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Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 - Mason County Journal - Page A-21 A section of the Mason County Journal @ Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014 - Serving the communities of Belfair, Allyn, Grapeview, Tahuya, Mason Lake, South Shore and Victor VOLLEYBALL BATTLE OF THE SEXES on rise @ By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@masoncoun com Teachers and administrators at the North Mason School District are learning to adapt as numbers of students speaking limited or no English continue to rise at the small district. To compound the issue, said Anne Crosby, North Mason's di- rector of compensatory education, many of this year's new students are middle or high school aged and many of the new girls have never been to school. "You have to not only teach them about the language, you have to teach them about school," school last attending were in the Proficiency Crosby said. In the 2013-2014 year, 141 students North Mason schools English Language (ELP) program. This year, the number has in- creased to 186, an increase of al- most 32 percent. "It's a unique challenge," Su- perintendent Dana Rosenbach said. "We don't want to seem like we're complaining." The number of English-as-a- second-language (ESL) students generally increases between 7 percent and 10 percent each year, Crosby said. Students in the district's ELP program now amount to 8.4 per- cent of the district's 2,200 stu- dents. The new students are spread out among every age group in the district. Statewide, ESL students ac- count for 10 percent of total Washington students, according to the state Office of the Super- intendent of Public Instruction (OSPI). Crosby said the number of students who speak limited Eng- lish will likely continue to rise at North Mason schools. Rosenbach said the district is required by law to teach all stu- dents, regardless of their immi- gration status. "It's not our job to police it; it's our job to provide an education to every kid living in our communi- ty," Rosenbach said. Rosenbach said other districts in highly populated areas often have students speaking a variety of languages. However, at North Mason, the new influx of students is almost entirely from Guatema- la, she said. "The bulk of our kids are com- ing from an indigenous language background, and it's nflt a written language," Rosenbach said..\ see STUDENTS, page A-22 -. tICe North Mason senior varsity football player Tyler Grewell plays at the with the varsity volleyball team in Belfair. The challenge games and a for breast-cancer research and the school's volleyball program. Herald photo by Emily Hanson net Tuesday night during the challenge match serve-a-thon fundraiser brought in about $500 NORTH MASON BRIEFS Kids Fun Day benefits project Pumpkin painting, mummy wrap- ping and games will be among the ac- tivities at the Kids Fun Day in the Park event from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Allyn Waterfront Park Gazebo. The event will raise money for the Allyn Playground project. Admission is $2 for children and $5 for a family. The offerings will include smashing a pifiata and treats. For more information, call 275-2430. Forums on Coffee Oasis in Belfair Two community f0nmls have scheduled to talk about establishing a Belfair site of The Coffee Oasis, a faith- based, nonprofit organization that caters homeles~ ~na st~et-o~i,~n~cl you~'Im ill Bremerton, Port Orchard and Poulsbo. The forums will be presented from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Nov. 6 at the donated site for the center, a new 3,800-square-foot building at the five-corners intersection in Belfair, across the street from the Faith in Action Thrift Shop on Old Bel- fair Highway. The building was donated by Belfair resident Richard Moore. The nonprofit is seeking $624,000 to cover initial setup and equipment and the first two years of operations, includ- ing salaries, insurance and furniture. Anyone interested in making a tax- deductible donation can reach Victoria Ahlfors at victoria.ahlfors@thecoffeeoasis. com. For information on the forums, call Ahlfors at 550-7534. The Coffee Oasis was established by Bremerton residents Dave and Cindy Frederick. Chefs wanted for of chowder and a digital thermometer. The event also features a Clean Joke Contest. Patrons will pay $20 for each joke they tell. Public admission to the event is $10. Patrons will vote for their favor- ite chowder and joke. A prize for best chowder will be awarded by judges. For $50 or $100, sponsors can have their names on the aprons of contes- tants. North Mason Resources is an um- brella organization that helps serve hungry residents, the homeless, veter- ans and others. Clog dance classes offered in Belfair The Hood Canal Masonic Temple in Bclfalr i8 offering clogging classes every Tuesday evening at 23341 NE state Route 3. Beginning dance classes will start at R-'dg p_m_ and ]~.~: an hour_ For more information, call ZTD-~t~OO or 908-5431 or go to countrycloggers.org. Chowder chefs are being sought to compete in North Mason Resources' C~howa~r ~oolr-O from 1 1 ~.m_ ~o p.m. Oct. 25 at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 1171 Sand Hill Road, Belfair. Chefs will pay a $50 entry fee and will need to bring 3 gallons of any type :, J Compiled by reporter Gordon Weeks