Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Students take part in High School Proficiency Exams this week

Beginning in the 2009-10 school year, two new tests will replace the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL): the grades 3-8 Measurements of Student Progress (MSP) and the High School Proficiency Exam (HSPE).

The HSPE name conveys the goal of the test: to measure a student’s proficiency of basic skills. Students in the classes of 2010-2012 must pass a reading and writing assessment to be eligible to graduate. If a student has already passed a specific assessment via the WASL (i.e. reading), they will not have to take the HSPE in that content area.

Students in the Class of 2013 are the first to be required to pass reading, writing, math and science assessments.

The HSPE is shorter to take than the WASL and will be moved online over the next few years. Reading, math and science will take just one day each instead of two with the WASL. For now, writing will still take two days.

Beginning in spring 2011, about 25 percent of the state’s students in high school will take the HSPE via computer in reading, writing and math. See OSPI’s online testing schedule.

Bates' HSPE testing dates are as follows:

Tuesday, March 16
Wednesday March 17
Writing Session 1
Thursday March 18
Writing Session 2
Tuesday, April 13

Questions? Please contact Mike Brandstetter, x7229, or Peter Hauschka, x7261.

State Board for Community and Technical Colleges meets this week

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges will meet on Wednesday, March 17, 1:30-5:30 p.m. and on Thursday, March 18, 8:30 a.m.-noon at the State Board office in Olympia. View the agenda here.

During the two-day meeting, the Board will discuss development and framework of the two-year college system’s 2011-13 operating budget. The Board will receive an update on system-wide programs and initiatives from the SBCTC’s education division. The Board will also consider approval of Student Completion Initiative awards to individual college districts and will also discuss final outcomes of the legislative session.

Except for executive sessions, all meetings are open to the public and will be held at the SBCTC office, Cascade conference room, 1300 Quince Street SE, Olympia.

253 Collective holds open house, birthday celebration

Dionne Bonner, graphic designer and professional artist, showcases her art pieces at the 253 Collective, an art showroom and retail space for local artists. On Tuesday, March 23, 5-8 p.m., the collective will celebrate their one-year anniversary with a bash, and Dionne cordially invites the campus community to attend.

The 253 Collective is located at 1901 S. Jefferson, Suite 100 in Tacoma. For more information, email 253Collective@gmail.com or visit the website.

Save the Date!

Instructors, please share with your students.

(Please click on images to enlarge.)

Health Fair | March 26
Health Fair volunteers needed!

The Health Fair committee is looking for student volunteers to assist vendors as the unload/load their promotional paraphernalia, help distribute goodie bags to attendees and provide general assistance as needed during and after the event. The Health Fair is Friday, March 26, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium. Contact Vlad Samoylenko, 253.680.7177 to sign up to volunteer.

GED, ESL and IBEST Recognition Ceremony | April 2
To celebrate the accomplishments of Bates General Education Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL) and Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (IBEST) students, you are invited to attend the recognition ceremony on April 2, 11 a.m. in the Downtown Campus Auditorium.
Congratulations, students!

Bates Sizzles | April 22

Open House | April 20

Commencement 2010 | May 13

Student Outreach and Recruitment events

If you're interested in promoting your program at this event, please contact Billie Jo Wood, x7213.

Friday, March 19
John Sedgwick Junior High, Career Fair, Port Orchard, 8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

What's happening at Bates the week of March 15

Wednesday, March 17
HSPE Testing, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium
HSPE Testing, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
Dean’s Meeting, 10 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Clock to Credit Conversions, 11:30 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Strategic Planning Council Meeting, 1 p.m., MC 2nd floor Conf. Rm.
RS High School Orientation, 3:30 p.m., SC 206BC
CCCA Class, 4 p.m., DT Auditorium A
Coordination Techniques, 4:30 p.m., DT Auditorium D

Thursday, March 18
HSPE Testing, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium
John Howard Department Meeting, 9:30 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
Safety Committee Meeting, 1 p.m., MC 2nd floor Conf. Rm.
HSPE Testing, 8 a.m., SC Auditorium

Friday, March 19
Professional Development Day, 6:30 a.m., DT Auditorium

Saturday, March 20
NTSI- Level II, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium A
NTSI- Aggressive Drivers, 8 a.m., DT Auditorium D
Sustainable Custodial Housekeeping, 8 a.m., DT Clyde Hupp
TACA- Talk About Autism, 9 a.m., SC Auditorium