Tillerson’s exit interview

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Rex Tillerson had seen and learned much in his 41-year career at ExxonMobil Corp., and some of it proved useful in his 13 months as U.S. secretary of state.  But in the end, most of the thorniest challenges the former chairman of the multinational oil giant faced had more to do with his relationship with his boss, President Donald Trump, than with the complexities of geopolitics.That was the overarching message from Tillerson who visited Harvard Tuesday for a private talk about his time as the nation’s top diplomat, a probing 90-minute discussion in which he spoke fluently on issues in global hotspots from North Korea, Syria, and Iran to the negotiating styles of world leaders, including Trump.In panel interview with Professors Nicholas Burns, who runs the Future of Diplomacy Project at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Robert Mnookin, faculty chair emeritus of the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School (HLS), and James Sebenius, who heads the Harvard Negotiation Roundtable at Harvard Business School (HBS), Tillerson’s daylong visit was organized by the American Secretaries of State Project, a joint initiative run by Burns, Mnookin, and Sebenius, who each lead programs on diplomacy and negotiation at all three Schools.Tillerson, who had extensive experience negotiating directly with heads of state as an oil executive, offered a number of informed assessments of the motivations and tactics used by Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom he first met in 1999, China’s president Xi Jinping and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose 10-year reign appears in doubt after Tuesday’s election. He called Netanyahu “an extraordinarily skilled” politician and diplomat, albeit “a bit Machiavellian,” who forges good and “useful” relationships with leaders and nations he anticipates he’ll need at a future time.Tillerson said despite Israel’s closeness with the U.S., “In dealing with Bibi, it’s always useful to carry a healthy amount of skepticism in your discussions with him,” recounting that Israel would share “misinformation” to persuade the U.S. of something if necessary.“They did that with the president on a couple of occasions, to persuade him that ‘We’re the good guys, they’re the bad guys.’ We later exposed it to the president so he understood, ‘You’ve been played,’” said Tillerson. “It bothers me that an ally that’s that close and important to us would do that to us.”When he entered office, Tillerson, who had deep familiarity with leaders and issues in the Middle East, including conditions surrounding the Israel/Palestine peace negotiations, said he thought there was a chance — finally — for peace.“I did believe that we were at a moment in time where perhaps we could chart a way where the Arab world could support an outcome that the Palestinians might not think was perfect — and in the past, if it wasn’t perfect, it didn’t happen — but with enough encouragement, pressure from the Arab world, that we could get it close enough that the Palestinians would finally agree,” he said. “And in my view, it was a two-state solution.”“Every successful negotiation is defined as both parties leaving with an acceptable outcome,” said Tillerson. “If you ever think about a negotiation as a win/lose, you’re going to have a terrible experience, you’re going to be very dissatisfied, and not very many people are going to want to deal with you.” Photo by Tom FitzsimmonsBut his plans were hampered by a frosty relationship with President Trump, who solicited foreign policy advice from an array of outside sources and delegated several key portions of the portfolio, like drafting an Israeli/Palestinian peace accord, to his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.So, in the end, Tillerson took a back seat on most issues involving the Middle East and served as an informal counselor, offering his input “to help them identify obstacles or gaps to the [peace] plan to give it the highest chance of success,” he said.Even though he is no longer in office Tillerson still keeps an eye on developments in the region. Asked what he would have recommended the U.S. do in response to the bombings on Saudi oil facilities, Tillerson said it was vital to wait until forensics can provide the best available information about who is responsible before taking any action, something he acknowledged “may be very hard to do.”“I have no doubt we’re going to find Iran’s fingerprints on this attack, but we may not find their hands on it,” he said, complicating a coalition response.Tillerson said the U.S. should take its case to the U.N. Security Council and build a global coalition for additional sanctions, rather than trying to implement unilateral sanctions, a move he said Iran can manage.On Wednesday morning, Trump said he will “substantially increase” sanctions on Iran, though the administration did not formally declare Iran responsible.While he was often thwarted on foreign policy, Tillerson admitted his own missteps in undertaking a sweeping overhaul of the State Department and instituting a one-year hiring freeze, while the Trump administration slashed the budget from $55 billion to $35 billion in 2017. Sixty percent of top career diplomats resigned and applications for foreign service jobs fell by half during his term, according to American Foreign Service Association.Early on, it was “pretty evident” to him that much of the department was outmoded, from management practices and some of the systems to IT, and there was no clear delegation of authority, as he was used to in the private sector, so he had a hard time understanding “how decisions are made, who’s got authority to make what decisions and who’s accountable,” he said.Tillerson defended the freeze as a way to get managers to reassess their staffing needs and to avoid having new hires be fired in short order if the budget went further south. He also hoped the move would buy him time to lobby the Office of Management and Budget and “see if I couldn’t change their mindset on it where they were just slashing and burning it.”Fifteen of the overhaul recommendations were funded by Congress and implemented, though there’s more room for modernizing State Department management practices and embassies.Though necessary, Tillerson concedes the pace of his revamp may have been “a little too aggressive” for many “and the level of change was so dramatic for a lot of people in what was already a very significant change from the Obama administration to the Trump administration, which was also dramatic and traumatic,” he said. “I didn’t have a full appreciation probably for just how emotional it would become for some people.”Asked about his approach to negotiations, whether in the private sector or as the nation’s top diplomat, Tillerson said he spends 80 percent of his time in preparation. A key to successful talks?  Knowing precisely what your objectives as well as those of your counterparts. “It all goes back to people’s hopes and aspirations,” he said.“So I did a lot of preparation to understand socially and historically, ‘what journey have these people been on that brought them to this point and what are their hopes and their aspirations out of this possibility that they could have this great economic opportunity, or in the case of a diplomatic discussion, what are their hopes and their aspirations that one day they can have a peaceful border or stop the bombing,’ ” said Tillerson. “I’ve seen more negotiations fall apart over an inability to understand those social aspects and those aspirations than fell apart over the deal.”In stark contrast to Trump’s style, Tillerson emphasized transparency, predictability and trustworthiness as critical to his negotiating method, whether it’s with allies or with enemies.“Every successful negotiation is defined as both parties leaving with an acceptable outcome,” he said. “If you ever think about a negotiation as a win/lose, you’re going to have a terrible experience, you’re going to be very dissatisfied, and not very many people are going to want to deal with you.”Tillerson admitted his own frustration with the nation’s riven state. Asked by Burns what gives him hope these days, he said that it was America’s continued evolution as a society, despite the painful, even “tortuous” times.“I always believe deep in those words from Lincoln, that in our deepest, darkest moments, we were able to call upon ‘the better angels of our nature’ to overcome that which we thought was so divisive we could never find affection for one another again,” he said.“I watch with great anguish the mood of the country and the kind of rhetoric that goes on in public …. [and] it pains me. It breaks my heart,” said Tillerson. But I go back to Lincoln, “and my great hope is that that is still defining of the American people.”last_img read more

Jenkins’ address invokes Catholic mission

first_imgDrawing upon Notre Dame’s Catholic mission, University President Fr. John Jenkins delivered his annual address to a theater full of faculty at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center on Tuesday afternoon. Jenkins celebrated the diligence of Notre Dame’s professors, deans, advisors and officials, while also calling attention to the University’s progressive aspirations. Jenkins said the contributions of faculty members are of substantial importance for the University’s mission. He commended faculty for creating real, tangible value through academics, while reflecting upon an excerpt from the late Seamus Heaney, an Irish poet and holder of an honorary degree from Notre Dame. “Like Heaney’s poetry-writing, your work as faculty is generally not strenuous physical labor, but the work of the mind and imagination,” Jenkins said. “Yet it is as demanding and productive as [the work of] those engaged in physical labor.” The University is seeking more funding to pursue its greatest aspirations, while being fiscally responsible and respecting the University’s Catholic mission, Jenkins said. Among these aspirations are newly proposed additions to Notre Dame Stadium, which Jenkins said are designed to enrich academics and student life.  Jenkins said the Central Campus Planning Project has made great strides in planning potential stadium renovations.  “The group has made great progress and considered the possibility of a student center adjacent to the stadium, buildings to house one or more academic departments and space for a digital media center,” he said. In response to a question about the potential addition of sexual orientation to the University’s anti-discrimination clause, Jenkins said law mandates everything that is already detailed in the clause and he saw no need to tamper with it. He also said all specific matters of discrimination, no matter the cause, should be brought to his attention. Jenkins’ address also touched upon key changes in the digital world. He said the University plans to create a modifiable website for tracking developments. He also discussed the reallocation of funds toward engineering and the sciences to prepare Notre Dame students for this changing world.  However, in an age of online courses and virtual degrees, Jenkins said Notre Dame must continue to offer something more. “I do not believe it will ever be possible to deliver the richness of a Notre Dame education wholly on-line,” he said. “An essential part of a Notre Dame education is the community that comes from physical proximity, the relationships that are developed among students and between students and professors, and the serendipity of critical insights through unplanned interactions.” Jenkins said an example of Notre Dame offering more than an online experience is the University’s student satisfaction statistics.  “The percentage of Notre Dame seniors who report being ‘very satisfied’ with the ‘overall quality of instruction’ at Notre Dame stands at 57 percent, more than 20 points above the national average among other highly selective private universities,” he said.  Similarly, 98 percent of Notre Dame undergraduates consistently report satisfaction. Even with this level of student approval, Notre Dame’s true standard of education is not easily quantified, Jenkins said.  “Although a Notre Dame education makes sense in financial terms, its value cannot and should not be reduced to an analysis of our graduates’ future earning potential,” he said.  Jenkins said the moral formation and social efficacy instilled in students by the Notre Dame experience is what ought to be emphasized. “As we undertake the curriculum review, we must do so with those educational ideals at the center of our concerns,” he said.last_img read more

Developing Junior Cycling

first_imgCycling can be a tough sport to break into. (Check out my recent article in Blue Ridge Outdoors, Cycling’s Secret Handshake) Development for many years has been a misused word, often referring to cherry picking already blossomed talent and providing high level racing opportunities to those few.Grassroots level programs are the foundation for growing a broader base in cycling. How can we encourage young kids to try cycling? How can we provide a safe, spectator friendly environment for everyone? Here in Virginia, a mountain bike series was created to address just that.The Virginia High School Mountain Bike Series (VAHSMTB) originally began as a launchpad for high school aged students but has since grown to include middle school and even upper elementary students!The 2014 season just kicked off in Richmond, VA setting record level attendance with over 130 kids competing for top honors. With Elementary School, Middle School, Junior Varsity, and Varsity events for boys and girls there is something for everybody.How To Enter a VAHSMTB EventThe VAHSMTB Series is NOT a closed series – all public and private school students are invited to attend! The series is limited to five events held in Richmond, Roanoke, Charlottesville, Harrisonburg and St George VA.If you are a first time racer, simply show up to any of the venues on race day with a bike and a helmet, purchase a number and go! For you seasoned bike racers, early online registration is also available. All event information and the  “How To’s” of the sport can be found on the VAHSMTB website.A Growth ModelHigh School cycling has grown tremendously in the United States because of programs similar to VAHSMTB. In mainstreaming the sport, and connecting events to schools, more and more junior aged kids are finding that cycling is the sport for them. After four years of growing success, VAHSMTB will be taking another giant leap forward in the fall of 2014, joining many other states in the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA.)With help from professional bike racers, like Jeremiah Bishop, and a dedicated team of volunteers,  we hope to expand the series into other areas of the state to encourage even more students to race.Richmond Brief Recap – Race 1 – April 1st 2014With many new schools and new students participating in the season opener held at Forest Hill Park in Richmond, over 130 racers took part. Many of the races were closely decided by inches in final sprints to the finishing banner. Taking the boys Varsity Tuesday night race was 14 year old standout, Adam Croft, while women’s Varsity champion Mason Hopkins added to her list of accomplishments. In the JV category, Ryan Cullen and Ellie Girardi stood atop the podium. Winning the boys and girl elementary divisions were Robert Berry and Autumn Bartels respectively.The next race is in Roanoke, VA, on April 12.elementaryYoung juniors can get their feet wet in the elementary division.last_img read more

Record number of holiday travelers predicted

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Estimates show more than 54 million Americans will travel during the Thanksgiving weekend. Indiana State Police will join local agencies and agencies in other states for Operation C.A.R.E.Operation C.A.R.E.—short for Combined Accident Reduction Effort—reduces crashes by enforcing laws relating to impaired driving, seat belts, speeding and young-adult driver licenses. It is a year-round effort that increases traffic enforcement around major travel holidays including Christmas and New Year’s Eve.Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter stated, “We are proud to have been the co-founding agency of C.A.R.E. back in 1977, along with the Michigan State Police.” Carter concluded, “It’s important for all to remember, this isn’t about writing tickets; it’s about saving lives.  And now 41 years later there is no doubt that agencies who participate in this project has saved countless lives.”Overtime patrols and equipment purchases are supported with National Highway Traffic Safety Administration funds distributed by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.Impaired DrivingIn every state, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. In Indiana, drivers under age 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. This year, ISP troopers received 777 new portable breath test devices as part of more than 2,600 such devices recently purchased for law enforcement agencies across Indiana.Unlike with alcohol-impaired drivers, there is no quick field test for the many prescription, over-the-counter and illegal drugs that can also impair drivers. Indiana police agencies are trained to recognize and enforce drug-impaired driving. ISP advises anyone taking a new or higher dose of a drug to speak with their doctor or avoid driving until they know the effect the medication could have while behind the wheel. Even over-the-counter medication can cause impairment, especially when combined with alcohol or a second drug.Getting arrested for operating a vehicle while intoxicated will result in jail time and loss of a driver’s license, carrying an average cost of about $10,000, including car towing, attorney fees, fines, court costs, lost time at work and other hefty expenses.Seat Belts2018 marks 30 years since Indiana’s seat belt law took effect. Since then, Indiana and 35 other states have enacted primary seat belt laws, allowing police officers to ticket unrestrained drivers or passengers even if no other traffic violation has taken place. Indiana law also requires all passengers under the age of 8 to be in an approved car seat or booster seat.Indiana has made great progress through stronger laws and highly visible enforcement—seat belt usage studies show an increase from 62 percent in 2000 to 93 percent in 2017. Yet the small percentage who don’t buckle up make up half of those killed on our roadways. In 2017, 310 of the 607 people killed in passenger vehicle crashes in Indiana were not wearing seat belts.While pickup trucks and SUVs may feel safer because they are larger and sit higher on the road, state troopers caution against drivers or passengers feeling a false sense of security. Unrestrained occupants of pickup trucks are 12 times more likely to be killed than those wearing seat belts. For unrestrained SUV occupants, the risk is even greater at 18 times more likely to die than restrained occupants.ICJI partners with the Indiana University Public Policy Institute to analyze annual data from the state’s crash-records database. A series of 2017 Fact Sheets summarizing a variety of topics including alcohol-impaired driving, dangerous driving, and seat belts are available at https://trafficsafety.iupui.edu/topical-facts.last_img read more

Five things we learned in European football this weekend

first_imgFILE PHOTO: Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi’s shirt like a trophy after Milan’s 1-0 win.Paris, France | AFP | Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain both squandered chances to retain their domestic titles on a weekend which saw a much-changed Barcelona take their eye off the ball in La Liga.In France, the weekend was overshadowed by racist abuse suffered by Amiens player Prince-Desir Gouano.AFP Sport looks at some of the main talking points from across the continent:– Racism rearing ugly head again –The Ligue 1 relegation battle between Dijon and visitors Amiens was halted late in the second half after racist abuse targeted the away side’s captain, Prince-Desir Gouano.Gouano and other players remonstrated with fans after monkey chants were directed towards the Amiens defender, and a suspect was later arrested.The incident is another reminder of the need for action across Europe, following recent racist abuse aimed at Juventus players, including young star Moise Kean, in a Serie A game at Cagliari earlier this month.England players were also subjected to monkey chants during a Euro 2020 qualifier in Montenegro, and FIFA president Gianni Infantino has appealed for a “zero tolerance” approach to racism in the game. The French league has confirmed it will investigate the Gouano incident.– Tensions grow at PSG –Paris Saint-Germain’s stunning 5-1 defeat at Lille will only delay their inevitable French title triumph, but it was the manner of it that was especially worrying.PSG lost two players to injury in the first 24 minutes and had Juan Bernat sent off before half-time. The accumulation of injuries and suspensions does not help coach Thomas Tuchel, who was unable to name a full quota of substitutes in the continuing absence of Neymar, Edinson Cavani, Angel di Maria and Marquinhos.Afterwards, the German appeared to point the finger at the club’s hierarchy for the pitiful state of his squad.“We are not even able to put out 16 players. It’s not possible to have to work like that,” said Tuchel, who has seen Adrien Rabiot and Lassana Diarra frozen out this season.“We are missing lots of players but everyone accepts it because we keep on winning. But now it’s too much.”– Barcelona can afford slip-up –Barcelona’s 11-point lead atop La Liga became nine on Saturday after their much-changed team were held to a goalless draw by Huesca. Lionel Messi was left out completely while Gerard Pique watched on television with a bowl of seafood as coach Ernesto Valverde kept one eye on Tuesday’s Champions League quarter-final second leg against Manchester United.Atletico Madrid capitalised by beating Celta Vigo 2-0 with goals from Antoine Griezmann and Alvaro Morata, making light of Diego Costa’s absence, the striker serving an eight-match ban.– Brilliant Buerki saves Borussia –Borussia Dortmund kept the heat on Bayern Munich in Germany, but their narrow 2-1 win over Mainz was no cause for celebration as far as goalkeeper Roman Buerki was concerned.Buerki spared Dortmund’s blushes with a string of late saves after his team came close to capitulation. Jadon Sancho’s brace had given a dominant Dortmund a 2-0 lead at the break.“I don’t know what my team-mates were thinking. At times it felt like Mainz had two extra players,” said Buerki.“If we want to win the league, we have to play at our limit and beyond,” captain Marco Reus told Sky.Dortmund remain a point behind Bayern with five games left.– Kessie, Bakayoko get shirty –Tiemoue Bakayoko and Franck Kessie could face punishment in Italy for holding up Lazio defender Francesco Acerbi’s shirt like a trophy after Milan’s 1-0 win when the rival Champions League contenders met on Saturday.Acerbi had angered the pair when he said there was “no comparison” between the teams before the game, with Bakayoko replying on Twitter: “OK Acerbi see you Saturday”.Acerbi said he had swapped his shirt “to put an end to the issue” but was furious when they held it aloft on front of Milan’s fans afterwards.“Fomenting hatred is not sport but a sign of weakness,” said Acerbi on social media.Both apologised with the Ivorian Kessie, whose penalty sealed the win, insisting it was “just a joke, nothing more”.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Sue makes a winning debut

first_img Staffordshire’s Sue Spencer made a winning debut in the England Golf senior men’s and women’s Midlands tournament at Beau Desert, in her home county.The former county champion from Whittington Heath, who is enjoying a new senior career, won the women’s handicap prize with 67 points over 36 holes.She pipped Sue Batchelor (Woburn) on countback, while two other players were just a point behind in a tight finish: Judy Butler (Malton & Norton) and Sue Pidgeon (Wrekin).Butler won the women’s scratch prize, with 56 points, while the men’s scratch honours were taken by John Cox (Rye Hill) on 57. The men’s handicap event was won by Graham Marshall (Peterborough Milton), who finished on 69 – four points clear of his closest challengers.Spencer commented: “The course was superb, it’s in really good condition, but the greens were tricky. It was quite tough, but very enjoyable. I was a member there about 25 years ago and it’s always a pleasure to go back and play there.”She’s making the most of her new senior career, having played in the English senior amateur and stroke play championships. “I’m looking forward to playing for the Midlands in the Jamboree and to playing for Staffordshire vets,” she said.Graham Marshall was playing in his second senior regional event and remarked: “I had a few nervous moments on the back nine of the second round. I had good partners who kept me going and kept me concentrating.”He too had much praise for the course – and respect for the greens. “You couldn’t force the putts, you had to let them die into the hole. If you were tempted to have a go you would be 12ft past.“The course was superb, as was the organisation. These are really nice, friendly events to play in,” added the 15-handicapper, who has entered the other two tournaments at Harrogate in Yorkshire and Saunton, Devon.Marshall is also enjoying his senior career. “I retired last year and now I’m almost a full-time amateur golfer, I probably play five times a week. It was something I always dreamed of being able to do.”Caption (from left): John Cox, Graham Marshall, Sue Spencer and Judy Butler 11 Jul 2015 Sue makes a winning debut last_img read more

Pirates’ 4-1 loss to Reds gives title to Cards

first_imgPittsburgh Pirates catcher Chris Stewart is hit in the wrist by a bat dropped by Cincinnati Reds’ Johnny Cueto as Cueto followed through ona swing in the eighth inning of a baseball game, Sunday, Sept. 28, 2014, in Cincinnati. Stewart was taken out of the game. Cueto drove in the go-ahead run on the swing. Cincinnati won 4-1. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)CINCINNATI (AP) – The Pirates couldn’t stop Cincinnati’s Johnny Cueto, who drove in the go-ahead run and got his 20th victory on Sunday, a 4-1 win that gave the NL Central title to the St. Louis Cardinals and forced Pittsburgh to settle for a wild card.Pittsburgh needed to beat the Reds and have the Cardinals lose later in the day at Arizona to pull even for first place and set up a one-game tiebreaker Monday. Instead, Cueto (20-9) settled the division race with eight impressive innings.The Pirates will head home to play the Giants at PNC Park on Wednesday, with the winner facing the Nationals. Pittsburgh also hosted the wild card game last year and beat the Reds before losing to the Cardinals.Manager Clint Hurdle indicated that Edinson Volquez likely will start the playoff game.Jason Bourgeois opened the eighth with a triple off Tony Wilson (10-2). One out later, Cueto came to bat, worked the count full and singled through a drawn-in infield for a 2-1 lead, pumping his fist as he reached first base.Kristopher Negron added a two-run homer off Justin Wilson.Cueto gave up six hits in eight innings, including Neil Walker’s homer, as he became the first Reds pitcher to win 20 games since Danny Jackson in 1988. He’s the first Reds right-hander to win 20 since 1965, when Sammy Ellis and Jim Maloney did it.Aroldis Chapman pitched the ninth for his 36th save in 38 chances.The Pirates went all-out to try to win the game, starting Gerrit Cole – their best September pitcher – instead of saving him for the playoffs. Cole did his part, giving up one run and six hits in seven innings and matching his career high with 12 strikeouts.After talking with team leaders, Hurdle decided to stay with his starting pitching alignment for the playoffs. That meant stick with Cole, who had won his last four starts.The right-hander had a tough first inning, giving up back-to-back singles by Negron and Brandon Phillips. Todd Frazier’s groundout made it 1-0.Cole went on a streak of retiring 19 of 20 batters, extending his run of impressive September pitching. Cole is 8-1 in 11 career starts during the month.The Reds played themselves out of contention by going 25-42 after the All-Star break, matching the club record for second-half futility. The 1933 team also had 25 wins after the All-Star game, the fewest in a non-strike season.Pittsburgh’s Josh Harrison went 0 for 4, ending his career-high 15-game hitting streak and hurting his chances for the NL batting title. He started the day at .318, a point behind Justin Morneau, but slipped to .315.TRAINER’S ROOMPirates: Catcher Jeff Russell missed a second consecutive game with a sore left hamstring. Backup catcher Chris Stewart left after Cueto’s bat hit his glove hand as he followed through on his single in the eighth.Reds: Center fielder Billy Hamilton sat out a fourth straight game with concussion symptoms. He set a club rookie record with 56 stolen bases.ON DECKPirates: Pittsburgh is 51-30 at PNC Park, tied with the Cardinals for best home record in the NL.___Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekaylast_img read more

Olympia Community School Welcomes New Teacher, Changes Location

first_imgFacebook51Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Olympia Community SchoolJoanna Gibson joins the Olympia Community School teaching a fourth/fifth grade class. Photo courtesy Olympia Community SchoolThurston County’s oldest alternative secular elementary school will be all about “the new” this September – gleaming new child-friendly facilities, a newly added fifth grade, and now a new, highly skilled teacher.Joanna Gibson will join the Olympia Community School (OCS) to teach the school’s small fourth/fifth grade class. Gibson joins OCS from teaching fifth grade at Bordeaux Elementary in Shelton. She also taught at Lincoln Options in Olympia, the Montessori School of Northern Virginia, and the Twin Oaks homeschooling cooperative, also in Virginia. She holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from Trinity Washington University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.OCS students began the school year in a brand new building. Photo courtesy: Olympia Community School“We are thrilled to have Joanna join OCS,” said Jane Zerbe, OCS board president. “She is wonderfully suited to do what we do here – inspire, motivate, and challenge our kids. She will empower our students by nurturing their natural curiosity and desire to learn, their belief in themselves, and their ability to participate fully in their community with respect for self, others, and the earth.”“I’m excited to be joining OCS for many reasons,” Gibson said. “One big one is my ability to work one-on-one with each child when needed. My class will be small. In my experience, that is critical to effective teaching.”OCS class sizes never exceed 14 students to one teacher, which is significantly fewer than in public schools, where the number of students can be nearly double. Students at OCS enjoy a wide variety of activities and small class sizes. Photo courtesy: Olympia Community SchoolThe decision to add a fifth grade and become a complete elementary school is a natural progression “We are thriving. More parents are recognizing the value of an alternative elementary education,” Zerbe said.Founded in 1973, Olympia Community School offers two-year kindergarten beginning at age 4 through fifth grades to meet the demand for quality alternative education.The expansion is an exciting opportunity for the community, and OCS plans to host a Grand Opening event, as well as ongoing tours of their new facility.  Enrollment for the 2016/17 school year is nearly full, interested parents should contact the school at [email protected] or call 360.866.8047.last_img read more

Total Chaos completes wire-to-wire season by capturing Mixed Slopitch Title

first_imgThe game was a close affair throughout the contest with Total Chaos, finishing the regular season with a 19-0 record, holding off a late charge to edge Main Jet.In the B final, OK Tire got past Competition to capture bragging rights.In the C-Division Championship, Whitewater got past Shamballer to claim the crown.Twenty teams are entered into the Nelson Mixed Slopitch League, which begins play in April. Total Chaos completed a wire-to-wire finish by edging Main Jet 10-9 to capture the 2016 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship Sunday at the Lakeside Diamonds.The victory over Main Jet completed an undefeated season for the Regular Season and Playoff Champions.last_img read more

Philippines defends basketball title, rips Indonesia for the gold

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR—When all else fails, at least win the basketball gold.While Team Philippines took defeats from several corners, Gilas Pilipinas made sure to pocket the gold that the country craves for the most, drubbing Indonesia, 94-55, for the Southeast Asian Games men’s basketball title Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Fil-German Christian Standhardinger chipped 11 as he provided muscle underneath when Indonesia was trying to drag the Filipinos to a slow-burn, half court game. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES MOST READ Before an overflow crowd at MABA Stadium, the Philippines, sending its Team B here, claimed its 12th straight SEA Games gold medal in a show of undeniable might.The Philippines has won 18 titles in all having lost the crown just once—in the 1989 edition that was incidentally held in this city.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a wonderful feeling for me. It’s icing on the cake,” said team captain Kiefer Ravena, who has now won  fourth straight SEA Games titles.The flashy point guard served as the pillar for Gilas, which wasn’t very consistent all tournament long and only played as one cohesive unit in the final. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Streaking Ginebra deals Alaska another loss LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He made seven points aside from providing leadership in the team that was assembled off the pool members who weren’t chosen for the Fiba Asian Cup held the previous week.“Given the chance, I will play for the Philippines once again,” said Ravena referring to the 2019 Games that will be held in Manila.Mike Tolomia topscored with 20 points including five three-pointers as Gilas found its mark early in the match to pull away beyond the reach of the Indonesians.“We shot very well tonight, that’s the key,” said coach Jong Uichico who handled the team even as Chot Reyes, head coach of Gilas’ Team A, arrived in the city Friday.Kobe Paras added 14 points—flashing his highlight-reel moves to the delight the gallery.ADVERTISEMENT PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more