Washington Assessment of Student Learning is Enacted for the 2006-2007 School Year

The class of 2008 in all Seattle Schools will be required to pass the 10th-grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning, this will be the way that most students will earn the Certificate of Academic Achievement, one of the four new statewide graduation requirements. The Washington Assessment of Student Learning report will indicate a student’s performance in reading, writing and math with science being in a separate report. Most students in the Seattle Schools will, of course, be very successful on the three sections on their first try but for those students who may have difficulty meeting the standards, there will be opportunities for them to receive assistance. These programs will help the students in the Seattle Schools achieve scores on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning while furthering there education.

Seattle Schools Establishes Programs to Aid Students on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning

The Summer College is a ground-breaking collaboration between Seattle Schools, three Seattle Community Colleges and the City of Seattle. The Summer College is designed to offer those students who need remedial help for high school students. The Summer College program will last five weeks and will be conducted on the campuses of the three community colleges. This will not only give the students the help they need but provide an early introduction to life on a college campus. Those students who have scored Level 2 or below on at least one section of the Washington Assessment of Student Learning will be eligible for the program.

A second program created by the Seattle Schools in order to offer assistants to students is the Extended Learning Summer Semester. These programs are intended to provide students with the opportunity to improve their reading, mathematics, and writing skills before retaking the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. A for credit program will offered for ninth and tenth graders during the summer at Ingraham, Franklin and West Seattle high schools. These courses will not only be offered in math and reading but also in social studies, language arts, science and health. Students will need to be referred by their high school counselor before they can participate in this program. This is a solid program but may not suit all students.

There are several other programs that are being developed by the Seattle Schools for the 2006-2007 school year. All of the high schools in the Seattle Schools system are adding some kind of student assistance to help them do their best on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning. Several high schools have added a seventh class period that will be used for help or remedial work. Tutoring sessions in math and literacy and classroom tutors have been set up at most high schools. Seattle Schools are instituting intensive instructional periods, Evening School programs, Contract Learning and the Digital Learning Commons in an effort to provide programs that appeal to students’ different learning styles and schedules.

Back in the days when kids made a lot of their toys, any devious little mind came up with a way to fire rubber bands off more than their own thumbs. Thus was born the rubber band gun. Today, they’re enjoying such a resurgence of popularity, that you can even buy guns carved from wood, that replicate actual weapons such as repeating rifles, pistols and more.

But for a simply weapon to give your friends a snapping good time, try this. Gather up a piece of wood, such as a short section of 1×2″ lumber, a wooden clothespin, any Crazy Glue, a nail and a hammer.

You’re going to want to glue the clothespin at the rear of the 1″ side, which should be on top. But first, take a nail no more than 2″ long, and 1/8″ thick, and cut the flat head off, and file it down. Mark on the piece of wood, where the end of the clothespin will be, and drive the nail into the wood, sharp end down, about 1/3″ from where the mark is. Leave about 3/4″ of the nail sticking up.

Now drill a hole through the end of the clothespin, with a bit that is slightly larger than the width of the nail. Make sure you drill through both sides of the pin. Apply glue to one narrow side of the clothespin, from the open end, down to the drilled hole. Don’t get glue in the hole. Now place the clothespin on the piece of 1×2″, making sure it’s got the nail fitted through the hole. You might want to try the fit, before applying the glue.

Cut a notch in the end of your wood, just below the top, so you can hook one end of the rubber band there. Now pull it back, and hook the other end over the protruding nail. To fire, just open the clothespin. There should be enough motion to allow the upper part of the pin, to push the rubber band off.

For more zing to your gun, cut a second shorter piece of wood and glue it underneath at a 90-degree angle, to approximate the shape of a pistol. Insert your nail and glue your clothespin to the back of the “grip”. This will make for a longer stretch to the band, and more snap when you fire.

We’ve all heard of going to an art studio where artists display their pieces and offer them for sale. A glassware studio operates in much the same way – but on a larger scale; rows and rows of glassware – different designs, different years, and different countries of origin – on display for your consideration. It may be a dizzying experience; wandering around amidst glass of all colors, as the light reflects off their beauty. It may be an overwhelming experience to decide between all the pieces. But depending on your reason for visiting, there are ways in which to conduct your search.

First and foremost, any of the most popular visitors to a glassware studio are a newly engaged couple. For many couples whoever are planning their weddings, registering for gifts is part of the process as they make a myriad of choices for their home. Guests to the wedding – and wedding related events such as bridal showers – can access your gift registry and purchase you something that you’ve chosen to be in accordance with your taste. A glassware studio offers the opportunity to choose drinking glasses of all varieties – wine glasses (both red and white), champagne flutes, water glasses, even cordial or martini glasses. The list is endless – from your everyday juice glasses to your fine dining glassware; a glassware studio is a comprehensive source for all your glassware needs.

For those shopping for the bride and groom, the glassware studio where they are registered will provide you with a list of all the things they have chosen. But feel free to wander past the parameters. Beautiful glassware that they may not have necessarily chosen – serving bowls, vases, and decorative pieces – may be a unique and welcome surprise.

Look for a glassware studio right in your nearest department store; the choices will be varied and distinctive and you’ll typically find the employees to be vastly knowledgeable and extremely helpful. Glassware may be a lasting and sentimental gift that any couple will be happy to display in their home and will bring a lifetime of joy to be passed down from generation to generation.

It is a week 11 NFL match up of division foes. The Seahawks lead the series 8-6 and have plowed through the 49ers in the last 6 meetings. They could very well post another 14+ point victory this week.

The 49ers are coming off another victory–they are 4-5 now–and hope to make it three in a row. Two weeks ago they beat the Minnesota Vikings in San Francisco 9-6. To say this game was boring is an understatement. Last week they went to Detroit and beat a lackluster Lions team 19-13. I think the Detroit Tigers would have gave them a better run for the money.

The Seahawks continue to move forward without MVP running back Shaun Alexander and Pro Bowl QB Matt Hasslebeck. However, there’s good new from Seahawks camp. Both will be practicing this week. They might get some limited duty this weekend–depending how the game goes. Last week backup RB Morris and QB Wallace helped the Seahawks beat division foe St. Louis. The play of the game was the 90ish yard return by newly sign WR Nate Burleson.

Wallace is playing beautiful well and the 49ers aren’t exactly a top team. We might see Hasslebeck play a series or even take another week off. The remaining schedule favors the Seahawks, so they can be a bit cautious here.

I am looking for the Hawks offense to explode on the soft 49ers secondary. This is a team–49ers–that gave up 40+ points to Chicago, Kansas City and San Diego. They also gave up 34 to Arizona and 38 to Philadelphia. This could be another explosive day for the Seahawks offense. Look for them to open it up early to get a lead and give their returning stars the opportunity to “practice” during the game. This is another good opportunity for the Seahawks defense to tighten up and work on some issues.

Epictunes, a UK based company takes on the industry to provoke a music revolution.

Epictunes believes that true musicians, bands and artists are being replaced with corporate goldmines.

“Times are about to change” says company founder Matthew Ridout.

With the recent worldwide boost of unsigned bands who needs the record companies? If there is a platform to sell your music directly to fans why not cut out the greedy middle man?

With the recent explosion in the UK of The Artic Monkeys and Gnarls Barkley the music loving public are only too aware that there is good music to be found on the internet. As both these now very famous bands discovered by generating their fan base on the internet first.

Bands and artist now need a place where they can do this. Some people might argue that myspace is that place. With myspace now worth in the region of 400 million US dollars is that not a corporation itself? It’s as hard to get heard on myspace as it is on national radio. This is where Epictunes comes in.

Epictunes boasts an array of features to try and help unsigned bands and artists to reach their audience. It’s free to join to make use of the standard features of the site, you can upload up to four tracks, photo of the band, a profile and a direct message system.

For a small subscription fee bands can upload unlimited songs, post blogs, upload photos, upload videos, feature on a CD, get promoted on their radio stations and feature on their monthly podcast.

Epictunes is indeed the stepping stone to recognition on a world wide scale.

The site is located at Epictunes Site

Enjoy some of the most spectacular views that Colorado has to offer while you sample gourmet food, sip on fine wines and chug microbrew. Everyone receives a commemorative wine glass or beer pilsner and unlimited samples of food and drink. Even though this should be enough to satisfy most anyone, there is a whole lot more going on at the Rocky Mountain Wine, Beer & Food Festival.

This famous event is held at the base of Winter Park Resort where you can find a 600 mile hiking and mountain biking trail system that spreads throughout the gorgeous Fraser Valley. Winter Park is also home of the longest Alpine Slide in Colorado! A 3000 foot long slide, with a 600 foot drop winding through the wilderness. Take a chair lift to the top of Winter Park Mountain and you can find an 18 hole disc golf course, as well as 360 degree views of the Rocky Mountains. Back at the base there is also a miniature golf course that takes you through Fraser Valley history, a climbing wall, Rock N’ Roll Gyro, Human Maze, Leaps & Bounds Bungee and a whole lot more.

Proceeds of this event will benefit the National Sports Center for the Disabled, which is one of the most important organizations found at Winter Park Resort.

When: Saturday, August 5, 2006. 12 Noon – 3pm.

Where: West Portal Station at Winter Park Resort

Admission: $40 in advance / $42 at the door

Stay just a five minute walk from the event: Slope View Bed and Breakfast offers views of the Continental Divide, unique amenities and a knowledgeable staff. 970-531-2386

When I first got my guitar on my eleventh birthday, all i wanted to do was play the songs by my favourite rock bands. I brought books that taught you the tabs and chords to play for all their songs. This was a great learning curve for me, and I never had a guitar lesson. Through learning songs by my favourite bands I had ‘installed’ the ingredients of a good song in my brain. I had the instrument, I had the knowledge. It was time to start writing some songs of my own.

Do you need an instrument to write a song? Well, I think it helps. You can predict how the song will sound with the music, a lot better than maybe, humming it in your head. One of the reasons I brought a guitar was so that I could play the songs I was humming in my head. As well as guitar, a piano is a great instrument to use when writing a song. You can map out melodies better with the keys, as well as playing the chordal patterns.

Should you write the lyrics first, or the music? This is often something I contradict myself with, and it all depends on the songwriter. When bands write songs together they mostly split the music and the lyrics between them. My concern is that sometimes, when you have written the music and lyrics separately, you can tell. The words sound very broken and sometimes rushed, because the singer is trying to fit the lyrics and syllables into the music.

I find the best songs I write come from jamming on a guitar or playing on a piano and singing along. Singing anything that sounds good to it. Even gibberish. Once I have the structure of the song, I then start putting meaningful lyrics in place of the gibberish. Sometimes I even keep some of the gibberish. Take the band Sigur Ros. If you have never heard of them, I suggest you legally download some of their music now. They believe the vocals are an instrument, and they treat it that way. The singer sings utter gibberish, but it sounds good. It sounds totally improvised and natural.

Another good way to get ideas for a song is to start jamming with others. Think of a little riff. It could be something at random. Get the other band members to join in with something that fits in.

Lyrics wise, I think you should do what I said. Use gibberish at first to work out the melody and syllables, then when you have finished the structure of the song, write around the gibberish!

There’s a lot of software available that aids in writing songs like Garage Band for the Mac, and Cubase for Windows.

From different years the Venetian seaside resort Bibione puts the warmth of September’s sun near the wine’s taste which comes from its biological farming.

Thought this end season’s month is far, the Venetian golden beach already developed the next calendar of “September Fest 2008”, big wines’ and grapes’ festival.

Residents and tourists that know Bibione from some years consider “September Fest” the most important summer season’s event.

Wednesday the 3th and Thursday the 4th of September all people with the entry ticket will taste the best DOC wines (wines whose origin and production is government controlled) of the Venetian area Lison Pramaggiore.

Lison Pramaggiore is a wine area near the historic town Portogruaro and few kilometres far from the famous Venice and from the beaches of Bibione, Caorle and Jesolo.

The vineyards’ and wines’ quality of this zone allowed the birth of “Lison Pramaggiore DOC Wine Road” in 1986.

From its vineyards the festival’s organizers stock up every year on 100 hectolitres of red and white DOC wine to give out free to all guests.

Wine will be served with typical tasty dishes from Bibione and Venetian area: Montasio cheese, squids, sardine, polenta and desserts.

Besides being a festival for all wine lovers, “September Fest” offers also concerts and animation teams for adults and children.

The wine’s rediscovering is attracting more and more public: oenological wine fairs and festivals are increasing as well as the demand of Italian wines.

This passion created a new tourism’s typology: wine tourism.

Holiday in renowned wine’s area and tours on delightful wine roads, where tourists can relax in natural landscapes and taste typical food products.

It’s not difficult to understand the importance of “September Fest” for the tour operator of Bibione: wine is playing a significant part in tourist area.

This is the reason why some tour operators in the Venetian seaside resort associate their business with the wine festival, trying to attract guests also in the end season.

Some owners of hotel, real-estate agencies and apartments in Bibione developed already offers for the next “September Fest” period.

Beside package tours and discounts, there’s a particular offer: the free entry ticket to the wine festival.

This is launched by the real-estate agency CasaMare in Bibione.

The agency owners will give the free entry ticket to all guests that will spend their holiday in a residence, hotel, villa or apartment in Bibione provided by CasaMare.

In this way tourists can enjoy the warmth and the peace of September with lower fares and at the same time taste good wine and food free.

This kind of offer open a new road in the tourist situation: the combination with different elements like accommodation and typical food.

CasaMare is moving in this way, offering new incentives to guests, that can enjoy their holiday in buildings like tourist villages with swimming pool or apartments in Bibione near the beach, tour to the next famous Venetian and Friulian cities and entry free to the “September Fest 2008”, wine and grapes festival.

MP3 is very popular as it may be easily downloaded across the internet and used with memory based audio players. It compresses the original sound file into very small file (one twelfth of the original file) but still preserves the original quality of sound when played. MP3 files have the extension “. mp3”

Several artists now use the MP3 technology as it could be easily distributed over the internet. As such, there are many songs available on the internet in MP3 format which are not authorized by the artist or music company. This has created a situation of music piracy whereby music of a third party is being put online and freely distributed without their concern. Therefore many mp3 songs over the internet are found to be illegal.

Several websites have started taking the advantage of free legal mp3 song download by adding pop ups, illegal spyware software. There are other legal sources from where you can safely download mp3 songs. While you check out for any good quality mp3 songs over the internet you should take care of a of the following facts:

1. You should always look out for the quality of mp3 song file. This means you should download music files that are above 128 kbps. In case you download files below this you shall get a interrupted and bad quality sound when you actually burn the track into your CD. MP3 files with 20 kbps gives you a blur quality and 320 kbps shall be equivalent to a quality of an original CD.

2. Before you make a download, you should check that you have a good internet speed and it might happen that you have to restart the computer in order to get optimum internet speed. You will get any song downloaded within 10 minutes if you have a speed of 3 Kb/s.

3. While you are downloading MP3 song you should check the storage space of your hard disk. Because it will really interrupt you when you would come to know that only 75% has been finished and rest was aborted due to insufficient storage space of your hard disk.

4. You should never make illegal copies of the mp3 song you have downloaded. Instead you can download a song as sample music, notice if you like it and go ahead to buy it.

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In 2004, the Lance Armstrong Foundation created the Livestrong cancer band. This was when these bracelets really became popular. The bracelets are used and worn to raise support and money for cancer research.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation was established in 1997 back when cyclist Lance Armstrong was able to overcome cancer. The foundations mission is to inspire as well as empower people affected with cancer together with their families and friends.

And so today, these cancer bands are created for almost mostly all type of cancer. These cancer bands are certainly a great way to support the research for cancer in hopes to find a cure.

Cancer Bands was created in order to inform people of these cancer bands as well as inform them about the many types of cancer. It is said that cancer is the second cause of death in the US – trailing behind heart disease.

Each year, more than a million Americans get any sort of treatment for cancer. Unfortunately, 330000 of them usually die. Cancer attacks people of all ages – from newborns to the elderly. Cancer Research was created to inform, help, and provide ways for people to learn about cancer and donate to cancer research. Cancer Research hopes that spreading the news and awareness of cancer through their website and through cancer bands will help safe lives.

The website provides information about all different types of cancer such as:

•breast cancer,

•prostate cancer,

•lung cancer,

•pancreatic cancer,

•colon cancer,

•skin cancer,

•ovarian cancer,

•cervical cancer,

•testicular cancer,

•liver cancer,

•bone cancer,

•thyroid cancer,

•stomach cancer,

•bladder cancer,

•brain cancer,

•throat cancer,

•kidney cancer,

•uterine cancer,

•and mouth cancer.

With mostly all category of cancer listed on the website, users are able to read information about each type. The website provides information such as incidence of each type of cancer, signs and symptoms, who is at the most risk, prevention, and treatment.