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Fri. 12/08/17
Northshore Christian Academy Robogators (Photo)
Northshore Christian Academy - 12/08/17 1:42 PM
Green team in competition
Green team in competition
Robogators Victorious at Qualifiers
Everett, WA December 5, 2017: NCA Robogators emerge victorious in North Sound Qualifiers, held at Glacier Peak High School. Our Yellow and Green teams both qualified to move on to the Western Washington State Semifinals, which will be held in Seattle in January 2018. The Green Team won the "Champion's Award" -- "This award recognizes a team that embodies the FIRST LEGO League, by fully embracing our Core Values while achieving excellence and innovation in both the Robot Game and Project." The Yellow Team won the Project Award for "presentation" -- "This award recognizes a team that effectively communicates the problem they have identified and their proposed solution to both the judges and other potential supporters." Yellow Team was also nominated for the Project award for "Research" and "Innovation Solution". The Green Team tied for 1st place in High Score.

We are so thankful for the Parent/Staff Volunteers that coach our teams, and the countless hours of prep and training involved in this tremendous effort. God be praised for He has done great things!

Attached Media Files: Green team in competition , Yellow and Green teams

Thu. 12/07/17
PSESD Board of Directors Changes for 2018
Puget Sound ESD - 12/07/17 7:51 AM
Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is excited to announce the results of the 2017 Board of Directors elections. In August, PSESD announced six of the nine seats on the PSESD board were open for election.

The results are in for the 2017 Election; Annie Laurie Armstrong Position 2, Barbara Peterson Position 7 and John Zurfluh Position 9 won their elections and will retain their seats on the PSESD board. Additionally, PSESD has three new community members who will join the board in January 2018. PSESD is pleased to welcome:

Jordan Posamentier, Position 1
Jordan Posamentier is a lecturer on education policy at the University of Washington and works closely with city and state education leaders across the country and in Washington to develop strategies that advance outcomes for all children, especially for systemically disadvantaged and vulnerable populations. Fundamentally, Jordan believes every child deserves equitable access to high quality schools and looks forward to leveraging his experience and dedication in education in order to bring that belief closer to reality.

Someireh Amirfaiz, Position 3
Someireh Amirfaiz has more than twenty years of leadership experience in the non-profit sector, and is currently completing a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership at Seattle University. Throughout her professional career, Someireh has worked with and on behalf of low-income families to ensure their access to educational, health and economic opportunities. Someireh looks forward to bringing her experience and expertise to the PSESD Board to ensure we work towards equality of educational opportunities for every student by addressing inequities in public education and increasing opportunities for learning and engagement.

Agda Burchard, Position 5
Agda Burchard brings experience, education and meaningful linkages with leaders, and community partners in early learning and K-12 education to the PSESD board. As a former Kent School District Board Director Agda brings her understanding of the challenges and barriers faced by students, families and staff. Agda looks forward to listening, learning and leading with racial equity on the PSESD Board and using her skills, knowledge and relationship to help eliminate the opportunity gap and achieve the PSESD vision.

"The primary goal of the PSESD Board these last six years has been to help the PSESD design educational programs and services that will achieve our End, Success for each child and eliminate the opportunity gap by leading with racial equity. I am confident our new board members will continue this important work" said John Welch, PSESD Superintendent, upon learning the election results.

ESDs are governed by a lay board of directors consisting of seven or nine citizens who are accountable to and elected by the school board members in the region's public school districts. The board members represent geographic director districts based on US Census data.
The ESD boards provide direction to their superintendent who is advised by local school district superintendents. This group generally advises on budgetary, program policy, and staff members. Newly elected board members will be sworn into their positions at the January 17, 2018 Board Meeting at PSESD.

Tue. 12/05/17
Secretary Zinke Recommends Keeping Federal Lands in Federal Ownership, Adding Three New Monuments
Bureau of Land Management Ore. & Wash. - 12/05/17 2:37 PM
WASHINGTON -- Today, in accordance with President Donald J. Trump's April 26, 2017, Executive Order (EO), U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke released the final report outlining recommendations he made to the President on some national monument designations under the Antiquities Act.

Recommendations Secretary Zinke made in the final report included the following:

Keep federal lands federal - the report does not recommend that a single acre of federal land be removed from the federal estate. If land no longer falls within a monument boundary it will continue to be federal land and will be managed by whichever agency managed the land before designation

Add three new national monuments - Secretary Zinke recommended beginning a process to consider three new national monuments: The Badger II Medicine Area (Montana), Camp Nelson (Kentucky), and the Medgar Evers Home (Mississippi).

Modify the boundaries and management of four monuments - Bears Ears, Grand Staircase, Cascade-Siskiyou, and Gold Butte National Monuments

Expand access for hunting and fishing - Maintain an ongoing review to ensure public access to encourage more hunting and fishing in monuments

"America has spoken and public land belongs to the people," said Secretary Zinke. "As I visited the Monuments across this country, I met with Americans on all sides of the issue -- from ranchers to conservationists to tribal leaders -- and found that we agree on wanting to protect our heritage while still allowing public access to public land. My recommendations to the President reflect that, in some circumstances, proclamations should be amended, boundaries revised, and management plans updated."

FACT VS FICTION: Antiquities Act and Monument Review

Myth: No president has shrunk a monument.
False: Monuments have been reduced at least eighteen times under presidents on both sides of the aisle. Some examples include President John F. Kennedy excluding Bandelier National Monument, Presidents Taft, Wilson, and Coolidge reducing Mount Olympus National Monument, and President Eisenhower reducing the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado.

Myth: The monument review will sell/transfer public lands to states.
False: This is not true. The Secretary adamantly opposes the wholesale sale or transfer of public lands. The Antiquities Act only allows federal land to be reserved as a national monument. Therefore, if any monument is reduced, the land would remain federally owned and would be managed by the appropriate federal land management agency, such as the BLM, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, or the National Park Service (NPS).

Myth: Removing the monument designation from land will leave Native American artifacts and paleontological objects subject to looting or desecration.
False: This is not true. Whether these resources are found on land designated as a monument, national forest, BLM- managed public land, or other federal land, it is generally illegal to remove or disrupt these resources without a permit issued by the federal government.

Myth: The monument review will close/sell/transfer national parks.
False: No national parks are under review.

Myth: The review was done without meeting advocates for national monuments.
False: The Secretary visited eight monuments in six states and personally hosted more than 60 meetings attended by hundreds of local stakeholders. Attendees included individuals and organizations representing all sides of the debate ranging from environmental organizations like the Wilderness Society and the Nature Conservancy to county commissioners and, residents, and ranchers who prefer multiple use of the land.

Myth: Tribal Nations were not consulted.
False: This is patently false. Before traveling to Utah, the Secretary met with Tribal representatives in his office. On his first day in Utah in May, the Secretary met with the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition in Salt Lake City, for just under two hours. Throughout the four-day survey of the Utah monuments, the Secretary also met with local Tribal representatives who represent different sides of the debate. The Secretary also met with Tribal representatives for their input on several other monuments from Maine to New Mexico to Oregon and everywhere in between. Additionally, the Department hosted several Tribal listening sessions at the Department and across the country, including a four hour session with the Acting Deputy Secretary on May 30th.