Submitted by Olympia School DistrictMichael Havens has been named Principal of McKenny Elementary School in the Olympia School District. Havens has been Principal at Boston Harbor Elementary School since 2008. In addition to serving as principal at Boston Harbor, Havens has served as for the past six years as the Professional Development Coordinator for the school district. The position of McKenny Elementary principal became vacant with the news that Brendon Chertok had accepted the position as principal of Garfield Elementary on Olympia’s west side.“I’m very excited about the opportunity to be principal at McKenny,” said Havens. “It’s a bit of a homecoming for me as my daughter attended preschool, Kindergarten and first grade there. I have really enjoyed my six years at Boston Harbor and am very proud of our accomplishments. The principal duties have always been the best part of my job and I look forward to being able to do that full time.”Olympia School District Superintendent Dick Cvitanich said he was confident Havens would be an excellent leader for McKenny Elementary.“Michael is a great fit for McKenny students, families and staff,” Cvitanich said. “He clearly has a passion for children and the ability to work collaboratively with staff to create systems for student success. He is also highly respected for his knowledge of the new Teacher and Principal and Evaluation System.”Havens began his teaching career in the North Kitsap School District in 1995. He joined the Olympia School District in 1997 as a teacher at Marshall Middle School, where he served until becoming Assistant Principal at Jefferson Middle School in 2006. In 2008 Havens was named principal of Boston Harbor Elementary.Havens earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington in 1993, his Master’s in Teaching from Seattle University in 1995 and his Principal’s Certification from Seattle Pacific University in 2005.McKenny Elementary serves about 350 students in preschool through fifth grade. Havens will assume his new responsibilities at McKenny Elementary on July 1. Facebook66Tweet0Pin0
THE CALIFORNIA DISTAFF HANDICAP IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTSRace 3 of 9 Approximate post time 1:30 p.m. PST HOME JOURNEY: Drawn on the far outside with “Big Money” Mike Smith up, she has the advantage of rationing her speed while pressuring Enola Gray down the hillside. A gate to wire winner of the Grade III Las Cienegas Stakes here in April, 2015 as a 5-year-old, this 6-year-old mare by Good Journey has a win and two seconds from five trips down the hill. Owned by GGG Stables and Russell Sarno, Home Journey pressed the pace and finished fifth, beaten 1 ¾ lengths, in her most recent start, the five furlong turf Daisycutter Handicap on Aug. 5. She’ll be ridden for the third time by Smith, who guided her to victory in a first condition allowance at Hollywood Park in June, 2013. Her overall mark stands at 19-5-6-1 and she has earnings of $357,009. LONG HOT SUMMER: D’Amato hopes to “have ’em surrounded,” as this 4-year-old filly by Street Boss will hope to replicate her off the pace victory in a five furlong turf classified allowance on Sept. 2. If Enola Gray and the Mike Puype-trained Home Journey duel early, it could set up nicely for Long Hot Summer, who has two wins and a second from three hillside tries. Second in the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes here seven starts back on June 27, 2015, Long Hot Summer could well go favored as she sports an overall mark of 12-5-2-1 with earnings of $341,875. ENOLA GRAY: Undefeated in three starts prior to running second at odds of 1-5 against open company in the six furlong Beverly J. Lewis Stakes at Los Alamitos Sept. 11, this 3-year-old gray daughter of Grazen will try turf for the first time as she gets back to state-bred completion. Blessed with extraordinary early speed, Enola Gray, a two-time stakes winner versus Cal-breds, won her first three races by a combined 26 ¼ lengths and will hope to pose an elusive front-running target under regular rider Tyler Baze. ARCADIA, Calif. (Oct. 12, 2016)–Nick Alexander’s homebred Enola Gray and Anthony Fanticola and Joseph Scardino’s Long Hot Summer, both conditioned by Phil D’Amato, figure prominently in Saturday’s $100,000 California Distaff Handicap, to be run at 6 ½ furlongs down Santa Anita’s hillside turf course.For fillies and mares three and up bred or sired in California, the Cal Distaff, which was won last year by Joe Parker’s Our Pure Creation, will be run for the fourth time and be contested by a field of five. Desert Steel–Rafael Bejarano–120Long Hot Summer–Joe Talamo–125Enola Gray–Tyler Baze–121Out Ofthe Ordinary–Jamie Theriot–117Home Journey–Mike Smith–122First post time on Saturday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, late changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.