The Northshore School District invites parents of ninth- and 10th-grade students to a workshop designed to guide them in helping their children meet the new state high-school-graduation requirements.

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The Northshore School District invites parents of ninth- and 10th-grade students to a workshop designed to guide them in helping their children meet the new state high-school-graduation requirements.

The workshop will be from 7-8:30 Wednesday at the Bothell High School gymnasium, 18125 92nd Ave. N.E.

Starting with the class of 2008 — this year’s 10th-graders — students must complete new state graduation requirements, which include obtaining the Certificate of Academic Achievement, doing a culminating project, crafting a High School and Beyond Plan and passing a set of predetermined high-school classes.

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All students in the state also will be required to pass all three sections — reading, writing, math — of the 10th-grade Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL). Students who don’t pass on their first attempt will have four chances to retake the WASL during their junior and senior years, and they will have to retake only sections they did not pass. Alternatives and/or an appeals process will be available for students who have the skills but can’t demonstrate them on the WASL after multiple attempts.

Snoqualmie

Public to see ideas

for Highway 18

Design engineers from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) will host two open houses to present proposed designs for the final phase of Highway 18 widening in southeast King County.

WSDOT’s preferred design adds a lane in each direction to Highway 18 between the Issaquah-Hobart Road and Interstate 90, adds a new interchange at the Tiger Mountain Summit and expands the Highway 18/Interstate 90 interchange. Truck-climbing lanes would be added to help alleviate backups on some inclines. Changes are designed to allow traffic to move more quickly and safely through the area.

The first open house will be Wednesday at the Maple Valley Library, 21844 S.E. 248th St. On Thursday, a second meeting will take place in the multipurpose room of Cascade View Elementary School, 34816 S.E. Ridge St. in Snoqualmie. The public is invited to view design-concept displays and talk with project staff.

Both events run from 5-8 p.m. Those not able to attend can visit www.wsdot.wa.gov/Projects/SR18/AuburntoI90 or contact project engineer Gary McKee at 206-768-5760.

Kirkland

Health message:

“Take the stairs”

To promote physical activity, a “Take the Stairs” campaign is being launched in conjunction with Evergreen Hospital Medical Center, with signs encouraging people to use the stairs and not elevators.

The campaign is organized by Kirkland for a Physically Active Community (KAPAC) and the King County Overweight Prevention Initiative. They say increasing routine physical activity improves overall health and well-being and decreases the risk of diseases such as diabetes and some types of cancer.

The stairway signs will go up this afternoon in the Evergreen Hospital Medical Center lobby near the elevators.

KAPAC leaders are encouraging public agencies and private businesses to use the stairway signs. The signs also will be installed in Kirkland City Hall and other city-owned buildings with stairways.

“Take the Stairs” signs are available for copying at the following Web addresses: Evergreen Healthcare: www.evergreenhealthcare.org; city of Kirkland: www.ci.kirkland.wa.us/stepuptohealth; and Public Health — Seattle & King County: www.metrokc.gov/health/overweight.

For more information, contact Amy Gepner at Evergreen, 425-899-1882.

Seattle Times Eastside bureau