North Thurston Public Schools wants your feedback!

first_imgFacebook7Tweet0Pin0Submitted by North Thurston Public SchoolsEvery year North Thurston Public Schools turns to our community at large, to ask for feedback on leadership, student programs, fiscal responsibility, safety, communication, and more.“It’s important for us to not only be accountable with how we invest public taxpayer dollars but to also get community feedback on what their values and priorities are when it comes to public education and their perception of how we are doing,” said Courtney Schrieve, Executive Director for Public Relations at NTPS.The district conducts annual surveys with staff, students and families each year, as well as the community. Results from all the surveys except staff (shared by principals at each school), are posted on school websites under the “About our School” sections. A highlight from this year was that more parents said their child felt “safe at school.” In addition, five percent more of students surveyed said their schools has activities to celebrate different cultures.Community results last year showed that the majority of those surveyed said that they believe the district meets or exceeds expectations for K-12 public education. Accelerated learning opportunities, well-maintained grounds and arts, athletics and activities access also received high ratings.“We are proud of our district – the largest in Thurston County – but realize we always have room for improvement,” Schrieve said. The district has nearly 15,000 students, 2000 staff (full and part-time) and an 85 percent graduation rate. Nearly 50 percent of students are students of color. Their free and reduced enrollment count, an indicator of poverty, is about 42 percent.Please take a moment to help us get better by taking this short online survey. Deadline is May 20. Thank you!last_img read more

“Grow Monmouth” To Spur Economic Development

first_imgOne thing we do know is that we cannot wait for Washington to come up with the magical  solution. If we are to bring ourselves out of this downturn we have to do it through the creation of jobs. Getting people back to work is the key to stimulating our economy. By THOMAS A. ARNONE It has been three years since the U.S. economy nose-dived, taking jobs and consumer confidence with it. Yet despite all efforts to stimulate prosperity, the country is still reluctant to bounce back and return to happier times of healthy growth. To bolster that effort here at home, the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders have launched a program called “Grow Monmouth,” a long-term communitywide initiative to ensure the economic health of Monmouth County. In recent weeks, representatives from the Monmouth County Department of Economic Development and I have met with businesses, academia, utility companies and business organizations to talk about the program and how they can become partners in this effort. Elected representatives from all 53 municipalities have been invited to attend meetings scheduled for Oct. 20 and Oct. 25 to discuss how the Grow Monmouth initiative can assist them with their economic development efforts. As part of Grow Monmouth, the county is currently developing an economic opportunity mapping tool. This is a Geographic Information System (GIS) tool that will identify various information within the municipalities. This information can help municipalities and businesses determine the most favorable locations for economic growth. Information in the GIS layering will include zoning, environmental constraints, utilities, roadways and transportation.center_img It’s no secret that what our economy needs right now is jobs. In order to create jobs, our businesses need all the help they can get. County government’s role is to facilitate job creation and business expansion. The objective of these meetings is to gather input from a variety of key sectors and develop a strategic plan that will outline goals and the means to achieving them. The county is also establishing an Advisory Committee to provide input to the plan. Grow Monmouth will also provide assistance to businesses to help maximize their potential for growth. A business-building toolkit has been developed. The toolkit includes resources for competitive business information research, business to business and consumer mailing lists, survey capability, and Web site optimization. ***ITALS Thomas A. Arnone is a Monmouth County freeholder This initiative has three objectives: retain and grow businesses in Monmouth County; retain and create jobs in Monmouth County, and to encourage the attraction of new businesses to Monmouth County.last_img read more

Photographer Captures Iconic Image

first_imgIt was much more than another assignment for photographer Gary Gellman.Gellman was in Washington, D.C. and Philadelphia, on hand to photograph Pope Francis, capturing what posterity may eventually consider among the iconic images of the visit as well as allow him to get in touch with his spiritual side.“As a Catholic,” Gellman said, “being able to photograph the successor to St. Peter was really neat and a great honor.” Gellman, a Howell-based still photographer and videographer, was provided access to the tarmac for the plane’s arrival in Philadelphia, and captured the image of Francis blessing the 10-year-old disabled boy in his wheelchair. That photograph has already been widely distributed and seen.“It was very emotional,” Gellman offered.“And to me as a Catholic to be that close to the leader of the our church and to know I was selected and blessed to be selected to be there, the signature event,” he explained, “it was a wonderful experience.”Gellman has in the past photographed the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has taken portrait photos of Diocese of Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell and knows Archbishop Charles Chaput, with Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who helped Gellman along the lengthy process of obtaining security clearance for the assignment. That process took the better part of 10 months, beginning last November, to secure security clearance to be a photographer for the World Meeting of Families event, according to Gellman.
“I like to say it was a 10 month process and a 27-year training period,” he said, referring to his time as a professional in his field.On the airport tarmac as the jet arrived and the pope and passengers disembarked, “It was something quite unique to be blessed to be so close,” with only about 200 people there and only a couple of photographers – “probably the smallest group surrounding the pope during his visit.”At the time “I was in work mode,” concentrating on the assignment. “Until that one point,” with Pope Francis “coming down those steps, I realized where I was, what I was doing,” and it having a profound effect on him, he acknowledged.Over the years, Gellman has photographed many, including such celebs as Anne Hathaway, Heidi Klum, Springsteen and Jon Bon Jovi and many others, especially in his role as photographer for the New Jersey Hall of Fame. “I’ve met a lot of cool people, many are special in their own right.“But this,” assignment, he stressed, “was one of a kind, really special.” By John Burtonlast_img read more

DONEGAL WOMAN WINS €2,000 ON LOTTO SHOW

first_img,000 in the Crack the Code game on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 14th February 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right: Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery; Catherine Sproule, the winning player and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. Pic: Mac Innes PhotographyShe may not retire or even get a new car for that matter.But Catherine Sproule from Castlefin is a happy on.Catherine has won €2,000 in the Crack the Code game on the National Lottery’s The Million Euro Challenge game show on RTE on Saturday 14th February 2015. Pictured at the presentation of prizes are from left to right: Eddie Banville, Head of Marketing, The National Lottery; Catherine Sproule, the winning player and The Million Euro Challenge Host Nicky Byrne. DONEGAL WOMAN WINS €2,000 ON LOTTO SHOW was last modified: February 16th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefinCATHERINE SPROULEdonegallotterylast_img read more

Hughton issues complacency warning

first_imgBrighton & Hove Albion manager Chris Hughton believes that their biggest challenge in 2019 will be trying to avoid complacency.Brighton are sitting comfortably in 13th place in the Premier League table after amassing 25 points from 20 matches so far.But Chris Hughton has stressed the need to maintain their level of play as the second half of the season starts.“The biggest challenge is always complacency – in every game, we played in this division we are faced with tough opposition and that’s a reminder each week that if we don’t reach a level we can get punished,” Hughton told the club’s official website.“That’s always there for us, we’re still in our second season in this division and our aim is to maintain our status in the league and develop and grow as a club.Pep Guardiola: “Aymeric Laporte’s injury doesn’t look good” Andrew Smyth – August 31, 2019 Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola admits Aymeric Laporte’s injury “does not look good” and fears the defender will be out for a long time.“We’ve worked very hard to be where we are now, and we have to be respectful that every single game we play is a difficult one – there’ll be bigger and more experienced teams than us that will find it difficult – there are reminders every week in this league about that.”“My feeling is that we have to continue in the same mentality, the gap between ourselves and the bottom three will always be the most important thing for quite some time to develop as a team.”last_img read more

People on the Move 031810

first_imgHearst appointed Josh Peskowitz Web editor of style, fashion and grooming for Esquire.com. Most recently, Peskowitz served as fashion editor at men.style.com.Forbes Media’s senior vice president and group publisher Meredith Levien was given the added responsibility of leading print strategy and product leadership across, Forbes, ForbesLife and ForbesWoman, and will oversee Eastern region integrated advertising sales. Additionally, chief digital advertising officer Robert Pietsch now will also lead the company’s product sales strategy as well as its newly-developed accountability and measurement tools on Forbes.com. He will oversee integrated ad sales efforts in the Western region.Greg Mitchell has joined TheNation.com and will manage the site’s Media Fix blog. Formerly, Mitchell served as editor of Editor & Publisher.Time magazine announced a pair of changes to its editorial team: international editor Michael Elliot was appointed deputy managing editor, replacing Romesh Ratnesar, who left the company; and Nancy Gibbs was named executive editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel promoted three to its management team: Dan Dignam was named executive vice president, Lisa Mackenzie was named senior vice president of sales, and Tricia Syed was promoted to vice president of online marketing and analytics.San Diego-based The Competitor Group appointed Julia Beeson Polloreno editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine. Previously, Polloreno served as senior editor of San Diego magazine.St. Johnsbury, Vermont-based trade publisher Moose River Media announced three staffing changes: Sue Ravenscraft was appointed vice president of audience development and inside sales; Jeff Plaster was named publisher of Turf magazine; and Sharon Ferland was promoted to vice president of administration. Longtime Essence magazine beauty and cover director, Mikki Taylor, has retired. Taylor joined Essence more than three decades ago. Her retirement is effective March 31, after which she will contribute to the magazine as an editor-at-large.Meredith Corp. made a pair of personnel changes: Family Circle publisher Carey Witmer was named vice president and group publisher of the Meredith Parents Network, replacing Diane Newman, who left the company for American Media Inc., where she now serves as executive vice president and publishing director for its Active Lifestyle Group; and Diane Papazian was promoted from associate publisher of Family Circle to publisher.In addition to Newman’s appointment, AMI said Brian Gruseke was named vice president and publisher of Shape as well as director of corporate integrated sales. Previously, Gruseke served as group associate publisher of Meredith’s Parents Network.last_img read more