Clover Park School District to hold community budget forum

LAKEWOOD- The public is invited to learn about Clover Park School District’s 2015-16 draft budget at a community forum on Wednesday, April 1 at 6 p.m. at the Student Services Center, room 6A, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive Southwest in Lakewood.

The forum will feature preliminary revenues and enrollment for the 2015-16 school year.

For more information about the budget forum, call Kristy Magyar, director for financial services, at 253-583-5021.

Edwidge Danticat, Haitian-American author, in Tacoma

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Celebrated Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat spent most of the first 12 years of her life living with an aunt and uncle under the brutal dictatorships of “Papa Doc” Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude. Once transported to Brooklyn, New York, to join her parents—but still harboring fears for her beloved uncle left behind—she began to write in earnest about the lives of ordinary Haitians, dedicating herself to Albert Camus’ credo: “Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously.” [Read more…]

Author Edwidge Danticat in Tacoma, Mar. 31

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TACOMA, Wash. – Celebrated Haitian-born author Edwidge Danticat spent most of the first 12 years of her life living with an aunt and uncle under the brutal dictatorships of “Papa Doc” Duvalier and his son Jean-Claude. Once transported to Brooklyn, New York, to join her parents—but still harboring fears for her beloved uncle left behind—she began to write in earnest about the lives of ordinary Haitians, dedicating herself to Albert Camus’ credo: “Create dangerously, for people who read dangerously.” [Read more…]

Kaitlin Dewhirst named ‘Bronze Scholar’

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Kaitlin Dewhirst, a student at Tacoma Community College, has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1,000 scholarship and a special medallion. [Read more…]

AWSP selects Taj Jensen as Elementary Principal of the Year

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LAKEWOOD – The Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP) recently announced that Tyee Park Elementary Principal Taj Jensen has been selected as the Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year. Jensen began working in Clover Park School District (CPSD) in 2009 as principal of Tillicum Elementary School. He became the principal of Tyee Park Elementary School in July 2014. [Read more…]