Last spring’s national testing program has been the subject of some controversy here on Vashon and across the nation.
October is nationwide Domestic Violence Action Month (DVAM). The original purpose of DVAM was to connect domestic violence advocates around the country and region, but as the month has gained more attention, it has expanded to involve everyone interested in learning about domestic violence, reporting instances and breaking the cycle of violence.
Educated voter: It’s a term we hear hundreds of times during election seasons thrown around in the communities in which we live. It’s also a pretty straightforward phrase, but becoming one is easier said than done.
Every Tuesday from now until we blow the top of the Thermometer House off, and replace it with an American flag, I will be talking about Vashon Community Care (VCC), the people who live there and the partnership that the island community must embrace with us for the continued health of VCC.
Talking to Vashon school board candidates this week, it was clear that the amount of testing done at the island’s elementary and middle schools is a controversial topic for the board, as well as teachers and parents of schoolchildren.
The island temporarily added thousands of people to its population, and the ferries were jammed, causing many islanders last weekend to be somewhat annoyed with the fact that Vashon’s Passport to Pain and sheepdog trials were held in the same weekend.
I avoided avocados for decades because they are high in fat. It turns out that avocados contain “good fat,” the same kind that is in olive oil.
Vashon Island School District’s board is leading our community to a brighter and healthier future as we are forging a “culture of ecology” in our schools.