Superintendent Carla Santorno won praise for her work in a mid-year evaluation by Tacoma School Board. "Carla's leadership and the laser-like focus she brings to the academic achievement of all students are significant and commendable," said Board President Debbie Winskill. "We are very pleased. She has the full confidence of the board, and we are looking forward to extending her contract after the school year." Board members based their evaluation on 20 performance indicators agree to last summer. These cover academic achievement, leadership, strategic plan performance, board support, finance, human resources, operations and partnerships.
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Find a friend, shed some pounds and win some prizes during the 2013 Pierce County Biggest Winner Couples weight-loss competition.
March 5 is the deadline to register for the 12-week program, which runs March 10 to June 1. To register, call 1-800-485-0205 and be sure to mention the name of your weight-loss partner.
Friends, co-workers and spouses are encouraged to enter the competition, which begins with weigh ins March 6-9 at participating YMCA and MultiCare locations. The competition ends with weigh outs June 2-5, and the top 15 teams with the greatest percentage of weight lost will be recognized during an awards ceremony June 8 at the Roman Meal Sound To Narrows race in Tacoma. (To maintain healthy limits, weight loss of more than 12 percent will not be counted.)
The top-five teams receive a year of YMCA memberships, a year of Registered Dietitian services and iPad Minis.
The next five teams receive six-month YMCA memberships, six months of Registered Dietitian services and iPods.
The next five teams receive three-month YMCA memberships, three months of Registered Dietitian services and FitBits.
Along the way, participants receive help and encouragement, including:
· Weekly web-based nutrition classes with a MultiCare Registered Dietitian.
· Fitness tips from YMCA Health and Well-being staff members.
· Healthful cooking tips and recipes.
· Roman Meal Sound to Narrows Entry for the 5K or 12K walk/run (a $35 value).
· Exclusive discounts and promotions on local events and nutrition counseling and screenings.
Pierce County Biggest Winner Couples is sponsored by the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living in partnership with the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties and the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department, along with Healthy Communities of Pierce County. Companies with 10 or more teams signed up for Pierce County Biggest Winner receive a complimentary Healthy@WorkShop taught by a MultiCare Registered Dietitian and provided by the MultiCare Center for Healthy Living’s Healthy@Work Corporate Wellness Program.
Call 253-403-1503 for more information.
At 4:29 p.m. Thursday, firefighters from stations 1,2,7,8,9,11, and 17 responded to a reported apartment fire at the Cedar Court Apartment Complex, 3005 S. 47th St.
Crews arrived to find heavy smoke showing from a second-floor apartment. Firefighters worked quickly to knock down the fire that originated in the kitchen area, ventilated the smoke, and confirmed that no one was inside the unit or adjacent units. There were no injuries to report.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation.
The entire faculty and staff of Tacoma-based Charles Wright Academy skipped school on Feb. 15.
While the group enjoyed rare sunny skies, a case of Spring Fever was not the cause of the wide-spread absenteeism. Instead it was the school’s designated community service day for all faculty and staff. Every year, with students away for the President’s Day holiday, the faculty and staff gather for professional development.
About three years ago, they decided to add community engagement to their professional development curriculum. In the three years since the community outreach component was added, the teachers have volunteered more than 600 hours in support of numerous projects around Pierce County, including beach cleanup at nearby Chambers Bay and working in the greenhouses and fields at L’Arche Farms in Tacoma.
The organizations receiving support evolve from year to year based on employee interest. Every year, employees nominate projects or organizations in the surrounding communities where they wish to volunteer their time and talents. And every year, when students are away enjoying the long holiday weekend, the faculty and staff head out in groups large and small to help their neighbors.
Setting aside a day for employees to volunteer has many benefits according to organizers.
“Of course, it benefits the recipients, but it’s also been beneficial to our own campus community,” said Sam Harris, Charles Wright’s Middle School Librarian and one of the event’s coordinators. “It’s an opportunity for faculty and staff with different responsibilities on campus to work together. That fosters communication, deeper understanding, and ultimately helps strengthen our own community."
Tacoma residents who get their trash collected on Mondays are the first to shift from weekly to every-other-week collection starting this month. The change comes March 11 for those 5,700 households in North Tacoma. Others will see the change through November.
Refuse customers will get bigger bins, or two bins, to accommodate the change. Once they arrive, customers can get smaller bins if they find they aren’t filling the cans. Smaller cans will mean lower bills since the change also comes with a rate hike of a few dollars a month.
“Our customers can expect the same level of service as before,” said Mike Slevin, Environmental Services interim director. “They’ll be able to dispose of the same amount of garbage as usual.”
During the every-other-week garbage collection pilot program conducted in 2011, Solid Waste Management demonstrated that this approach will result in less garbage being disposed, increased recycling, reduced vehicle emissions and a smaller carbon footprint, and greater efficiency in collection.