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Free Parenting Classes Offered to Finley Families (Photo) - 02/17/17

FINLEY, WA -- The "Guiding Good Choices" program is designed for people involved in the upbringing and education of children ages 9-14 years old. Beginning Thursday, February 23, Finley parents are invited to attend a series of 5 free parenting classes taking place from 5-7 PM at Finley Middle School.

These classes are hosted by Finley School District in collaboration with Educational Service District 123. During the classes, participants will learn to build communication skills with adults and each other; make good choices when faced with difficult situations; specific strategies to help children avoid drug use and other adolescent problem behaviors; and how to set clear family guidelines on drugs.

Finley Prevention & Intervention Specialist, Alma Zambrano, is one of two facilitators for the Finley classes.

"I'm eager to offer this support to Finley's families who are raising young children and teenagers," says Zambrano. The adolescent years can be so difficult, and these classes provide family bonding techniques that are actually fun for the whole family."

The Guiding Good Choices classes take place on February 23, March 2, 9, 16, and 17 at Finley Middle School, located at 37208 S. Finley Rd. in Kennewick. Each class begins at 5 PM, with food and materials provided for free. Classes are free, but participants must register to attend by calling Alma Zambrano at 509.586.7561 or emailing azambrano@finleysd.org.

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Attached Media Files: Finley Middle School
2016 LCB Jamboree
2016 LCB Jamboree
FFA Competition in Finley (Photo) - 02/16/17

KENNEWICK, WA -- In one week, ten area FFA Chapters will compete at the Lower Columbia Basin FFA Jamboree at River View High School in Finley. The Jamboree takes place on Friday, February 24 from 8 AM to 2 PM. Participating FFA Chapters for 2017: Finley, Columbia Burbank, Pasco, Kiona-Benton, Connell, Grandview, New Horizons, Chiawana, Kamiakin, and Richland.

More than 150 FFA members compete in Career Development Events (CDEs) during the Jamboree, hoping to go home with honors that will advance them in the State FFA Convention taking place in May at Pullman, as well as the chance to attend the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Just a few of the competitive CDEs: Tractor Driving, Horse Evaluation (judging), Food Science, Agricultural Mechanics, Sales & Service, and Vet Tech. Career Development Events help members develop skills and abilities in certain areas that could lead to possible careers throughout the agricultural industry.

The Finley FFA is proud to continue as host for the Lower Columbia Basin Jamboree. Over 40 local volunteers assist in this event, along with local community support from Pepsi, McGregor Company, and Tri-City Sunrise Rotary. =For more information, contact Finley FFA Advisor, Jennifer Yochum, at 509.586.7279 or jyochum@finleysd.org.

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FFA is a national organization of more than 450,000 members preparing for leadership and careers in science, business, and technology of agriculture. The FFA's mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of students by developing their potential for premiere leadership, personal growth, and career success through agricultural education.

Attached Media Files: 2016 LCB Jamboree
Finley Voting Numbers
Finley Voting Numbers
MEDIA ALERT- 811 Votes Needed in Finley (Photo) - 02/10/17

FINLEY, WA - Getting enough people to turn in their ballots makes all the difference for schools. State law requires a minimum number of voters to participate in bond elections. In the November general election, Finley had 2,026 residents vote. In order for the election to be validated (or certified), at least 40% of this number must participate in the February 14th election. 2,026 x 40% = 811 votes needed by Tuesday.

Finley is asking its residents to drop off or mail in their ballots by February 14th. When it comes to bonds, every vote really does matter!

Attached Media Files: Finley Voting Numbers
Pledging College Early in Finley - 02/07/17

FINLEY, WA -- Freshmen at River View High School in Finley will participate in the College Bound Re-pledge tomorrow, February 8 in the high school lecture hall. The Re-pledge event at RVHS takes place from 10:40-11:15 AM and is intended to ensure RVHS students are on track to graduate and receive their College Bound Scholarship.

The Washington College Access Network (WCAN) has partnered with the Washington Student Achievement Council to help prepare students across the state to enter college. WCAN encouraged 7th and 8th grade Finley students to complete an application last year for the College Bound Scholarship. Tomorrow's re-pledge event reminds students of their initial commitment and engages them in future planning to stay on track.

"The transition from middle to high school can be challenging, especially for low-income and minority youth. Thus, the success of the 9th grade year is pivotal to increasing graduation rates. Developing strategies to ensure a successful 9th grade year is even more important for low-income students. A high school diploma is the minimum requirement to work a decent wage job, while obtaining a postsecondary education is crucial to rising out of poverty." -- WCAN, "College Bound High School Repledge Campaign"

Approximately 45 students currently in the 9th grade at RVHS will sign a re-pledge document during tomorrow's event. Students will work through their current high school transcripts and hear from RVHS Counselor, Rebekah Duty. Local WCAN representative, Amandalyn Rubio, will speak to students about the requirements of receiving the College Bound Scholarship: maintain a 2.0 Cumulative GPA; graduate from a Washington state high school; complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or WASFA Washington Application for State Financial Aid in their senior year; and remain felony free.

The media is invited to attend the College Bound Re-Pledge at River High School on Wednesday, February 8 at 10:40 AM. More information on pledge events is available at www.collegebound.wa.gov.

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Only One Week Left to Vote - 02/07/17

FINLEY, WA -- The February 14th special election is just one week away, and Finley School District is asking community members to send in their ballots.

A bond proposition to renovate and improve existing Finley school facilities is on the current Benton County voter's ballot. If approved, the bond would:
1. Renovate the Career & Technical Education (CTE) Buildings and Greenhouses;
2. Upgrade athletic facilities, including ADA compliant grandstands, weight room equipment, and locker room modernization;
3. Install security cameras and a new key system at all three school buildings to improve student and staff safety;
4. Complete additional projects throughout our school facilities, including new carpeting at the elementary school, new roofing at the middle school, a new water distribution plant at the middle and high school, and new lighting in all schools.

The projected tax rate of the proposed bond is estimated at $1.44 per $1,000 of assessed property value. (On a home valued at $100,000, this would average to a monthly payment of $12.) Finley has not asked its voters for a bond in 17 years.

Finley residents are encouraged to drop off or mail in their ballots on or before February 14. More information about Finley's bond and facility plans is available on the district's website at www.finleysd.org.

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Attached Media Files: Bond Info
Shadow a Finley Middle School Student - 02/06/17

FINLEY, WA -- Next week is National "Take Your Family to School Week," however, Finley Middle School has devoted the entire month of February to inviting families to their school. February 2017 is Parent Shadow Month at Finley Middle School, and all parents and guardians are encouraged to sign up and experience first-hand a day in the life of their student.

Finley Middle School began its first-ever Parent Shadow Month a year ago this month. Parents who attended in 2016 remarked on how valuable the experience was to interact with their children's teachers and friends, as well as to see how vastly different school is today compared to when they were in school. After the success of the first year, FMS decided to offer two Parent Shadow Months during the 2016-17 school year: one in October 2016, and the other in February 2017.

Finley Middle School Counselor, Sonya Bell, led the initiation of the parent engagement opportunity last school year.

"This is a great chance for parents and guardians to get involved in their kid's education," states Ms. Bell. "Parents have the flexibility of signing up for just one class period, a whole day, or even multiple days. And even if the students would never admit it, these visits mean a lot to them."

Parents and guardians of Finley Middle School students can sign up to shadow their student by filling out the form found online at www.finleysd.org/schools/finley-middle-school/fms-parent-shadow-month or by picking up a printed copy at the school office. See the attached Parent Shadow flyer for more information, or contact Finley Public Information Officer, Molly Curtiss, at mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Attached Media Files: Parent Shadow Flyer
2016 fair
2016 fair
MEDIA ALERT - Families Invited to Learning Fair Tomorrow (Photo) - 02/01/17

FINLEY, WA -- Families in the Finley community are invited to the annual Family Learning Fair at Finley Elementary tomorrow, February 2 at 6 PM in the school gymnasium.

The fair is a continuation of an all-day "STEM Story Day" at the school. Elementary teachers are using inter-curricular activities that connect a piece of literature with a STEM lesson. Each teacher has fun and educational activities planned for their classrooms to tie in literature with STEM education.

These activities will continue on into the Family Learning Fair in the evening. The event is sponsored by the elementary Parent Teacher Group as a fun and free opportunity for families to enjoy an evening together.

Families are encouraged to visit Finley Elementary School for booths and activities presented by multiple vendors and community resources, along with a silent auction to support the elementary. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Finley Elementary Devotes a "Story Day" to STEM (Photo) - 01/25/17

FINLEY, WA -- For the second year, Finley Elementary School's teachers will spend the school day focused on STEM stories. Thursday, February 2nd is STEM Story Day (Science Technology Engineering and Math). The day kicks off with a school assembly at 9 AM, then continues throughout the school day and into the evening.

All Finley students in grades kindergarten through 5th are participating in inter-curricular activities that connect a piece of literature with a STEM lesson. For example, Finley first graders will learn how to make lunch boxes using various materials after reading "How Did That Get in my Lunch Box?" by Gerald McDermott. Each teacher has fun and educational activities planned for their classrooms to tie in literature with the STEM education.

Finley Elementary Principal, Pam Kinne, said that she has encouraged her staff to use stories from the school's new reading curriculum, which was adopted last spring and began with the 2016-17 school year.

"What we continue to communicate with our team is that STEM doesn't have to be something separate," says Principal Kinne. "It's not about adding something more to teachers' plates, but looking at what they are already doing in the classroom and finding ways to extend that learning."

STEM Story Day will continue into the evening on February 2 at the school's annual Family Learning Fair, beginning at 6 PM in the school gymnasium. This PTG-sponsored tradition is a fun and free opportunity for families to enjoy an evening together. Each year, Finley's Parent Teacher Group (PTG) coordinates booths and activities presented by multiple vendors and community resources, along with a silent auction to support the elementary.

Finley's Family Learning Fair is a continuation of STEM Story Day, beginning at 9 AM on February 2 at Finley Elementary School, located at 213504 E. Cougar Road in Finley. For more information, contact Molly Curtiss at 509.544.5787 or mcurtiss@esd123.org.

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Vendors at the 2017 Finley Family Learning Fair include BNSF, Benton County Fire Department 120, Finley FCCLA, Girl Scouts, LIGO, Mid-Columbia Reading Foundation, Gesa Credit Union, and Real Life Photography.