Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Pierce County to Gain School Where Students Will Be Taught in Two Languages: Juan Diego Academy at Holy Rosary Tacoma

Meaningful work.  It renews us.  Throw bright kids and passionate teachers into the mix, and we're pretty much in heaven here at The Spellman Company.

We're so proud to be working with the smart team in Tacoma that's launching a "two way immersion" school this Fall.  What's that mean exactly?  Parents of preschool aged kids who are looking for the best education, where little brains are even more opened up to learning when all subjects are taught in two languages, should start pulling together their applications now. The school already pulls from all over Pierce County given its central location.  And with this new approach it's certain to grow even more.

This is the first story on what's happening at the new school, in our area's Catholic newspaper, The Progress.  The article, by Kevin Burbaum, reads in part:  "The two-way immersion model has been used in several public school districts and a few Catholic schools around the country for more than 20 years, said Dr. Luis Fraga, a professor of political science at the University of Washington and appointee to the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. Fraga was one of several nationally recognized experts who helped develop the Academy in collaboration with the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Catholic Schools Department, the Fulcrum Foundation and Holy Rosary Parish...  Beyond appealing to Latinos, two-way immersion should improve education for all Holy Rosary students, said Fraga, noting that there seems to be no downside to teaching subjects in both English and Spanish.

'There is increasing research that shows that children who learn and master two languages at an early age are better at math, are better at music, are better at learning and critical thinking because their brains are more active and their brains are more able to synthesize information,' he said."

Let us know if you're interested in learning more about the school, its teaching philosophy or application deadlines. And if you're with the media and would like to help us tell the story of this school looking to turnaround drop out rates and challenge kids in Western Washington, drop us a line or give us a call.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Dr. Baxter: One of the Nation's First Docs to Offer Liposonix

Gilt City is spotlighting Dr. Baxter today and the new noninvasive procedure Liposonix which Dr. Oz talked about on his show the other day.

"New, noninvasive technology is giving you the opportunity to slim down fast: Seattle-based plastic surgeon Dr. Richard A. Baxter served as a founding member of the medical advisory board of the company that developed the Liposonix treatment. The results of this newest generation of technology have been approved by the FDA—and by Dr. Baxter.
Gilt City members looking to drop a dress size from their frame are invited to try Liposonix from one of the doctors who know it best. After a consultation in which you’re evaluated for eligibility, you’ll have an hour-long Liposonix treatment, followed up by three 15-minute appointments to track your progress as the fat tissue destroyed by the ultrasound energy is slowly shed through natural processes. Measurements and photos will show you the difference—and the average loss is one inch at the waistline."

Photo from GiltCity.  Offer today for 40% off procedure to qualified candidates.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Get “ThrOwn” This Weekend: Whim W'Him

Seattle Times arts writer Michael Upchurch gave us a wonderful preview of Whim W'Him’s upcoming performances Friday-Sunday at Intiman. Folks who’ve been in rehearsals say “Flower Festival” may just be Olivier Wever’s best choreography ever, and Upchurch says it’s a “virtuosic riot”. Three new creations by Olivier Wevers include collaborations with several local artists including Steve Jensen. Gotta see Seattle’s “troupe of the moment”. Advance tickets at just $25 make it a must.

Link to preview: http://bit.ly/SeaTimesPreview

Photo: BambergFineArt.com