Video: 1st assembly as “Denny International Middle School”

September 14, 2009 at 9:52 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, West Seattle video | 8 Comments

Leading his school’s first assembly as Denny International Middle School – that second word is brand-new this year – principal Jeff Clark offered a well-received explanation for his bright outfit. He spoke within the past hour to a cafeteria filled with the 700-strong student body that speaks more than 22 languages, according to a fact sheet Seattle Public Schools media liaisons handed out. Clark also pointed out the visual representation of that – these flags hanging overhead:

Part of the new “international school” program includes Spanish/English immersion – Denny teacher Leticia Clausen is teaching a humanities block in Spanish, and is shown in our next video introducing costumed students who performed a dance from the Mexican state of Oaxaca:

(A sign of Denny’s new focus – as Clausen left the stage, the teacher next to whom we were standing thanked her in Spanish; she replied, “De nada.” The language focus at Denny also includes Mandarin Chinese.) Other performers this morning: Denny’s marching band and steel drummers; toward the middle of this clip, you’ll see Marcus Pimpleton, who is leading music programs at Chief Sealth High School this year as well as his duties at Denny:

The students (and teachers, who lined both sides of the cafeteria) also heard from SPS Superintendent Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson, who will appear a few miles east at Concord Elementary School tomorrow morning as part of a similar celebration – Concord, which is in South Park but considered part of SPS’s West Seattle region, is also an international school as of this year (here’s the original announcement), which the district says sets up a pathway from Concord to Denny. They are two of five international schools in the SPS system, along with Stanford, Hamilton and Beacon Hill. ADDED 1:08 PM: One more clip – the actual Oaxacan dance:

8 Comments

  1. cool-

    did you get any video of the Oaxacan dance ?

    Comment by sam — 10:53 am September 14, 2009 #

  2. I did, will be adding – TR

    Comment by WSB — 10:58 am September 14, 2009 #

  3. My daughter is enrolled in a Spanish language immersion preschool, I’m SO excited at the possibility of her being able to attend a bi-lingual immersion elementary school here in West Seattle when she’s ready for Kindergarten in Fall 2011.

    Thank you WSB for keeping us up to date on the Denny story. :-)

    Comment by Cheryl — 12:41 pm September 14, 2009 #

  4. Good things in SPS; yay for us! Some people seem to think you need charter schools for innovation but despite how long it takes for some things to happen, we seem to grow our own innovation.

    Comment by westello — 3:06 pm September 14, 2009 #

  5. Thanks for the great coverage! Denny International has so many wonderful things going for it, and thanks to an incredible, dedicated staff & student body it will only continue get better!

    Comment by Donna Burns — 8:31 pm September 14, 2009 #

  6. Thank you for covering this and posting it – we are in our 2nd year at Denny and have only great things to say.

    Comment by Alison — 3:30 pm September 15, 2009 #

  7. i love denny i am a student i have gone for too years i am an eighth grader now

    Comment by nicoe williams — 10:39 am September 16, 2009 #

  8. I HAVE TWO CHILDREN NOW AT DENNY BUT FEAR THAT WE MAY HAVE TO LEAVE DENNY SINCE THE SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS BEEN SENDING MY KIDS’ BUS ROUTE AFTERSCHOOL TO A METRO STOP ON SPOKANE AND BEACON AVE S. I HATE THE FACT THAT THIS BUS WITH AT LEAST 23 STUDENTS HAD NO AUTHORIZATION OR KNOWLEDGE OF THE PARENTS THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL WHEN THE KIDS WERE PICKED UP AT THIER NEIGHBORHOOD STOPS THEN THEY WERE PICKED UP AFTERSCHOOL IN THE SAME BUS THAT WAS HEADED MILES NORTH TO A STOP BY JEFFERSON GOLFCOURSE OR DOWN ON RAINIER FORCING THE KIDS TO FIND THIER OWN WAY HOME….I HAVE YET TO GET ANY ANSWERS FROM THE TRANSPORTATION DEPT OR ADMINISTRATION OFFICE IN RESPONSE. ANY IDEAS???

    Comment by KAREN MOORE — 10:29 am September 17, 2009 #

Sorry, comment time is over.

All contents copyright 2014, A Drink of Water and a Story Interactive. Here's how to contact us.
Header image by Nick Adams. ABSOLUTELY NO WSB PHOTO REUSE WITHOUT SITE OWNERS' PERMISSION.
Entries and comments feeds. ^Top^