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8 Wednesday, December 3, 1997 West Seattle Herald/White Center News By Don Nokes HERALD-NEWS "I put this in the category of 'Many are called, but few are cho- sen,' and Holy Rosary School has been chosen twice," U.S. Depart- ment of Education Regional Repre- sentative Carla Nuxoll stated as she addressed a packed Lanigan Gymnasium crowd. Last Tuesday, Nuxoll awarded the Department of Education's Blue Ribbon A'ward for Excellence in Education to Principal Kris Brown and the faculty of Holy Rosary School tot the second time in less than a decade. With 527 schools across the nation nominated, Holy Rosary was one of six in Washington and the only school in Seattle selected to receive the honor. The award denotes Holy Rosary as a school ahead of the rest. "I don't know if we want to be ahead," Brown explained. "We certainly want to be the best Holy Rosary School that we can be, and what the award tells us is that we're on the right track." PERHAPS THE students at the gathering articulated best what has helped lift Holy Rosary to the fore- front. "We have the smartest teachers in the world," second-grader Caro- line Turpen said. "Prayer is very important. We start and end each day with prayer," fellow second grader Lizzie Blanco added. "Prayer helps us to remember what's really important." Dr. Harry Purpur, Catholic schools director, reminded every- Bruce Savadow/staff U.S. Department of Education regional representative Carla Nuxoll (left) presents a Blue Ribbon Award to Holy Rosary School Principal Kris Brown. This is the second time the school has earned the national honor. one of Brown's role in Holy Rosary's success. "Kris Brown articulates and instills in others a sense of pur- pose," Purpur said. "One of the inspectors wrote, after her visit here, that the sense of educational excellence permeates the halls at Holy Rosary and that everyone is aware of the school's goals and objectives. "It shouldn't go unnoticed that Holy Rosary has been recognized twice during Kris Brown's tenure," he added. In 1989 Holy i osary Sd aool received its first Blue Ribbon School Award. Attaining the .initial award taxed the school community, but the results were exemplary and I ./k LOVE YOUR PET, HATE THE ODOR? ' ] / An Alpine Air Purifier is just what you need. I ( End those embarassing odors quickly and I [ 1117easily. Call for more information or free I Tb rrthO;:Gee, demonstration in your home. 937 -9474 II r led it to reapply as soon as it was eligible. "The application is an extensive questionnaire with strict rules and guidelines. It has to be exactly 33 pages long. If it's one page over they won't even read it," Brown said. "On this application we had to refer back to our original goals and demonstrate how we had achieved our objectives. We also had to project and extend our goals into the future." It was certainly not a one-person project. IN THE fall of 1996 Brown selected two co-chairs, Karen Cas- eio and Linda Fitzgerald, for a blue ribbon commission. Then a team 0 nel 3 & Personalized Children's Books liO00000000000000000001 4437 Califomia Avenue SW, Seattle, Washington 98116 Telephone: (206) 938-4490 Stock, L iqui,dation of its entire rental and sale inventory Channel 3 video has been building inventory for more than 15 years. All classics, Disney, out-of-print tapes, Super Nintendo and promotional items will be sold on a first-come basis. Hollywood's favorites will be on sale December 1, 1997 thru January 4, 1998 was formed, including former ates School Commission President helps Teresa Brown; former Parent'sissues Club Presidents Gretchen Besaw and Celeste Stubner, School Com- mission Vice President Diane teachers Redenbaug'h; past School Commis- to propel sion member Debbie Flajole and program computer specialist Bill Schrier. A "That was one intense month,"provides Cascio said. "From the middle of ly September to the middle of Oclo- dents, bet we were a busy bunch. There of the was an entire packet of.questions chose that dealt with every aspect of our small gifts school community." tude This synergetic collahoration"These sometimes p.ropelled the committee feel into what Brown called a "Sleep- part of our less in Seattle" state. Vice While some questions had been"The designed specifically for Brown, it ment from was clear the questionnaire's intent them to be was to explore the entire school turing to community. Who's "They weren't letting any of us R0sary's off the hook and if we wanted this award it was obvious we were emphatic going to have to work hard to get Brown it," Flajole said. tive staff It's hard to find a note of discord and al the school. The students are Holy RoSa happy there, although there may be staff single some grousing about the strict the dress code and a school rule or leadership two. "The students are allowed to "Holy voice their objections and present be what it suggestions through their school the council," Brown said. "We are also the blessed with understanding teach- emotional ers that are supportive and patient receive with the student body." Holy "It's important for everyone to "Really feel that they have a voice in the ty school process," she added. "It cre- going." i ee For the Ho J#n on HoIId 4750 California Ave. SW Saturdays in December 10:00 - 6:00 pm Free Gift Wrapping- with donation of non-perishable food item for Junction Food Bank & a receip! for any gift purchased in the Junction 6lying Tree for Hi&man House Santa visits the Holiday House 12-3 Santa will be assisted by the HiYuJunior Court . Free Refreshments an ap Board at the Hol'utay House Saturday, Dec. 13, 12-3 pm Saturday, 13; I1-11 Enter to w/n m/uab/e gifts in the Sale hours: 12:00 EM. to 8:00 P.M. Daily. Dec. 24:12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. Dec. 25: Closed Dec. 31:12:00 6:00P.M. 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