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4 June 2006 - Mukilteo Beacon - 7 e l 9 M ukilteo math teach- ers, counselors and administrators have been invited to join colleagues from throughout Snohom- ish County at a summit meeting June 29. Everett Community Col- lege hosts a program called "Multiplying Our Options" - a day-long conference about teaching math. High school and col- lege educators will meet to share ideas about this year's conference theme: "The Successful Math Stu- dent." The focus is on ways to help students prepare for college-level math and help their transition to col- lege math classes. "Improving communica- tion between high school and college math teachers benefits studentsat both levels," said conference co- ordinator Peg Balachows- ki. "We all share a commit- ment to improving math skills and can learn from each other." Ms. Balachowski hopes the conference will help close the "math gap" - the difference between the two years required in many high schools and the math skills needed to successful- ly transition to college. Some students mistak- enly think they don't need advanced math classes, she says, and come to college underprepared for higher- level work. "The more remedial classes students need to take, the greater the risk of dropping out," the con- .ooeoe. "Educators will share ideas about this theme: The Successful Math Student" ference coordinator says. "Having as much math and as much preparation as possible leaves more doors open." Keynote speaker is George (Pinky) Nelson, director of Science, Math- ematics & Technology edu- cation at Western Wash- ington University. Nelson, a former NASA astronaut who flew on three shuttle missions, served as direc, tor of Project 2061, a na- tional initiative by the American Association for the Advancement of Sci- ence to reform K-12 sci- ence, mathematics and technology education. This is the conference's second year. Last year more than 30 educators and ad- ministrators attended. Educators can earn credit and clock hours for attending the free confer- ence. Deadline to register is June 22. For more information call Peg Balachowski at (425) 388-9529 or mbala- chowski@everettcc.edu. Perfect pitch! The Harbour Pointe Middle School Band and Dance Team, led by director Steve Moody, wowed the judges at the Music in the Parks Festival at Kentlake High School on June 10. The 7th and 8th grade bands and the marching band each earned first place with superior ratings. The school also earned the prestigious Esprit de Corps award, a spe- cial honor recognizing those who demonstrate the act of professionalism both on and off the stage. Aerospace scholars get a chance to soar An ambitious program an- portunity to participate in ticipation in the Washington nounced by Gov. Chris hands,on engineering activi- Aerospace Scholars Founda- Gregoire brings together sev- ties, tour facilities at Boeing, tion program, students must eral of the state's heavy hit- the University of Washing- apply through their local leg- ters to form the Washington ton, Microsoft and Battelle, islators. Gov. Gregoire and Aerospace Scholars Founda- receive mentoring from as- other statewide elected offi- tion. tronauts, pilots, engineers cials may also nominate stu- Sponsoring partners in- and scientists- and conduct a dents for the 10 web-based les- clude the Museum of Flight, project on Mars exploration, sons and the six-day "summer Boeing Company, Aldarra "For Washington to re- residency" beginning in 2007 Foundation, Battelle Pacific main competitive in the glob- at the Museum of Flight. Northwest National Lab.- al economy we need a skilled, Those nominated must be ratories, Avista Foundation, diverse workforce," says Gov. U.S. citizens, at least 16 years Washington legislators, the Gregoire. 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