter: @ECET2PS or #ecet2ps

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About the Puget Sound Educational Service District
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) #121 is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 383,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.
10/29/14
Washington's Highest Improving Schools Honored: 2014 School of Distinction Awards announced for 5-year improvement in Reading and Math
Puget Sound ESD - 10/29/14
Renton WA - Outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period is the reason that 101 schools in Washington state received the 2014 School of Distinction (SOD) award today. The Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE) in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD) have recognized schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels.

The 2014 School of Distinction award winners include 54 elementary schools, 22 middle / junior high schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools. This award is the eighth annual School of Distinction award in Washington State and includes nine schools who are first-time winners and multiple-year winners including Mercer International Middle School (Seattle Public Schools) which is a six time winner of the SOD award.

Describing the schools that are designated as School of Distinction award winners, Greg Lobdell, President of CEE noted, "These schools are from all regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."

In the Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD) region, which serves King and Pierce counties and Bainbridge Island, 50 schools in 18 school districts are award winners. The agency plans to hold an award ceremony November 5 for the winning schools.

John Welch, Puget Sound ESD Superintendent states, "We are pleased to be a partner in honoring schools within our region that set a high standard in realizing dramatic achievement gains for students. We recognize the difficult and important work that this takes. We salute the students, families, educators, and communities for their successes and for setting a high bar for us all."

Specifics of the methodology used to determine 2014 winners are summarized below:

Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) Pilot: In spring 2014, a number of schools in Washington State participated in the pilot test of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and, therefore, have no assessment results reported for 2014. The partners responsible for the School of Distinction award felt strongly that these schools should not be disqualified for participating in the pilot. For schools participating in the SBA pilot, their 2013 results are used (repeated) as their 2014 results.

Data Suppression: The SOD methodology depends upon publicly available data. In 2014, OSPI implemented enhanced suppression of data. While protecting students' data from being publicly identifiable, it prevents CEE from applying the methodology calculations for that school. For this reason, a small number of schools with suppressed data were ineligible for the SOD award this year.

The SOD calculations are also based upon a minimum of two years of data in the level band (elementary, middle/junior high, or high school). If there are only two grades reported in the band and one of those grades has suppressed data, it is not possible to apply the methodology for the award. As such, those schools would also be ineligible for the SOD award this year.

Specifics of the Methodology:
* Three grade bands are used for calculation: elementary schools--grades 3, 4, and 5, middle or junior high schools--grades 6, 7, and 8, and high schools--grade 10. A school must have data in two of three grades to be considered for that level. Data source is the OSPI reported data from the data downloads section of the state report card (http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/DataDownload.aspx).
* For grades 3 to 8, the 2014 performance is defined as the "Reading/Math Level Index" and must meet the minimum threshold of being at or above the state median for the grade band. For 10th grade, OSPI is no longer publicly reporting the Reading/Math Level Index results. We used the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE) for Reading, combined with End-of-Course Math results (including students who previously passed the EOC exam) to obtain a valid measure for 2014 10th grade performance.
* Using data from 2009 through 2014 provides six data points which identify five improvement steps.
* A school may be considered in multiple bands, e.g. a K-8 school would be eligible in both elementary and middle/junior high bands. Alternative learning environments are considered independently in each of the three grade bands (subject to the same minimum performance threshold as all schools in the grade band).
* A school must have data in at least three of six years to be considered--one of which must be 2014.
* "Improvement" is defined as the slope of linear trend over the five years.
* The number of schools comprising 5% is based on the number of schools at each grade band with valid 2014 data.

About PSESD
The Puget Sound Educational Service District (ESD 121) is one of nine regional agencies serving school districts and state-approved private schools in Washington State. Our service area includes 35 school districts and more than 200 private schools in King and Pierce counties plus Bainbridge Island. Approximately 38 percent of the state's K-12 public school students, more than 400,000, are served in the area's school districts, which range from large to small, urban to rural.

Puget Sound ESD develops and delivers a wide selection of services that provide instructional and administrative support to PreK-12 schools and post-secondary services to students and families.


Attached Media Files: 2014-10/4161/79211/2014_SOD_List_of_Winners.pdf
10/28/14
OSP Traffic Stop Leads to Discovery of 68 lbs of Marijuana, Arrest of Two Washington Men - Interstate 5 near Medford (Photo)
Oregon State Police - Statewide - 10/28/14
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2014-10/1002/79172/102514.i5_mp29_mj.jpg
http://www.flashalertnewswire.net/images/news/2014-10/1002/79172/thumb_102514.i5_mp29_mj.jpg
An Oregon State Police (OSP) traffic stop early Saturday morning near Medford led to the arrest of two Washington men after the trooper discovered approximately 68 pounds of marijuana in their rented vehicle. The OSP Drug Enforcement Section is continuing the investigation.

On October 25, 2014 at approximately 12:53 a.m., an OSP trooper stopped a rented 2014 Hyundai Sonata displaying California license plates for a speeding violation on Interstate 5 northbound near milepost 29. The trooper identified the two occupants as driver MICHAEL EDWARD GREEN, age 46, and passenger SHAUN BOOTH, age 41, both from Buckley, Washington.

Subsequent investigation during the traffic stop led the trooper to discover approximately 68 pounds of marijuana concealed inside the vehicle. In addition, approximately 10 grams of Psilocybin mushrooms was also found. Estimated value of the seized marijuana is $125,000.

Both men was arrested without incident and lodged in the Jackson County Jail for Unlawful Possession and Delivery of a Controlled Substance - Marijuana, and Unlawful Possession of Psilocybin Mushrooms.

Photograph Sources:
Marijuana Photo - Oregon State Police
Green & Booth Photos - Jackson County Jail

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Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1002/79172/102514.i5_mp29_mj.jpg , 2014-10/1002/79172/Green.jpg , 2014-10/1002/79172/Booth.jpg
Raymond Junior/Senior High School Recognized As 2014 School Of Distinction
Raymond SD - 10/28/14
Raymond WA - October 28, 2014 - Raymond Junior/Senior High School has been recognized as a Washington State 2014 School of Distinction. This award acknowledges outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period, and is limited to schools in the top 5% of improvement for their grade band. Statewide, there were 17 high schools recognized.

This is the eighth time School of Distinction award has been made in Washington State. Statewide, 54 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools received the award. Describing the schools that are designated as School of Distinction award winners, Greg Lobdell, President of the Center for Educational Effectivenes noted, "These schools are from alI regions of the state, all sizes of towns, with a range from 2.7% to 100% poverty and enrollment of English Language Learners as high as 40%. These schools demonstrate that significant improvement is occurring all across our diverse public schools."

Each regional Educational Service District throughout the state will be hosting an award ceremony to recognize the award winners within their districts. Dates will be announced in subsequent, regional press releases. Dr. Rich McBride, Superintendent of the North Central ESD in Wenatchee and leading this work for the ESDs stated, "At a time when our schools and classrooms are experiencing the pressure of reform initiatives at the state and national level, it is great to celebrate the success and hard work of our highest improving schools across the state. This celebration provides important validation and highlights our need for the continued support of improvement efforts across Washington that are making a difference for all students. Our congratulations to the staff, students, leaders, and communities for their exceptional passion and dedication."
10/24/14
NCA Briefing on Situation at MPHS Today
Northshore Christian Academy - 10/24/14
To Northshore Christian Academy Families,

We have learned today that Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville is the site of a tragic school shooting. Students at Northshore Christian Academy are safe.

Teachers and staff have all been instructed not to announce the incident to students and to be careful that students do not overhear conversations about the incident or see media about it. We believe our parents would prefer to explain the news of this tragedy to their children as they determine appropriate.

As our students learn of the Marysville incident, they will need our support and reassurance. Our staff is prepared to support each of our students and our families dealing with this news. Our school counselors are available.

Please join us in praying for the families and loved ones affected by this devastating loss.

Sincerely,

Holly Leach, Superintendent
Northshore Christian Academy, 5700 23rd Drive West, Everett, WA 98203
http://www.northshorechristianschools.org/

Our Mission: Northshore Christian Academy partners with families to provide a superior Christian education developing spiritual, academic, and personal excellence in a Christ-centered environment.