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Extravagant Gifts

Elizabeth and Glynn
How do you thank an anonymous donor for giving a part of his/her body to your family member?

How do you thank countless medical personnel for seeing your family through two very eventful years?

How do you thank friends and family who prayed for, encouraged and supported you through those years?

As a logical sequential person, the only way I can approach it (because it is so overwhelming) is to give a bit of a timeline and explanation.

By early 2011 it was clear that my husband, Glynn, was facing kidney failure. His kidneys had been struggling for some years and had begun to fail more rapidly. At the advice of his nephrologist we both attended an informational seminar offered at SeaTac Northwest Kidney Center. After learning about several options for responding to hereditary chronic kidney disease Glynn chose hemodialysis. Then in July 2011 at Highline Medical Center he underwent his first surgery ever, a procedure on his left forearm designed to prepare him for hemodialysis.

In December 2011 Glynn’s kidney specialist said that complete kidney failure was imminent and he should plan on starting dialysis within a few months. He outlasted that prognostication as he had done many others.

On April 24, 2012 Glynn and I attended a seminar regarding living donor transplants at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. At this seminar we learned about the possibility of a paired exchange through which I could donate a kidney to an anonymous patient with my blood type who has a friend or family member who has my husband’s blood type who would donate a kidney anonymously to my husband. On April 26th I notified the Swedish donor coordinator that I was interested in donating a kidney on Glynn’s behalf through a paired exchange. Subsequently both Glynn and I went through numerous tests over the course of nearly a year to verify that he was healthy enough to receive a kidney through transplant and that I would be healthy enough to live well with just one kidney after donation.

Glynn started hemodialysis on May 15, 2012. Although he had hoped to start with home-based hemodialysis, he started in clinic at SeaTac Northwest Kidney Center because there was no space open for him in the home training unit until later in the year.

In early August space became available in the home training unit and so we spent the next four weeks learning to do hemodialysis. We spent a few days in training at a unit in Seattle and then spent most of the rest of the training at a unit in Renton. Training went well and we were released to do dialysis at home five days a week starting September 6, 2012.

Doing dialysis at home was not easy but the staff at Northwest Kidney Center helped us stick it out until May 6, 2013 when by a series of miracles we participated in a highly successful six person exchange of three recipients and three donors at Swedish Medical Center.

We are so thankful to the anonymous donor whose magnificent gift of a kidney kicked off our exchange. It is more wonderful than words can say to have Glynn restored to a life without dialysis.

We are so thankful to all the medical personnel at Highline Medical Center, Northwest Kidney Center and Swedish Medical Center who skillfully saw us through all the processes that were required to get to this point. We can’t even imagine what it must have been like to coordinate the lives of all six people involved in our exchange and the medical teams who worked with each of us.

And we are thankful for the prayers, encouragement and practical support such as transportation and meals that helped us along the way.

We would not be where we are today without each person who participated in this two year journey.

We also know we are blessed to live in Seattle. For those with kidney disease, there is no better place in the world to be than Seattle.

We also recognize we are blessed to live in the United States where life sustaining treatments are made affordable to individuals through governmental programs.

We praise God for all these extravagant gifts and thank each person who participated in providing them.

Thank You!

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Tyee High School’s Global Connections Band Invited to 2013 Presidential Inauguration!

My former alma mater and favorite class, the Tyee Band, has been invited to play at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration in Washington DC this upcoming January.  After spending four years in that band room, including the 2001 Earthquake, and six years total studying under the director, Lyn Nelthropp, I am well aware of what a special opportunity this is for Ms. Nelthropp and her students!

For most high schools to get an audition to the Inauguration, they have to prepare and send in an audition.  Global Connections band didn’t have to audition since they were recommended for the event by a national level band adjudicator from competitions the band has played at previously.  They are only one of four high school bands invited to play at the Inauguration without a formal audition.

This trip will be a great way for the students to expand their experiences both as musicians as well as residents of the US.  The problem is they may never make it to DC if they aren’t able to raise the $60,000 needed to attend.  Luckily, there are many ways the community can get involved and Ms. Nelthropp and her students as well as their principal, Rick Harwood, are willing to put the work in to make this once in a lifetime change happen!

You can help:

  • Make a tax-deductible donation online.
  • Make a tax-deductible donation by check. Please make check payable to Highline Schools Foundation and write GCHS Band in the memo line
    and mail it to:
    Highline Schools Foundation
    15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW
    Burien, WA   98166
  • Purchase a ticket to:
    A Night of Friends and Jazz
    Sunday, October 28, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
    Cedarbrook Lodge
    With Afro-Cuban jazz by Sonando
    Wine, cocktails, and farm-to-table hors d’oeuvres
    Buy Tickets

For more information on what the band would be able to do and see on their trip and for more info on fundraising check out the band’s fundraising site at

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Back to School with a High Schooler

In case the storefront windows of the area haven’t alerted you, it is Back to School Time! Today, I am here with our high school correspondent, Rebekka, to learn about preparing for back to school this year.

Rebekka, tell our audience a little bit about yourself.
Hi, I’m Rebekka and I am going to turn 15 this October. I am a complete fashionista and even though I am already 5’10, I love wearing high heels!

Rebekka, you’re starting high school this year?
Yes, I will be a 9th grader (freshman) at Global Connections which is part of Tyee High School.

What items were on your school supply list that you don’t remember buying in previous years?
The only thing that I don’t remember being asked to buy for school before this year is an expanding file (portfolio).

What items (if any) were you able to re-use from previous years?
The things I am able to reuse are my flash drive and my highlighters.

Moving onto fashion, what in your opinion are going to be the hot items/colors/outfits for fall?
The hot colors for this fall are most likely going to be nudes, browns, purples, greens, and pastels. The hot items are high-low dresses and skirts, blazers, things with lace, etc.

What are high-low dresses?
High-low dresses are dresses that are shorter in the front and longer in the back.
(Example here: . We’ve also heard these called mullet dresses though they are much better looking than that poor-choice haircut.)

What stores would someone find these items at?
Some of my favorite stores are Hollister, Forever 21, Wetseal, and Aeropostale.

Is there a favorite mall or a few malls you like to go to around here? Why do you like about that mall (those malls) best?
I go to the Westfield Southcenter and Bellevue Square malls most often. I like these malls best because they have my favorite stores are not very far away.

Were you able to swing any great sales or deals on any back to school items?
Yes, Hollister had great sales on jeans and tees. Aeropostale was giving a free printed fabric tote bag to you when you would buy a pair of jeans. As for supplies, Target always has good sales on backpacks and everything.

Do you complete any of your back to school shopping online?
No, because I procrastinate too long usually to have time for shipped items to get to me before school starts.  But if someone planned ahead, they could find really great deals at the stores’ online sites.

Do you know what you will be wearing your first day of school?
Yes, I will be wearing a fuchsia dress with a sweetheart neckline and brown skinny belt, layered with a Hollister cream colored cardigan cable knit sweater, and fuchsia colored flowery sandals.

Have you bought everything you want for school this year?
No, I’m going to buy more winter clothing and spring clothing as the weather changes and new fashions come out in the stores.

How long do you think your purchases will last you?
I think they will last me the entire school year and through the summer because they are good quality and durable.

Anything else you’d like your readers to know?
OF COURSE!! Ladies, don’t forget to buy matching nail polish for your outfits because having your nails match is very important.

Thank you Rebekka, we appreciate your wisdom and experience!

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Microsoft Names Mount View Teacher One of Nation’s Top Educators

Jamie Ewing Takes Top Honors in Microsoft Education Forum

Burien, WA – Jamie Ewing, a fifth grade teacher at Mount View Elementary, was awarded top honors in Microsoft’s Partners in Learning U.S. Forum. He is one of 16 educators in the nation honored for inspiring student learning and impacting positive change through technology in the classroom.

Jamie Ewing

The Forum annually recognizes innovative teachers and school leaders who creatively and effectively use technology in their curriculum to help improve the way students learn.

Ewing won first place in the Collaboration category for “Using Technology to Develop Science Fair Projects for the Virtual World.”

“Our cloud-based science fair takes the idea of the ‘old school’ card board science fair and spins it into the 21st century,” says Ewing. Students begin by exploring earth systems and designing related science experiments. Students present their experiments as interactive web games, videos or PowerPoint presentations. The digital presentations are stored on a Windows Live SkyDrive, so students can bring their ideas to other schools around the world. Once data is collected and experiments are finished, student groups use their findings to create a project addressing environmental damage. Community presentations are made in person and also via Skype.

Thousands of teachers from across the country applied for the U.S Forum, and 100 were selected to compete. The 16 U.S. winners advance to the Partners in Learning Global Forum, held in Prague in November.

“These winning educators are catalysts for change and are the best in the nation at embracing technology to inspire and engage students and help transform education in their local communities,” said Andrew Ko, general manager, U.S. Partners in Learning, Microsoft.

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Recess Before Lunch

A girl with her school lunch

Highline Public Schools is hoping to utilize a simple change to their daily schedule that has massive potential for change in student behavior and performance in school. This schedule change is known as Recess Before Lunch (RBL).

RBL reverses the school system’s longstanding practice of having lunch first followed by recess resulting in students rushing through lunch and wasting food in order to leave for recess earlier. This new schedule switches things up in order to improve food intake by allowing more time to calmly and casually consume food, reduce food waste, increase milk consumption, and improve the overall quality of dining experiences for the students. This, in turn, benefits in-class behavior and performance because students return to class calmer and ready to learn and are no longer distracted by hunger or poor dietary habits resulting in fewer visits to the school nurse and fewer discipline problems.

The RBL schedule has been garnering attention in recent years with positive results from Montana elementary schools that have tested this interesting school wellness strategy. Thirteen Highline elementary schools have implemented the RBL schedule including Cedarhurst, Gregory Heights, Hilltop, Madrona, and Shorewood Elementary as the most recent schools. These schools will be measuring food waste, school nurse visits, academic performance, and behavior. For more information go to

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2010 Back-to-School Fair A Success

Girl with Backpack and School SuppliesThe 4th Annual Back to School Fair proved to be another huge success with a turnout that was better than ever. With a new school year now underway, many kids in the SeaTac community were able to head back to school with brand new backpacks filled with much of the supplies needed for the upcoming year. This is due in part to the many who helped and volunteered in the community of SeaTac, as well as local businesses and organizations whose donations helped make this possible.

This year over 1,700 adults and children attended the event. More than 100 volunteers handed out 1,300 backpacks to children filled with needed school supplies as well as 225 slingbacks with early learning supplies for preschoolers. In addition 100 haircuts and 125 immunizations were given and 1,000 personal care bags filled with hair care products were handed out.  The event also served 1,300 plates of food to attendees.

With so many families struggling because of the economy this event was a way to reach out to the community and help SeaTac families meet their kid’s back to school needs. Thank you to everyone who gave this year, as many were blessed by your time and generosity.

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Basketball Program Helps Students Realize their Dreams

Kyle KeyesI-Ball founder Kyle Keyes has experienced many personal struggles but through them all has found sports to be a means to carry on and find success. As a child Keyes was raised in a broken home where he received very little mentoring or advocacy.  From the age of five Keyes was involved in sports - playing basketball, football, baseball and soccer. Throughout his childhood and youth he excelled as a team leader and set personal records in each of the sports he played.

As Keyes grew older he set his sights on one sport – basketball.  After high school he attended Bellevue Community College, and then he transferred to the University of Montana.  At the time of the transfer he was hiding a shin injury from his teammates and coaches.  Because Keyes did not take care of his injury properly, it did not heal and so he sat out his first year at Montana.  Then before his senior year he tore the ACL in his left knee.  After college Keyes temporarily shelved his basketball career.  However, he  knew that he wasn’t done playing the game he loved.  Once he was healed sufficiently he drove to Portland to tryout with the Globetrotters.  He made the team and his basketball career began heading in the right direction. Shortly after this time he was invited to a couple of NBA preseason camps.  While he did not make any of the NBA teams, he regained his confidence and climbed back from injuries and a harsh family life to show that anyone can overcome trials.

Today Keyes plays for the Vancouver BC Titans in the International Basketball League and during the off season coaches students through I-Ball, a non-profit organization that he has founded.  Keyes saw a need for more affordable professional level basketball coaching in communities and created the I-Ball program to eliminate economic barriers to this coaching.  Keyes wants to give back to students who are in the same position that he was as a child.  He wants to be that mentor, the leader that can help them get past their failures and improve their basketball game. Currently,  I-ball programs are available in Washington and Canada and are supported by a staff of nine coaches, including Keyes.

To learn more about i-Ball visit

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Construction Technology Program First in State

Puget Sound Skills CenterPuget Sound Skills Center (PSSC) unveiled a new Building and Construction Trades curriculum at an event hosted with the Building Trades Leadership. The pilot program, dubbed “multi-craft core curriculum,” has been a joint project, under development over the last 18 months, between PSSC’s Construction Technology Instructor Ken Pierson and the Seattle Pipe Trades, Local 32, and sanctioned by the Building and Construction Trades of the AFL-CIO. Instruction will take on a unique format with instructors from the Seattle Pipe Trades, Local 32, and PSSC staff.

On-hand for the kick-off were Sean McGarvey, Executive Director Building and Construction Trades Council, AFL-CIO from Washington, D.C., and Dave Johnson, Executive Secretary, Washington State Building and Construction Trades Council.

The new curriculum is a pre-apprenticeship program, and successful students will earn three college credits from the National Labor College and two national certifications; one in OSHA 10 and the other CPR-First Aid. PSSC’s Ken Pierson noted, “These national certifications make students imminently more employable upon graduation. They leave here with more tools in their toolboxes than other candidates competing for the same jobs.”

Students who successfully complete the full Construction Technology program at PSSC can earn 40 college credits for one year and up to 113 college credits for the two-year program.

This new, multi-craft core curriculum is the second teaming of Puget Sound Skills Center and the Seattle Pipe Trades. In 2008, PSSC introduced a welding program, with classes actually taught at the Local 32 facilities.

Interested students should contact the Skills Center at 206-631-7300 or

Puget Sound Skills Center, located at 18010 – 8th Avenue South in Burien, is a free, public high school serving students from Highline and Federal Way Public Schools, Fife, Tahoma, and Tukwila School Districts and is hosted by Highline Public Schools.

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New Support Program Assists College Students

College Student with BackpackLaunching July 1, 2009, a new program aimed at assisting students in U.S. colleges and universities will be available through AffinityCare, Inc.  The program consists of a wide range of prepaid services including relationship, emotional wellness, financial, and legal consultation.

As a population, college students report that when they become stressed or feel anxious, depressed, and even homesick, their academic performance is negatively impacted.  According to the American College Health Association-National College Health Assessment in Fall 2008, approximately 47% of students surveyed felt hopeless at one or more times during the prior school year and about 30% of the surveyed students felt depressed to the point of not functioning.

The purpose of the AffinityCare Student Assistance Program (ASAP) is to help college students work through the issues that can cause undue stress or depression so that they can be more successful in their studies and personal life. The service includes a confidential 24 hour/7-days a week helpline, unlimited direct phone consultation and assessment with Masters-level counselors, face-to-face consultation, and extensive online resources and educational materials.  The program can be purchased for a low monthly flat rate directly through the ASAP website,

The concept of an assistance program is not new. Many businesses have been providing this type of support to their employees since the 1940s when R.M. Macy and Co. and the Northern State Power Company began providing this service to employees. The goal was to help employees with personal issues so that they could maintain high attendance and work performance.

“Expanding the assistance program concept to support students and their parents was a natural development for our company as we had already been offering these types of services to employer groups and insurance organizations for many years.  As the father of a college age student, I became aware of the need to provide an additional level of support to students.  Most educational institutions provide on-campus support services for students. The reality is that many students are just not comfortable scheduling an appointment on campus, but would be more comfortable calling a professional from the privacy of their dorm room whenever they need to talk.  We see our program as an additional safety net supporting students and parents as they go through these tumultuous transitional years,” states Ken Larsen, AffinityCare, Inc. President.

For more information, visit their website at

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Volunteer Opportunities Working with Children

While most people in our community still have jobs, homes, and plenty of food, it nags at us that there are many who are living in fear of failure. It is most painful when we see that many of those living in fear are the youngest in our community. Thankfully, there are community leaders who know that it takes investment of time and self to help young children become successful and confident. Below are two programs underway in Federal Way that help children learn that they can succeed.

Mentoring Young Child

Two programs, one private and individual, the other aimed mostly at the public schools and systemic reform, offer rich investment opportunities. Communities in Schools, with strong support from the Federal Way Chamber of Commerce, manages the Personal Academic Student Support (PASS) Mentoring Program. Mentors receive an initial half-day training, along with support materials. After clearing background checks and filing a successful application, they are paired with an eager student, most often from a middle school, though the program now includes fifth graders. These mentees are eager and capable. The students selected are not the habitual problem children. Rather, counselors select those who show much promise but who have a few factors that could lead to problems, without some additional support. In other words, mentors work with those they can really impact positively. The mentoring sessions are generally an hour long and take place on the school campus. Unlike traditional tutoring opportunities, mentors talk with their students, often while playing cards or board games. For many of the mentees this is the one time in the week when an adult listens attentively to them. As the relationship builds, students share their lives and mentors can offer bits of wisdom, experience, and most of all, genuine human care to the students. For more information on the PASS Mentoring Program and an application, visit

Kids at Hope (KAH) is a fascinating approach to working with children, systemically, through public schools, or private after-school clubs. The founding principle of the organization is that all children are capable of success – no exceptions! Rather than focusing on risk factors, human dysfunction, and the many barriers children face, KAH traffics in hope. It does so by training school staff and child-centered organizations and programs in a thorough-going philosophy and system of hope. Adults are taught to catch children doing well and to report their observations to them, “Giving Aces,” to children so they can build their hope and learn to believe in their own success. When children are encouraged to believe that they can excel, in time, they do excel. Some might initially dismiss such optimism as unrealistic and feelings-based. However, the program is backed by scientific research and grounded not in mere self-esteem but in celebrating real achievements – real success. The KAH website offers a wealth of information, examples of their own success stories, and the means by which this dynamic and positive approach to children can come to your school or organization.

Whether you help one child through a mentoring program like Personal Academic Student Support or you bring systemic redirection through hope-based programs like Kids at Hope, there is nobility and legacy that comes with investing in children. Make your success the community’s by improving a child’s future.

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Old Mom Learns New Vocabulary


This school year marks my 18th consecutive year as a parent of students in Highline Public Schools. Over that period of time I have witnessed many changes in curriculum, schedules, staff training and school structures. In my opinion, however, the greatest of these changes has been at the high school level. The transition of Highline’s high schools from large comprehensive high schools to small theme-based schools plus a renewed emphasis on preparing every student for college have introduced a whole new vocabulary to our family and circle of friends.

Over the past five years phrases like “Advisory”, “Portfolio”, “13th Year”, “LAHS” and “CGS” have crept into our home. Ask any high school junior or senior to describe these terms and you will learn that:

  • Advisory is a regularly scheduled class period in which each student meets with a small group of peers and one teacher for the purpose of reviewing tips for success in school, college preparation steps and individual progress towards goals.
  • Portfolio refers to an electronic collection (could be in the form of a website with attachments or a CD or thumb drive with many files) of an individual student’s cumulative work. Each student is required to develop a portfolio and is trained how to use it to present his/her work to parents, guardians, prospective employers and prospective college entrance professionals.
  • 13th Year refers to a graduation requirement in which each student must have a written plan for what he/she will do the year after he/she graduates from high school.
  • LAHS or Life After High School refers to a one-day fair-like event in which students can talk to representatives of after high school opportunities such as two and four year colleges, technical institutes, apprenticeships, military and Job Corps.
  • CGS is College Goal Sunday. Students attend this event with their parents or guardians to get free help in completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). As a parent who has had to complete the odious form four times and who has many more times to go, I recognize this as a huge help. My first attempt at this form was a mess.

As you read this you may be skeptical and be thinking that these are just new names for things that existed before and that really things are still business as usual. However, as a parent and as a volunteer who works with many high school students from many of the different high schools, I can attest that there is a real change. I see and hear more students with a plan – more students who are moving on to more opportunities straight from high school. Some are choosing two or four year college, others are choosing technical training or apprenticeships while others are choosing military and Job Corps opportunities.

While my observations are anecdotal, reports from the school district confirm what I am seeing. According to Superintendent John Welch’s January 2009 Memorandum to Employees:

The number of students taking the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test required by many four year colleges and universities) is up significantly for the second year in a row. Over the past two years, an additional 89 students have taken the SAT. That’s like adding another large high school campus to our SAT participation.

More students than ever are taking Advanced Placement classes (credits that transfer to college) in high school. In 2007, 248 students took AP exams. A year later, that number was 376. More students are enrolling in Algebra II (a college prerequisite course).

Though we are not where we want to be, our graduation rate is climbing. In 2008, our on-time graduation rate was 72%; for students who needed more than four years, our graduation rate was 80%.

The numbers of graduates meeting entrance requirements for four-year college have gone up dramatically, from 38% in 2005 to almost 50% in 2007.

So, as you are out and about, I encourage you to ask high school students to share with you their 13th Year Plan. From each student you can expect an articulate and interesting response as more and more students are embracing a vision for their futures.

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The HomeScholar

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A growing number of parents want to home school. They worry about the environment and values that government schools offer. While the shear quantity of effort is daunting in the lower grades, by high school many parents wonder if they know enough to prepare their children for college. Homeschooling high school is a joy and a challenge!

Thinking about homeschooling high school can fill parents with anxiety! We wonder….

  • Am I capable of teaching high school subjects?
  • Can my child get into college if we homeschool high school?
  • Will I ruin my child’s future?

The HomeScholar has good news! Homeschooling high school is the best life preparation you can give your children. They proclaim, “You are fully capable of providing that quality education. You lack for nothing – except tools and confidence. That is where I can help!”

Lee Binz is The HomeScholar. Her services include the resources and tools you need to succeed.

· She helps parents fearful of the transition to high school level instruction to relax and become confident.
· She coaches them on the college application process, offering proven strategies for success!
· She reassures parents wanting an independent opinion of their curriculum, and even her homework assignments. Thoughtful direction means less redundancy, more enjoyable and fruitful learning, and focusing on efficient and successful learning.
· Lee offers the kind of personal service that puts homeschool students at the ready for the college entrance procedures. Once she walked a parent through preparing a transcript, and the next day the paperwork was ready to go!
When you work with Lee, you will receive the personal care and expert advice that will help you overcome the many challenges of homeschooling high school. No matter what the issue, she comes alongside and guides you through the process and helps you think through the solutions.
So, become confident! Homeschooling high school is not only possible, but it is the best way to help your children succeed beyond your wildest imagination! Lee knows. She homeschooled her two boys for eight years, from elementary school through high school. Not only did her boys graduate from high school, but they both received four-year, full-tuition scholarships from their first choice university. Through this process, she learned the secrets on how to homeschool successfully through high school — secrets that I am very excited to share with you.

Everyone can benefit! The HomeScholar offers a free email newletter, the HomeScholar Record. It provides on-going training and advise. In addition, she offers a daily blog, that is like a “Dear Abby” column for high school homeschoolers. She also has links for even more in-depth research on relevant topics.
Lee wants to help, and provides free ten-minute consultations every Wednesday from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. She welcomes calls at 1-888-LEE-2HELP. The HomeScholar also offers training DVDs for parents on general and specific homeschooling issues. Finally, she offers in depth telephone counseling, for those who need the personalized direction that her many years of practical experience can offer.

While the HomeScholar is all about education, sometimes the scariest part of the homeschooling challenge is just keep the paperwork straight. Lee will walk you through how to grade, to prepare transcripts, and how to make sure that colleges and universities correctly interpret your child’s accomplishments.

Finally, how about having the HomeScholar at your next co-op meeting. The wisdom she’s garnered can be efficiently, and effectively communicated to your homeschooling circle of friends, and at conventions, and even college fairs.

Where to start? Join Lee’s newsletter, and subscribe to her blog. Explore her website, also! None of these things will cost you a dime and you will receive great encouragement along the way. The HomeScholar loves helping homeschool families, and she would love to help you, too! Her job is to help EVERY family succeed in homeschooling their children through high school!

DO NOT BE AFRAID! You CAN do it, and the HomeScholar can help! Lee looks forward to sharing with you the homeschooling secrets that enabled her family to succeed in homeschooling beyond their wildest dreams!

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Highline Draws High Quality Teachers with Housing Benefits

Highline Public Schools and the City of Burien have partnered to distribute housing incentives to newly-hired teachers in an innovative program geared toward attracting and keeping quality teachers in high-demand academic areas. The grant will provide up to $250 per month to qualified teachers who rent or purchase a home in the city of Burien. The pilot program is funded by the Washington State Legislature and the Housing Trust Fund.

Twenty teachers who meet eligibility for the program will be selected in the first year of the two-year program. An additional twenty teachers will be selected for the 2009-2010 school year. The program targets hard-to-fill endorsement areas such as math, science, or special education.

“Our goal is to recruit teachers who are the best-of-the-best,” said Director of Recruiting and Retention Nancy Pappas Barnhart. “It is an exciting opportunity to work with the City of Burien to attract professionals to our community. The housing allowance adds to our list of unique benefits for teachers.”

“Encouraging these teachers to live in Burien will enrich our vibrant and growing community with more young professionals who we hope will put down roots here,” said Jenn Ramirez Robson, program manager with the City of Burien.

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