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Washington State Seeks Parent Advisory Members
Wash. State Dept. of Early Learning - 06/18/15


OLYMPIA, WA -- At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), it is the view that parents are children's first and most important teachers. The DEL Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DEL. Parental involvement in decision-making is the key to having policies and programs that support families' strengths and needs.

DEL is seeking up to fifteen parents and family caregivers of children, from birth through nine years old, to participate as members of the Parent Advisory Group. The PAG will meet by phone and in person. The group's first conference call will be held on August 12, 2015 and first in-person meeting will be held October 7, 2015. The location is yet to be determined.

PAG members will represent the unique experiences and perspectives of their families, including but not limited to:
* Rural, remote, urban and military communities;
* Access a variety of early learning services for their children or not currently connected to services;
* Have diverse family structures (for example, headed by both or single parents, grandparents, kinship care, foster parents, or are blended families);
* Experience with immigration and being new to a community;
* Impacted by incarceration;
* Cultural, linguistic and ethnic diversity;
* Have children with varying developmental and special needs.
To access the PAG recruitment flyer in Spanish and English visit DEL's website at del.wa.gov and search PAG. To apply, DEL asks that parents fill out the application (located on the PAG page of the website) and return it to DEL by July 15. If you have questions, you can contact DEL via email at pag@del.wa.gov.

The Department of Early Learning was created in 2006 to help all Washington children reach their full potential. DEL oversees the state-funded preschool program, child care licensing and subsidies, early intervention services, and other initiatives and programs to support parents as children's first and most important teachers. For more information, go to www.del.wa.gov.
MEDIA ALERT - Principal Changes in Clarkston Schools
Clarkston School Dist. - 06/16/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Two Clarkston schools will have new principals for the 2015-2016 school year. The Clarkston School Board approved the placement of Samantha Ogden as interim principal at Clarkston High School, and Michelle Nicholas as interim principal at Heights Elementary School. Both interim principals will serve in their positions for one year only.

The change in leadership at these Clarkston schools follows the resignation of former Clarkston High School Principal, Eric Anderson, who submitted his resignation this past spring after accepting a position in the Wenatchee School District.

Both Ms. Ogden and Ms. Nicholas bring excellent skill sets to the principal positions, and they are looking forward to the new opportunities that await them in these new roles for the upcoming school year.

At the end of the 2015-2016 school year, the Clarkston School District will advertise the Clarkston High School principal opening, along with any other open positions. For more information, contact the Superintendent's Office at 509.758.2531.

Clarkston School Board Asked to Invest in Upgrades to K-12 Music Program
Clarkston School Dist. - 06/09/15
CLARKSTON, WA - On Monday, June 8, the Clarkston School Board heard from district music teachers and administrators the results of a six-month process to analyze district music education needs and draw comparisons with other neighboring and similar districts. The team worked alongside central administration staff to determine disparities between the Clarkston School District music program and others, and recommend areas where the district could direct support for music education.

District music teacher, Loa Vornholt, spoke on behalf of the efforts of the team to analyze and portray an accurate picture of the district music program and its needs. According to the team's findings, decreases in instructional time in music have led to a decrease in the quality of the program over time. The team recommended that schools increase the number of minutes that students are seen for instruction in music and band in order to see improvements in music education in the schools. Additionally, decreased state funding and increased costs have negatively impacted the purchase of new instruments, as well as the ability to repair existing instruments used by Clarkston students every day. These, along with requests for additional staffing support, were the significant recommendations of the team.

Jim Fry, Executive Director for Teaching and Learning stated, "In the Clarkston School District, we strongly believe that participation in music education is critical to the success of our students. Music education has been linked to improved memory and focus; higher self-esteem; improved spatial reasoning abilities; and enhanced skills such as collaboration, empathy, critical thinking, and creativity. These are all skills our students need to strengthen in order to be successful."

Fry went on to lay out a plan that proposes nearly $175,000 in new funds over the next three years directed to music education, impacting all students K-12 in the Clarkston School District (pending Board approval). The goal is to upgrade instruments, sheet music, supplies, teacher development, and learning experiences at all levels. The largest investment would be in new instruments, with nearly a quarter of the funds coming in the first year to ensure that students in the district have quality instruments in their hands.

"Even though our kids are taught proper technique, some of our instruments are so outdated that students are not being rewarded with the outstanding sound they deserve for their efforts," Fry added.

The designation of funds for these areas are all part of the three-year plan to move Clarkston's music department forward, continuing to excel while providing greater opportunities to its students. The plan aims to build in a system-wide, long-term plan that will continue to support music education beyond the three-year upgrade process and provide students in the Clarkston schools the joy of music for years to come.

For more information on Clarkston's plans for music education enhancements, contact Jim Fry at 509.769.5534 or FryJ@csdk12.org.

MEDIA ALERT - School is Out! Free Summer Meals Available
Clarkston School Dist. - 06/09/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston School District is sponsoring the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) and offering free meals to children ages 1-18, now until August 13.

The following designated serving sites will offer free meals this summer:
* Beachview Park, Chestnut & 2nd Street - 11:45 AM-12:25 PM
* Arnold Park, Ash & Maple Street - 11:30 AM-12:30 PM
* Clarkston High School Adams Building, 401 Chestnut - 9:00-9:30 AM (snack); 11:00 AM-1:00 PM (lunch)
* Valley Boys and Girls Club, 1414 Highland - 12:00-12:45 PM (lunch); 4:00-4:30 PM (snack)
* Grantham Elementary School, 1253 Poplar - 9:00-9:30 AM (snack); 11:30 AM-12:00 PM (lunch)
* Lincoln Middle School, 1945 4th Ave. - 11:00-11:30 AM

Please see the attached SSFP brochure for complete details, menus and more. For more information, contact Amy Kimberling in the Food Services Department at 509.769.6346.


Attached Media Files: Summer Food Brochure
MEDIA ALERT- Dental Exams In the SmileMobile Begin Today
Clarkston School Dist. - 06/08/15
CLARKSTON, WA - A brightly painted, 38-foot dental clinic on wheels, known as the SmileMobile, is at the Clarkston Boys & Girls Club today through June 19. The SmileMobile travels around the state providing dental services to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care.

Oral health disease affects half of all first and second grade students in Washington State.
Dental services ranging from exams and preventive care to fillings and minor oral surgery will be provided on June 8, 9, and 10 in the Clarkston SmileMobile, with follow-up treatment provided through June 19. The dental clinic on wheels is staffed by a clinic manager, dentist and dental assistant, and local volunteer dental professionals.

The SmileMobile is parked at the Clarkston Boys & Girls Club, located at 1414 Highland Ave. in Clarkston. For more information, contact Donna Franklin at 509.758.2531 or FranklinD@csdk12.org.

After-School Arts at Grantham Receives New Funding
Clarkston School Dist. - 06/02/15
CLARKSTON, WA - The Grizzlies' Arts Program (G.A.P.) at Grantham Elementary School is receiving greater notice after the recent award of a $5,000 grant. Luann Nedrow, Grantham 2nd grade teacher, applied for the grant and was selected by the Fine Arts Grants Board of the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation. These greatly-needed funds will help support the after-school art program, which was created to fill a need to provide a safe, in-house option with enriching arts activities for students in grades 3 through 6.

The Grizzlies' Arts Program provides a positive outlet to underserved children through artistic activities that help nurture creativity, encourage collaboration, and build self-confidence and respect. Numerous community members have contributed countless hours to G.A.P., which is currently directed by Patti Lee. The program includes working with community artists, creating works of art, and exhibiting at the Lewis-Clark Center for Arts and History. Students in the program are also able to participate in music, drama, and stage production that they present to the school and family members each year.

"The need for funding for programs involving the arts has increased over the past few years," states Ms. Nedrow. "For this reason, I applied for the Fine Arts Grant that is funded through my teaching sorority, Alpha Delta Kappa. The G.A.P. project and all the contributions to the program help tap into our students' creative sides, keeps our kids busy and off of the streets, and truly gives them a feeling of success."

Ms. Nedrow is a member of the Alpha Delta Kappa's Washington Beta Beta Chapter, and will be recognized at the International Convention in Salt Lake City next month. The Alpha Delta Kappa grant money will help fund the yearlong G.A.P. project at Grantham Elementary. For more information on G.A.P., or to make a donation to the program, contact the Grantham school office at 509.758.2503.

John Hairston rounds out BPA's executive office
Bonneville Power Administration - 06/01/15
PR 13 15
Monday, June 1, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, 503-230-4328/503-230-5131

John Hairston rounds out BPA's executive office

Portland, Ore. - John Hairston, who has worked at the Bonneville Power Administration since 1991, has been named its Chief Administrative Officer. He takes over after managing a number of key business, compliance and executive functions at BPA.

"John has the right skill set and well-rounded experience to help move BPA forward," BPA Administrator Elliot Mainzer said. "He understands how our business works and will lead our efforts to build world-class human capital management, safety and other programs that will equip BPA's employees to continue to provide excellent service to our customers."

The newly established CAO position elevates the functions previously overseen by the former executive vice president of Internal Business Services that ensure that each work group receives the attention and leadership it needs from BPA's executive office. The chief administrative officer is responsible for providing policy and strategic guidance concerning BPA's internal operations.

Since June 2013, Hairston has served as acting executive vice president of Internal Business Services. While serving in that role, he oversaw BPA's Supply Chain organization, Human Capital Management, the Safety Office, Workplace Services, and Security and Continuity of Operations.

"I have worked in and managed a variety of external business and internal service functions at BPA," Hairston said. "That experience will serve me well as I take on this exciting new challenge. I am honored to have this opportunity to continue to serve BPA and our customers."

Hairston joined BPA in 1991 as an economist in the Rates Forecasting and Rate Design organizations. In 1997, he joined BPA's Energy Efficiency group, where he served as a performance manager responsible for several energy efficiency offices on the east side of BPA's service territory. In 1999, Hairston began serving as Energy Efficiency's Peak Load Management program manager. During his tenure, he led BPA's effort to develop the Demand Exchange program, focused on the use of load curtailment and back-up generation as tools for peak load management. In 2002, Hairston was assigned to implement and manage the BPA Power Services product, Slice. The Slice product accounts for a sizeable portion of BPA's annual sales with a portfolio of its largest public customers.

In May 2006, Hairston was named BPA's Chief Compliance Officer, leading the development and implementation of the Agency Compliance and Governance Organization, which provides overall coordination and management of systems and processes established to assure agency compliance with applicable external and internally driven regulatory rules and standards.

Hairston holds a bachelor's degree in economics from The Southern University, a master's degree in Urban Studies from Portland State University and a Juris Doctorate from the Lewis & Clark Northwestern School of Law. He also holds the certification of Compliance and Ethics Professional from the Society of Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

The Bonneville Power Administration, headquartered in Portland, Ore., is a nonprofit federal power marketing agency under the U.S. Department of Energy that sells wholesale renewable hydropower from federal dams in the Columbia Basin and one nuclear plant to more than 140 Northwest utilities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid comprising more than 15,000 circuit miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana with more than 480 customers. It funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world, and, with its partners, pursues cost-effective energy savings in all sectors of the economy. BPA also pursues breakthroughs that can increase efficiencies, solve operational challenges and reduce costs -- all of which help maintain affordable, reliable electric power for the Northwest and lessen impacts to the environment. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit www.bpa.gov.

BPA selects new transmission marketing and sales VP (Photo)
Bonneville Power Administration - 05/28/15
PR 12 15

Thursday, May 28, 2015
CONTACT: Mike Hansen, BPA, 503-230-4328 or

BPA selects new transmission marketing and sales VP

Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration has selected Michelle Manary to be its vice president of Transmission Marketing and Sales. She will begin her new position June 1.

"Michelle brings over 17 years of impressive and well-rounded experience to this vitally important position," said Richard Shaheen, senior vice president for Transmission Services. "This experience, along with a strong leadership skillset, makes her the ideal selection to help BPA continue to meet its responsibilities as a federal transmission provider."

In her new position, Manary will provide executive leadership in the planning, development and administration of the overall marketing of transmission products and services. She also will lead the implementation of the full range of contracts associated with transmission products sold by BPA. BPA operates and maintains more than 15,000 circuit miles of high-voltage transmission lines, accounting for three-fourths of the high-voltage transmission in the Northwest.

"Technology innovations, new market solutions and policy discussions are afoot that could significantly change transmission marketing practices," Manary said. "I am excited to have the opportunity to work with BPA employees, customers and other constituents to help guide BPA through whatever new transmission marketing paradigm emerges."

Since October of 2014, Manary has been BPA's acting vice president for Northwest Requirements Marketing in Power Services. She started her career in the electric industry in 1998 and has worked at BPA for 17 years. During that time, she has held several management positions in Power Services, Transmission Services and Corporate Strategy.

Manary has a bachelor's degree in finance from Linfield College in McMinnville, Ore., and a master's degree in business administration and public administration from Willamette University in Salem, Ore.

About BPA
BPA is a nonprofit federal agency that markets renewable hydropower from federal Columbia River dams, operates three-quarters of high-voltage transmission lines in the Northwest and funds one of the largest wildlife protection and restoration programs in the world. BPA and its partners have also saved enough electricity through energy efficiency projects to power four large American cities. For more information, contact us at 503-230-5131 or visit our website at www.bpa.gov.

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Attached Media Files: 2015-05/1236/84886/Michelle-Manary-1200px.jpg
Northwest Credit Union Association's Minnickiello Appointed to Governor's Financial Education Partnership
Northwest Credit Union Assn. - 05/27/15
SeaTac, WA. -- Mark Minickiello, Vice President of Legislative Affairs for the Northwest Credit Union Association, has been appointed to the Financial Education Public-Private Partnership (FEPPP) by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee.

Minickiello's appointment is effective immediately for the remainder of the current term, ending July 31, 2015, and for the next term, which runs through July 31, 2017. The FEPPP promotes financial education in grades K-12 by providing professional development and instructional tools for teachers so that they can teach personal finance in their classrooms.

"It is truly my privilege to receive this appointment" stated Mark Minickiello. "The work of FEPPP goes hand-in-hand with the work of credit unions and the work I do in Olympia - promoting increased financial education among all consumers and supporting efforts to teach personal financial management skills that empower individuals to achieve success."

FEPPP's mission is to provide teachers with the tools and training for financial education in the classroom to enable students to make safe and sound financial decisions. They carry out that mission by offering professional development for educators, educational curriculum and guidance, educational assessments and surveys, and online classroom resources.

Minickiello's appointment to FEPPP continues the close involvement of the Northwest Credit Union Association in the partnership. The NWCUA was an integral player in creating the partnership and has been a regular contributor to its important work ever since.

The Northwest Credit Union Association is the not-for-profit trade association over 160 of Oregon and Washington's credit unions and their 4.5 million members. The NWCUA is the voice of the Northwest credit union movement, providing legislative, regulatory and public advocacy in addition to education, compliance, networking support and business solutions to its members. For information on how to join a credit union, please visit http://www.asmarterchoice.org.
The SmileMobile Is Coming to Clarkston (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/27/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Oral health disease affects half of all first and second grade students in Washington State. This problem is being combatted by the Washington Dental Service Foundation SmileMobile, which travels across the state offering dental services to children who might not otherwise have access to dental care. From June 8-19, the SmileMobile will be in Clarkston, Washington.

The SmileMobile is a brightly painted, 38-foot dental clinic on wheels. It travels around Washington all year providing services ranging from exams and preventive care to fillings and minor oral surgery. It is staffed by a clinic manager, dentist and dental assistant, and local volunteer dental professionals. The SmileMobile will be parked at the Clarkston Boys & Girls Club, located at 1414 Highland Ave., providing examinations on June 8, 9, and 10. Follow-up treatment will be provided through Friday, June 19.

Children ages birth through high school, with limited access to dental care can be scheduled by calling Washington Dental Service Foundation at 1.888.286.9105. Medicaid (Apple Health) and sliding scale fee is accepted as reimbursement for services.

For more information about the SmileMobile's visit to Clarkston, contact Donna Franklin at 509.758.2531 or FranklinD@csdk12.org.


The SmileMobile is operated by Washington Dental Service Foundation, a non-profit organization created and partially funded by Delta Dental of Washington in partnership with Seattle Children's Hospital.

Attached Media Files: SmileMobile
Children Ages 1-18 Offered Free Summer Meals
Clarkston School Dist. - 05/26/15
CLARKSTON, WA - Once again, the Clarkston School District is proud to sponsor the Simplified Summer Food Program (SSFP) for Children. Beginning June 8, meals will be made available at no charge to attending children 1-18 years of age.

The following designated serving sites will offer free meals from June 8 to August 13, 2015, or as dates are listed.
* Beachview Park, Chestnut & 2nd Street - 11:45 AM - 12:25 PM
* Arnold Park, Ash & Maple Street - 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
* Clarkston High School Adams Building, 401 Chestnut - 9:00-9:30 AM (snack); 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM (lunch)
* Valley Boys and Girls Club, 1414 Highland - 12:00-12:45 PM (lunch); 4:00-4:30 PM (snack)
* Grantham Elementary School, 1253 Poplar - 9:00-9:30 AM (snack); 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM (lunch)
* Lincoln Middle School, 1945 4th Ave. - 11:00-11:30 AM

Please see the attached SSFP brochure for complete details, menus and more. For more information, contact Amy Kimberling in the Food Services Department at 509.769.6346.


The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual's income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.)
If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online at http://www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov.
Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish).
Clarkston School District and the USDA are equal opportunity providers and employers.

Attached Media Files: Summer Food Brochure