Highline Premier FC Soccer Club tryouts start April 28 and continue through May 18.

“Highline Premier FC is the official Premier Development program of the Highline Soccer Association (West Seattle Soccer Club and Highline Soccer Club) and the next step for players looking for a year-round soccer experience,” reads an announcement.

Here’s more info:

Come check out our Open Session and your player can train with our teams (coached by professional coaches). During this time, Highline Premier FC leadership will be available if you have any questions.

Open Sessions scheduled for April 28th at Delridge Playfield, North:

  • U8-U12 (í06 -ë02) will run from 6:00pm to 7:30pm
  • U13-U18 (í01 -í96) will run from 7:30pm to 9:00pm

* Delridge Playfield is located at 4555 Delridge Way SW, Seattle, WA (West Seattle)

Tryout Dates:

  • U8-U10 (’06 -’04) April 29th – May 1st
  • U11 & U12 (’03 & ’02) May 2nd – May 4th
  • U13-U15 (’01-’99) May 9th – May 11th
  • High School Girls (’96, ’97, ’98) May 16th – May 18th

High School Boys, please contact tryouts@highlinepremier.com.

Highline Premier FC offers:

  • Competition in Regional Club League and US Club Puget Sound Premier League
  • Professional training by licensed coaches
  • Training three times a week
  • Developmental curriculum delivered by coach-educators
  • Player-centric development delivered with individual player roadmaps and flexibility in player movement
  • Club Academy with Coerver Coaching NW, worldís #1 soccer skills methods
  • Dedicated Goalkeeper training
  • College Summer Camp Opportunities for Older Ages

Times and Locations are posted at their website: http://www.highlinepremier.com/ (click on the “Tryout” tab on top of page).

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Saturday, April 19 – is a beautiful and convenient new 4-bedroom home in Des Moines!

This 2.5 bath home is designed with an open concept floor plan that lets in tons of natural light.

The spectacular kitchen includes stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and island – perfect for eating or food preparation.

The huge master suite has a full bathroom and large walk in closet.

A large 2-car garage and fully fenced back yard.

Shopping, Restaurants, Library and Fitness Facilities a short distance away.

Plus easy access to I-5!

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House

WHEN: Saturday, April 19, from 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 2071 S. 263 Street, Des Moines 98198

INFO:

  • List Price: $310,000
  • MLS Number: 619625
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 2013
  • Approximate House SqFt: 1,490
  • Lot Square Footage: 3,429

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Garage-Attached

Marketing remarks:

Beautiful and Convenient New Construction!

4 bedroom 2.5 Bath home.

Designed with an open concept floor plan that lets in tons of natural light.

The spectacular kitchen features stainless steel appliances, granite counter tops and island for eating or food preparation.

The huge master suite has a full bathroom and large walk in closet.

A large 2 car garage and fully fenced back yard. Shopping, Restaurants, Library and Fitness Facilities a short distance away.

Plus easy access to I-5!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Prudential Northwest’s Open Houses.

2014Spring-Bookmark-BACK2x8Advertiser Just Between Friends is coming to the former Staples store location in Burien with a 4-day only sales event from April 24 – 27 sure to please thrifty families all around the South King County area.

Here is more information in their own words:

April 24 – 27 at 14907 4th Ave SW, Burien ***NEW Location***
(we’re adding one more shopping day!) located in the former Staples Store at Burien Town Plaza

Public Shopping Hours:

  • Thursday, April 24 – 9:00am to 2:00pm – EARLY BIRD SHOPPING – $5.00 Admission
  • Thursday, April 24 – 2:00pm to 7:00pm – FREE Admission
  • Friday, April 25 – 9:00am to 7:00pm – FREE Admission
  • Saturday, April 26 – 9:00am to 7:00pm – FREE Admission
  • Sunday, April 27 – 9:00am to 3:00pm – FREE Admission – DISCOUNT DAY*

Many items are half price on Sunday only!

For those unfamiliar with their unique service, here is some information from their national website:

Helping families and communities across the country save money and make money while providing for their families is what drives Just Between Friends. Even from its small beginnings as a living room sale back in 1997, local families brought items to sell, while other families were able to purchase items they needed. In the years since we began, the economy has brought challenges which have left some struggling to make ends meet. We are so blessed to hear story after story about how JBF has helped make that happen—giving families a way to provide quality items at bargain prices for their kids. And for those that sell their items, a sales event can make the difference in being able to cover their bills.

More info on the sales event here: http://www.seattle.jbfsale.com/homeView.jsp

The White Center Food Bank posted the following offer on their Facebook page for FREE garden space available at White Center Heights Park:

Do you want a FREE garden space in White Center? We have one for you!

The garden plots are located at White Center Heights Park and the produce you grow is for you to keep or you can donate some to The White Center Food Bank!

We will be assigning the plots this Friday, April 18th.

Contact Mara our garden coordinator at Gardens@whitecenterfoodbank.org for more info or to claim your spot!

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Female Science Students from Cascade Middle School will be premiering their first documentary film about White Center’s Hicklin Lake this Tuesday night, April 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Highline Performing Arts Center in Burien.

The girls are all part of an after-school science club called STARS – “Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science” – and aims to provide a space for middle and high school girls to use science to investigate and solve real problems in their community.

“The ladies chose to focus on the health of Hicklin Lake (which neighbors our school) for their project this year,” said Anna Kramer, 8th Grade Science Teacher. “This is our first year as a club, and we have students from Cascade and the neighboring Evergreen High school as members. A few students from Mount Rainier High School help us out, as well.”

STARS is run as a joint effort between Cascade (Anna Kramer, science teacher), HS3/Evergreen (Liz Savage, science teacher), and the University of Washington (Sara Hagenah, doctoral student).

“We are premiering a documentary that our students made that showcases what we have learned about the lake, as well as what the ladies are doing about it,” Anna added.

Here are the details:

WHAT: The premiere of the first STARS documentary, focused on the issues that currently exist at Hicklin Lake and how we are tackling this problem with our science knowledge.

WHO: Everyone is invited!

WHEN: Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 pm

WHERE: Highline Performing Art Center, Highline High School, 401 S 152nd St, Burien, WA 98148

COST: FREE!

WHY: Join us in order to:

  1. Support local students as their share a year of learning and action with you
  2. Learn more about what’s wrong with Hicklin Lake and what you can do to help
  3. Support the idea that girls and women have powerful voices in science and in their communities

INFO: Event is free, and refreshments will be provided. STARS members will be recognized individually, the documentary will be shown, and there will be a short Q & A session. Spanish and (we hope) Arabic interpreters will be available with headsets.

For more information, email anna.kramer@highlineschools.org.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, April 13 – is an absolutely lovely Northwest Contemporary home with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwoods on main level and huge sun-filled windows – in Normandy Park with beach rights!

This 3-bedroom home features a beautifully-updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an extremely spacious master suite, two other bedrooms, plus bonus room and office/craft area.

The updated main bath is truly amazing and the dining room is large enough for several guests. Outside features a fabulous wraparound deck and 2 car garage/2 car RV/carport.

Oh, and did we mention Lot A beach rights?

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Sunday, April 13 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

WHERE: 128 SW 208th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,950
  • MLS Number: 605580
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,920
  • Lot Square Footage: 15,681

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Absolutely lovely Northwest Contemporary home with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwoods on main level and huge sun-filled windows!

This home features a beautiful updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an extremely spacious master suite, two other bedrooms, plus bonus room and office/craft area.

The updated main bath is truly amazing and the dining room is large enough for several guests.

Outside features a fabulous wraparound deck and 2 car garage/2 car RV/carport.

Lot A beach rights!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Prudential Northwest’s Open Houses.

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Mount View Elementary teacher Jamie Ewing has been named a 2014 Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) LearningMedia Digital Innovator.

The fifth-grade teacher is the only Washington State educator among the 100 teachers from around the country selected this year.

Ewing was selected by PBS for his dedication and passion for innovative teaching practices that integrate digital media and technology in the classroom. He has developed a number of digital media and technology programs at Mount View, including:

  • Curriculum for all fifth-grade students at Mount View that teaches basic computer programming and coding skills.
  • Virtual science fair which allows students to explore earth systems, design related science experiments, and present their experiments as interactive web games, videos, or PowerPoint presentations.
  • An engineering project that allows students to design and build two-wheel tractors.
  • Partnership with BING to provide students an opportunity to create career- and college-focused photography projects.
  • The eMAGINATION LAB after school program, which focuses on animation and computer programming.

As a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, Ewing will participate in a yearlong professional development program. He will have access to virtual trainings and exclusive resources and will participate in a robust professional learning community with other Digital Innovators.

Ewing is a National Board Certified Teacher, a 2013 Innovative Teacher of the Year recognized by the Academy of Arts and Sciences in Education, a National Education Association (NEA) Fellow and an NEA Master Teacher with Better Lessons. Microsoft inducted Ewing into its Expert Educator Program last year.

Ellen Dorr believes moving sixth grade to middle school will have a positive impact on students.

Teacher Ellen Dorr believes moving sixth grade to middle school will have a positive impact on students.

The Highline School District announce Friday (April 4) that it will be moving 6th grade to Middle School, starting in the 2015-16 school year “or later.”

The district said the decision to make the move comes “after months of studying enrollment projections, staff and community feedback, and academic research.”

“I am thrilled that sixth-graders will finally be in a place that is developmentally appropriate for them. Sixth-graders belong in middle school,” said Des Moines Elementary School teacher Nicole Malmgren, who has taught sixth grade for five years.

“Everybody always talks about the fear of putting 11-year-olds with 14- and 15-year-olds, but what about putting 11-year-olds with five-year-olds?” added Malmgren. “How is that pushing them forward? They fit in with their middle school peers better than they do five-year-olds in kindergarten.”

Malmgren plans to work with Human Resources to obtain her math endorsement so she can move with her sixth-grade students.

Currently, Highline’s elementary schools are grades K-6, and middle schools are grades 7 and 8.

“In our current model, middle school can be overlooked as simply a bridge between elementary and high school, but I believe middle school has its own merit and deserves its own focus,” said eighth-grade teacher Ellen Dorr, who has taught language arts at Cascade Middle School for ten years. She is excited for sixth-grade students to join the Cascade community.

Teacher Nicole Malmgren wants to move with her sixth-grade students to middle school

Teacher Nicole Malmgren wants to move with her sixth-grade students to middle school, saying they belong in middle school.

The 6-8 grade configuration is the most common middle school model nationwide, and it’s not a new concept in Highline. A task force made up of Highline teachers, administrators, and parents researched middle school models in 2009. The research showed that K-6 and 6-8 configurations can be equally successful and that quality of classroom instruction and school climate are the primary factors in student achievement.

“At the end of the study, there was a desire to move sixth grade to middle school, but we didn’t have nearly enough space,” said Chief Accountability Officer Alan Spicciati, who co-chaired the task force. Building new middle schools was not an option at the time, given the recession.

“This is something we’ve wanted to do for a while now,” said Spicciati. “We just needed the right opportunity to make the move. Now, we have an opportunity to do it.”

Today, Highline needs more classroom space at elementary schools. The state is now funding full-day kindergarten and offering money for smaller class sizes. To take advantage of class size dollars, Highline must add 55 more classrooms across the district. Elementary schools are already full or over capacity. Without available classrooms, Highline may lose out on up to $2.2 million annually in new state funding for class-size reduction.

Cascade Middle School students reading independently during class.

Cascade Middle School students reading independently during class.

“I am confident the decision to move sixth grade to middle school is in the best academic interests of our students at all grade levels,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “It allows us to eliminate crowding and decrease class sizes at elementary schools, and it also gives us an opportunity to increase the academic rigor and broaden learning experiences for sixth graders.”

In middle school, sixth-grade students will be taught by subject area specialists who get deep training and professional development in their content areas, rather than generalists who have to be able to teach all subjects. The rigorous instruction prepares students for higher level course work, especially important in math and science.

“Right now I have a classroom with students at a third-grade level in math and reading, and students at a ninth- or tenth-grade level in math and reading,” said Malmgren. “It is difficult for me, as one teacher, to teach such a huge range of learners. When the students move to middle school, they will be able to take classes that are specific to their needs.”

Sixth-grade students are also likely to become more engaged in school as they pursue subjects they are particularly interested in–electives such as engineering, journalism, and vocal and instrumental music.

“Middle school students attend elective classes daily, which allows them to explore a subject more deeply,” said Cascade Middle School Principal Diana Garcia. “In elementary school, they only get music and PE twice a week.”

In addition, families and students will have three full years to develop relationships with teachers and staff, providing consistency and predictability during a critical period in students’ lives.

Teacher Ellen Dorr believes sixth-grade students are ready for middle school.

Teacher Ellen Dorr believes sixth-grade students are ready for middle school.

“The fact that students will attend the school for another year means we can create a stronger sense of community with students,” said Dorr. “Seventh-grade students are more than ready for the transition to middle school. With smart work at both the elementary level and the middle school level, we can ensure that sixth-grade students finish elementary school ready to enter middle school.”

This spring, Highline will begin a year-long planning process with teachers and parents to design the sixth-grade program.

“This is an opportunity to reinvent the sixth-grade experience for our children and improve the entire middle school program,” said Superintendent Enfield.

Creative ideas for sixth grade were already being suggested at recent community meetings on the transition proposal. For instance, sixth grade could be designed as a self-contained program within middle schools. Camp Waskowitz could be a sixth-grade orientation and community-building experience in the fall.

In middle school, students will get a chance for a jump start at advanced coursework like world languages, algebra, and the sciences. They will benefit from greater exposure to the fine arts and leadership opportunities. And they will be challenged to develop the behaviors, attitudes, and habits they will need to succeed in high school and college.

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, March 9 – is a stunning, remodeled 5-bedroom view home in West Seattle!

With Sound and Mountain views, this 2460 square foot home has it all.

Hardwood floors, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite counter tops all filled with natural Light from the sunny south western exposure.

All the work is done just move in and enjoy your view deck and backyard patio this spring!

Walking distance to restaurants, Starbucks, West Seattle Thriftway and renowned Lincoln Park.

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Saturday, April 5, 1 – 4 p.m. and Sunday,April 6, 1 – 4 p.m.

WHERE: 6340 40th Ave SW West Seattle, WA 98136

INFO:

  • List Price: $619,000
  • MLS Number: 603995
  • Bedrooms: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1.75
  • Year Built: 1912
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,460
  • Lot Square Footage: 4,800

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Loft
  • Skylights
  • Walk-in Closet
  • Deck
  • Fenced-Fully
  • Patio

Marketing remarks:

Sound and Mountain View Gatewood Home!

This stunning remodeled 4 bedroom 2 bath 2460 square foot home has it all.

Hardwood floors, Stainless Steel Appliances, Granite counter tops all filled with natural Light from the sunny south western exposure.

All the work is done just move in and enjoy your view deck and back yard patio this spring!

Walking distance to restaurants, Starbucks, West Seattle Thriftway and renowned Lincoln Park.

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Prudential Northwest’s Open Houses.

The North Highline Unincorporated Area Council will be holding a Community Forum this Thursday, April 3, focusing on “building equity and opportunity.”

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the North Highline Fire Station, located at 1243 112th Street SW.

Here are the details:

BUILDING EQUITY & OPPORTUNITY

What does it mean for North Highline and White Center? What is King County doing about it?

Please plan on joining us for this informative and important conversation with our guest speakers:

  • Matias Valenzuela:
    Coordinator of King County’s Equity and Social Justice Initiative
  • Adrienne Quinn:
    Director of King County’s Community and Human Services Department
  • Joe McDermott
    King County Council District 8 Representative
  • White Center Storefront Deputy BJ Myers will also be on hand to discuss issues related to crime updates and trends in the community.

WHEN: Thursday, April 3 at 7 p.m.

WHERE: North Highline Fire Station (1243 112th Street SW)

COMMUNITY MATTERS: BE INFORMED, BE INVOLVED, BE HEARD

More info: northhighlineuac.org

Like NHUAC on Facebook here

WCB Real Estate Sponsor Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Northwest’s Open House – set for this Sunday, March 30 – is an absolutely lovely Northwest Contemporary home with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwoods on main level and huge sun-filled windows – in Normandy Park with beach rights!

This 3-bedroom home features a beautifully-updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an extremely spacious master suite, two other bedrooms, plus bonus room and office/craft area.

The updated main bath is truly amazing and the dining room is large enough for several guests. Outside features a fabulous wraparound deck and 2 car garage/2 car RV/carport.

Oh, and did we mention Lot A beach rights?

Here are some pics (click images to see larger versions/slideshow):

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Here are the details:

WHAT: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Northwest Open House.

WHEN: Sunday, March 30 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: 128 SW 208th Street, Normandy Park, WA 98166

INFO:

  • List Price: $499,950
  • MLS Number: 605580
  • Bedrooms: 3
  • Bathrooms: 2.5
  • Year Built: 1978
  • Approximate House SqFt: 2,920
  • Lot Square Footage: 15,681

Site Features:

  • Bath Off Master
  • Dble Pane/Strm Windw
  • Dining Room
  • Security System
  • Skylights
  • Pantry

Marketing remarks:

Absolutely lovely Northwest Contemporary home with soaring ceilings, gleaming hardwoods on main level and huge sun-filled windows!

This home features a beautiful updated kitchen with stainless steel appliances, an extremely spacious master suite, two other bedrooms, plus bonus room and office/craft area.

The updated main bath is truly amazing and the dining room is large enough for several guests.

Outside features a fabulous wraparound deck and 2 car garage/2 car RV/carport.

Lot A beach rights!

Click here to see the full, detailed listing.

Click here to view all of Prudential Northwest’s Open Houses.