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College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

College Bound Scholarship Available for WA Students

A state funded scholarship program is making the burden of affording higher education easier for low income families. Students apply for the program in the eighth grade and this year's dead line is on the horizon. Applications for the College Bound Scholarship Program are due on June 30th.


To qualify for the program, the student's family must meet one of four income standards and still be in the required income bracket when they file their FAFSA their senior year of high school. The income standards include students who are eligible for the free or reduced lunch program, if their family receives basic food or TANF benefits, or if the family makes below a certain income depending on size. Students who are in foster care are automatically eligible.


Area Schools Receive Achievement Awards

Area Schools Receive Achievement Awards


Local schools were notified today that they received Washington Achievement Awards for 2012. State Superintendent, Randy Dorn, and State Board of Education Chair, Jeff Vincent, notified them by email.


The Washington State Achievement Awards are in their fourth year and recognize schools in seven categories; Overall Excellence, Language Arts, Math, Science, Extended Graduation Rate, Closing Achievement Gaps, and High Progress. Schools are selected using the state's Achievement Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility Waiver.


These are the area schools that were selected for awards, however no area schools were selected for Language Arts.

Survey: Fewer teens using tobacco, alcohol; many need support for depressive feelings


Fewer students are smoking cigarettes or drinking alcohol, according to a recent survey of kids in our state. At the same time, a large number of students seriously considered suicide in the past year. The number of secondary school students who believe using marijuana is risky dropped to the lowest level since the state started collecting data.

The Healthy Youth Survey is taken every two years by students in grades 6, 8, 10, and 12 in more than 1,000 public schools in Washington. More than 200,000 youth took part in the survey in October 2012 by answering a wide variety of questions about their health and health behaviors. All responses were voluntary and anonymous. The Healthy Youth Survey provides communities with needed information to make solid decisions about which health issues to focus on.

Moses Lake School District faces tough choice


The Moses Lake School District finds itself in a precarious predicament: How do you adjust to an expanding area with insufficient school infrastructure?

This contentious context sets the stage for Thursday's community meeting, when residents and school district members will seek compromise on how to deal with the area's burgeoning crowding issue, which Superintendent Michelle Price said becomes a bigger problem every day after the bond failed in 2012.

“There is no ideal solution,” Price said. “It will impact everyone. Ideally, we'd be building.”

The group is examining several possibilities like year-round school or the re-purposing of some buildings. One of those buildings with a target on it is Columbia Basin Secondary School, which could be a dedicated middle school building under one plan.

CBSS students don't think it is fair for their program to be cut, because it will lead to higher dropout rates and that students won't receive the personalized attention they've become accustomed to.

School district seeks input on crowding

School district seeks input on crowding


The Moses Lake School Board is searching for answers to alleviate crowding issues in secondary education – 6th grade through high school.

Two of the planned four community input meetings have already been held. The next is scheduled for Jan. 17 in the Moses Lake High School choir room. For a rundown of what happened in the previous meetings, go to www.moseslakeschools.org/crodwing.

Also, in an effort to accrue as much input as possible, the district is asking everyone in the community to fill out a survey that would aid them in understanding what residents desire. The district asks you to fill out the survey here.

A number of options have been put out for the public to consider. The district is taking the issue very seriously, and any decision should have a tremendous impact on future students in the expanding area, according to Superintendent Michelle Price in a written statement.

George, Wash. gets first public library

People living in George, Wash. will no longer have to travel great distances to check out a book as the town's first public library opened earlier this month.

The Columbia Basin Herald reported Friday that the library, which is run by North Central Regional Library, occupies 2,000 square feet of an office complex in downtown George, and that it houses a large collection of children's and adult books as well as research materials.

"A lot of our hours are after school hours, so we can better serve school students," Librarian Betty Simon said to the Herald. "They can do their research here, and do their homework here."

Simon was quoted as saying that the library has been attracting a good amount of readers since opening.

"We've been very busy issuing new library cards, and helping people check out items," she said. "It's been really exciting."

The branch can be found at 108 N. Washington Way, and is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m.; Wednesdays from noon to 6 p.m.; and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Frontier Middle School Students Visit State Capitol

Frontier Middle School Students Visit State Capitol

Some students from Frontier Middle School had a chance to visit the state capitol this week. Not only did they meet with state representatives from their district, but they also met Gov. Christine Gregoire. They're pictured above with Secretary of State Sam Reed who was on their list of people to meet.

State Rep. Judy Warnick had this to say about the students: “It was fun to meet these students who will be our next generation of representatives and governors. I was class vice president when I was in high school, and it was my first introduction into politics and government," she said in a news release from the House of Representatives. "The students impressed me with very insightful questions, and showed a genuine interest in how their government operates.”

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