West Seattle schools: 2 scenes from last day before break

December 16, 2011 at 6:46 pm | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

On the last day before the biggest break of the school year, many schools have something special. We just learned today about this special annual tradition at Madison Middle School – luminarias! Award-winning counseling-team leader Lauren Divina explains that it’s a tradition dating back to the mid-’90s, “We lighted up luminarias along the pathway in front of the building to welcome our students on the last school day before the school break! … The entire staff greet the students at the front steps as they start coming in, we give candies, and there’s background music for the holidays.” Thanks for sharing the photos – we’re marking our calendar to go check this out in person next year!

Meantime, at Pathfinder K-8, the day before winter break was Crazy Hat Day, Akemi explained, sharing this photo:

According to Akemi, that’s Pathfinder 8th-grader Evaro: “Guess if we can’t use the viaduct, might as well wear it!” (Which reminds us, have you noticed lately how the south-end demolition is almost done? Here’s one of the newest WSDOT photos via Flickr.)


  1. that viaduct hat is awesome!

    Comment by bridge to somewhere — 8:49 am December 17, 2011 #

  2. What a wonderful tradition and a lot of work. Glad to see it is still happening.

    Comment by star 55 — 11:06 am December 17, 2011 #

  3. Wow, and I thought we were doing good stapling smiling cats to a Santa hat. That is AMAZING! Wish I had taken the kiddo to school yesterday so I could have seen all of the fun hats.

    Comment by Donna Lawson — 6:39 pm December 17, 2011 #

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