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2008-08-05 12:00:55

By Debby Abe, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 5--Their friends call it "stupid school." They say Challenger Secondary Schools, the alternative program in Spanaway, is a dumping ground for the rejects and dumb kids. But the teens who go to Challenger know better. --RELATED STORY: Study looks at what works best for alternative schools "The reality is it's a very good school," says Challenger senior Natalie Cross. The Bethel School District secondary school's small classes give...

2008-08-05 09:01:14

By Debby Abe, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Aug. 5--Their friends call it "stupid school." They say Challenger Secondary Schools, the alternative program in Spanaway, is a dumping ground for the rejects and dumb kids. But the teens who go to Challenger know better. "The reality is it's a very good school," says Challenger senior Natalie Cross. The Bethel School District secondary school's small classes give teachers enough time to make sure every student understands, she says....

2008-06-21 09:00:37

By Debby Abe, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jun. 21--They did it. Each of the four Class of 2008 seniors The News Tribune followed this school year met new state graduation requirements to pass the WASL writing exam or pass math classes. This spring's senior class was the first in the state required to meet standards on the reading and writing sections of the 10th-grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning or a state-approved alternative. Seniors also had to fulfill a math...

2008-06-16 06:00:28

By Debby Abe, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jun. 16--Bethel School Board president Brenda Rogers said she's confident the district will prevail in a lawsuit filed by a fellow board member, saying that the rest of the board violated his freedom of speech. At issue is a decision by four board members to replace Ken Blair as their vice president in October after he made public statements criticizing the district superintendent. "We're really saddened by this lawsuit because it takes the...

2008-06-15 15:00:40

By Debby Abe, The News Tribune, Tacoma, Wash. Jun. 15--Kids at three Franklin Pierce schools will be shuffled to different sites this fall to alleviate overcrowding and help the district close a $2.2 million budget gap. As in other districts around the state, Franklin Pierce officials say employee, energy and other costs are outpacing revenues, forcing cuts to balance the upcoming year's budget. The district, which encompasses the Parkland, Midland and Summit areas, anticipates a general...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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