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Mercer Island

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School bond to go to voters

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Island Voters Forum is Oct. 8 The Mercer Island League of Women Voters and the Mercer Island Reporter will host a voters forum at 7 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 8, at Islander Middle School. Bill Radke of KUOW will moderate the evening. Come and hear the candidates for the Mercer Island City Council speak and answer questions.

$98.8 million bond issue to appear on February 2014 ballot By Reporter Staff

‘Food Revolution’ and farmers market dinners are Oct. 3, 5 The Mercer Island Food Revolution will hold a community dinner at 5:30 p.m., Oct. 3, at the Mercer Island Presbyterian Church. Kurt Dammeier, owner of Bennett’s and Beecher’s Handmade Cheese, will be preparing a family meal celebrating the fall harvest. To learn more, visit: www. mifoodrevolution.org. Also, the Mercer Island Farmers Market will hold an Oktoberfest dinner between 6 and 8 :30 p.m., Oct. 13, at the Mercer Island Beach Club. Local beer, food and wine will be served. For questions or to make a reservation, email info@ mifarmersmarket.org. The last market of the season is Nov. 24.

YTN presents “I’M/MIGRATION” “I’M/MIGRATION,” a ‘performance festival,’ offers several short pieces “exploring migration through the lens of the youth experience.” Performances are Oct. 4-6. Tickets are$12. For information and tickets, go to www.youththeatre.org.

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Terra Bella owner, Nancy Meade, arranges some colorful friends to pose in her shop window, which overlooks 77th Avenue S.E. in the Town Center.

The nearly lost art of fine handwriting Mercer Island School District may discontinue teaching cursive writing next year By Rebecca Mar

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With a pencil in hand, shaping lowercase and uppercase cursive letters between the lines has traditionally been part of a child’s elementary education. It may be tedious for some, or something to take pride in for others. While Mercer Island public schools continue to offer cursive instruction, it is undergoing a review this year. Language arts is being reviewed with the imple-

The debate over the necessity of cursive writing in this digital, technological era is ongoing. A College Board study found that students who wrote in cursive for the essay portion of the SAT scored higher than students who printed. “I think it’s about keyboarding mentation of the Common Core and handwriting and where those curriculum. The Common Core two intersect, and we have to condoes not require cursive, does not sider those bodies of research that address print, and only addresses are out there,” Rundle said. “There legibility. are some that indiCursive is introcated handwriting duced in second and cursive are very grade at Island important skills for public schools, kids to acquire.” and revisited in The other extreme third grade. After is all about technollearning both ogy, with no place print and curfor cursive. sive, students can “We don’t have a Fred Rundle, stance on that as a choose their own MISD Director of Learning preference as they Services district right now continue through because that’s going school. to be all part of our “All of our handwriting will be review,” Rundle said. under review, as part of the lanIn the English and language guage arts review,” Fred Rundle, arts portion of the Common Core Mercer Island School District director of learning services, said. Writing | Page 8

“It’s about keyboarding and handwriting and where those two intersect.”

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The Mercer Island School Board unanimously approved a $98.8 million bond last Thursday evening, Sept. 26. Islanders will vote on the issue February next year. “This bond will provide three solutions to help manage overcrowding in our classrooms at each level,” said Board President Janet Frohnmayer. “The focus and scale of these projects addresses current student needs as well as concerns from people we spoke with at our numerous community outreach events and discussions.” If successful, the bond would

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Mercer Island Reporter, October 02, 2013