West Seattle, Washington
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School track and field athletes headed to state! The update is from head coach Will Harrison:
the West Seattle boys placed 3rd at the Sea King District 2 meet last Wed/Fri at Southwest Athletic Conference and were the top Metro school! They scored 51 points, one point ahead of O’Dea and Nathan Hale. In all, 9 boys and 2 girls advanced to the 3A State Championships at Mt Tahoma HS this Thursday/Friday/Saturday:
Joe Kirk-Woodbury: Shot Put, Discus
Cass Elliott: 300m Hurdles, 200m, 4 x 400m
Rylee Farrison: 400m, 4 x 400m
Alec Maroon: 4 x 400m
Jackson Delaney: 4 x 400m
Abdifatah Jeylani: 4 x 100m
Tom Nguyen: 4 x 100m
Lucas Bower: 4 x 100m
Kahlel Kelley: 4 x 100m
Chloe Cunliffe: Pole Vault, Long Jump
Symmone Davis: 100m Hurdles
The Lake Washington Boys won the meet with 64 points, and the Mercer Island Girls won the meet with 83 points. Full results here.
Alki Masonic Lodge #152 honored 16 public-high-school scholars from around West Seattle this past week. It was the lodge’s 40th annual School Awards Night. Thanks to the parents who shared the news and photos!
The faculty of Chief Sealth International and West Seattle High Schools nominated four junior boys and four junior girls to receive recognition and a gift for outstanding achievement. Chief Sealth student nominees were Thu La, Asata Golash, Olivia Palmer, Isabella Ramsell, Asher Didier, Nollen Paltrep, Kai Bretl, and Grayson Hoffman.
West Seattle student nominees were Reuben Gut, Jackson Espeut, Marlee Bennett, Emma Foulk, Ariana Guerra, Grace Sarver, Jake Jonson, Colin Roman.
One boy and one girl from each high school was also selected by the Masons to be awarded an additional recognition and gift. The winners were Olivia Palmer and Asher Didier from Chief Sealth and Marlee Bennett and Jake Jonson from West Seattle.
Last year’s junior winners from each high school were invited to return to this year’s award ceremony. Those students were Tony Tran and Chandra Burnham from Chief Sealth, and Noe Leon and Rachel Hay from West Seattle. Tony Tran was presented the Alki Lodge Community Scholarship Award.
Also from the event, here is a photo of five Gatewood Elementary alumni, including Worshipful Brother Martin Monk, who led the night’s award ceremony.
From left are Reuben Gut, Jackson Espeut, Martin Monk, Marlee Bennett, Asher Didier. Mr. Monk was one of the first students to be recognized by the Alki Lodge 40 years ago.
In response to our followup question, he explained that, “The Masons of West Seattle are assisted by the principals and counselors of Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School in selecting 8 outstanding students of each Junior class. All of the students are presented with a small monetary token of appreciation, with a larger sum being presented to the Top Boy and Top Girl of each school. In addition, the 4 Top Juniors of 2017 were invited to speak about their aspirations, and one of these students was awarded a Community Service Scholarship. Alki Lodge is very pleased to continue this tradition of support for the public education of our local students.”
Thanks to Madison Middle School science teacher Fred Jenner for the photos and report!
Outstanding job to Madison Middle School’s science department, guest scientists, adult volunteers, and student volunteers for putting on a great Super Science Night Thursday night! We had 415+ in attendance.
Our guests had a great sampling of activities which included liquid nitrogen experiments, chemistry experiments, dry ice experiments, atmospheric science, and neuroscience demonstrations and activities, genius hour projects, science trivia competitions in the Dog Pound, West Seattle High School AP physics trebuchet project demonstrations, teacher demos of heart pumps, chemistry mixtures, rock selections, owl pellet dissections, delicious root beer floats (thanks to Ms. Bunch and the parent volunteers), and a high-interest sampling of books of all genres on the stage (thanks to Ms. Bell and the book store volunteers.)
Again, excellent job to all who helped make this night a super-special one!
Just five weeks left in the school year – Seattle Public Schools‘ last day is June 22nd.
9:06 PM: Congratulations to the West Seattle High School softball team on a great season that just came to a heartbreaking end at Southwest Athletic Complex, with a 5-4 loss in a must-win district-playoff game against Juanita. More later.
11:34 PM: Adding photos.
West Seattle scored first early to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning
Juanita came back a couple of innings later to open up a lead. West Seattle came back and the game was tied 4-4 going into the 7th. A two-out rally got Juanita the win and the district’s fifth and final spot in the state tournament.
We’ve reported previously that the city was seeking community members to help decide on whether to grant a zoning “departure” so that portables can be brought to Madison Middle School. Now, the Department of Neighborhoods has announced the date for the resulting meeting – with info on how you can comment even if you can’t be there:
The public is invited to discuss the development plans for Madison Middle School located at 3429 45th Ave SW. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at the school. The Seattle School District is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from a City zoning regulation for reduced on-site parking in order to provide portables.
The Seattle School District will make a presentation on the modification before the Madison Middle School Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors, and Seattle School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to provide comments. Following public comments, the committee will deliberate and consider the District’s request. Additional meetings may be held, if needed.
If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by Tuesday, May 29 to Maureen Sheehan:
Mailing Address: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
For additional information or to request an interpreter (by May 28) for the meeting, contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.
We first noted the portable plan in January.
The report is from Chief Sealth International High School track and field coach Lorna Considine, forwarded by Nicole Sipila of the Sealth PTSA:
In the history of Chief Sealth Athletics there has been no one that has achieved what ELIJAH JACKSON did last Friday.
He became the 2018 METRO CHAMPION in the LONG JUMP 22’8”, TRIPLE JUMP 44’5”, and HIGH JUMP 6’4”. He is also the anchor leg of the MENS 4X100 RELAY who came in 4th and will advance to the District Meet. We are very proud of what he’s accomplished and look forward to seeing him succeed on his journey back to the STATE TRACK MEET next weekend. Good luck!!!!!
Also join me in congratulating the following student athletes who’ve advanced to the 2018 District Track Meet this Wednesday and Friday: EVE ELMORE, JASMINE SMITH, CHLOE MYERS, QUINN WILEY, SADIQUE CALLOWAY, DONNIE MCMILLAN, DIEGO JACKSON, and BRANDYN GIBSON! Good Luck, Seahawks!
A little over a month after students, faculty, and community members pleaded with the interim president of South Seattle College< (WSB sponsor) not to kill the Pastry and Baking Arts program, Peter Lortz has made a decision. The college’s communications director Ty Swenson says Lortz “is not forwarding a recommendation of program closure until more is learned from conversations with industry and further discussion with faculty.” Those conversations, he explains, emerged from “connect(ing) with those who expressed a willingness to support the program … a plan emerged for Seattle Colleges to meet with baking industry representatives to discuss how the district (this includes South Seattle College, Seattle Central College and North Seattle College) can best meet industry needs and student demand. Those meetings will be held in the near future.” In the meantime, though, Swenson adds, “South will not run Pastry & Baking Arts classes during Summer Quarter 2018 and is not currently accepting new students into the program for Fall Quarter 2018.”
Closure was recommended by the college’s vice president of instruction in the face of a college budget crunch, but before forwarding that recommendation to the district chancellor, Lortz convened a “listening session” that filled the school’s board room with supporters including prominent bakers/restaurateurs who said the program is an invaluable training ground for businesses like theirs.
As Roxhill Elementary prepares to move to EC Hughes, it’s time to ramp up the community mural project at the new site. From Jenny Rose Ryan of Friends of Roxhill Elementary, a special invitation for kids (and read through to the P.S. for adults):
Friends of Roxhill Elementary (FoRE) is pleased to announce the selection of Henry Luke as the artist to lead our community mural project. To kick off the project and help develop our community’s vision, Henry invites youth ages 7 to 13 to a series of workshops in the upstairs meeting room at the Southwest Branch of the Seattle Public Library from 4 to 5 p.m. on three upcoming Friday afternoons: May 18, May 25 and June 1. All kids are welcome — not just those from Roxhill.
Our goal is to create a long-lasting piece of art that truly represents the history, culture, and aspirations of the people in the neighborhood who will see it every day. We are excited to work together with Henry to create a mural that reflects our hopes, dreams, and visions for the future while making connections with each other.
The mural will be located at the concrete retaining wall at the corner of 32nd Avenue SW and SW Holden Street, along the street side of Roxhill’s new home at the historic E.C. Hughes Elementary. If you are an adult interested in participating in the mural design or volunteering to help paint the mural, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. It will be painted this summer, after installation of our new playground.
P.S. Friends of Roxhill will also be hosting a community build day for our new playground at our new home at the renovated and restored E.C. Hughes, where Roxhill is moving in the fall. Volunteers will be supervised by our selected playground firm, PlayCreation, on June 2 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Details are coming very soon — if interested now, you can sign up here. We have morning and afternoon shifts.
Both the mural and the playground have been made possible by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant.
Thanks to West Seattle High School head track and field coach Will Harrison for the report:
West Seattle Boys 4th, Girls 10th among 16 Seattle Metro League Schools
It was a great showing for West Seattle HS athletes at the Seattle Metro League Championships at Southwest Athletic Complex, May 9th and 11th. The boys’ team compiled 51 points to tie defending champs O’Dea for 4th; the girls earned 34 points for 10th. Photos courtesy of Erik Bell.
The boys’ team was led by:
-Senior Cass Elliott defending his 300 hurdles title, winning in 37.76 seconds. He also placed 3rd in the 200m dash in 22.81 to score 16 points total.
-Junior Rylee Farrison came up 3rd in the boys 400m in 51.28 and 4th in the 200m in 23.21 and to grab 11 points. Elliott and Farrison capped off the meet teaming with Seniors Jackson Delaney and Alec Maroon to place 3rd (worth 6 points) in a thrilling 4x400m relay in 3 minutes 27.6 seconds, dangerously close to the school record of 3:27.41 seconds from 2016 (Elliott and Farrison were on that team as well).
-Senior Joe Kirk-Woodbury went out with a fantastic senior Metro performance, achieving personal bests for 2nd place in the discus throw (149 feet, 7 inches) and 4th in the shot put in (47 feet, 1.5 inches) to score 13 points. With two weeks left in the season, the discus school record of 150 feet, 6 inches (Jay Morgan in 2003) could be in jeopardy.
-The boys 4 x 100m relay team of seniors Abdifatah Jeylani and Lucas Bower and sophomores Tom Nguyen and Kahlel Kelley placed 5th in the 4×100 meter relay (44.63) to score 4 points. Jeylani also placed 8th in the 100m dash for an additional point.
Girls’ team highlights included:
-Junior Chloe Cunliffe defended her pole vault title by going 13 feet even. She also placed 6th in the long jump in 16 feet, 5.25 inches to score 13 points altogether.
-Senior Symmone Davis had a breakout meet which saw her advance to districts in 4 events (top 8 in Metro advance to that meet, next Wednesday/Friday at SWAC). She placed 2nd in the 100m hurdles (16.19), and 7th in the 300 hurdles finals in 50.53. seconds – though the big breakthrough came in the prelims for that race, in which she earned the 2nd overall time with a 47.73, an oh-so-close .03 seconds off Grace Sarver’s record from 2017. Davis’ efforts added 10 points for those events.
-She also helped 2 relays advance – the 4x200m relay of Davis, sophomore Madison Kipley, senior Sierrah Bettin, and sophomore Katherine Long placed 5th in a season-best 1:48.54 (4 points); the 4x 100m of Davis, C. Cunliffe, Bettin, and sophomore Marissa Rackner placed 4th (5 points) in 51.36 seconds.
-Sophomore Sophia Cunliffe placed 7th in long jump (2 points) with a leap of 16 feet, 5 inches.
-The 4x400m relay of Kipley, Bettin, freshman Evelyn Hootman, and sophomore Melody Potratz placed 9th in 4 minutes, 15.78 seconds, and sophomore Malia Proctor threw 77 feet, 4 inches, also for 9th- thus earning spots as 1st alternates for the district meet next week.
The Nathan Hale Boys won the meet with 86 point (by ½ point over Bishop Blanchet) and the Holy Names Academy girls won with 83 points (by 2 over Seattle Prep). Full results can be found here.
Congratulations to Meghan Fiso from the third-place-in-state West Seattle High School girls’ basketball team! She has been honored as the Pacific Northwest Basketball Officials Association‘s Female Player of the Year. As explained by the PNBOA:
This award, as voted on by the officials who officiated your basketball games, is given to the player who shows great sportsmanship and leadership while also being an outstanding player.
Fiso, who’s a sophomore, received the award at a banquet last weekend. Thanks to proud mom Julie Fiso for sharing the news and the award photos!
The weather for Bike to School Day was even better than expected! First report is from Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – thanks to Joe Laubach:
The first-ever Louisa Boren STEM K-8 Bike Train was a great success! May 9, 2018 is bike to school day and STEM students, parents, staff, and even neighbors pedaled their way to school. The turnout was better than planners expected. Over 20 students participated, in addition to many parents and two teachers. Also joining the ride was Rachel Osias, Youth Programs Manager for Cascade Bicycle Club.
The bike train route included several blocks along the 26th Ave SW Greenway and a segment of the Longfellow Creek Legacy Trail. Pedaling has its rewards – in addition to some treats along the way, each participating student was awarded a card redeemable for a free dessert at Menchie’s. The event was planned by STEM parents Joe and Marlo Laubach with help and support from the PTA and other parents. A huge thanks to everyone who participated in this fun and healthy event.
The Alki events were coordinated by Chris Nutter. We spotted West Seattle Bike Connections‘ Don Brubeck along for the ride, too.
Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer (above left) welcomed a contigent from John L. Scott Westwood and Evergreen Home Loans today. They had a special drive to help the school and brought the results – including, along with a $1,000 check, a video gaming chair for special-needs students, a camera kit for the art department, a marker board for the faculty, and clothing for students in need. They also brought fruit and candy for the faculty staff room!
Another high-profile international visitor for West Seattle: At left is William Marois, who visited West Seattle High School on Tuesday from France. He is State Superintendent of the area two hours west of Paris where WSHS’s sister school, Lycee Polyvalent Robert Garnier, is located, explains WSHS French teacher Meghan Schumacher (above center), adding, “We welcomed three exchange students for a month in the fall, and then three of our students just returned from spending 3 weeks at their school and in their community.” The visit included a chat with WSHS principal Brian Vance (above right) and of course visits to the school’s French classes.
One more reminder that tomorrow (Wednesday, May 9th) is Bike to School Day, so be extra-careful, especially in the morning, whether you’re driving or riding! Yesterday we featured the plans for Alki Elementary and Louisa Boren STEM K-8. Today, David Cagen shares the plan for West Seattle’s most populous elementary, Genesee Hill, including this map of potential routes that neighborhood groups of riders will be using:
Roll your way to school with family and friends as Genesee Hill celebrates national Bike to School Day tomorrow Wednesday, May 9!
Just a few logistical reminders to help make this event as successful as possible:
· The front parking lot will be closed to all vehicles. The students will be storing their bikes here.
· Handicap spaces will be designated on Dakota near the intersection of 50th Ave SW
· Staff – reminder to use the lower parking lot on all days.
Come join in the festivities and a huge thank you to Mr. Cudney and all the volunteers for helping to coordinate a return of this tradition!
(“B” marks the school entrance.) Though some rain is expected overnight, the forecast for tomorrow morning is currently just “cloudy.”
Early reminder that Wednesday is Bike to School Day. If you’re anywhere near a school, you’re likely to see more riders that morning. And two local schools have shared their plans:
ALKI ELEMENTARY: The photo is from Alki’s Bike Rodeo last Wednesday afternoon, a tune-up for Bike to School Day, which Chris Nutter is coordinating. On Wednesday, Alki Elementary-bound riders are invited to join either of two “bike trains,” both gathering at 6:40 am, departing at 6:50 am – one at Me-Kwa-Mooks Park on Beach Drive, one at Anchor/Luna Park. Both are expected to get to the school by 7:20 am for a group photo, with “giveaways and snacks” promised in the school cafeteria and prizes for all riders.
LOUISA BOREN STEM K-8: This school is having a bike train on Wednesday, too. Joe Laubach is coordinating and says they will be gathering at Greg Davis Park (2600 SW Brandon) between 8 and 8:15 am Wednesday. Riders K-4 are asked to have a parent or other adult join the bike train with them. Joe adds, “Bring a helmet, a bike lock, and your big smiles for this event. While supplies last, students biking to school on May 9 will receive a fun prize! We’ll also have some snacks to keep us fueled for the ride!” He also adds that if there is “more than a light drizzle” that morning (current forecast calls for a “chance of showers”), the rain date will be Friday.
Anybody else planning a bike train? Let us know!
If you are in the Westwood area and noticing police at Chief Sealth International High School: They’re questioning three students in connection with what was first reported as an assault – another student hit and knocked down near 26th and Thistle – and then changed to a report of “strong-arm robbery” (no weapon). Police spotted someone described as a possible suspect and two companions walking into the school. We went down to find out more; police say they’re still talking to everyone involved to sort it out, and principal Aida Fraser-Hammer tells us school is proceeding normally. We’ll check back with SPD later.
The countdown continues – we are now exactly two weeks away from the West Seattle 5K, a fundraiser for the West Seattle High School PTSA, coming up Sunday, May 20th, just after 9 am, starting and finishing at 61st/Alki. (The course, to Luna/Anchor Park and back, closes the road for a few hours.) And tomorrow is the last day for a special discount – so if you sign up now by going here and use the code MAYDAY5, that will save you $5. All ages welcome, as are strollers and (leashed) dogs. We’ve co-sponsored the WS5K every year since its start – see you at the beach on race day!
Got some time to spare right now? Get over to Highland Park Elementary! The photo and invitation are from Connie Wolf:
The Highland Park Elementary PTA was hoping that May 5th would feature a Grand Opening Party for our school’s new playground, but as is typical for big projects, the construction took much longer than expected. Happily, as of yesterday, all the construction is complete! The work we have left to do is to move the engineered wood fiber (play chips) under our new net climber and slides. It’s a big job and a good workout. If you have an hour or two to spare, please join us [now] to get the “pit” filled in. Thank you everybody for your support!
It was a beautiful afternoon for baseball at Southwest Athletic Complex – but the end result wasn’t so pleasant for the West Seattle High School Wildcats. Their first season with head coach Bryan Tupper ended with a 9-4 Metro League tournament loss to Bishop Blanchet. More later.
Chief Sealth International High School will host a film festival this Friday and Saturday – and the second day is open to the community. This celebration of Spanish-language films has quite a backstory – it’s a program with University of Washington involvement, and this UW article explains how it happened, who’s involved, and why. Here’s the announcement we received from the school:
You are invited to Chief Sealth International High School’s Spanish Language Film Festival this upcoming Friday and Saturday. While Friday’s events will be during school hours and mostly open to only students, the events on Saturday, May 5, are open to the community.
We will be viewing the Chilean film Rara and the Colombian/U.S. film Entre Nos (trailer above), with screenings, time for food, and other activities happening between 11-6 that day. We hope you can join us at Chief Sealth International High School. And please encourage your students to attend as well!
Schedule for Saturday:
11:00 am: Doors open. Light snacks
11:30 am: Brief intro to Pepa San Martín’s Rara; Screening of Rara (Chile)
1:00-2:00 pm: Food and social hour
2:00-3:15 pm: Workshops
3:30 pm: Brief intro to Gloria La Morte and Paola Mendoza’s Entre Nos (Colombia/U.S.) Screening of Entre Nos
6:00 pm: Closing Ceremony
The film festival’s theme is “Outsider Heroes.” Chief Sealth IHS is at 2600 SW Thistle; festival admission is free.
Another postseason win for the Wildcats – thanks to Porter Hammer for the photos and report on last night’s game:
The West Seattle High School baseball team defeated Ingraham High School at Steve Cox Field in White Center Monday night, 2-0 in a loser-go-home playoff game. West Seattle (5-10 in the regular season) were the underdogs versus Ingraham (12-3 in regular season), but they did not play like it.
Pacific College-bound senior Anthony Coats (above) pitched a complete-game shutout, striking out 5 Ingraham batters while only walking 1.
RBIs by junior Ruben Gut and senior Nathan Villegas represented the winning runs. Gut had 2 hits on the day, and sophomore catcher Ulysses Hammer hit a double.
West Seattle now moves on to play Garfield HS tomorrow (Wednesday, May 2nd), again at 7 pm at Cox (1321 SW 102nd). After surviving two games of single elimination play, West Seattle is now in a double-elimination situation in the Metro League playoffs.
You can see the full Metro playoff brackets here.
Thanks to Kristen for the photo and report:
Both the 6th-grade and 7th-grade Holy Rosary boys’ volleyball squads have made it though playoffs to play in (tonight’s) CYO championship games @ Blanchet HS. Above, 7th grade boys, coached by Steve Fredrickson and Paul Barton; team from top center – Ryder M. (#14), P.J. B. (#10), Ethan A. (#6), Carter J. (#4), Jameson Y. (#33), Jack N. (#13), Torin H (#3), George J. (#11).
6th Grade Boys play @ 5:00 pm vs. St. Anne
7th Grade Boys play @ 6:30 pm vs. ASB (Assumption St. Bridget)
Good luck, Gators!
If you want to cheer them on, Blanchet is at 8200 Wallingford Ave N.
12:06 PM: The rain lifted (mostly) just in time for this morning’s postseason rematch between West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School at Southwest Athletic Complex. The Wildcats won, 4-1, and will play Ingraham HS next, 7 pm Monday at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center. Photos to come!
ADDED 8:14 PM: A few game highlights, with help from WSHS parent Porter Hammer, who shared the next photo of Wildcat junior pitcher Ruben Gut, who threw a complete game – 71 pitches in 7 innings – and sophomore catcher Ulysses Hammer:
Gut also had 4 strikeouts and gave up only one run, a homer by Chief Sealth sophomore Nestor German in the top of the seventh. He and Hammer each accounted for one of West Seattle’s RBIs, with Nathan Villegas getting the other two. Another play of note in the game, Wildcat Kai Osaka scoring on a passed ball by Sealth catcher Jess Brown:
This was the final game of the year for Sealth head coach Ernest Policarpio and team.
The next game for first-year West Seattle head coach Bryan Tupper and team is another win-or-go-home.