One more day to get in on WSHS Music’s fruit fundraiser

November 25, 2014 at 11:39 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Music Boosters supporting the West Seattle High School music department sent word of this – tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day to get in on it – and note that if you don’t need all that fruit, you can still help the students while donating your donation to feed those in need!

The WSHS Music Department is currently selling 20-pound boxes of oranges or grapefruits, for $28.00 each. Funds raised will help offset student costs as both the orchestra and band will be traveling to perform in Disneyland this next May. Fruit can be purchased from any WSHS music student, or contact by 11/26, for more information. Boxes can also be purchased for direct donation to the West Seattle Food Bank. The fruit will be delivered around December 5th.

Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath

November 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 63 Comments

1:48 PM: Via both SPD and a campus source, we’re told some West Seattle High School students have joined the walkout to show opposition to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand-jury decision. Some other schools in the city including Garfield and Roosevelt had hundreds walk out.

2:20 PM: We just missed the walkout but got some reader video we’ll add when back at HQ. Police we talked with just off-campus estimated about 75 participants and say it unfolded peacefully.

2:44 PM: Added the aforementioned video atop this story (recorded by a reader from the top parking deck at Admiral Safeway, looking west), plus our photo of the police who were still at California/Stevens when we arrived. Another texter said some had walked out at Chief Sealth International High School earlier today, but we have not confirmed that. The district’s message about the walkouts is on the SPS home page.

West Seattle schools: Personalize Pathfinder’s playground

November 25, 2014 at 9:09 am | In Pigeon Point, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

(Photo by Holli Margell)
Glass art as a holiday gift? That’s one way to support the playground project that Pathfinder K-8 has embarked on. Organizers explain: “Having been awarded significant grants from both the City and County, we are working to raise $50,000 in cash from our school families and broader community. We have a lovely donor recognition program that will be a lasting symbol and legacy
of your gift to our community. Please see the giving levels” here. Hint – the glass tiles are part of it; you can fund one (or more) with an inscription to forever be part of the new playground; see the design here.

West Seattle sports: Chief Sealth basketball alumni event Friday

November 24, 2014 at 1:51 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Friday night, you’re invited to Chief Sealth International High School for a tribute, two alumni games, a tribute, and more! From girls’ head basketball coach Katie Jo Maris:

Chief Sealth’s 3rd annual Nels Enquist Alumni Basketball Game: THANK YOU, COACH MIKE SIVA!

“You Gave Me Your Time, The Most Thoughtful Gift Of ALL” – Dan Zadra

I would like to invite EVERYONE to join Chief Sealth International High School on November 28, 2014 to honor the great coach Mike Siva for everything he has done for Chief Sealth Athletics.
- Coached at Sealth 1984-2010
- Coach of the Year: Volleyball 2, Soft ball: Slowpitch 1, Fastpitch 2
- Volleyball: ‘93-‘94 Metro champs. Last public school to win Metro back to back. 3rd in state ’93 and 8th in state ‘94.
- Slowpitch: State 1993. Fastpitch was regularly in the play-offs.
- 36 years with Seattle Public Schools. A plus award winner, Alliance of Education only security specialist to win the award.
- Security at Sealth ‘79, ‘84-‘99, ‘99-Present. Currently the Southwest Division Technical Lead Specialists–Seattle Public Schools–security.

Details for the game:


– $3 Adults 18+
– $2 11 yrs-17 yrs or any age with student ID
– FREE 10 yrs and under

4:00 pm – Doors Open
4:15 pm – Varsity Girls basketball scrimmage
5:00 pm – Varsity Boys basketball intra-squad scrimmage
5:15 pm – Alumni Player Check-in
6:00 pm – Women’s Alumni Game
7:30 pm – Men’s Alumni Game

There will be concessions as well as Sealth gear available for purchase.

Please come and enjoy this event with your friends, family, current Seahawks and fellow alumni.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

3 R’s – reading, reading, reading! Roxhill Elementary literacy updates

November 23, 2014 at 2:52 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

Thanks to Roxhill Elementary library teacher Chris Robert for sharing the report and photos:

- Like Sanislo, Roxhill has received its shipment of $6,000 in books from its 2013-14 partnership with the Seattle Public Libraries funded by an Allen Family Foundation Grant. Many thanks to Sanislo Librarian Craig Seasholes and former Roxhill Librarian Pat Bliquez for securing this partnership.

– Thank you to the Friends of the Library for its donation of 2,500+ books to give away to Roxhill students. Books are covering the lunchroom tables, and students will select at least five books each when they come with their families for conferences … continuing through Tuesday.

– Author and illustrator Wendy Wahman visited, spoke, and drew with Roxhill 1st and 2nd graders. Ms. Wahman read her story “Snowboy 1, 2, 3″ and shared her process when illustrating books. Thanks to the PTA for funding this event.

Roxhill’s Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble included read-alouds by Roxhill teachers, parents, and students. ([Above] is a pic of teacher Mike Nguyen.)

We appreciate receiving school news we can share with the wider community – both after events happen, and info ahead of time for potential coverage by a WSB crew – e-mail us at any time!

P.S. Seattle Public Schools‘ Thanksgiving break is just a few days away – one-hour early dismissal on Wednesday, then Thursday and Friday off, back to school Monday, December 1st. (As mentioned above, elementary schools have conferences instead of classes in the days before Thanksgiving.)

West Seattle weekend scene: WSHS auction success

November 23, 2014 at 2:30 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Big fun and big giving Friday night at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):

The West Seattle High School PTSA thanks the community for making the annual “Reaching for the Stars” auction a tremendous. success. The auction was held on Fri. Nov. 21. Principal Ruth Medsker and PTSA President Cathy DeVore welcomed guests and supporters, including Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine (WSHS alumnus), pictured holding a member of the WSHS class of 2032:

If you missed the auction, you can still support WSHS students via the PTSA’s fundraising efforts – go here.

West Seattle schools: $6,000 in books for Sanislo readers

November 19, 2014 at 11:48 pm | In West Seattle books, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

(Photo republished with permission)
Sanislo Elementary librarian Craig Seasholes is excited about a big gift for the young readers with whom he works – those boxes are part of a donation of nonfiction books worth $6,000! They’re courtesy of the Seattle Public Library/Paul G. Allen Family Foundation collaboration and Sanislo parents are invited to stop in the library during conference week next week for a closer look. Find out more on this Sanislo webpage.

West Seattle schools: Roxhill Elementary benefit Friday

November 19, 2014 at 9:27 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

Another chance to support a West Seattle school is two days away. From the Roxhill Elementary PTSA:

This Friday, November 21st, the West Seattle (and beyond!) Community has an opportunity to support Roxhill Elementary School.

From Open to Close (as well as online), a percentage of purchases made at Barnes and Noble will go towards the school.

Mr. Robert – along with Teachers and Parents – will be live-reading in the Children’s section [at the Westwood Village store] from 5 pm – 8 pm. Put on your pajamas and join us! Thank you so much!

The voucher number to use that day (in person or online) is on this PDF – 11509577.

West Seattle scene: SSC’s serious gingerbread-house building

November 19, 2014 at 1:21 am | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
Culinary students at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) were working on this gingerbread house well into Tuesday evening – after having already put more than 100 hours of work into it – with instructors including Christopher Harris (left). This morning, college spokesperson Kevin Maloney says, it’s scheduled to be picked up for delivery to Costco‘s corporate offices, where it will be on display in the travel area.

ADDED: Here’s the SSC report with full details on the gingerbread project.

West Seattle schools: ‘Kindergarten technologists’ work with newly donated Snap Circuits at Lafayette

November 17, 2014 at 12:16 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

With public funding of schools falling short, community and corporate goodwill is more vital than ever to help students keep up. The latest example was shown off this morning in Landon Bell‘s kindergarten classroom at Lafayette Elementary in The Admiral District. The “kindergarten technologists” in our photos are using Snap Circuits (shown and explained here) to explore electrical engineering, creating working machines on circuit boards.

Lafayette got the Snap Circuits via a request on the crowdfunding site for teachers,, one of 19 projects at 15 Seattle schools that were funded in a donation by AT&T, according to the announcement of this morning’s demonstration.

Many DonorsChoose projects are funded by individual community contributions, but as was the case here, the corporate community jumps in too – you might recall the Google announcement at Highland Park Elementary last month. Much other supplementary funding comes via events organized by schools’ PTAs (at Lafayette, last month’s Walk-A-Thon – with community sponsors including WSB – raised $60,000 in pledges).

P.S. If you’re interested in donating to classroom projects, DonorsChoose is searchable by zip code, and our quick check shows lots of current requests from local teachers.

West Seattle Montessori visited by new book’s star ‘Danny Dog’ (and its author Sid Shapira)

November 15, 2014 at 1:39 am | In Pets, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Literacy starts early! And it can so often be fun – as it was Friday at West Seattle Montessori School and Academy (WSB sponsor), where students/staff got “a wonderful visit,” says assistant director Heather Aquino (who shared the photo), “from author Sid Shapira and his dog Danny.” Danny is the star of Shapira’s just-published children’s book,”Danny Dog – A rescue dog finds his forever home.” The book is described as “also illustrating the key role pet-rescue organizations play in giving pets a second chance and a forever home.” The author says part of the book’s profits will go to rescue organizations.

West Seattle school boundary changes: Board member Marty McLaren says 2015 alarm is based on wrong numbers

November 14, 2014 at 11:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

11:41 AM: The West Seattle school boundaries set to change next year have triggered major concern because of enrollment effects – especially at Schmitz Park Elementary, already beyond overcrowded, and now worried (as laid out here) that boundary changes for next fall, a year before their new Genesee Hill school opens, will further burst their seams. This morning, West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren just sent her mailing list a document contending that concerns about the boundary-change effects were based on projected enrollment for 2017, and that this fall’s enrollment changes are much smaller:

The boundary-change vote is set for next Wednesday’s school-board meeting (November 19th) at district HQ in SODO, 4 pm. As noted on the SPES PTA website, public-comment speaker signups start Monday morning.

ADDED 4 PM: Until this, we hadn’t heard an official announcement that Genesee Hill wouldn’t open until fall 2016 – it was originally supposed to be midyear 2015-2016 – but district spokesperson Tom Redman confirms to WSB, that is indeed the new plan.

From the ‘it was only a drill’ department

November 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

No, that was ****NOT**** a lockdown/shelter-in-place at Sealth – the school says it was a drill.

After the first few texts wondering what was going on, we contacted police, who said there was absolutely nothing in the area that would merit precautions. Then we finally reached the school, which confirmed it was only a drill, and was already over. But enough people have continued to message us that we thought we’d better mention it here, besides replying to them individually.

Congrats and good luck! WSHS swimmers headed for state

November 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

Thanks to Danette Carufel for sharing the photo and report:

Two West Seattle High School swimmers will be going to the State Swimming Championships next Friday/Saturday at King County Aquatic Center. Gabby Carufel, junior (left), had a state qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke of 1:01.77. Anne Williamson, senior (right), is competing in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.62. Go, Wildcats!!!

Update: Police investigating pencil-stabbing attack reported by Roxhill Elementary student

November 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police, West Seattle schools | 14 Comments

(SCROLL DOWN – or jump, if viewing from WSB home page – for Monday update)

5:53 PM SUNDAY: Police are investigating a report of bullying turned violent at a local school. The victim’s mother told them it happened at Roxhill Elementary on October 30th; it was not reported to police until she went to the Southwest Precinct desk on November 5th, according to the detailed report that was added to SPD’s publicly viewable online files this weekend. Here’s what the report says:

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Happening now: Mega-kid-stuff sale, benefiting preschools

November 8, 2014 at 11:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

One of the first events on our big list today is at the midway point – the mega-consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. It continues until 1 pm at the VFW Hall in The Triangle, and organizers say they’ve had a steady stream of shoppers. If there’s a wee one on your shopping list, you might even find her/him a new pal:

The VFW Hall is at 3601 SW Alaska.

High-school football: Chief Sealth’s season-finale game

November 8, 2014 at 2:19 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Chief Sealth International High School junior Daron Camacho (#11) scored the Seahawks’ lone touchdown in their final game of the season Friday night, a 28-6 loss to visiting White River (from Pierce County). That was in the second quarter, which is also when senior Alloney Burris (#5) intercepted a pass:

Sealth took momentum into the second half but White River stuck to a ground game that wore down the clock and helped them stay on top.

Highlights of Simon Iniguez‘s first season as head coach (3-7) included the third consecutive Huling Bowl victory over West Seattle HS and the homecoming victory over Franklin.

Update: Why Denny, Sealth, Roxhill were ‘sheltering in place’

November 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police, West Seattle schools | 9 Comments

2:13 PM: Police are checking out a report of a man seen in the Roxhill Park vicinity “with a handgun,” and that has led to Denny, Chief Sealth, and Roxhill “sheltering in place.” No injuries, no gunfire reported, but it’s a precaution.

2:24 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools has just tweeted that the “shelter in place” has been lifted, and schools are dismissing at normal times.

West Seattle schools: Denny’s Community Success Dinner

November 7, 2014 at 1:40 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos and info from Wednesday night’s “Community Success Dinner”:

(Wednesday) night, the community of Denny International Middle School came together for a special night of food and fun! Hundreds of Denny families and staff enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together, games, and opportunities to get family portraits and winter clothing.

A huge thank you to Roxana Amaral, Amber Brown, our whole Communities in Schools and City Year teams, many Denny staff, volunteers, and all of the scholars and families who came to make this event such a success! A special note of congratulations goes to Denny Scholar, Bertha Chavez, for her vision and organization of the games! We are very proud of our scholars for what they do every day and for how they helped! As a whole community, we would also like to thank the Safeway on Roxbury for their generous partnership with this event.

Go Dolphins!

More big events are ahead at Denny, including a clothing-donation drive and information night about Internet safety for kids – all the details are on the school’s home page.

West Seattle High School PTSA’s 2014 auction: One more day for earlybird discount prices

November 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Two weeks from tomorrow night, it’s the West Seattle High School PTSA‘s big annual auction fundraiser to help the school and its students. Earlybird-discount ticket sales have been extended until tomorrow, so you have one more day to get your ticket at the lowest price, $40. Just go here - and then be at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 6 pm Friday, November 21st. (If you already have your ticket, check out that same link to preview some of the auction items!)

West Seattle Election Day: Gatewood students’ letter to you

November 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

Have you voted yet? These Gatewood Elementary kids hope so! Teacher Darren Radu explains:

Our kids got fired up about voter turnout the past couple of days; we’ll be heading over to Morgan Junction … to remind people to send in their ballots.

Not only did they make signs – they wrote you this letter (click the image for a larger view):

You have until 8 pm to get your ballot to a drop van or dropbox, as explained in our daily calendar highlights; if you’re mailing it, you need stamps and you need to make sure it’ll be postmarked with today’s date.

South Seattle College culinary fundraiser: ‘Pop-up restaurant’

November 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

As the season of school fundraisers continue … here’s a tasty one: The Culinary Council at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) plans a one-night “pop-up restaurant event” to raise money. On November 18th, 6:30 pm at The Alhadeff Grill on campus, $50 will get you a five-course menu with wine pairings and an aperitif, with guest chefs including two alumni who also are current instructors. A silent auction will accompany the dinner; 100 percent of the night’s proceeds will benefit students and the program. Tickets are on sale now – you can buy yours, and/or find out more about the event, by going here.

High-school football: Senior night for Seattle Lutheran

November 2, 2014 at 10:01 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
The Seattle Lutheran High School cheerleaders got some junior assistants in the fourth quarter of last night’s football game at West Seattle Stadium. For the Saints, facing Muckleshoot, it was Senior Night, honoring Garret Ball, Zach Bauman, and Eric Shi:

As for the game … Muckleshoot 44, SLHS 28. Highlights:

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‘Symbol of hope for a better tomorrow’: Citywide request

October 30, 2014 at 11:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

A show of support and solidarity, requested citywide: Chief Sealth International High School activities director Sarah Martin asked if we would share this, a request that originated with the district’s athletics department:

Because of the recent tragedies in the Western Washington community, we are asking ALL FANS attending any Seattle school sporting event this weekend to wear something WHITE signifying HOPE and HEALING. This includes fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending any and all sports contests — This includes playoff games. It is at times like these that we must come together to support one another, even if we aren’t personally affected. We express our thoughts of healing by coming together as ONE and wearing WHITE as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow.

Tomorrow marks one week since the school shooting that ended three young lives at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Snohomish County.

West Seattle veterans: Denny Int’l Middle School invites you

October 29, 2014 at 8:59 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

From Denny International Middle School teacher Luther J. Carr III:

West Seattle Veterans!!! Denny International Middle School is looking for YOU to join us and be recognized & honored for your service to America at our annual Veterans Day Assembly, November 10, 2014 at 1:15PM. This invitation is open to the first 10 Veterans (limited seating) who respond to this invitation.

At our assembly you will be given priority seating, enjoy music, guest speakers, and inspirational videos along with our Denny scholars and staff.

If interested, which we hope that you are, please contact me at

Happening now: Browse local schools @ West Seattle Education Fair

October 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off


We’re in the gym at Seattle Lutheran High School as the second annual West Seattle Education Fair gets under way. Until about 8 pm, come on over and meet reps from local pre-K through middle schools, all in one location. No admission charge, no signup required. Those here include:

Community School of West Seattle
Explorer West Middle School
Harbor School
Holy Rosary
Hope Lutheran
Morningside Academy
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tilden School
West Seattle Montessori School
Westside School

Our obligatory “just so you know”: We’re sponsoring the fair, and five WSB sponsors happen to be in the mix – Explorer West, Harbor, Tilden, WS Montessori, and Westside. Meantime, if you haven’t been to SLHS before, the gym entrance is right on SW Genesee across from the parking lot at SW 41st.

POST-FAIR P.S. We’ll be adding photos. Thanks to everyone who visited and everyone who was part of it! Many schools have open houses coming up, listed on their websites (linked above) and also on our calendar.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: If you’re reading this from the home page, click ahead for photos – otherwise, scroll down!

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Change school start times? West Seattle rep needed!

October 28, 2014 at 9:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 8 Comments

Just over a month ago, we mentioned the task force that Seattle Public Schools is forming to figure out whether and how to change bell times. West Seattle’s School Board rep Marty McLaren now sends word that they’re specifically looking for someone from this area.

Here is a stimulating, highly important service opportunity for a West Seattleite! Seattle Schools needs a West Seattle Representative on the Bell Time Analysis Task Force.

As you may have heard, the Board has asked district staff to conduct an analysis of changing school start times in Seattle Public Schools, making elementary schools start earlier, and middle and high schools later. Most middle and high schools start at 7:50 AM, and there is overwhelming evidence that when middle and high school students start school at 8:30 AM or later they are healthier, more successful in school, happier and emotionally more stable. On the other hand, elementary students generally are wakeful and energetic in the earlier hours of the day.

To make such a change would involve coming to an understanding with many different groups – first of all, parents, and in addition, the Parks Department regarding use of athletic fields, after-school activities providers, child care providers, and so on.

The district is convening a task force to study the benefits and challenges of this change, and we need representation from the Southwest region. Our region has unique characteristics and it’s important that a person with some knowledge about West Seattle and its schools has a voice on the Task Force. Meetings will be from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on a weekday, generally once per month, with two meetings planned before winter break.

I hope you’ll consider volunteering to join in this vital work. For information, email, call or email Joan Dingfield,, or visit the website.

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