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Entries from February 2010

Enter to get some popular Zoo Doo

February 25th, 2010 by master

The annual Spring Fecal Fest is here again. The popular Zoo Doo has been piling up and the “Prince of Poo” is ready to get rid of the “most exotic and highly prized compost in the Pacific Northwest,” as the zoo calls it.

Photo courtesy Ryan Hawk/Woodland Park Zoo

To enter for a chance to buy some of this steamy Zoo Doo or Bedspread (similar to Zoo Doo, but with higher amounts of wood chips and sawdust), send in a postcard from March 5 through March 20.

More details on how to enter right here.

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McDonald School principal meets with parents

February 25th, 2010 by master

A few dozen parents gathered this evening in the Lincoln High School library to meet Cheryl Grinager, the principal assigned to McDonald Elementary School, which will open in fall 2010 on the Lincoln site.

Grinager has been principal at nearby Green Lake Elementary School for the past 10 years, but she stressed she was not trying to re-create Green Lake. She told the parents that her focus will be on strong academics, and pointed out the Readers and Writers Workshop, a program she added at Green Lake, has dramatically improved WASL scores there.

The principal, who originally hails from Pullman, Wash., said she sought the opportunity to be the McDonald principal and likened the opening of a new school to raising the curtain on an empty stage.

No teachers have been hired yet for McDonald because RIFs (reductions in force) are expected soon, and Director of Elementary Instruction Pat Sander explained that they didn’t want to hire teachers who might get laid off.

During the question-and-answer period, Grinager and Sander responded to questions about program placement with the assurance that they would consider all potential curricula (e.g., arts, environmental, international) in the first year for future implementation.

Grinager announced that based on Seattle Public School’s enrollment projections, McDonald would have four kindergarten classes, two first grade classes, and the older grades would have combined classes in its inaugural year. A parent asked whether McDonald School could accommodate so many classes in all grades in the future; Grinager admitted that she hadn’t been to the school but said that with the ebb and flow of enrollment, all neighborhood children would find space in the school.

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Man stabbed at 7-Eleven on Stone Way

February 23rd, 2010 by master

Updated: Police and medics responded to a report of a man stabbed in the back at the 7-Eleven at Stone Way and N 40th St. just after 6 p.m.

Police say the stabbing was the result of a fight between a man with a crowbar and a man with a knife. The victim, a man in his 50’s, was treated just outside the front door of the 7-Eleven and rushed to the hospital. He’s expected to survive his injuries.

Police are looking for the suspect, believed to be driving a white Mustang with a female front seat passenger. The Mustang had at least two windows smashed out by the subject wielding the crowbar. Other than the vehicle, officers say they don’t have a suspect description.

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