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Students head back to school as district seeks drivers, paraeducators, subs

Aug 30, 2022 | By:

When classes started last year, Peninsula School District scrambled to cover classrooms and bus routes due to social distancing measures to stem Covid-19. The outlook is more favorable this year, with pandemic restrictions easing. Meanwhile, a new teachers’ contract brings Peninsula classified educators’ pay more in line with surrounding districts. Some staffing gaps remain, however.

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Natural gas line project to create traffic delays, noise

Aug 29, 2022 | By:

PSE will begin installing a gas main as early as Sept. 1, much of it following Burnham Drive.

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Tacoma Community College brings ESL program to this side of the bridge

Aug 17, 2022 | By:

Tacoma Community College has long had an English as a Second Language program for adults seeking to improve their fluency in reading, writing and speaking English. But until this year, residents of Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula had to cross the Tacoma Narrows Bridge to access classes. Word of a growing need for ESL

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Brian Wickens named new principal at Harbor Ridge

Aug 15, 2022 | By:

Brian Wickens is the new principal at Harbor Ridge Middle School, Peninsula School District announced last week. Wickens replaces Mike Benoit, who previously was announced as the new principal at Peninsula High School. Wickens has been an assistant principal at Harbor Ridge since 2004. Before that, he taught in Tacoma middle schools for 18 years

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Free books for Gig Harbor youngsters, courtesy of Dolly Parton 

Aug 08, 2022 | By:

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is coming to Gig Harbor thanks to a partnership with Gig Harbor Rotary and Altrusa International of Gig Harbor. The book-gifting program, operating under the umbrella of Parton’s Dollywood Foundation, delivers a free book by mail each month to children from birth to 5 years old whose parents register them with

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Drone pilot training on the horizon for Peninsula and Gig Harbor high school students

Aug 04, 2022 | By:

Peninsula and Gig Harbor high school students will have the chance to train for drone pilot certification starting this spring, the Peninsula School District announced Wednesday. Students in the district’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) will also be eligible for the classes, which will teach students how to fly drones and earn a

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Mike Benoit named new principal at Peninsula High School

Aug 04, 2022 | By:

Peninsula School District announced Wednesday that Mike Benoit will be the new principal at Peninsula High School starting in the 2022-23 school year. Benoit, the current principal at Harbor Ridge Middle School, replaces Joe Potts, who is leaving PHS for a position with Bellevue School District as of Aug. 1. Benoit has been in education

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Local grads benefit from bevy of local scholarships

Jul 28, 2022 | By:

It’s hard to say for sure how many scholarships are awarded to Peninsula School District seniors every year. The total number is certainly in the hundreds, maybe thousands. Peninsula High School alone awarded $350,000 in scholarships this year, according to PHS teacher Jonathan Bill, who emcees an awards ceremony for the school. Awards went to

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Gig Harbor students earn college degrees, academic honors

Jul 12, 2022 | By:

The following is from information sent by colleges to Gig Harbor Now and other community publications. College graduates Hannah Park of Gig Harbor earned a bachelor degree in music from the University of Alabama during its spring commencement ceremonies on May 6-8. Nicklas Yockey, of Gig Harbor, earned a bachelor of arts degree in marketing

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Peninsula teachers’ union negotiates raise to address inflation

Jun 30, 2022 | By:

The new contract also calls for lower class sizes in the youngest grades.

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