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Thu. 04/27/17
Traffic Crash Takes the Life of a Washington Man on Interstate 84 at MP 277 - Union County (Photo)
Oregon State Police - 04/27/17 12:05 PM
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On April 26, 2017, at about 2:59 p.m., Oregon State Police responded to a single vehicle crash on Interstate 84 near milepost 277, fourteen miles east of La Grande in Union County.

Preliminary information indicates that a 2005 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup, operated by Richard Arnold COCHRANE, age 77, and passenger, Joanne Kay COCHRANE, age 73, both from Spokane Valley, Washington, was traveling westbound on I-84 near milepost 277 when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crashed through a guardrail into the median and overturned. Richard COCHRANE suffered fatal injuries while Joanne COCHRANE suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Grande Ronde Hospital for treatment.

One lane of the eastbound and westbound lanes were closed for approximately three hours following the crash, until both lanes were reopened.

OSP was assisted by La Grande Fire Department, North Powder Fire Department and Oregon Department of Transportation. More information will be released when it becomes available.


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Oregon Disabilities Commission to meet Thursday, May 11 in Salem
Oregon Department of Human Services - 04/27/17 10:00 AM
The Oregon Disabilities Commission meets Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Human Services Building, Room 473, 500 Summer St. NE, Salem, Oregon. The meeting is open to the public.

Agenda items include: Guest speaker Ashley Carson Cottingham -- Director of Aging & People with Disabilities, public comment, legislative updates, ADA celebration planning, discussion on the AOCIL/ODOT settlement, a viewing of HASL's curb ramp video, and next meeting agenda items.

For those who can't attend in person there is a toll-free phone number: 1-888-808-6929; Participant Code: 4517555.

The meeting location is accessible to people with disabilities. For questions about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please contact Jeffrey Puterbaugh at 503-947-1189 or Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us. Requests should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting.
For questions about this meeting, please contact: Jeffrey Puterbaugh, 503-947-1189, Jeffrey.L.Puterbaugh@state.or.us.

About the Oregon Disabilities Commission:
The Oregon Disabilities Commission is charged by state statute to advise the Department of Human Services, the Governor, the Legislative Assembly and appropriate state agency administrators on issues related to achieving the full economic, social, legal and political equity of individuals with disabilities. ODC also acts as a coordinating link between and among public and private organizations services individuals with disabilities.
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Marine Law Enforcement Academy Training May 1-6
Oregon Marine Board - 04/27/17 9:36 AM
The Oregon State Marine Board will be conducting marine law enforcement training on Henry Hagg Lake in Washington County, from May 1 through May 6. This training is specifically designed for new or seasonal marine law enforcement who are new to boating laws, boat handling and water safety fundamentals.

This in-depth training encompasses hands-on learning in a pool environment that includes cold water immersion with full utility gear and water rescue techniques. The training also covers accident and theft investigations, boating under the influence of intoxicant detection and apprehension, basic boat handling, trailering, and scenario-based exercises on Hagg Lake.

In addition to hands-on training, the academy now includes an interactive online classroom component, which is a new resource being implemented by the Marine Board, before officers attend in person. The online training replaces classroom presentations, leading to better learning outcomes while saving money and providing flexibility in delivery for new hires and refreshing knowledge of existing marine officers.

This academy is being hosted by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, with highly skilled deputies from around the state taking an active role with instruction. Pool sessions will be conducted at the Forest Grove City Aquatic Center.

For more information about the Marine Board's partnership with marine law enforcement, visit www.boatoregon.com.
Wed. 04/26/17
Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/26/17 5:15 PM
News Release

Date: April 26, 2017

Contact: Nick Hennemann, Public Affairs Specialist, 503-945-7248

Effective July 1: Bigger buffers around cold water streams supporting salmon, steelhead or bull trout

SALEM, Ore.--Today the Oregon Board of Forestry unanimously adopted new rules to protect cold water streams that support salmon, steelhead or bull trout. The rules apply to forest management around small and medium streams in western Oregon north of the Siskiyous. The effective date is July 1, 2017.

"This was a difficult journey. But, in true Oregon fashion, people of diverse interests and backgrounds worked together and crafted a thoughtful solution. I'm proud of everyone who joined the conversation. We found a way to protect cold water and allow private landowners to responsibly manage their property," said Board Chair Tom Imeson.

The rules will help reduce or eliminate gaps in the tree canopy along streams. The rules will do this by requiring landowners harvesting trees to leave wider streamside buffers on small and medium streams, keep more trees in the buffers after harvest, and better distribute the remaining buffer trees for wildlife shade and habitat.

State Forester Peter Daugherty said, "The practical result of these rules is not just keeping water cold, the wider stream buffers will also provide other streamside benefits, such as improved habitat. The rule changes build on what Oregon's forests are already doing well, providing the state's cleanest water."

In 2015, the board decided to update and refine rules for harvesting timber to meet the cold water standards set by the state for salmon, steelhead, or bull trout streams. To ensure broad public representation the board convened an advisory committee of members from the conservation, forestry, fishing, and landowner communities to recommend technical changes to the draft rules to meet the board's policy intent. Forestry held nine public meetings throughout western Oregon to bring the public into the conversation.

Video File: State Forester Peter Daugherty talks about the new riparian rules - https://youtu.be/IQt6FGWTdW8

Video File: Board of Forestry Chair Tim Imeson talks about the new riparian rules - Tom - https://youtu.be/vw62tqR0g2c

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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Community members invited to take a first-hand look at education in Grandview
Grandview Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 3:57 PM
The Grandview School District is inviting community members in for a behind-the-scenes look at what's happening in our classrooms. From 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 28, a group of community members will be touring schools, visiting classrooms, talking to students and teachers and seeing first-hand the wonderful things happening in our classrooms.

The event -- A Day with our Students to Celebrate Education -- will include classroom visits at Grandview High School, Grandview Middle School and Arthur H. Smith Elementary School. The group will start their day with a social from 8 to 8:30 a.m. at the District Learning Center, 313 Division St., then they will tour the district, traveling from school-to-school via big, yellow school bus.

You're invited to join us for this event.
Are You a Resilient, Organized, Youthful, Authentic Leader?
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 3:40 PM
R.O.Y.A.L GIRLS LEADERSHIP SUMMIT

R.O.Y.A.L = Resilient, Organized, Youthful, Authentic, Leaders

The counseling department at Washington Middle school is hosting the first annual girl's leadership summit on Saturday, April 29th, 2017 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at Washington Middle School, 510 S 9th Street Yakima, WA 98901. The summit will consist of workshops and a key note speaker during the lunch hour.

Four different workshops have been planned to help teach middle school girls the skills to deal with self-esteem, goal setting, healthy relationships and learning about getting into college.

The guest speakers for the workshops are, Dr. Yami from Yakima Health & Well-Being Coalition. Gane Bourgeois from Madison House is hosting the goal setting workshop, Teresa Juarez a therapist will lead a discussion on healthy relationships and Gabriela Vargas from Gear UP, will share her story of being a first generation college student. The lunch key note speaker is Rubi Smith, a Davis High School Alumna.

The counseling department is hosting the summit, to help Washington Middle school girls be exposed to different workshops to learn strategies to deal with daily stress triggers in their life.
DEA Continues Drug Abuse Prevention Efforts with Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday - 180 Sites Throughout the Pacific Northwest
DEA Seattle - 04/26/17 1:46 PM
This weekend DEA and its partners will host one of the most popular community programs: National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. On Saturday April 29, 2017, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the public can dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription medications at one of the 180 collection sites in the Pacific Northwest (PNW), operated by 153 local law enforcement agencies and other community partners. The service is free of charge, no questions asked.

America is presently experiencing an epidemic of addiction, overdoses and deaths due to the abuse of prescription drugs, particularly opioid painkillers. 6.4 million Americans age 12 and over - 2.4 percent of the population - abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health released last fall, more than abuse cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and methamphetamine combined. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, eclipsing deaths from motor vehicle crashes or firearms. The majority of prescription drug abusers report that they obtain their drugs from friends and family, including the home medicine cabinet.

When the results of the 12 DEA Take Back Days for the PNW are combined, DEA and its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners removed over 332,704 (166.4 tons) of medication from circulation. Since the program began seven years ago, 7.1 million pounds - more than 3,500 tons of drugs have been collected nationwide.

The public can find a nearby collection site by visiting www.dea.gov, clicking "Got Drugs?" icon, and following the links to a database where they can enter their zip code. Or they can call 1-800-882-9529. Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites - liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted. This event will go on even if the Federal Government shuts down this weekend.
REMINDER - Yamate Japanese Culture Show TONIGHT at IKE
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 04/26/17 1:40 PM
The school staff members, students and community have been very supportive of the 79 Yamate Japanese Exchange Students. Its hard to believe its nearly the end of their time here (they leave Friday morning).

Please join them tonight at IKE so they can show us their Japanese culture. Try on a Kimono, make origami, see anime, and much more. FREE.

Booths open from 5:30 - 6:45pm IKE Commons
Performance 6:45 -7:30 pm IKE Auditorium

Plus a taco with all the fixings, rice and beans and a drink for only $5 (IKE Leadership and Mecha Club Fundraiser). Dinner is open from 4:30-6:45p.m.

See you there!

Kirsten Fitterer
Community Relations
Yakima School District
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Tue. 04/25/17
Prosser School District's Prosser Heights Elementary School Leaves Their Mark in the Math Is Cool Competition (Photo)
Prosser Sch. Dist. - 04/25/17 10:24 AM
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On March 24th, Prosser Heights Elementary School took forty-two 4th and 5th graders to Sunnyside for a Math is Cool Competition. This is our first year of doing so and it was a huge success! Prosser Heights Elementary students competed in individual and team competitions. Based on their points, the 4th grade team received 1st place for their division and the 5th grade team received 2nd place for their division. In addition, Owen Hartliep received 1st place for highest scoring 4th grade individual, Jaden Peters received 2nd place for highest scoring 5th grade individual, and Mackenzi Gonzalez took 6th place for highest scoring 5th grade individual. Prosser Heights Elementary School looks forward to competing again next year.


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Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on Western Lane 2018 Annual Operations Plan
Oregon Dept. of Forestry - 04/25/17 8:29 AM
Release date: April 25, 2017
Contact: Sherron Lumley, Public Affairs Specialist, Salem, 503-945-7427


SALEM, Ore.--The Oregon Department of Forestry invites public comment on the Western Lane district's Annual Operations Plan (AOP), outlining the work plan for state forest activities for the upcoming fiscal year. Starting today, through 5 p.m. on June 8, public comments are invited for ODF's Western Lane district AOP for the 2018 fiscal year, which starts on July 1, 2017, and ends on June 30, 2018.

The plan describes specific activities such as timber sales, reforestation, road building, stream enhancement and recreation projects that accomplish the current Western Lane Implementation Plan objectives. These objectives are designed to reach the goals of the long-term Northwest Oregon Forest Management Plan.

Public comment details:
The draft AOP for Western Lane is available for review online on ODF's State Forests Management page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/Working/Pages/StateForests.aspx.
An online survey is provided for conveniently submitting comments for the Western Lane AOP: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GG7VN29
Comments may also be submitted through ODF's online comment page: http://www.oregon.gov/ODF/AboutODF/Pages/Comment.aspx
Comments may be mailed to: ODF Public Affairs, 2600 State St., Salem, OR 97310.

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Oregon Department of Forestry was founded in 1911. Today, it serves Oregonians by protecting, managing, and promoting stewardship of Oregon's forests to enhance environmental, economic and community sustainability. ODF directly manages 800,000 acres of state-owned forestland, including the Clatsop, Santiam and Tillamook forests in northwest Oregon and the Gilchrist and Sun Pass State forests east of the Cascades. The Department of Forestry's top priority is to provide fire protection on 16.2 million acres of private and public land. The 13th State Forester is Peter Daugherty, selected by the Board of Forestry in 2016.
Mon. 04/24/17
BLM Seeks Nominations to Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council
Bureau of Land Management Oregon & Washington - 04/24/17 5:32 PM
Spokane, Wash. -- The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeking public nominations for two open positions on the Eastern Washington Resource Advisory Council (RAC). The nomination period is open until May 30, 2017.

The BLM's RACs, composed of citizens chosen for their expertise in natural resource issues, help the Bureau carry out its multiple-use mission and stewardship of 245 million acres of public lands. The Bureau, which manages more land than any other Federal agency, has 36 RACs across the West, where most BLM-managed land is located. Each RAC consists of 10 to 15 members with an interest or expertise in energy and mineral development, ranching, outdoor recreation, conservation, state and local government, tribal and cultural resources, and academia. The diverse membership of each RAC helps ensure that BLM land managers receive the varying perspectives they need to achieve their mission of managing the public lands for multiple uses.

"The BLM Resource Advisory Councils are an important forum for the community conversation that is a key component of public land management," said Jamie Connell, BLM Oregon-Washington State Director. "By ensuring that RAC representation reflects a variety of perspectives, RAC members provide a valuable service to the Bureau by delving into issues and proposing solutions on a wide variety of land and resource uses issues."

Individuals may nominate themselves or others to serve on an Advisory Council. Nominees, who must be residents of Washington, will be reviewed on the basis of their training, education, and knowledge of the council's geographic area. Nominees should also demonstrate a commitment to consensus building and collaborative decision-making. All nominations must be accompanied by letters of reference from any represented interests or organizations, a completed RAC application, and any other information that speaks to the nominee's qualifications.

The Eastern Washington RAC has one position open in each of the following categories:

Category Two -- Representatives of nationally or regionally recognized environmental
organizations, archaeological and historical organizations, dispersed recreation activities, and wild horse and burro organizations.

Category Three -- Representatives of State, county, or local elected office; representatives and employees of a state agency responsible for the management of natural resources;
representatives of Indian tribes within or adjacent to the area for which the RAC is organized; representatives and employees of academic institutions who are involved in natural sciences; and the public-at-large.

For more information, please contact Jeff Clark at (509) 536-1297 or jeffclark@blm.gov or visit
https://www.blm.gov/get-involved/resource-advisory-council/apply.

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The BLM manages more than 245 million acres of public land, the most of any Federal agency. This land, known as the National System of Public Lands, is primarily located in 12 Western states, including Alaska. The BLM also administers 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate throughout the nation. The BLM's mission is to manage and conserve the public
lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations under our mandate of multiple-use and sustained yield. In Fiscal Year 2015, the BLM generated $4.1 billion in receipts from activities occurring on public lands.
Name correction - Edison Principal Finalists
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 3:13 PM
Media: This is an update to a release sent earlier today. The spelling of one of the candidates was wrong. It should be: David Rodriguez. It was spelled with a q by mistake instead of a g.

Here is the release again with the corrected spelling.

Finalists named for Edison Elementary Principal position

WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools announces Julie Perron, David Rodriguez and Eric Franzen have been named finalists for the Edison Elementary Principal position following an extensive applicant screening process. Parents and staff are encouraged to meet candidates Thursday, April 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during public meet and greet sessions at the Edison Elementary Library. Attendees are asked to complete candidate feedback cards and be present, if possible, for all three candidate sessions. Edison Elementary is transitioning to a schoolwide Dual Language School for English/Spanish language acquisition. All three finalists are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Perron is currently serving as Principal of Whitaker School (K-6) in the Buena Park School District in Southern California. She has principal experience at Wilson Elementary (Costa Mesa, CA,) Grant Elementary (Spokane, WA), Midway Elementary (Mead, WA) and Cornelius Dual Language Elementary (Forrest Grove, OR). Perron also has 10 years of experience as a dual language teacher, is an adjunct professor and has a PhD in Leadership Studies.

Rodriguez is an Administrative Intern at West View Elementary in the Burlington-Edison School District in Burlington, WA. He is also a first grade Dual Language Program teacher at West View Elementary. He has seven years teaching experience. He has also helped coordinate English Language Learners summer school programs in the Burlington-Edison School District and was a school board member in the Mabton School District for two years.

Franzen has four years of administrative experience, including assistant principal at Kirkwood Elementary in the Toppenish School District and three years as principal at Castle Rock School Elementary in the Castle Rock School District. In addition, he is currently serving as a second grade dual language (Spanish) teacher at Carriage Crest Elementary in Kent, WA. He also has teaching experience in the Federal Way and Tacoma School Districts. He worked as a volunteer in Guatemala for two years prior to becoming an educator.

Meet and Greet Sessions (Thursday, April 27 - Location: Edison Elementary Library):
4 p.m. Candidate Julie Perron
4:30 p.m. Candidate David Rodriguez
5 p.m. Candidate Eric Franzen

Current Principal Jennifer Cowgill is returning to the classroom to help develop the district's new middle school Spanish World Language Program. Her last day as Edison Elementary Principal is June 30. The new principal will report July 1.

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Finalists named for Edison Elementary Principal position
Walla Walla Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 11:00 AM
WALLA WALLA -- Walla Walla Public Schools announces Julie Perron, David Rodriquez and Eric Franzen have been named finalists for the Edison Elementary Principal position following an extensive applicant screening process. Parents and staff are encouraged to meet candidates Thursday, April 27 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. during public meet and greet sessions at the Edison Elementary Library. Attendees are asked to complete candidate feedback cards and be present, if possible, for all three candidate sessions. Edison Elementary is transitioning to a schoolwide Dual Language School for English/Spanish language acquisition. All three finalists are bilingual in English and Spanish.

Perron is currently serving as Principal of Whitaker School (K-6) in the Buena Park School District in Southern California. She has principal experience at Wilson Elementary (Costa Mesa, CA,) Grant Elementary (Spokane, WA), Midway Elementary (Mead, WA) and Cornelius Dual Language Elementary (Forrest Grove, OR). Perron also has 10 years of experience as a dual language teacher, is an adjunct professor and has a PhD in Leadership Studies.

Rodriquez is an Administrative Intern at West View Elementary in the Burlington-Edison School District in Burlington, WA. He is also a first grade Dual Language Program teacher at West View Elementary. He has seven years teaching experience. He has also helped coordinate English Language Learners summer school programs in the Burlington-Edison School District and was a school board member in the Mabton School District for two years.

Franzen has four years of administrative experience, including assistant principal at Kirkwood Elementary in the Toppenish School District and three years as principal at Castle Rock School Elementary in the Castle Rock School District. In addition, he is currently serving as a second grade dual language (Spanish) teacher at Carriage Crest Elementary in Kent, WA. He also has teaching experience in the Federal Way and Tacoma School Districts. He worked as a volunteer in Guatemala for two years prior to becoming an educator.

Meet and Greet Sessions (Thursday, April 27 - Location: Edison Elementary Library):
4 p.m. Candidate Julie Perron
4:30 p.m. Candidate David Rodriquez
5 p.m. Candidate Eric Franzen

Current Principal Jennifer Cowgill is returning to the classroom to help develop the district's new middle school Spanish World Language Program. Her last day as Edison Elementary Principal is June 30. The new principal will report July 1.

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Styles for Students Launches at Davis High School! (Photo)
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 10:00 AM
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Local barbers and stylists have built a unique team with the Yakima School District. Over the last few months, the team has brainstormed, held meetings, held an assembly at Eisenhower High School and arranged individual barber/stylist visits to IKE acknowledging a variety of student accomplishments and working to make positive changes in student's lives with a free new look.

The team titled themselves "Styles for Students" and will launch at Davis High School on May 1. The media is invited. The assembly will start at 9:30 a.m. in the new Davis High School gym.
The momentum of this program is growing and not only the students are impacted. Even tears flow a bit at the team meetings when the stylists and barbers describe their experiences cutting hair and having meaningful conversations with students.

The program began with Yakima School District's "Social and Emotional Specialist," Omar Santoy. Omar guides the district in the 2016-17 district-wide launch of "PBIS" or Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, a nation-wide program that guides and trains staff on how to positively and clearly communicate common expectations in their school environment. Each school, with student participation, determines their own expectations, how they will meet those expectations and how they will honor students who have gains in positive behaviors at school. Thanks to Omar and Styles for Students, one of the PBIS honors for students is to receive a new hair cut or hair style from the Styles for Students team.

On May 1st, Davis will officially roll-out their PBIS program with Styles for Students honoring 20 students with a new look at a very lively, hands-on assembly.


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Shhhh....surprise announcement of Crystal Apple Award Winners!
Yakima Sch. Dist. - 04/24/17 8:11 AM
Tomorrow at 9:45 a.m., the co-chairs of the 2017 Crystal Apple Awards program will announce 5 winners! Of 18 nominees 5 have been selected. The winners will not know they have won until tomorrow. They will each be brought to the Central Services office every 10 minutes and surprised with their family and supervisor in on the surprise.
The media is encouraged to attend. Please do not park your news vehicle where it can be seen by a winner.
April 25th at 9:45am, 104 N 4th Street Rooms A&B.
Sun. 04/23/17
Public Invited to "The Science of Dance" Performance on April 27 (Photo)
ESD 123 - 04/23/17 7:00 AM
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RICHLAND, WA -- Thanks to "The Science of Dance" residency, students in the after-school program at Highlands Middle School in Kennewick are preparing for their first public dance performance, which portrays the understanding of gravitational waves through dance. Educational Service District 123's 21st Century Program, in partnership with Mid-Columbia Ballet and the LIGO Hanford Observatory, proudly invite the community to The Science of Dance performance on Thursday, April 27 from 5-7 PM at LIGO.

The 21st Century site at Highlands is one of three schools in a cohort served by a five-year grant that provides after-school enrichment activities. Megan Beaujon, Highlands Site Coordinator, was approached with the idea by Mid-Columbia Ballet and LIGO late last fall, and her school's twelve-week residency began March 6, 2017. Renee Adams of MCB and Amber Henry of LIGO have worked closely with Megan to provide these students with 2 days of dance practice and 2 days of science curriculum at the 21st Century site each week.

Of the 14 students participating in the dance residency (all female), only a few have previous dance experience. Megan says that the residency has pushed these students outside of their usual comfort zones.

"The Science of Dance residency with MCB and LIGO has opened the minds of our students to the connections between science and all aspects of learning, specifically the arts," says Megan. "Science often seems like an inaccessible part of education for so many students, particularly girls. They have been working so hard and are truly committed to being part of a team. I am so pleased to get to share all of their hard work with the community."

Highlands Middle School will be served by the 21st Century grant until August 2019, and coordinators are working to continue the dance residency throughout that time. Thursday's dance performance format includes four tours (at 5:00, 5:15, 6:30, and 6:45). An Event Brite page allows guests to register to attend for free at http://bit.ly/2pgQyNY. The LIGO Hanford Observatory is located at 127124 N. Rt. 10 in Richland. For more information, contact Site Coordinator, Megan Beaujon, at 509.492.0819 or mbeaujon@esd123.org.

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About ESD 123: Educational Service District 123, based in Pasco, WA, is one of nine ESDs in Washington. Dedicated to delivering collaborative solutions that promote learning, ESD 123 serves 23 school districts in seven counties of Southeastern Washington. Under Superintendent Darcy Weisner and its board of directors, this legislatively mandated, not-for-profit educational organization provides efficiency of educational systems and equity of learning opportunities for over 70,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.


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