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Washington's Highest Improving Schools Honored: School of Distinction Award
ESD 123 - 10/30/14
PASCO, WA - Outstanding improvement in reading and math sustained over a five-year period is the reason that 101 schools in Washington State received the 2014 School of Distinction (SOD) award. The 2014 SOD award winners include 54 elementary schools, 22 middle / junior high schools, 17 high schools, and 8 alternative schools. In southeast Washington, Asotin Jr./Sr. High School, Enterprise Middle School, and Sacajawea Elementary School are among these winning schools

The School of Distinction award is sponsored by the Center for Educational Effectiveness (CEE), in partnership with the Association of Educational Service Districts (AESD), the Association of Washington School Principals (AWSP), Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA), Washington State School Directors' Association (WSSDA), and Washington State Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (WSASCD). This award recognizes schools in the top 5% of improvement for their levels.

This award is the eighth annual School of Distinction award in Washington. Dr. Rich McBride, Superintendent of the North Central ESD in Wenatchee and leading this work for the AESD Superintendents stated, "At a time when our schools and classrooms are experiencing the pressure of reform initiatives at the state and national level, it is great to celebrate the success and hard work of our highest improving schools across the state. This celebration provides important validation and highlights our need for the continued support of improvement efforts across Washington that are making a difference for all students. Our congratulations to the staff, students, leaders, and communities for their exceptional passion and dedication."

Each regional Educational Service District throughout the state provides award recognition by choice of its winning schools. For more information, contact ESD 123 Communication & Graphics Coordinator, Molly Curtiss, at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.


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 Bruce Hawkins 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 65,000 Washington students. For more information about ESD 123, please call 509-544-5700 or 888-547-8441 or visit www.esd123.org.

Attached Media Files: 2014-10/1212/79196/2014_SOD_List_of_Winners.pdf
Community Prevention Wellness Initiative Survey (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/30/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston's EPIC Coalition (Empowering People & Impacting Choices) is asking community members to help the coalition by taking a few minutes to fill out a brief, online survey regarding a community prevention wellness initiative. A link to the survey is available on the home page of the district website at www.csdk12.org.

This community survey is regarding substance abuse among youth. Survey responses will be used as a guide to develop effective substance abuse prevention programs for the community. The survey is anonymous and voluntary. Participants can refuse to answer any question or stop the survey at any time. The survey takes approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Participation and feedback are greatly appreciated!

For more information about the EPIC coalition, contact them by phone at 509.552.6853; via email at sharpeinclarkston@gmail.com; or on Facebook: Clarkston EPIC.


The Clarkston School District does not sponsor this activity and the district assumes no responsibility for the activity. In consideration of the privilege to distribute this release, the Clarkston School District shall be held harmless from any cause of action filed in any court or administrative tribunal arising out of the distribution of the release, including costs, attorney fees, and judgments or awards.

Attached Media Files: EPIC
MEDIA ALERT - Family College Planning Forum Tonight
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/29/14
CLARKSTON, WA - It's never too early to start planning for college! The WSU GEAR UP Program and Clarkton High School are hosting the annual "Family College Planning Forum" tonight, October 29, from 5:00-8:30 PM.

The Family College Planning Forum is an evening event that provides students and their families a light meal, college fair, keynote presentation, and post-secondary informational breakout sessions. The event averages approximately 150 students and parents in attendance. This year will be larger than ever!

WSU GEAR UP has received attendance confirmations from WSU, WSU-TC, EWU, CWU, U of W, U of I, LCSC, Evergreen State College, North Idaho College, Whitworth University, WWCC (Walla Walla and Clarkston branches). Military and financial planning institutions are participating as well.

The goal of the forum is to help educate CHS students and parents on post-secondary options: admissions requirements, the financial aid process, college financial planning/savings options, campus housing and student services information. For more information, contact Patrick Sobotta (WSU GEAR UP Director) at 509.769.6348.


Attached Media Files: College Planning Flyer
MEDIA ALERT - Dads and Kids' Pizza Night Tomorrow
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/28/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Wednesday, October 29 is the "Dads and Kids' Pizza Night" for Heights Elementary students, fathers, and father-figures. This free event begins at 6:00 PM and is part of the WATCH D.O.G.S. (R) (Dads Of Great Students) father involvement initiative.

This is Heights' sixth year of the WATCH D.O.G.S program, which provides positive male role models in the school setting and meaningful time with students for fathers. "Dads and Kids' Pizza Night" takes place at 6 PM at Heights Elementary School, located at 1917 4th Ave. in Clarkston. For more information, contact Heights Principal, Samantha Ogden, at 509.758.8180.

"It Can Wait" Texting Campaign
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/27/14
CLARKSTON, WA -Clarkston High School DECA is committed to keeping you safe on the road. That's why DECA students Hillary Hedrick, Rebekah Latella, and Taylor Torrisi are hosting a campaign against distracted driving. The campaign slogan, "It Can Wait," promotes safe and focused driving.

The campaign, which runs next week from Monday, November 3, through Friday, November 7, is centered around community involvement and spreading awareness. DECA has arranged to have a wrecked car brought in by Forest Auto Wrecking to be put on display in the high school's courtyard as a visual example of what could result from texting and driving. This, along with an informational assembly led by Officer John Morbeck on November 3, and posters hung up around the school, will inform the student body of the risks of distracted driving. DECA students will also host a booth at lunch to distribute flyers with further information and fun games.

For more information, please contact the CHS Marketing teacher and DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.758.9724 or CareyL@csdk12.org.

HO HO Scavenger Hunt November 1st
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/24/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Saturday, November 1 marks the 15th Annual "HO HO Scavenger Hunt," sponsored by the Clarkston FCCLA. Clarkston High School students will make their way through neighborhoods on November 1 seeking clothing and food donations from needs lists from the Asotin County Food Bank, Animal Shelter, and the YWCA.

This community service tradition begins at 8:30 AM on November 1, where students will depart in carpools from the high school. Students will be in teams of 2 to 4 with an adult driver and will check back in at CHS at Noon. In addition to food and clothing donations, students are also looking for glasses for the Lions Club and coats for the Rotary Coat Drive.

The 15th Annual "HO HO Scavenger Hunt" is titled "SNACK" (Searching for Necessities: Animals, Community and Kids). FCCLA freshmen, Maddie Bunce and Emily Ulrich, are responsible for organizing this year's scavenger hunt.

Students and drivers will depart from CHS at 8:30 in the morning on Saturday. All items will be delivered to the food bank, animal shelter, and YWCA. For more information, contact FCCLA Advisor, Debbie Romesburg, at 509.758.5591 or RomesburgD@csdk12.org.

Heights Elementary Kicks Off 6th Year of WATCH D.O.G.S.(R) Program (Photo)
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/22/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Students, fathers, and father-figures of Heights Elementary School in Clarkston are invited to the WATCH D.O.G.S.(R) "Dads and Kids' Pizza Night" on Wednesday, October 29. This free kick-off event begins at 6:00 PM at Heights Elementary School, located at 1917 4th Ave. in Clarkston.

WATCH D.O.G.S.(R) (Dads Of Great Students) is the innovative father involvement initiative of the National Center For Fathering. Inspired by one father's desire to increase male involvement in his children's school, and with the help of the school's teachers and administration, WATCH D.O.G.S was created in 1998 at George Elementary in Springdale, AR. Since then, the program has spread to more than 3,075 schools in over 46 states and other countries abroad.

This is the sixth year of the WATCH D.O.G.S(R) program at Heights Elementary. Students benefit by gaining additional positive male role models in the school setting, while fathers and father-figures can spend meaningful time with their students and gain a greater awareness of the positive impact they have on their student's life.

The October 29 "Dads and Kids' Pizza Night" is free for Heights students and fathers/father-figures. For more information, contact Heights Principal, Samantha Ogden, at 509.758.8180.


Attached Media Files: WATCH D.O.G.S.
MEDIA ALERT - Spike for the Cure Tonight!
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/22/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Come watch the 5th annual "Spike for the Cure" volleyball tournament tonight, October 22 at 6:30 PM in the Kramer Gym at Clarkston High School. The tournament is proudly sponsored by the Clarkston DECA chapter.

Spike for the Cure is an opportunity for CHS students to raise funds for the Gina Quesenberry foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide financial assistance to local patients with breast cancer. Sixteen teams with a total of 96 players (including high school students and faculty members) will be competing against each other in this "Spike for the Cure" event.

The community is invited to attend the volleyball tournament at 6:30 PM on Wednesday, October 22 at CHS. For more information, contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074.

MEDIA ALERT - It's Red Ribbon Week!
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/20/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Students at Clarkston High School and Lincoln Middle School are participating in Red Ribbon Week October 19-25. The week is part of a DECA public relations project whose goal is to keep kids pledging to be drug free.

Red Ribbon Week will include lunchtime displays and opportunities for students to pledge to be drug free. All Clarkston High and Lincoln students are encouraged to show their support by wearing red throughout the week. A barbeque is also scheduled as part of Red Ribbon Week this Friday, October 24 before the CHS varsity football game. Albertson's will donate food for the barbeque, along with Coke, Pepsi, and other vendors.

To learn more about Clarkston High School's Red Ribbon Week, contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074.

Spike for the Cure
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/15/14
CLARKSTON, WA - The Clarkston DECA chapter is proud to sponsor the 5th annual "Spike for the Cure" volleyball tournament on Wednesday, October 22 at 6:30 PM in the Kramer Gym at Clarkston High School.

Spike for the Cure is an opportunity for the students of Clarkston High School to come together to raise funds for the Gina Quesenberry foundation, a non-profit organization whose goal is to provide financial assistance to local patients with breast cancer. Sixteen teams with a total of 96 players (including high school students and faculty members) will be competing against each other in this "Spike for the Cure" event.

For the past five years, Scott and Trevor Arnone of Edward Jones have sponsored the "Spike for the Cure" pink shirts, which will be sold to raise funds for the Quesenberry foundation. The Spike for the Cure tournament is sponsored through donations by business and community members. There will also be an all-girls' breast cancer assembly on October 22 from 10:00-10:30 AM in the CHS auditorium. An all-boys assembly will also take place within the month of October. The community is welcome to attend the volleyball tournament at 6:30 PM on October 22 at CHS. Last year, $3,584.75 was raised for the cause.

To learn more, contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074.

Red Ribbon Week: October 19-25
Clarkston School Dist. - 10/13/14
CLARKSTON, WA - Clarkston High School students Sami Briney, Trevon Allen, and Teresa Eggleston are organizing Red Ribbon Week, taking place October 19-25, as a public relations project for DECA.

Red Ribbon week is a national drug prevention campaign in memory of an officer who was killed in a drug trafficking incident in Mexico. The goal of the Clarkston DECA Red Ribbon Week promotion is to keep kids pledging to be drug free. The CHS DECA will show lunchtime displays to demonstrate the effects of using drugs, and students will have an opportunity to pledge to be drug free and then display it for peers to see the promise others have made.

The CHS cafeteria will be decorated for the entire week. Northwest Design has donated 100 t-shirts that will be handed out to students to promote Red Ribbon Week. The activities of the promotion take place at Clarkston High School and Lincoln Middle School. One of DECA's goals is to get as many students involved in this public relations project as possible.

All Clarkston High students will be encouraged to wear red throughout the week and especially Friday. Prizes will be awarded for the best red outfit. There will also be many promotions throughout the week to keep people constantly thinking about their pledge. One main promotion will be a barbeque on Friday, October 24 before the CHS varsity football game. Albertson's is donating food for the barbeque, along with Coke, Pepsi, and other vendors.

To learn more about Clarkston High School's Red Ribbon Week, stop by the school or contact CHS DECA Advisor, Lynn Carey, at 509.552.9074.

BPA makes 31st consecutive annual U.S. Treasury payment on time and in full
Bonneville Power Administration - 10/06/14
Portland, Ore. - The Bonneville Power Administration today announced that it made its 31st consecutive annual payment, on time and in full, to the U.S. Treasury. The total payment for fiscal year 2014, which ended Sept. 30, was $991 million.

"We are proud to uphold our commitment to U.S. taxpayers by once again making our Treasury payment on time and in full," said Elliot Mainzer, BPA administrator. "This longstanding and consistent record of payments reflects our sound fiscal management and value to the region, while clearly demonstrating an enduring commitment to our financial obligations."

BPA's cumulative payments to the U.S. Treasury during these 31 consecutive years amount to over $24.8 billion.

This year's payment includes: $567 million in principal; $333 million in interest; $53
million in irrigation assistance payments; and $38 million in other payments. Of the $991
million total payment, $147 million was paid by applying Treasury credits for non-power-related fish mitigation efforts and other credits, including interest earnings.

This year, Energy Northwest and BPA began using a collaborative, integrated approach to optimize the unified debt portfolio of all debt obligations borne by BPA ratepayers. Energy Northwest develops, owns and operates a diverse mix of electricity generating resources, including the Northwest's only nuclear generating facility. BPA backs $5.36 billion of Energy Northwest debt. In this year's regional cooperation debt transaction, Energy Northwest issued BPA-supported bonds to refinance approximately $321 million of outstanding regional cooperation debt previously issued by Energy Northwest. This refinancing freed up BPA resources that are now being used instead to make an additional payment to the U.S. Treasury to extinguish $321 million of federal debt with a higher interest rate, thereby obtaining about $130 million of net present value savings.

During fiscal year 2014, BPA repaid $567 million of federal debt principal including the additional early repayment of $321 million associated with the regional cooperation debt transaction, described above. BPA also repaid $214 million of nonfederal debt principal, of which $205 million was related to Energy Northwest projects.

In addition to the U.S. Treasury payment, BPA paid operations and maintenance
expenses for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service projects directly funded by BPA. This direct funding amounted to
$358 million in fiscal year 2014.

BPA is a self-financed federal power marketing administration. BPA primarily recovers its costs through revenues from the sale of electric power and transmission services. BPA receives no annual appropriations from the U.S. Congress. BPA establishes its rates prospectively, looking forward over two years. To assure full and timely payments to the Treasury for the benefit of American taxpayers, BPA requires that its rates be established to provide at least a 95 percent certainty of making annual scheduled Treasury payments over two consecutive years. This equates to a 97.5 percent certainty of making annual scheduled payments in a single year of the rate period. BPA has not missed making a Treasury payment since 1984.

BPA markets more than one-third of the electricity consumed in the Pacific Northwest. The power produced at 31 federal dams and one nuclear plant in the Northwest is sold to more than 140 Northwest utilities, among other entities. BPA operates a high-voltage transmission grid consisting of more than 15,000 miles of lines and associated substations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana serving more than 480 customers.

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