Pathway Cleanup

Join us to help cleanup next to the Fairview Pathway between 10th and Union on Saturday, February 19 at 10am. Please bring clippers or other garden tools and gloves.

2011 Annual Meeting minutes

Minutes taken February 17, 2011 by Elaine Nelson, Secretary. Chad Akins, president, presiding.

Board Members present: Elaine Nelson, Chad Akins, Don LeMaster, Jenni Fleming, Ruth Middlebrook, Sam Schroeder

Called to order 7:04pm

Announcements: Elaine Nelson – Pathway cleanup event, Saturday February 19 at 10am.

Treasurer’s Report, Jenni Fleming: 3 new paying members this evening. Jenni will provide a complete report by email to be added here.

Elections, Chad Akins:

  • Up for re-election: Chad Akins, Elaine Nelson, Jenni Fleming
  • New nominations from the floor: Nancy Thompson, Darleen Muhly, Karen Rogers, Kate Wulf
  • Chad Akins and Don LeMaster spoke about the ENA’s role in the community, visions for the future, and board member responsibilities.
  • Moved to accept full slate of nominations, seconded, approved.

Adjourned 7:20pm.

February 2011 Newsletter

Download the February 2011 newsletter (PDF) with stories about:

  • February’s general meeting & potluck
  • Volunteering: board of directors, picnic, and more
  • Reporting Graffiti
  • Legion Way trees
  • Fairview Pathway
  • Interview with Madison School’s principal (read the extended version online)
  • Playground fundraising
  • Madison-Avanti Giving Garden
  • Neighborhood Wood-Chipping
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Teachers on DonorsChoose.org
  • Imagine Olympia Neighborhood Planning Meeting
  • Plus ads & the dues form!

Meet Your Neighbor: Madison’s Principal

This is the extended version of the interview published in the February 2011 newsletter.

Written by Jessica Archer

My toddler is getting big, so I have schools on the brain lately. In the news, I read about how poorly US students perform, especially in math and science, so I decided to start investigating schools in our area. The Office of Superintendent of Public Schools has a tool called “Washington State Report Card” http://reportcard.ospi.k12.wa.us/summary.aspx?year=2009-10

You can use this tool to compare schools by standardized tests, teacher education, special programs, etc. Of course, these statistics don’t really give you a “real feel” for the school so last summer I interviewed Gayle Mar-Chun, the principal at Madison elementary school. (more…)