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  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 22, 2023

    Scholarships for women returning to college Shelton's Chapter B of the Philanthropic Education Organization (PEO) is offering three $1,000 scholarships to women who have returned to college to continue or finish their education. The Mary M. Knight Achievement Award honors the Mason County pioneer educator who was a member of Chapter B. The award has supported women's education in Mason County since 1936. To qualify, a student must have graduated from high school or earned a GED; be a Mason...

  • EDUCATION BRIEFS

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jun 1, 2023

    Money for women returning to college Shelton’s Chapter B of the Philanthropic Education Organization is offering three $1,000 scholarships to women who have returned to college to continue or finish their education. The Mary M. Knight Achievement Award honors the Mason County pioneer educator who was a member of Chapter B. The award has supported women’s education in Mason County since 1936. To qualify, a student must have graduated from high school or earned a GED; be a Mason County resident; plan to obtain a degree or certification; and be...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 25, 2023

    Harstine theater group offers scholarship The Harstine island Theatre Club is offering a $500 scholarship. Applications and guidelines are available at CHOICE, Cedar, Shelton, Mary M. Knight and North Mason high schools, and at Olympic College Shelton. Aug. 1 is the deadline to apply, and the winner will be announced by Aug. 15. Completed applications can be mailed to Scholarship Committee, Chair Dee Ann Meacham, 12 East Wilson Road, Shelton 98584 or emailed to [email protected]. Shelton High concerts perform May 31 Shelton High School stages...

  • Education Briefs

    Gordon Weeks|May 11, 2023

    Deadline Monday for Harstine scholarships The Harstine Island Women’s Club and the Judy and Charles Chase Scholarship Fund Management Committee are offering scholarships to full-time residents of Harstine Island who are entering or continuing their post high school education. Applicants must have obtained a diploma with an accredited high school program or earned a GED. Applications will be accepted through Monday. Winners will be announced by May 31. Applications and scholarship details are available at Shelton, CHOICE, Cedar and North M...

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|May 4, 2023

    Deadline Friday for Pioneer scholarships The Pioneer Kiwanis Club will award $10,000 in scholarships to students who live in the Pioneer School District or attended Pioneer schools. Eligible are students who are graduating this year from high school or completed a GED and have been accepted to college or trade school. Friday is the deadline to apply, and application forms are available at the counseling offices at Shelton, CHOICE, North Mason and Cedar high schools. Information: Lee Strohm at 206-755-4652 or Pamela Harrell at 360-490-0954....

  • Education Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    Pioneer students, alumni eligible for scholarships The Pioneer Kiwanis Club will award $10,000 in scholarships to students who live in the Pioneer School District or attended Pioneer schools. Eligible are students who are graduating this year from high school or completed a GED, and have been accepted to college or trade school. May 5 is the deadline to apply, and application forms are available at the counseling offices at Shelton, CHOICE, North Mason and Cedar high schools. Information: Lee Strohm at 206-755-4652 or Pamela Harrell at 360-490-...

  • Education Briefs

    Gordon Weeks|Apr 27, 2023

    Pioneer students, alumni eligible for scholarships The Pioneer Kiwanis Club will award $10,000 in scholarships to students who live in the Pioneer School District or attended Pioneer schools. Eligible are students who are graduating this year from high school or completed a GED, and have been accepted to college or trade school. May 5 is the deadline to apply, and application forms are available at the counseling offices at Shelton, CHOICE, North Mason and Cedar high schools. Information: Lee Strohm at 206-755-4652 or Pamela Harrell at 360-490-...

  • North Mason hears from students in CTE programs

    Kirk Boxleitner|Mar 23, 2023

    North Mason School District Career and Technical Education Director Alexia Hadfield enlisted two CTE students to discuss the district's new CORE+ Maritime and Culinary Arts programs before the school board March 16. Student Alex Landreth credited the CORE+ Maritime program with giving him an "incredible experience." His yearlong course covered how boats are manufactured, which he said gives him a head start toward a career in boat-building. He'll be heading off to West Sound Technical Skill Cent...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 9, 2023

    Learn today about trades offered by OC Shelton Olympic College Shelton offers information sessions today on construction trades and welding. Adults, high school students and employers are invited to learn about the course requirements, enrollment steps and financial aid opportunities for construction trades at 10 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., and for welding at 1 p.m. For more information and to RSVP, go to the website [email protected] or call 369-432-5404. Kristmastown Kiwanis offering...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Mar 2, 2023

    Shelton High, Oakland Bay choirs perform March 7 The Shelton High School and Oakland Bay Junior High School choirs perform the concert "Women of Word and Song" at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Paul Nakhla directs all the choirs, and Anne-Marie Nakhla is the accompanist. The high school groups performing are the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Shades and Illusions. Donations will be accepted at the door. Learn about OC Shelton construction, welding programs...

  • School levies pass

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 23, 2023

    Voters approved replacement levies in the Shelton and Pioneer school districts on the Valentine’s Day ballot. The Shelton levy received 2,539 “yes” votes for 51.87%, and 2,356 “no” votes for 48.13%. The Pioneer levy received 1,810 “yes” votes for 54.9%, and 1,487 “no” votes for 45.1%. Both needed a simple majority to pass. The final ballot count is set for 4 p.m. today, with an estimated five ballots to add to the total. The count is scheduled to be certified Friday. Voter turnout was 36.56%. Ninety Mason County residents also cast ballots...

  • Hood Canal schools superintendent resigns

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 23, 2023

    Less than a year after he was hired, the Hood Canal School Board has accepted the resignation of Superintendent Jose-de-Jesus Melendez. The district announced the decision Monday in a news release and legal notice. "He will complete the remainder of his contract on administrative leave," Susan Vining, the district's executive assistant wrote in the news release. "We appreciate his service to the district and wish him well." Vining added, "There is still work to be done, children to teach and...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 23, 2023

    School choirs perform March 7 The Shelton High School and Oakland Bay Junior High School choirs perform the concert “Women of Word and Song” at 7 p.m. March 7 at the Shelton High School Performing Arts Center. Paul Nakhla directs all the choirs, and Anne-Marie Nakhla is the accompanist. The high school groups performing are the Chamber Singers, Concert Choir, Shades and Illusions. Donations will be accepted at the door. Welding, construction programs at Olympic College Shelton Olympic College Shelton offers information sessions March 9 on con...

  • Hawkins' students headed to robotics championship

    Kirk Boxleitner|Feb 23, 2023

    At North Mason School Board’s Feb. 16 meeting, Hawkins Middle School Principal Robert Kalahan and Vice Principal Kevin Pattison introduced the robotics club and teacher Sommer Landers, who presented the robotics project that will compete at the Washington Technology Student Association State Championship in Seattle from March 22-25. The school’s robotics team includes seventh-grader Alan Strange and eighth-graders Jackson Keller, Zanual King, Gavin McKee, Elizabeth Ordway and Yadira Solis, who...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 9, 2023

    OCCU offers scholarships to 2023 graduates April 30 is the deadline for local graduating high school seniors to apply for seven $1,000 scholarships offered by Our Community Credit Union. The scholarships are open to graduating 2023 high school seniors who attend school in Mason, Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, and on Vashon Island. The students must be a member of OCCU to be eligible. Applications and guidelines for the scholarship are available for download at www.ourcu.com/scholarship-program. The winners will be announced in May. For...

  • New school board member

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    Lauren Gilmore, a research analyst for the state Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, is the new member of the Shelton School Board. At a special meeting Tuesday night at CHOICE High School, the school board voted 3-1 to choose Gilmore from five applicants to replace Marty Best on the five-member board. Best was vice chairman of the board when he died Nov. 20. He was 67. Best joined the board in 2021 and represented District 2. Best was appointed to the five-member board in September...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    OCCU offers scholarships April 30 is the deadline for local graduating high school seniors to apply for seven $1,000 scholarships offered by Our Community Credit Union. The scholarships are open to graduating 2023 high school seniors who attend school in Mason, Grays Harbor and Thurston counties, and on Vashon Island. The students must be a member of OCCU to be eligible. Applications and guidelines for the scholarship are available for download at ourcu.com/scholarship-program. The winners will be announced in May. For more information,...

  • Books, not candy, from school vending machine

    Gordon Weeks|Feb 2, 2023

    The Parent Teacher Student Organization at Mountain View Elementary School in Shelton last week surprised the students by unveiling a book vending machine in the school's lobby. The group spent about $8,000 on the custom-made machine, which features the school's logo on the side. Students earn tokens, which they can deposit into machine and make their selection. On Jan. 25, students dressed for Pajama Day assembled in the lobby and were asked to guess the concealed gift. The first students to...

  • State of education in Mason County

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 26, 2023

    Three school district superintendents, two with replacement levies on the Feb. 14 ballot, shared what's going on in their classrooms at an "Education in Mason County" forum sponsored by the Shelton-Mason County Chamber of Commerce Jan. 19 at the Mason County Public Works building. Shelton Superintendent Wyeth Jessee, Hood Canal Superintendent Jose-de-Jesus Melendez and Pioneer Superintendent Jeff Davis took turns talking about their districts. Jesse outlined his district's replacement levy on...

  • Pioneer district seeks replacement levy

    Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    The Pioneer School District is asking district residents on the Feb. 14 general election ballot to approve a replacement levy that will cover educational programs and operations. If passed by a simple majority, property owners would be assessed an estimated $1.28 for every $1,000 of assessed property value from 2024 through 2027. The owner of a home valued at $300,000 would pay about $384 per year, or about $32 per month, the district states. If passed, the levy would collect $2,802,110 in...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Jan 19, 2023

    OC Shelton offers courses Olympic College Shelton is offering courses in creative writing and forklift certification. The class “Creative Writing — Making Scenes” is conducted from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesdays Jan. 25 through Feb. 23. The class explores how to develop scenes through selling, exposition, action, conversation, pacing and clarity. Sign up by calling 360-432-5400 or online at www.tinyurl.com/4e8hv8jj. The class on forklift certification is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25. Learn to maneuver a forklift through an obstacle course. The inst...

  • Shelton district takes director applications

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Dec 15, 2022

    The Shelton School District next month will accept applications to replace Marty Best, who represent District 2 on the Shelton School Board. Best, the board’s vice chairman, died Nov. 20. He was 67. Best was appointed to the five-member board in September 2021 to replace Lynn Eaton, who resigned that June after moving out of the director district. Best won a new term in the November 2021 general election, garnering 93.55% of the vote as the only candidate on the ballot. The district will accept applications during January. The candidates m...

  • Shelton schools place levy on Valentine's Day ballot

    Gordon Weeks|Nov 10, 2022

    Taxpayers in the Shelton School District on Valentine's Day will vote on a proposed three-year levy. The Shelton School Board on Tuesday night authorized the request for a Feb. 14 vote to collect $2.09 per $1,000 of assessed property value in 2024, 2025 and 2026. If passed by a simple majority, the money will be used to fund educational programs and operations not funded by the state, including reducing class size, special education, after-school programs, teachers, extracurricular activities,...

  • School Briefs

    Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks|Nov 10, 2022

    Shelton High students star in two shows Shelton High School stages its annual “Night of Musical Theater” production at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 and 18, and 2 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the school’s Performing Arts Center. Admission is the suggested donation of $15. The choirs and bands perform a holiday concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 15 in the PAC. Donations are accepted....

  • North Mason investigation uncovers policy violations

    Matt Baide|Nov 3, 2022

    North Mason students and parents violated North Mason's civil conduct policy in an incident after the North Mason volleyball match against Bremerton on Oct. 18 in Belfair. North Mason School District Superintendent Dana Rosenbach said the investigation has determined "a few" students and parents violated the policy. The incident had allegations of racial harassment and intimidation. "I think our athletic director, Ray Bonnell, has done an amazing job. He spent countless hours conducting...

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