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BPA and Northwest utilities have saved industries more than 647 million kWh of electricity (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/29/15
BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped 473 industrial companies save enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year.
BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped 473 industrial companies save enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year.
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration's Energy Smart Industrial program is helping companies better manage their energy use and reduce costs. Since 2009, BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have partnered with 473 industrial companies on projects that have collectively saved more than 647 million kilowatt-hours of electricity -- enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year.

"Energy Smart Industrial is making Northwest industrial companies more efficient and competitive," says Richard Genece, vice president of Energy Efficiency at BPA. "The success of ESI is a credit to the work of our utility customers and ESI staff, as well as to industrial companies embracing energy efficiency across the region."

In the first five years of the program, 111 publicly owned electric utilities in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming have helped industrial end-users complete over 735 capital projects in a variety of market segments, including food processing, pulp and paper, wood products, advanced technology, water/wastewater and mining. A recent examination revealed that the annual energy savings from completed capital projects increased by 300 percent on average.

ESI provides a suite of energy management options that BPA's utility customers can offer to the industrial companies they serve. In order to meet the broad range of needs, technologies and facility sizes, the program features five components, many of which don't require a large, up-front investment: Energy Project Manager co-funding; Track and Tune Projects; High Performance Energy Management cohorts; Refrigerator Operator Coaching; and Small Industrial High Performance Energy Management. Since every facility is unique, the BPA program provides an engineer as a technical resource and point of contact for the customer and utility to ensure each project is defined, developed and managed successfully.

"With BPA providing incentives and technical expertise, we're helping our industrial customers, big and small, achieve significant energy savings," says Larry Blaufus, industrial accounts manager with Clark Public Utilities in Vancouver, Wash.

In 2010, Clark enrolled a non-woven fabrics plant in Washougal, Wash. Through energy efficiency measures and upgrades to chillers, air compressors and lighting, Fitesa Washougal Inc. cut its energy use by about 19 percent, or 2.5 million kWh a year.

JD Hisey, the plant's continuous improvement manager, says Energy Smart Industrial did more than just cut Fitesa's energy costs. "The new equipment reduced our maintenance, repair and downtime costs," Hisey says.

For energy-efficiency help at its plywood plant in Elgin, Ore., Boise Cascade, the second-largest softwood plywood manufacturer in North America, turned to Oregon Trail Electric Consumers Cooperative, a BPA customer utility in Baker City. After ESI-upgrades to its air-compressor system, Boise Cascade is saving about $24,000 a year in its energy bills.

"With better modulation, drying and pressure control, we're so much more efficient," says Scott Noble, manufacturing management associate for Boise Cascade. "And we've seen significant savings as a result."

The BPA program is now focusing on smaller industries in rural areas and water treatment and wastewater facilities. Also, since lighting upgrades have accounted for nearly 25 percent of the program's historical savings, ESI will continue to explore new lighting technologies and controls. And soon, BPA plans to develop a "Superior Energy Performance" pilot for industrial facilities.

Attached Media Files: BPA and Northwest publicly owned electric utilities have helped 473 industrial companies save enough energy to power nearly 60,000 homes for a year. , Energy Smart Industrial provides a suite of energy-saving options that BPA's utility customers can offer to industrial companies they serve.
Northwest's Cooperative, Member-Driven Credit Unions Deliver $6.8 Billion Economic Impact
Northwest Credit Union Association - 01/28/15
New Analysis Reveals Credit Unions Critical to Oregon and Washington Economies

SEATAC, WASHINGTON; TIGARD, OREGON -- A new economic analysis by the independent firm ECONorthwest discovered Northwest credit unions, as businesses, drove more than $6.8 billion dollars in economic impact, provided more than 15,000 family-wage jobs and delivered $352 million in direct benefits to their 4.9 million members in 2014.

Not-for-profit credit unions are financial cooperatives structured to put their members' interests first, and to ensure that families and small businesses have affordable access to financial services. The ECONorthwest analysis, commissioned in 2014 by the Northwest Credit Union Association, and conducted by ECONorthwest economist Michael Wilkerson, paints a clear picture of the important role credit unions serve in the region:

* Members appreciate direct benefits. Credit union members received an average direct benefit of $76 per individual member in Washington while Oregon credit union members received an average direct benefit of $63 per individual member. Collectively, credit unions put $352 million into the wallets of their members. That money went right back into the economy creating a ripple effect buying power of more than $732 million.

* Credit unions provide family-wage jobs. Credit unions employed 10,415 people in Washington and 4,908 in Oregon. Every credit union job supports another 2.02 jobs for workers in other sectors, according to ECONorthwest, resulting in a total impact of 46,296 Northwest jobs.

* Credit unions are foundational to the communities they serve. In Northwest rural communities, about 617,500 consumers are members of credit unions, representing 37% of the rural population. Credit unions are often the only financial institutions available in many Northwest communities.

There is more to the story.
The $6.8 billion in economic impact documented by the ECONorthwest study represents the effect of having credit unions as businesses in the Oregon and Washington economies. This does not include the additional economic impact created by lending activities such as auto lending, mortgage lending and business lending.

Credit unions offer a firm financial foundation for families through accessible loans. Consider the current snapshot of Northwest credit union lending, showing that nearly 3 million credit union loans totaling almost $40 billion are helping strengthen individuals, families and small businesses.

"The ECONorthwest analysis underscores the economic impact of credit unions in Oregon and Washington. In many ways, credit unions are the communities they serve," said Troy Stang, president and CEO of the Northwest Credit Union Association. "It is the not-for-profit financial cooperative business structure that credit unions operate under that makes them unique; they deliver real, tangible value to the economy. Credit unions were created to balance the credit structure of the nation and create a stronger financial foundation for the American people," Stang continued. "This analysis proves that credit unions are fulfilling the role for which they were created."

In addition to the ECONorthwest analysis, a new "Community Impact Report" documents the variety of ways Oregon and Washington credit unions help to make their communities better. To read the full reports, please visit www.nwcua.org/credit-union-impact.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association representing more than 160 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions and their consumer members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.

Attached Media Files: ECOnorthwest Executive Summary
Annie Wright Schools Announce New Middle School Director and Unique Opportunity to Visit the School (Photo)
Annie Wright Schools - 01/27/15
Bill Hulseman
Bill Hulseman
Tacoma, Wash. -- Annie Wright Schools announced today that exceptional educator Bill Hulseman will join Annie Wright as Director of Middle School beginning July 1.

Mr. Hulseman has worked in Sacred Heart Schools in the Boston and D.C. areas, where he has served as teacher and administrator, leading social action and professional development programs. With a bachelor's degree from Fairfield University and master's degrees from both Harvard and Columbia Universities, Mr. Hulseman also advises and presents on a variety of subjects to national education associations and universities.

After visiting Annie Wright last fall, Mr. Hulseman was most impressed by the students and faculty. "It is clear to me that AWS is an environment where individuals are valued and relationships are nurtured - this affects learning and growth so positively," he said. He is most looking forward to learning about the culture and community of the Middle School, implementing the Middle Years Programme of the International Baccalaureate, and making his home in the city of Tacoma.

Mr. Hulseman will return to Tacoma next week to meet current Annie Wright families as well as prospective Middle Schoolers and their parents at the Middle School's Ticket to Thrive admissions event on Saturday, February 7. The event includes collaborative activities including an iPad scavenger hunt and a chance to engage with current students, faculty and administrators.

Mr. Hulseman will replace current Director of Middle School Bill Schuver, who after eight years at Annie Wright is moving to Colorado to become head of the Montessori School of Evergreen.

Founded in Tacoma in 1884, Annie Wright Schools are two schools on one campus. Annie Wright Day School serves boys and girls in Preschool through Grade 8, while Annie Wright Upper School offers all-girls day and boarding programs for Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.

Attached Media Files: Bill Hulseman
BPA hosts nation's largest regional science bowl
Bonneville Power Administration - 01/26/15
PR 01 15
Monday, Jan. 26, 2015
CONTACT: Kevin Wingert, 503-230-4140/971-207-8390 or 503-230-5131

BPA hosts nation's largest regional science bowl
Students from Northwest compete for $134,000 in scholarships from 17 regional colleges, as well as a berth in National Science Bowl

Portland, Ore. - As many as 132 teams of middle and high school students from across western portions of Washington and Oregon will compete in the nation's largest regional science bowl over the next two weekends.

The Bonneville Power Administration is hosting the BPA Regional Science Bowl for the 24th straight year. The middle school competition is set for Saturday, Jan. 31, with the high school students taking to the buzzer on Saturday, Feb. 7, at the University of Portland. The top team in each division will travel all-expenses paid to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Department of Energy's National Science Bowl from April 30 to May 4.

Beyond the prestige of winning and the prospect of the national competition, BPA and science bowl volunteers have worked to establish partnerships with universities and colleges in the region to offer scholarships for the top three teams in the high school division. In all, 17 colleges and universities in the Northwest are offering $134,000 in scholarships to members of the top teams.

In addition to the competition, demonstrations and hands-on activities will take place throughout the day at the event. In the afternoon, a separate engineering competition allows teams that have not advanced to the double-elimination round to test their engineering and design skills in a hands-on project.

The more than 600 students in the competition come from public and private schools in western Washington and western and central Oregon - from as far north as Republic, Wash., and as far south as Ashland, Ore. Many practice for months, in groups and individually, for the competition, which is as intense as any sporting event, particularly at the high school level.

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 labor pool of scientists and innovators so critical to the energy industry.

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

Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Jan. 31, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

Where: Franz Hall, University of Portland, Portland, Ore.
When: Feb. 7, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Notes: The event is free and open to the public. Championship rounds begin at approximately 4 p.m. in Buckley Auditorium.

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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Road Map Region Early Kindergarten Registration Opening Day: January 20th (Photo)
Puget Sound ESD - 01/14/15
Early kindergarten registration, a key strategy in the region's Race to the Top Start Strong work, is critical for several reasons; chief among them is laying the foundation for positive and ongoing relationships between schools and families. To help eliminate the opportunity gap and ensure success for each child, PSESD, in partnership with school districts in the South King County region, is helping increase school readiness for students and families by developing strategies that span the entire spectrum of support. The Puget Sound ESD Road Map to Student Success states that children must enter school READY to learn, ACHIEVE at high levels throughout K-12 education, and be prepared to SUCCEED in post-secondary education and their chosen career.

"There is a lot we can and are doing to increase school readiness. These efforts range from funding more high-quality learning environments to creating smoother transitions into kindergarten," said Mary Waldron, P-3 Systems Program Manager. "One way to support smoother transitions is through more aligned registration systems, and promoting and supporting early kindergarten registration."

Early registration can plug families into various opportunities like Play & Learn groups, Jumpstart, and Ready for K!, which can increase school readiness for kids and strengthen parent-to-parent and school-to-family relationships.

In South King County, Play & Learn groups are available through Highline, Seattle, and Tukwila School Districts. Jumpstart, K Camp, and Ready for K! are available through Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle, and Tukwila. If you would like to learn more about opportunities in your district, contact your designated Early Learning Lead.

As part of these aligned efforts, the Road Map Region (comprised of the seven school districts in South King County - Auburn, Federal Way, Highline, Kent, Renton, Seattle, and Tukwila) has identified MLK Tuesday (Jan. 20, 2015) as opening day for kindergarten registration. Beginning January 20th, all seven school districts will provide information on kindergarten registration and begin the process of engaging incoming families. Efforts to spread the word about early registration via school districts and community partners will continue through spring.

To learn more or find information on early kindergarten registration in your area, visit Road Map Region's Race to the Top website at http://roadmapracetothetop.org/resources/.

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

Attached Media Files: 2015-01/4161/81057/PSESD_BannerAd_large.jpg
School Board Meeting Rescheduled
Aberdeen SD - 01/08/15
Tonight's School Board meeting rescheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, January 13, in the Board Room of the Administration Building. Work Study at 6 p.m.
Puget Sound ESD Welcomes 2015 Cadre of Accomplished Teacher Leaders (Photo)
Puget Sound ESD - 01/07/15
2015 Puget Sound Teacher Leaders
2015 Puget Sound Teacher Leaders
Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) believes that teacher leadership is essential for successful large-scale systemic changes in education. To move beyond seeing Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), the English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPs), and the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP) as separate and discrete initiatives and instead view them as necessary, interrelated components that have the potential to elevate the teaching profession and ensure all students are college and career ready PSESD has expanded it's cadre of teacher leaders for 2015.

On Saturday, January 3, 25 accomplished teacher leaders gathered for the 2015 Puget Sound Teacher Leader kick off. After a competitive hiring process PSESD hired 15 new teacher leaders to join 10 returning teacher leaders to continue working to accelerate implementation of new learning and new teaching standards through teacher dialogue via social media.

Puget Sound Teacher Leaders blog and tweet about their experiences, instructional practices and their successes in the classroom specifically related to Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards and TPEP. In addition to monthly blog posts, teachers host and participate in two PSESD supported Twitter Chats each month.

Each teacher leader will receive in-depth professional development in the Literacy Design Collaborative, a unit planning framework aligned to the English Language Arts Common Core, which supports literacy instruction across disciplines. Through their social media platforms, and through their professional learning networks in their own buildings and districts, Puget Sound Teacher Leaders will share their learnings and resources with teachers across the region.

Our 2015 cadre represents a diverse mix of grade levels, subject areas and districts. Meet our 2015 cadre at http://www.psesd.org/news/2015-puget-sound-teacher-leaders/

We look forward to engaging teachers across the region and beyond. Learn more at: https://corelaborate.psesd.org/

Attached Media Files: 2015 Puget Sound Teacher Leaders
Aberdeen Schools Open on Wednesday
Aberdeen SD - 01/06/15
All elementary schools, Miller Junior High School, Harbor High School and the pre-schools will resume regular operations on Wednesday, January 7. This includes after-school programs.

Aberdeen High School, which was impacted by the intrusion of storm water that damaged the Commons and kitchen, will re-open on a modified schedule, dismissing at 12:45 p.m. The modified schedule may be adjusted as portions of the building are re-opened, but Superintendent Thomas Opstad expects that the early release schedule will remain in effect at AHS through Friday, January 9.