Webucator is a weekly publication produced by the Tacoma Public Schools for district staff March 20, 2009
members. To submit story ideas or inquire about a published story, contact Pam
Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Public Information Office at
253.571.1015. Images of the week
Dates to remember
March 21: Youth summit for Lincoln and Mt. Tahoma at Lincoln, 1 to 6 p.m.
March 26: School board meeting, 6 p.m., CAB auditorium
March 30–April 3: Spring Break
April 1–31: Keep America Beautiful Month
April 1–31: Mathematics Awareness Month
April 7: World Health Day
April 9: School board meeting, 6 p.m., CAB auditorium
April 12–18: National Library Week
April 17: Gault/McIlvaigh choir auction, 7 p.m., at Stadium H.S.
April 18: Parks Appreciation Day
April 19–25: Administrative Professionals Week
April 19–25: National Student Leadership Week
April 19–25: Public School Volunteer Week
April 22: Earth Day
April 24: National Arbor Day
April 23: School board meeting, 6 p.m., CAB auditorium
News and updates
Information nights for SAMI began March 17
Eighth graders who are interested in attending the Tacoma Public Schools’ new Science
and Math Institute (SAMI) this fall can attend an information night with their families to
learn more about Tacoma’s newest public high school and the SAMI application
The information nights will be held at various district middle schools and Point Defiance
Park beginning March 17. Students and their parents will have an opportunity to ask The Wilson H.S. Scintillation Show
questions and receive additional information on SAMI and the application process at Choir performs during their annual
dinner auction to raise money for a
these events. trip to Disneyland to compete with
other show choirs.
The information sessions will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. at the following locations:
March 17 Point Defiance Pagoda, Pt. Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
March 19 Stewart M.S., 5010 Pacific Ave.
March 23 Giaudrone M.S., 4902 Alaska St.
March 24 Jason Lee M.S., 602 N. Sprague Ave.
Truman M.S., 5801 N. 35 St.
April 8 Point Defiance Pagoda, Pt. Defiance Park, 5400 N. Pearl St.
Please call the SAMI information line at 253.571.7907 if you need additional information.
Students learn retailing at St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift store
A huge, floppy black-and-tan toy dog with a spiked collar sat patiently as the two
Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) students carefully looked him over for tears or other
problems that could lessen his value if not repairable. Kristal McDonald found a hole
near its eye and she noted the fabric collar was coming apart while Evan Johnston held
the dog upright. Sorting and examining donated toys is one of the many tasks that
students in the school district’s Community Based Transition Program (CBTP) perform
at their work site at St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store at 4009 S. 56 St.
The Community Based Transition Program (CBTP) is a Career and Technical Education
(CTE)/ World of Work program in the Tacoma Public Schools for students 18–21 years
of age who have been identified as having one or more disabilities. The program
combines the expertise of Special Education and CTE staff members to provide
participants job and life skills training, and whenever possible, job placement. Students
are in training six hours a day, five days a week. They do not earn wages while working
at a community site, but they earn a .5 credit per semester upon completion of
The aim of CBTP is to prepare students for full integration into the community, with
emphasis on employment, independence and community access. The students’ learning
occurs in an environment that supports and encourages integrity, personal choice and
St. Vincent de Paul’s Thrift Store sold more artificial Christmas trees this past year than
ever before. Why? Because CBTP students decided to assemble the artificial trees and
placed them all around the thrift store so people could see what the trees really looked
like—not just seeing a bunch of branches stuffed in a box.
St. Vincent de Paul thrift store needs donations
St. Vincent de Paul’s thrift store, which supports the Tacoma Public School’s Community
Based Transition Program (CBTP), is in need of all your reusable—and resaleable—
clothing for children or adults. St. Vincent’s will also accept used furniture, lamps,
dishes, appliances and other household items, including kitchen sinks.
You can bring your donations to the store at 4009 S. 56 St. or call 253.474.0519 to
schedule a pick-up.
Oprah Winfrey writes back to Hunt student
As part of a classroom-based assessment (CBA), students in Kat Pickett and Sue
Gregory’s eighth-grade U.S. History class wrote to individuals who could have an impact
on making change. After researching and presenting a project on a public issue having
personal meaning to them, the students then sent letters to these influential people with
a call to action.
Calvin Ellison, a student in the class, wrote his letter to Oprah Winfrey and was recently
surprised with a personal letter and signed picture from Winfrey. This was a great
learning experience for the entire class to see that their voices can be heard. Students
were very excited to read what Winfrey had to say in response, and all are hoping to
receive letters as well.
Copiers Northwest awarded copier contract
The district awarded a five-year contract for Sharp copiers to Copiers Northwest. A
Washington-based company, Copiers Northwest will supply the district with
multifunctional document devices, as well as stand-alone and networked copy
Members of the district’s copier replacement committee are currently working with a
dedicated team of professionals from Copiers Northwest to develop the best deployment
strategies for the new equipment and will communicate the integration of new machines
as information becomes available. Students in the Community Based
Transition Program (CBTP) at St.
Departments and school sites should use caution when ordering additional supplies, Vincent de Paul’s thrift store learn
many aspects of the retail business
such as staples, that you must purchase for current Pacific Office Automation machines.
under the guidance of CBTP job
coach Patty Truax, in yellow jacket.
Contact Sue Wilson, executive secretary in Finance, at 253.571.1281 if you have any
Staff classifieds have new look
The staff classified ads Web site has changed and now has the same look and feel as
the current district site. The new staff classifieds Web site adds a few features which
enhance the site as a whole. For starters, the site now uses district network logins for
access to view, add and manage postings. Staff will also now be able to attach multiple
pictures and documents to their postings. Another important enhancement is the ability
to choose an expiration date for the posting.
Please note: Pay particular attention to the instructions for logging into the site. Be sure
to add ―perimeter\‖ before your username when prompted. The two most common errors
when logging in are misspelling the word ―perimeter‖ and using the wrong slash (it must
be a backslash). Full instructions for logging in can be found here. Edison E.S. hosted a community
safety summit recently. Miguel
An example of a username would look like this: perimeter\bobama Villahermosa, director, Secondary
School Support; Tacoma Police
Department Officer Diana Judge;
If you have questions or need help with accessing the staff classifieds, contact Kevin and Wally Endicott, executive
Humphrey at email@example.com or 253.571.1019. director of Kids at Hope, stand in
front of some of the displays.
The difference between a standard and a learning target
"What is the difference between a standard and a learning target and how does this
difference impact your instruction?" asked Delores Beason, principal of Gault Middle
School, to a room of 200+ educators at the March 10 waiver day training. Eastside
educators were engaged and thoughtful as they worked to determine which was which—
or neither—using a compare-and-contrast chart activity.
"This lesson spoke to me when it was first presented by the CAB content area
facilitators to principals at a joint principal/instructional facilitator training a few months
back,‖ commented Beason. ―It brought me clarity and I was pleased to bring clarity to my
fellow educators." She further explained that the "goal of the district is to engage all
teachers in a common conversation using common language around the common best
practice of using standards and learning targets transparently and explicitly in
McIlvaigh, Gault choirs to hold auction April 17
McIlvaigh and Gault middle school choirs will hold their third annual auction on Friday,
April 17, at Stadium High School, 111 N. E St., Tacoma. The Beatles-themed event will
feature performances by the combined choirs of McIlvaigh and Gault. Doors will open at
Tickets are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 10. More than 150 items will be up
for bid in the silent auction.
For more information or to donate auction items, contact McIlvaigh and Gault choral
director, Kristin Oliver, at 253.571.2735 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tickets can be purchased at www.mcIlvaighgaultmusic.com.
Help clean up Pierce County parks on April 18
Join hundreds of volunteers to help clean up and beautify Pierce County parks on April
18 as part of the annual Parks Appreciation Day events. It is a great way for families to
do community service together. All ages are welcome and everyone can have fun while
working and meeting new people. Check the Web site at www.parksappreciationday.net
for a list of parks to be enhanced from 9 a.m. to noon on April 18.
Volunteer for East Side Clean Sweep May 2
The 2009 East Side Clean Sweep project will be held on May 2, from 9 a.m. to noon,
and the aim is to have about 1,500 people participating in the spring clean-up around
schools and along safe walking routes to schools. Last year, more than 900 students,
parents, relatives, community members, police officers and school officials pitched in for Sixth graders at McIlvaigh M.S.
the first clean-up event. made dioramas of the Inca, Aztec
or Mayan cultures as part of their
The goal of the Clean Sweep project is to: social studies class work.
Educate children about the positive impact they can have through community
Build partnerships between schools, businesses, community members and
Provide a fun, positive activity to participate in and help keep the community
Support the community’s effort to spread the word about the impact of graffiti.
During the first Clean Sweep, participants from the community and 10 schools collected
926 bags of garbage and filled 13 dumpsters with waste found around the schools and
along the walking routes. A highlight for last year's group was when community
members came out of their homes and clapped for the "cleaners" as they worked near
After the clean-up on May 2, there will be a community celebration and awards
ceremony from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Stewart Middle School, 5010 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. It
will be free for Clean Sweep participants and will include a barbeque, family activities,
entertainment and awards.
Schools participating in the 2009 Clean Sweep will include Boze, Blix, Lister, McKinley,
Roosevelt and Sheridan elementary schools; Gault, McIlvaigh and Stewart middle
schools and Lincoln High School.
The Clean Sweep planning committee includes the Tacoma Public Schools, First Creek Grant Center for the Expressive
Neighbors, Tacoma Police Department, Tacoma Housing Authority, City of Tacoma, Arts students gave a musical
Boys and Girls Club, Kids at Hope, Safe Streets and the Puyallup Tribe. performance at the Museum of
Glass recently. Riley Potts played
his flute at the museum. Others
Contact Kate Frazier at 253.571.1347 for more information or to sign up as a volunteer played recorders and xylophones or
for the 2009 East Side Clean Sweep project. sang.
Deaf high school students invited to May 19 workshop
Deaf and hard of hearing high school students from across the state are invited to
participate in a free, highly acclaimed, workshop, ―Understanding Deaf Culture: In
Search of Deafhood,‖ on May 19, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mt. Tahoma High School,
4634 S. 74 St., Tacoma. The workshop is based on the book by Paddy Ladd, and for
the first time is tailored specifically for teens.
Genie Gertz and Ella Mae Lentz will present the workshop. Looking at deaf history, the
goal of the work is to create a future where future generations can dream big, think
deep, sign freely, and walk proudly as deaf people.
Although the workshop is free, you must register by May 1 to attend. Contact Paul Bert
at email@example.com or call 253.230.2107 to register or for more information.
The event is sponsored by the Tacoma Public Schools, SignOn ERC and Purple.
Giaudrone M.S. held its sixth
annual science fair in March. Here
Sixth graders make dioramas of Incas, Mayas or Aztecs families look over the displays in
the commons area, filled with
In Julie Berggren-Northey’s sixth-grade social studies classes at McIlvaigh Middle seventh- and eighth-grade
School, the students turned in their dioramas of one of the following civilizations: Incas, projects.
Mayas or the Aztecs. A lot of students worked many hours to turn in such awesome
projects. They are now working on a classroom-based assessment (CBA) on a cause
and conflict in Canada or Latin America. Research is done at school as well as at home
and the students will start writing their persuasive paper after spring break. On non-
library days, the students are studying about Mexico. —Machel Salado, McIlvaigh M.S.
Stadium NJROTC cadets selected for leadership seminars
Three Stadium High School Navy Junior ROTC (NJROTC) cadets were selected for
national leadership seminars, sponsored by the U.S. Navy.
Taylor Adamson, son of Robert and Sherina Adamson, will be attending the Summer
Leadership Seminar at the University of San Diego, Calif., in July.
Martin Stewart, son of Kristina Williams and Duncan Stewart, and Arijanna Zimmer
(alternate), daughter of Debra Sandidge and Greg Zimmer, will be attending the
Aerospace and Technology Leadership Seminar at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University, Daytona Beach, Fla., in June.
The three cadets are juniors who were among 500 cadets selected from NJROTC units
around the country. These cadets demonstrated leadership within their unit and excel in
Lincoln H.S. students in the
math and science. The purpose of the leadership seminars is to place the cadets in a ProStart advanced culinary
college environment with a college type of curriculum to spur their interest in continuing program prepared breakfast for the
their education following high school and possibly pursuing a future in the Navy. East Side joint waiver day training
participant under the direction of
teacher Rebecca Wilson.
Grant musicians perform at Museum of Glass
Grant Center for the Expressive Arts students performed at the Museum of Glass on
March 14. The Black Belt recorder ensemble started the concert with two selections, and
then the Troubadours (second and third graders) sang songs from "Charlotte's Web."
Riley Potts, a fifth grader at Grant, was the master of ceremonies, and played a flute
solo. The final segment brought the Black Belts back as singers and xylophone players,
adding harmony and exciting tone color to the music. The final song was "Follow the
Rainbow." The students performed at 1:30 p.m. and then at 3:30 p.m., and were given
free family passes so they could explore the Museum of Glass.
Edison safety summit a success
A big thank you to Kelli Hoekstra, Kate Frazier and Lindsay Whiteman, School, Family
and Community Partnership Program, for all of their hard work planning the South End
Safety Summit held at Edison Elementary School. Many representatives were at the
summit from the Tacoma Public Schools, Tacoma Police Department, Safe Streets,
Edison’s CBS group and many more community partners. The attendance at the Safety
Summit was quite good despite the snow! Thanks again for a job well done. —Jennifer
Cooper, assistant principal, Edison E.S.
TPS office professionals earn WAEOP recognition
At the recent spring conference of the Washington Association of Educational Office
Professionals (WAEOP) held in Tacoma April 6–8, the Tacoma AEOP had two award
winners Dee Dee Fraga and Machel Salado.
Dee Dee Fraga, office coordinator at Birney Elementary School, won a $500 scholarship
to continue her schooling for her bachelor’s degree.
Machel Salado, guidance secretary at McIlvaigh Middle School, won the Excellence in
Communication/Building Newsletter award for McIlvaigh’s newsletter ―Totem Talk‖ and
also the Excellence in Communication/Affiliate Newsletter for Tacoma AEOP’s
newsletter ―TAEOP Connection.‖ This is the third year out of the last four that Salado
has won the Excellence in Communication/Building Newsletter.
In addition, Kari Reed, secretary in the School, Family and Community Partnership
Office and a first-timer at the WAEOP conference, was also nominated and is now a
member of the WAEOP Elections/Nominations Committee. Kari also won a wonderful
gift basket, as well as a paid registration to a future NAEOP conference.
TAEOP is extremely proud of these three office professionals’ accomplishments, and
McIlvaigh is extremely proud of Salado’s expertise in creating a wonderful newsletter.
Gault students, staff use online grades program
I sincerely appreciate from the bottom of my heart how the Gault Middle School staff
members have embraced the online grades—like no other! You are using the online
grades program in the spirit it was intended! —Lance Cadena, instructional facilitator
East Side schools held joint waiver
A happy note: I am seeing an increasing number of students coming to the library, in the day activities on March 10. Nearly
morning and at lunch, to check their grades online. I put a link on the Gault library home 200 staff members worked on a
page for ―Online Grades.‖ I am also seeing more students coming in to do their compare-and-contrast chart
homework in the morning, at lunch and after school because they need to get a activity.
particular grade up. Good news! —Margaret Neyman, teacher/librarian, Gault M.S.
Giaudrone’s sixth annual science fair held March 4 Quick Links
The community was invited to Giaudrone Middle School’s sixth annual science fair on
Wednesday, March 4. In the sixth-grade science classrooms, sixth graders presented Event Calendar
their class projects to their families. The Commons was filled with top seventh- and Job openings
eighth-grade projects. News & Information
During the day, seventh and eighth graders had the opportunity to present their projects
as the sixth-grade classes toured the seventh- and eighth-grade science classrooms. Policies & Procedures
Giaudrone would like to thank the volunteers for taking the time to judge the projects Professional Development
during the fair. We appreciate the staff, families and community for attending this event. Staff classifieds
Several students were selected from each grade level to represent Giaudrone Middle This Week in Pictures
School at the South Sound Regional Science Fair to be held at Pacific Lutheran
University on Saturday, March 21. —Deanne Crichton
CityU to hold information sessions
CityUniversity of Seattle offers more than 20 different education programs at multiple
locations in Washington. To learn more about programs in your area, check out the
upcoming information sessions or go to the Web site at www.CityU.edu/teacher or call
Lesley University offers degrees for paraeductors
Bachelor’s degree/teacher preparation programs are open to Tacoma-area schools
paraeducators. Lesley University is currently accepting applications for two bachelor’s
degrees designed for those interested in becoming a teacher:
American Studies Major with Elementary Education Minor leading to Residency
Certification in Elementary Education – Target start date: June 2009
Human Development Major with Special Education Minor Leading to Residency
Certification in Special Education – Target start date: January 2010
Students attend Lesley classes at Tacoma Community College one night a week and
one weekend a month to complete the program in just two years. Applicants must hold
an associate’s degree or greater. Click on this link for more information and a list of
upcoming information sessions.
Free training on addressing the achievement gap
Free video conference training on ―Addressing the Academic Achievement Gap: From
Research to Action‖ will be held from 4–5 p.m. on April 28, May 5 and May 12. You can
attend these trainings at the Professional Development Center in Room 6. The training
is offered by the Center for the Improvement of Student Learning, Office of the
Superintendent of Public Instruction.
A panel representing African American, Asian American, Native American, Latino and
Pacific Islander research groups will engage participants in conversations about working
effectively with all students and families in our schools.
April 28: Research Findings and Recommendations
May 5: Culturally Responsive Curriculum and Instructional Practices
May 12: Family and Community Partnerships Across Cultures
You can get clock hours at no cost if you attend all three video conferences. For a
registration form or more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 360.725.6165.
Check the Web site at www.yourlearningcenter.org.
New PEP class to start April 21
Foundations of Teamwork is a new 10-hour PEP class by Bruce Brummond on
developing a CANDO Foundation of TEAMWORK. The sessions will be held from 4:45–
6:45 p.m. on Tuesdays, April 21 and 28, and May 12, 19 and 26. The cost will be $25 for
the required books.
Brummond is the author of ―Acronyms Building Character‖ and ―Character Building
Acronyms.‖ Go to the Web site at www.characterconstructioncompany.com to learn
more about his methodology.
To register for the class, go to the TPS Professional Development calendar.
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March is National Nutrition Month®
National Nutrition Month® is a nutrition education and information campaign created by
the American Dietetic Association and held annually in March. The campaign focuses
attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound
eating and physical activity habits.
This week’s article for Nutrition Month is ―8 Ways to Control Portions.‖
District begins corporate membership with LA Fitness
The Sound Partnership announced that the district will begin a corporate membership
program with LA Fitness of Tacoma on Monday, March 30. The sponsorship will run
through the end of September and will allow all Tacoma Public Schools employees to
join LA Fitness without paying a $149.99 membership fee. The corporate sponsorship
also reduces the monthly fee to $35. If interested in a membership, contact Will Saultes
at The Sound Partnerhsip office at 253.571.1083 to receive a voucher.
Most Magnificent Mutt Show March 21
Daffodil Festival’s annual Most Magnificent Mutt Show will be held on Saturday, March
21, from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m., and is sponsored by the Pierce County Fair at Frontier
Park, 21802 Meridian Ave. E., Graham. Free registration will begin at 9 a.m. and is open
to children ages 2 through 14.
Dogs must be on leashes and an adult must accompany children. Classes to be judged
include: Celebrity Look-a-like; Best Dog Costume; Best Child Costume; Best Team
Costume; Longest/Shortest Tail; Best Bark; Best Trick; Shortest/Longest Ears; Softest
Ears; Softest Coat; Coat of Many Colors; Cutest/Almost as cute; and MOST
Event sponsors are the Pierce County Fair, Pierce County Parks, and the Daffodil
Festival. For more details, visit the Daffodil Festival’s Web site at
Bates to hold free health fair March 27
Bates Technical College will host its 14th annual health fair on Friday, March 27, from 9
a.m. to noon in the auditorium of the college's downtown campus, 1101 S. Yakima Ave.,
In addition to the Cascade Regional Blood Services Bloodmobile, about 40 health care
vendors will be available to offer health assessments and information. Some
organizations that have already committed include South Sound Healers, Northwest
Burn Foundation, the college's own healthcare programs and several chiropractic
"This is our 14th annual health fair, and every year we are excited to have new
exhibitors join us," says Veta Paget, health fair committee chairwoman. "This is a great
opportunity to explore your own health and learn how you can lead a healthier lifestyle.
And, you are bound to have fun while doing it. Many of the information tables have
interactive displays, and attendees can win prizes throughout the day."
The event is free and open to the public. For further information about this event, call
Bates' Human Resources Department, 253.680.7181 or contact Chelsea Lindquist,
Bates Technical College, at 253.680.7106.
Kids’ Safety and Health Fair May 2 at Foss
A Kids’ Safety and Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 2, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in
the Foss High School gym and parking lot, 2112 S. Tyler St., Tacoma, behind Cheney
The fair will include:
Custom-fit safety helmets, $7 bike and $10 skateboard; wearer must be present
Free car seat inspections by certified technicians
Free immunizations-bring your child’s shot record
Fire trucks, ambulances, rescue units and law enforcement
Interactive booths, demonstrations and giveaways
Local organizations and community groups
Call 253.403.7911 or 253.403.2700 for more information.
The Health and Safety Fair is presented by MultiCare Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital
and Health Center, Safe Kids and the Tacoma Fire Department, and is sponsored by
State Farm Insurance.
UW to hold Young, Gifted and Black 2009 Conference May 9
The University of Washington (UW) Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity will hold the
Young, Gifted and Black (YGB) 2009 Conference on Saturday, May 9, from 8 a.m. to
6:30 p.m., on the University of Washington–Seattle campus. YGB utilizes African-
American history and culture in such a way that motivates and empowers attendees to
take control of their future.
The purpose of this conference is to promote positive self-esteem, social consciousness
and cultural awareness, while simultaneously emphasizing the importance of higher
education. The UW hopes that the workshops and interactions with current African-
American UW students, staff, faculty and the community will provide both the resources
and role models to help students make a commitment to pursue higher education. This
event contributes to the larger university goal of increasing diversity in higher education.
The UW is only accepting 150 students for the conference, so please encourage your
students to respond as soon as possible. Priority will be given to high school freshman,
sophomores and juniors with above a 3.0 GPA. Participation in this conference will be
based on priority and a first-come, first-served basis.
The application deadline is Wednesday, April 22. Each student is required to include a
recommendation form and parent commitment forms with their application.
Contact Jennifer Rance, Outreach and Admissions Counselor, Office of Minority Affairs
& Diversity, University of Washington, at 206.616.7712 for more information.
Apply for community service varsity letter
Each year, United Way of Pierce County partners with Pierce County schools to
recognize and reward students for their volunteer efforts in the community. Students
who volunteer 145 or more hours of service in a year can earn a school varsity letter, the
same as those earned by athletes and musicians. Applicants must meet the following
Be a student in grades 9–12 in Pierce County.
Complete at least 145 hours of community service from April 1, 2008, to March
At least 50 of the total hours must be in non-school related activities.
Have at least one school-related volunteer activity.
All volunteer activities must be verifiable.
Students must submit their application for a varsity letter by April 1. Applicants should be
notified of their status by May 5.
Visit www.uwpc.org or call Bethany Opstedal at 253.597.6685 or e-mail her at
email@example.com for more information and a full list of requirements and
Tacoma School District complies with all federal and state laws and regulations and
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, national origin, or ancestry, the presence of any sensory, mental or
physical disability or use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a
disability, age, familial or marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status. This applies to all
educational programs and extra-curricular activities. Inquiries regarding the application of the above should be
directed to Dr. Da Verne S. Bell, coordinator, equity and diversity, telephone 253.571.1292. Inquiries regarding
the application of Title IX should be directed to Dr. Da Verne S. Bell, coordinator, equity and diversity, telephone
253.571.1292. Inquiries regarding the application of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (concerning students
with disabilities who are not eligible for special education) should be directed to Chris Backman, coordinator of
guidance and counseling, telephone 253.571.1182. Inquiries regarding accommodations for disabled employees
and the public should be directed to Leslie Nohr, disability accommodation officer, telephone, 253.571.1021.
These individuals may be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.