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Byrd Elementary School closes doors, completes 66 years of teaching excellence

The Richard E. Byrd Elementary School closed its doors June 10 after providing 66 years of quality education to the children on Negishi Housing Annex in Yokohama, Japan.

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DoDEA Pacific student wins spot in White House Kids’ State Dinner

Andersen Elementary School 2nd grade student Lily Vinch will attend the third annual Healthy Lunchtime Challenge and Kids' State Dinner in Washington D.C. next month for her “Mo-Rockin’ Meatless Monday Special” recipe – one of 54 selected from more than 1,500 contestants.

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DoDEA Pacific senior Keri Brooks wins National Achievement Scholarship

Guam High School senior Keri Brooks won a $2,500 National Achievement® Scholarship Program award which is only presented to 700 Achievement Scholarship® winners out of 160,000 entrants each year.

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DoDEA Pacific bids farewell to two longtime key leaders

Longtime Department of Defense Education Activity Pacific key leaders Jack Martin and Walter Smiley were honored together at a joint retirement event held here Friday in celebration of their more than 78 years of combined public service.

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New DoD schools at Camp Humphreys in South Korea hold combined ribbon-cutting celebration

Students, parents, community supporters, and senior Department of Defense Education Activity and military officials gathered to celebrate the new Humphreys Middle/High School and Humphreys Central Elementary School April 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in the new middle/high school.




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Sasebo students put math, science skills to the test aboard USS Germantown

Stars & Stripes
Sasebo, Japan | January 19, 2012

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan – It wasn’t a normal day in the classroom for 66 fifth- and sixth-graders from Sasebo Elementary, and Seaman Aldannuvia Dominguez of the USS Germantown wasn’t their normal teacher.

The Department of Defense Dependents Schools students toured the Whidbey Island class dock landing ship on Thursday to learn how math and science are practically applied in daily Navy life.

Dominguez, who was working in the pilothouse, showed the students how to use a compass and plot a course. Then she took questions, speaking with students whose imaginations raced, covering everything from navigation to global positioning systems.

“It’s really hard to navigate celestially,” she said. “We rely on this room to make sure we don’t crash,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Kilpatrick added.

In addition to the pilothouse, the children also learned about mechanical advantage and got to operate pulley systems on board the ship. The tour also included fire science, where children got to use the fire hoses in the well-deck of the ship, as well as a tour of the ship’s medical facilities. They also had lunch with skipper Cmdr. Carol McKenzie.


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