The moment islanders dread hearing about came last week: a serious injury along the roadside.
he new Vashon High School building, unveiled this year, was built with learning in mind. Classrooms have more computers in them. Teachers can amplify their voices with new sound systems to ensure that everyone hears. Study areas throughout the school encourage student collaboration and group studying. Even the chairs in classrooms were chosen intentionally — they roll on wheels, something that has been shown to improve concentration during class. In many ways science informed what the new school would look like. Now the latest science suggests that many teens are sleep deprived, and the Vashon School District should take note and consider whether it could realistically change school start times.
This summer I tried to take a break from network news. I was mostly successful, choosing to read the news with my filter on, not missing flashy edit jobs and graphic images. Then it was back to school day (back to reality day for some of us), and I decided to buck up and turn on the six o’clock news.
Vashon Islanders have learned to live with the island’s resident wildlife. We watch for deer on the roads and put fences around our gardens to keep them out. We know an unprotected flock of chickens or trash left out overnight could draw raccoons. Now it appears we’ll have to adapt to another animal: coyotes.
In the Northwest and here on Vashon, we are increasingly embracing a locavore lifestyle, eating local foods to support the local economy and benefit the environment. But eating locally grown food is no modern notion. In fact, Napoleon Bonaparte and Clarence Birdseye forever changed the course of our culture and lifestyle.
Wake. How is it that one word can have so many meanings? A celebration of one’s life now departed that involves festive remembrance. The stream of water that follows a boat or ship. To arise.
In recent years, the community of Vashon has had to endure more tragedy than any community of its size should have to bear. And last week’s trials, for many, were unspeakable in their difficulty: the anguish of a loved one missing, followed by the crushing news that came Friday.
My husband has become a biker. Not a leather-clad Harley Davidson riding biker — the other kind. I’m really happy for him, truly I am, but his transformation comes with some baggage.
Vashon’s public schools are strong. The school district is constantly working to address areas that could be improved, and most people would never label island schools as failing. That’s why it’s worrisome that this week a letter will go out to Chautauqua Elementary School parents that does just that.
When it comes to disaster preparedness, Vashon is doing pretty well. Should a major storm, earthquake or other catastrophe strike the island, volunteers are ready to staff our local Emergency Operations Center and direct emergency efforts.
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.