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Pan 2 l The following articles Ire nol necessarily the views of the Quad City Herald or its employees. December 3. 1998 Ouad City. Horald SUPERINTENDENT'S CORNER Written By: Ellen Troop Special Programs Director The Washington State Commission on Student Learning was established many years ago by business men and women who desired to have an impact on the educational system. Their initial concern was that students were not adequately prepared for the workforce. This movement, as you know, led to the educational reform in which we are currently emersed. Many school districts across the state have embraced the notion of preparing students for the woddorce. School-to-work 'and vocational programs have grown and merged with the transition component of special education to accomplish exemplary practices in the area of work preparedness. Many districts have gone so far as to develop anywhere from one to fifteen businesses within the confines of the local educational system. These businesses, which include such things as silk screen, catering and recycling, are developed. managed and mn by the st udent body. The revenue received is distributed according to pre-established goals. The following is abrieflist of the beneficiaries of business profits: senior scholarships, loans for the development of new school businesses, school building fund, start-up funds fora soccer program, and a variety of community programs. These businesses have been viewed as valuable educational and service models within their communities. The Brewster School District, in cooperation with local businesses, has been providing work experiences for all students for the past five years. We believe that we have in place many of the vocational and special education practices deemed "exemPlary" by the state. Last spring, the district applied for, and was awarded, an "Exemplary Practices Grant" with the intent to use the funds to develop a school business located within the Jr/Sr High School. The Brewster School District, after much research and communication with other schools, has decided to pursue a heat transfer business. This involves the application of ink graphics onto t-shirts and sweatshirts. The students are currently searching the interact and calling retailers regarding the purchase of equipment, necessary computer software, appropriate transfer paper, shirts, ink, and many other essentials for start-up. The students will be electing theircompany officials, establishing their goals, naming their business and beginning the advertisement process within the next month or so. We envision that our first products, under the guidance of teachers Rick Miller and Barbara Curtis, will be completed in January. We believe that we are providing our students with an outstanding opportunity. We envision that by providing the environment in which they can design and produce a product, interact with prospective consumers, and manage the fiscal data, they will have developed the academic and communication skills necessary for successful integration into the workforce, thus bringing the Brewster School District one giant step closer to meeting the expressed intent of the Commission on Student Learning. QUAD CITY HERALD I LETTERS TO THE EDITOR The following Letters to the Editor are not necessarily the iews of the Ouad City Herald or its employees. Disaster preparedness pays off Dear Editor, Afler storing many buckets and plastic bottles of water several weeks ago, in preparation for a possible "snowed-in" situation this coming winter, with accompanying power outages, resulting in NO water, we found that our efforts were not in vain on Thanksgiving Day. Just,after twoofour family (extended by T.G. visitors) had showers, Lee came up to inform us that the water was off, due to a broken pipe/ connection. Our response .... "No problem, we have plenty of water stored in the garage." Later, the Canweil household and any of our guests who still wanted showers were invited to drive over to the SDAdventist School Gym for showers. Then, dinner hostesses also made their dinner preparations in the school kitchen; and dinner was served there late in the afternoon, to 20 hungry people!! Following a very filling dinner, retired Pastor FrankWyman led out in aThanksgiving worship of songs and personal expressions of Thanks in each life. Those who shared this experience with the Canweils and Wymans were Marvin and Betty Seaward, Hermiston, Oregon; Paslor Ralph and Heather Wyman, Andrew and Allison, Beaverton, Oregon; Katherine and Ted Borg, Hill Crest House, Brewster; Jose and Patty Mejia, Malolt; Dr. Roberta Knorr and Matt; and Dr. Donna Evans, Brewster. By the way.., after the water system was restored before noon Friday. it surely was appreciated... being able to wash dishes, and take showers again. A good lesson that we should not take common use of good waler for granted! We are thankful for running water!! This also served as a REMINDER that a Disaster Preparedness training will be held in Brewsler High School Library this coming weekend. Saturday 6 - 9 p.m. And Sunday 1:30 - 9 p.m. The public is welcome to rake advantage of these FREE Disaster Training classes. Barbara Wyman, Brewster Bear coaches commended Dear Coach McMiilan: Congratulations on an outstanding season. You and your coaching staff are to be commended for being in the final elite eight of IA football teams in the state. But of even more significance than your win-loss record was the character, courageand conduct that these young men displayed representing the community of Brewster and the Caribou League. My wife and I attended four games (Tonasket, Cashmere, Dayton and Royal) to watch my nephew,.Jerrod, play. It was soon obvious that Jerrod was a part of something much bigger than himself. It's called a TEAM. With each game weanended, we noticed how these young men grew closer together as a unit, and put aside their individual egos for the benefit of the team. We soon became very loyal fans and traveled over 3,000 miles from Vancouver, Washington to the games. We even brought with us friends and they too noticed how special this group of young men and coaches were. We rooted for each of the players and rejoiced in their victories and agonized in their loss to Royal. However, it was in that loss that I saw victory. You measure a man not by his success but how he conducts himself in adversity..The team played outstanding foolball in each game we saw.Their behavior in victory or de feat was always the same .... to honor God. Coach McMillan and staff, ten years from now many people will not remember the exploits of this team, however, every young man who played on this team will undersland the meaning of faith, hard work, unity and valor. I submit to you that these qualities are the real measure of a man. and are the foundational building blocks of our democracy. In these principles, you and the entirecommunityof Brewster have won the statechampionship.Thank you for the fun and excitement your team provided. Each one of these young men are ambassadors of Brewster and CHAMPIONS. Thank you, William E. Gibbons A Brewster Bear Fan Forever Parental voices squelched at Pateros School meeting Dear Editor, Disciplinary meeting held in Pateros School holds "'no tolerance" for parental voices in discrepancy on the behavioral folders. Living in a small community such asPateros it didn't take long for families to start filtering some concerns among thecommunity about the new behavioral folders that were implemented in the school district. I as a parent had my reservations about a few things myself I wanted to direct at a meeting. Scheduled meetings for this committee seems to be held at quite a lengthy time apart. On Thursday, November 19, I went to a disciplinary meeting that I thought was, intended for the public, to voice my concerns and hopefully get some answers. I was taken by surprise as I heard concerned parents presenting their questions. The parents were addressed by Mr. Nolan that this meeting was not a complaint session. Mr. Nolan It's time to overhaul our health =nsurance system care laws designed to reduce health care costs and increase the number of people covered by health insurance. By all accounts, the opposite has happened. Insurers have left the state, health insurance premiums have skyrocketed and the number of people without health insurance has actually increased. It is now apparent that the warnings from the industry experts were correct. Reformers ignored the laws of economics for the sake of social policy - a plan doomed to failure. For example, one of the provisions of the 1993 "reforms" reduced the standard one-year waiting period for pre-existing conditions to just 90days. In effect, it allows people to wait until they're sick to buy insurance. As one industry spokesman put it, "That's by Don C. Brunell, President Association of Washington Business It was a shock, but not a surprise. I'm talking about the recent announcement that Premera Blue Cross would no longer sell individual health insurance policies in Washington state. This is a major blow to the state, because Premera Blue Cross carries 60 percent of the individual policies in Washington. (Individual subscribers purchase coverage personally, rather than through their employer.) Well-intentioned but ill-advised policies have destabilized Ihe market, allowed rampant abuse and caused the company to lose more than $70 million in the individual market since 1994. The problems began in 1993, when legislators passed a series of health Douglas County Sheriff's Office November 24: Three 15 year old Bridgeport boys were issued juvenile intakes for possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 40 grams of marijuana. A 13 year old Bridgeport boy was issued a juvenile intake for fourth degree assault after he allegedly assaulted another student at Bridgeport Middle School. November 26: Roger Jenkins, 32, Bridgeport, was arrested for fourth degree assault, domestic violence, and resisting arrest. November 27: Weston Gray, Mansfield. reported his pickup truck had been vandalized, with the body spray-painted and the tires slashed. James Evans, Bridgeport, reported his residence had been burglarized; weapons, televisions, a videocassette recorder and jewelry were stolen. November 28: Anthony Grand Louis, 28, Vancouver, also known asAnthony Martinez of Malott, was arrested for driving while under the influence of intoxicants, second degree burglary, third degree theft, first degree driving with a suspended license and a Chelan County warrant. He was arrested after a burglary at Molkjer's Food City, where beer, cigarettes, candy and breath mints were stolen. Grand Louis was found in the company of two other men, who escaped. Two 13 year old Bridgeport boys were arrested for second degree malicious mischief and attempted burglary after they allegedly threw a rock in the front door of Gross Drug and tried to enter The business owner surprised the boys at the scene and they ran away, but were laler apprehended. November 29: Barbara Weaver, Bridgeport, reported her car had been entered and a stereQ and cellular phone stolen. November 30: A burglary al Bridgeporl Middle School was reported; a stereo/CD player was stolen. Three Bridgeport boys, two 15 years of age and one 16 years of age, were issued juvenile intakes for second degree malicious mischief after a complaint by authorities with the Douglas County Juvenile Agency. Juvenile officers transported the boys to East Wenatchee to have tattoos removed; on the way back, the boys carved words and initials in a plastic screen separating the back and front seats of the police vehicle. proceeded to inform parents to address our concerns at another meeting. It was not specified as to where this meeting would take place or when it would take place. The question of whereand when came up and answered as, "write complaints to your district". The outcome of this meeting left others and I with concerns unanswered, feeling unacknowledged, and very disappointed. We certainly didn't leave this meeting with the feeling, "You are the only one", with concerns of our behavioral folders. My employment at the time this committee was formed left me little personal involvement. I believe that it's never too late to become an active member for our children and voice our concerns. Is this committee to go forward without the community's inpul of concerns? Why do we need Io shelter our concerns? I believe we all appreciate the time this commiltee has put forth into preparing a plan for the better of our school. I do not believe' that a newly devised plan is with perfection. I believe the committee would value our input as to what concerned parent's question. My understanding upon when this committee formed and implemented the program was that we would see that the children would find loopholes in the program and we would be attentive to them in the future meetings. Would it be too much to challenge our school district representatives, to invite the community Iogether so we can share our concerns? The future of ourchildren holds many new programs that will be Irial and error, and some successes. We parents would like our concerns acknowledged. Positive and negative statements are a big part of our political world, could you believe one day our congress saying to us, you no longer hold the right of freedom of speech. Parents let's get together and not let that happen to us. If we all takea back seat in our community and think someone else will correct our same complaint we will get nothing accomplished. You will hear Ihat you are the only one when you are ready to voice yourself as a single individual with your concerns. Remember we are a small community and we are neither ignorant .nor stand-alone as we are told, "You are the only one". Let's join for a good cause, "'Our Children". Let's change the phrase you are the only one. As a group, we can make a difference. I know that your time is valuable, but so are our children. We should not be left out of the loop when it comes to disciplining our children. Let's voice our opinions about the disciplinary folders, and get the changes that are needed in our school to make it a more posilive environment and a fun learning experience. Cindy Joh nson Pateros like waiting to see flames engulfing the house before you buy fwe insurance." Premera's statistics show that 80 percent of the women who enrolled in one of the company's plans were pregnant when they enrolled. Sixty percent of those women dropped coverage within lhree months of delivery. Do Ihe math. No insurance system can survive when people only pay a few hundred dollars for thousands of dollars worth of treatment. If our current system is allowed to collapse, then the only alternative is single-payer, government-run health care which offers patients fewer choices and higher taxpayer subsidies. Temporary or stop gap measures won't work. They only will cause the situation to grow worse. The system needs a complete overhaul. It won't be easy, but finding a solution is critical. And everyone must do their part, because the problems with Washington's health care system are infecting other programs as well. For example, every dollar that goes Io prop up the state's faltering health care system is a dollar that is not available for education. Quad City Herald Estab(lshed 1901 Ike Vallance Editor & Publisher Published every week on Thursday at Brewster. Washington. Entered as periodocals matter at the Post Office, Box 37 in Brewster, Okanogan County, Washington 98812. Telephone (509)689-2507. Perkrdicals postage paid at Brewster, Washington USPS 241-920. Postmaster. please send change of address to Quad City Herald, Box 37, Brewster, Wasington 98812. 1 YEAR SUBSCRIPTION Okanogan $18.00 Washington State $22.00 Out of State $27.00 Out of Country 32.00 Single Copy .50 Subscriptions must be paid in advance Notice of Church entertainments where an admission fee is charged, cards of thanks, resolutions of condo- lence or notices intended to promote private business of any kind must be paid for at regular rates. DARI "ts udents ....................... learn,ng' ............ about drug words by Timothy Rich, DARE officer, Brewster Police Department Today we learned and defined some words. During DARE. we will learn the meaning of a whole bunch of words. Keep in mind these are defined for fifth grade levels. We watched a video about making choices, and how drugs do not have power over you unless you let them. Let me say that again, drugs do not have power over you unless you let them. Drug: Any substance other than food that can `affect the way your mind and body work. Abuse: Wrong use of something. Drug abuse: The wrong use of drugs. We also read some stories about Robert, Wendy, Laura, Frank and Jose, who are young people. They all have a serious problem of some sort. Using the stories, I introduced the DARE Drug Fact Sheet which is in the front of the workbook. This way we can study what each drug does to your body. Our main focus is on three drugs, marijuana, tobacco and cocaine. These are caller"gateway" drugs, lfa person stays away from these, chances are very good they will always be drug free. Drugs are substances that can change the way the mind and body work. Drugs that act on the brain and nervous system to change (alter) feelings and behavior are called mind-allering drugs. As we learn new things, we take time to talk about them. Today I told the students that 95 percent of my work is directly related to drugs and alcohol. You may start hearing how bad cigarettes are for you (for you smokers out there). So ask your DARE student what the different drugs are and how they affect you. Next week we will learn aboul lhe word "consequences." The Desk Behind the Editor By Doris Vallance Just ramblings this column, this week. Holidays just aren't what they used to be - at least not at out" house, i'm up fairly early stuffing the big old bird for dinner and it dawns upon me I don't have a potato in the house. Non, how can we have a big holiday dinner without potatoes. Oh well,jump in the car and off to the grocery store for purchase of potatoes t Never in my life have I shopped on a holiday. We always had a kinda tradition for holidays, dress for dinnel; like a real dress, or nice slacks, no jeans. Well so much for tradition this year, headed by morn and dad, every person around out" holiday table had a sweat suit on/ How is that for class? We did have a big dinner complete with potatoes, salads, etc., like i was cooking for a crew of 20 or30. Bill, Tonya, Genea, Kevin, Kendra could only eat so much - we will have turkey at our house for at least a month/ We put a puzzle together, in fact it is still sitting right there on the card table. Cute thing, a Norman Rockwell boy attd girl offto school, dog sitting, watching, wondering why not me' too. Pieces flew into place on the boy-girl-dog they had color, then came the rest, all white. Trial and error and a great deal of patience, we finally had each and every piece in place. No big shopping day after in this household, no pretty Christmas decorations out here at home or the Quad. Not a big humbug yet - approaching maybe, or just lazy in doing. Each night as ! drive home more glittering lights are out on display - tis the season/ The swelling has gone don,n enough in Ike's foot, he is non, able to slip a sandal on. He let the straps out to the last notch, and very carefully pushes his foot through them. Not running any races yet, but able to get around much better. I did everything one is supposed to do, gotmy flu shot, stayed out of drafts, drank lots of water, kept dry, kept warm, and 1 still got a darned old cold. I seem to be quite susceptible to these germs short of going into complete isolation, ! see no cure, just catch it, take medicines, and get over it as fast as ! can.