West Seattle, Washington
West Seattle High School music director Ethan Thomas sends word tonight of a student’s big achievement:
Maxwell Lemke (junior at West Seattle High School) placed at the top of his division at the Elliott Bay Regional Solo and Ensemble competition at SPU on Saturday. He performed the tuba solo “Beelzebub” by Andrea Catozzi, accompanied by senior Will Sullivan on piano. He will now advance to the State competition at Central Washington University in April. Both Maxwell and Will are strong members of the West Seattle High School music program and are involved in band, orchestra, jazz ensemble, and perform in the pit orchestra for our school musicals.
Maxwell’s father recorded the video during the division-winning performance.
The regular season for high-school basketball is over and the postseason is about to begin.
*WSHS plays at 7:30 pm Wednesday (February 10th) at Nathan Hale HS (10750 30th NE), vs. winner of tomorrow’s Cleveland-Roosevelt game
*CSIHS plays at 7 pm Tuesday (February 9th), at Eastside Catholic HS (232 228th Ave SE, Sammamish), vs. ECHS
*WSHS plays at 7 pm tomorrow (February 8th) at O’Dea (802 Terry), vs. O’Dea
*CSIHS plays at 7 pm Tuesday (February 9th) at home (2600 SW Thistle), vs. Roosevelt
West Seattle’s only private high school, Seattle Lutheran, also is sending basketball teams to the playoffs, but opponents, locations, and times aren’t set yet – only the date: Next Saturday (February 13th) is when the SLHS boys and girls both will play their first games.
Thanks to Meg Simmons for photos from the big game: In its first-ever postseason play, Westside School‘s 8th-grade boys basketball team has won the CYO championship, defeating St. Edward this evening, 54-39.
This season marked not only the first championship won by Westside, but also the first time it’s played in a championship game, and the first time it’s won a postseason game!
To get to the finals tonight at Bishop Blanchet, the Wolves defeated St Francis in the quarterfinals last Saturday 44-32, and then beat archrival Holy Rosary last Sunday, 55-46.
That’s Amy Ly, one of this year’s leaders of Link Crew at Chief Sealth International High School, the program in which juniors and seniors mentor and partner with freshmen from literally day 1. That includes activities throughout the year, as the new arrivals get used to high-school life, and Amy invited us to stop by for a special “late night” event on Friday night. It included volleyball, soccer, and other games in the gym:
Though the date had been set for a long time, the timing was perfect – a stormy night, wind and rain, the kind of night you’d want to spend inside. The event ran long enough for students to stop in and duck out – four hours, until 10 pm, with pizza and other treats alnog the way. And of course a photo booth:
The school year, by the way, is at its midpoint – the second semester is about to begin. This year’s midwinter break is two days – February 15th and 16th (here’s the calendar).
Haven’t sent in your ballots yet for Tuesday’s vote on two Seattle Public Schools levies? The King County Elections ballot-dropoff vans are at West Seattle Stadium (4432 35th SW) and Greenbridge Library (9720 8th SW) until 5 pm today, and again 10-5 Monday and 10-8 Tuesday. Above, we visited Daylin, Alana, and Lorenzo at the stadium spot around 11 am and they’d already received 34 ballots. Getting there is a little more of a challenge today because of the crane-removal lane closures just north of the stadium (see the photo in our daily preview), but it’s a fairly easy turn from and into the outside northbound lane. If you use the vans (or 24-hour dropboxes outside our area), it’s free, no stamp required, but if you are going to mail your ballot, be sure it has postage and that it will be postmarked by Tuesday.
ABOUT THE LEVIES: Both are renewals, though at higher amounts than the previous versions. The three-year, $750,000,000+ Operations Levy provides a quarter of the district’s day-to-day budget; the six-year, half-billion-dollar BTA Levy funds projects including capacity expansion and renovations. One big BTA project for West Seattle is renovation work at now-vacant E.C. Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heights, which as first reported here last fall is expected to be reopened as the home for what is now Roxhill Elementary.
They asked for help – you gave it – and Friday was delivery day for some of the students in the Seattle Youth Symphony Orchestras‘ Southwest Seattle Strings Project: Donation-funded supply baskets with practical and vital items such as replacement strings, chin rests, shoulder rests, rosin, and method books.
Back in November, we published the call for donations to fund one basketfor each of the seven local schools with which SYSO partners – Arbor Heights, Concord, Highland Park, Roxhill, Sanislo, and West Seattle elementaries, and Denny International Middle School. The drive was a success, and today we were there as Roxhill got its basket.
Through SYSO, students can borrow instruments for free if needed, and they get expert coaching from professional musicians in free weekly lessons. But the supply baskets were just a bit above and beyond what the project could do, so the extra donations made sure the students can keep taking advantage of the gift of learning music.
ORIGINAL REPORT, 8 PM: Earlier today, we noticed a liquor-license application for Meander’s at 6400 1/2 California SW in Morgan Junction – home to Kokoras Greek Grill, which has been listed for sale for quite some time. You’ll recall Meander’s closed in White Center last year; since then, proprietor Miranda Krone had mentioned she was working on a new venture, and at one point said it wouldn’t be far from her original location. We asked her earlier today for comment; she said she was awaiting word that Kokoras’s owners had talked to their staff. And now she’s just announced:
At last, I can let the cat out of the bag!
Morgan Junction, we’re coming home to you…
I’m working with Kim Depew, a longtime West Seattle resident and school teacher, to open Meander’s back on California Ave in what has been Kokoras Greek Grill.
We love Kokoras, but Spiros has decided that it’s time for him to return to Greece. I’m really looking forward to working with him next week, learning his recipes, and a few bonus family recipes, besides.
We’ll definitely be bringing back the breakfast you know and love, but I’m personally really excited about the evening menu. After five years of breakfast, I’m pretty eager to play on the dinner line and in the pastry kitchen. Look for old family favorites, some things I’ve picked up in my travels, and some collaborations with dear friends and talented chefs.
Oh, and? You know how you’ve been hassling us for mimosas and bloody marys for the past five years? All that, and more.
And yes, we’ll bring the waffles back, too.
This will be the fourth location for Meander’s, which originally opened five years ago in the former Jade West Café at 6032 California SW (now home to Harry’s Chicken Joint). A little over a year and a half later, the café moved to a big White Center space (now home to Noble Barton), then downsized to a spot about a block south in late summer 2013. That’s where the café remained until some tumult last year, followed by closure in November.
8:41 PM: Speaking of closure, Trickycoolj asked in comments when Kokoras will be closing. We asked Krone just now. She says it’s dependent on the aforementioned liquor-license change; they’ll know more on Monday. Also: “We plan to retain the current staff, and will continue running as Kokoras until about a week before the changeover.”
(Westside School photo from 72-70 victory over Holy Rosary)
Congratulations and good luck to the 8th-grade boys-varsity basketball team at Westside School (WSB sponsor), which is playing for the CYO championship tomorrow – a historic milestone for the school, says Westside’s Ted Holmes:
This was the first time a Westside School basketball team has played a varsity schedule, the first time a Westside School sports team has won a playoff game, and now the first time a Westside School team has advanced to the championship game.
Westside School defeated St Francis in the quarterfinals last Saturday 44-32, and then beat arch rival Holy Rosary for the second time this season last Sunday, 55-46. Westside School trailed to Holy Rosary at half 27-18, but scored 19 points in the third quarter and 17 more in the fourth, to come back and secure the win. Westside School will face St Edward in the championship.
The game is at 4:30 pm Saturday at Bishop Blanchet (8200 Wallingford Ave. N.).
For the fourth year, West Seattle Elementary School invited students and their families to a Family Health Carnival – “to increase families’ knowledge of and participation in physical activity and healthy eating,” explains school nurse Terri Helm-Remund, who got the grant that enabled the first one in the 2012-2013 school year. Since then, “the school has duplicated the event each year using volunteers (many from AmeriCorps) and grant funding from different sources.”
About 120 people participated, The evening began with a round of Zumba, then dinner sponsored by the United Way, followed by games, activities, and informational tables featuring organizations including the American Lung Association, Cheer Seattle (top photo), First Tee, Girls on the Run, Seattle Fire Department (photo below), Seattle Parks Aquatic Program, Seattle Parks Scholarship Program, Camp Long (which brought the owl in the photo above this paragraph), Within Reach, WSE Parent Booster Club, High Point Neighborcare, and High Point Neighborhood House.
About 120 people were there to enjoy the evening, Helm-Remund tells WSB.
Last regular-season home game for the undefeated West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team on Wednesday night – and their season-long win streak continued with a 51-43 win over Seattle Prep. Pre-game honors for seniors included special balls to #32 Lydia Giomi (above) and #30 Lexi Ioane (below) – Giomi scored her 1000th point vs. Eastside Catholic back on January 8th and pulled down her 1000th rebound vs. Garfield on January 29th; Ioane scored her 1000th point vs. Lakeside on December 16th.
Other Wildcat seniors include #21 Gabby Sarver and #15 Sarah DuLong. The team finishes the regular season Friday night at Franklin.
At Chief Sealth International High School tonight, the last regular-season home game for the girls-varsity team brought a 60-42 loss to Holy Names. In our photo is the Seahawks’ #2 Allison Hadaway, one of the seniors honored tonight along with #11 Bella Cortez De Bonar, #24 Elliott Snodgrass, and #34 Kali Schroyer. The team plays at Eastside Catholic Friday night, and then the postseason begins.
2:19 PM: Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School are in “shelter in place” right now, the district confirms. – with police investigating, following a report that someone might have been seen with a gun at Sealth. There is NO report of anyone having been injured – this is precautionary right now. More as we get it.
2:25 PM: We’ve just talked to police at the school. They say the person who was reported to have been seen with a gun is believed to have left the building. (According to dispatch description, it’s believed to be a female former student.)
2:30 PM: SPD says five have been “detained” (which doesn’t necessarily mean “arrested”). Our crew says that’s happening on or near the Southwest Athletic Complex fields south of Sealth but it appears police are leaving without anyone in custody. If you’re seeing a helicopter, it’s TV.
2:41 PM: SPS says the “shelter in place” is over and the schools will be dismissed as normal. SPD says officers have found marijuana (where, they haven’t said) but no weapon.
2:55 PM: Per scanner, officers have found the person they were looking for, at Westwood Village.
3:18 PM: Only one police car remains at that scene, at Rite-Aid, and operations inside the store appear to be normal. The suspect was reported in custody a short time ago; we’ll be checking on whether she was arrested. (And if and when we get the messaging that goes home to parents, we’ll add it here.)
3:56 PM: Here’s what police have just reported via SPD Blotter:
Seattle police arrested an 18-year-old woman Wednesday afternoon at Chief Sealth High School in West Seattle after she was reportedly seen with a firearm.
At around 2 PM, a fellow student reported seeing the young woman drop a firearm in bathroom, before picking it up and leaving the school building.
School staff called police and put the Sealth and nearby Denny Middle School campuses in shelter in place.
Officers identified the student alleged to have a firearm and found her at the Westwood Village shopping center. Police were not immediately able to locate the handgun, but arrested the 18-year-old for a firearms violation.
During the investigation, officers also attempted to contact a group of students near the school after they ran from police.
Officers were able to contact the group of students and determine they were not connected to the young woman seen with the firearm. Police, however, did find a bag of marijuana while attempting to contact the group, but it remains unclear whether it belonged to any of the students.
ADDED 6:58 PM: Denny principal Jeff Clark just sent us the letter he and his counterpart at Sealth have e-mailed to families:
Dear Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School Families,
We want to inform you of an incident that involved both Chief Sealth and Denny today. At around 2:00 PM, a Chief Sealth student reported to her teacher that she saw another student with what looked like a gun. The teacher notified the office. The administration called 911 and both Chief
Sealth and Denny went into a shelter-in-place. The police responded immediately to the Chief Sealth campus. After a police investigation and assessment of potential danger, the shelter-in-place was lifted. Shortly thereafter, Seattle police arrested an 18-year-old Chief Sealth female student at Westwood Village.
Please know that we take safety in our buildings very seriously; the well-being of students is our top concern. We are proud of how our students and staff responded to this incident.
We are committed to doing everything we can to keep our students safe. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Principal Chief Sealth International High School
Principal, Denny International Middle School
Another local school is hoping you can help send its 5th graders to outdoor-education camp. Roxhill Elementary‘s counselor launched the crowdfunding campaign and the tax-deductible donations go through the Roxhill PTSA, whose co-president Erica Lankford e-mailed to ask if we would share it:
The intention is to raise money to send Roxhill kids to camp and field trips since we do not have the funds to do so this year. Roxhill is a school in need. … 80% of our students are on free and reduced lunch. Many of our students have never had the chance to attend camp or other field trips that enrich their education.
The donation link is here.
10:57 PM: Both varsity teams won tonight at Seattle Lutheran, including the girls’ team with a special incentive:
As reported here earlier, this was the last scheduled home game in the last of 35 seasons for Coach Bruce Carlson. A special photo included alums of his teams:
We’ll have video of the tribute and more photos later. As for the game itself, the girls beat Crosspoint, 46-22.
The SLHS boys also went home with a win over Crosspoint, 64-43.
#34 Josh Meyer (above) was top scorer with 26. More on this game later, too.
ADDED 8:35 AM WEDNESDAY: Video and photos:
Thanks to Sanislo Elementary librarian/teacher Craig Seasholes for sharing that photo as a followup to a lifetime-memory event from last month (WSB coverage here) – the day he and students hosted Holocaust survivor George Brady, his daughter Lara Brady, and Japanese museum curator Fumiko Ishioka sharing their story as told in “Hana’s Suitcase,” whose titular character was George’s sister. The book inspired a play that’s now at Seattle Children’s Theater downtown, where, Seasholes says:
Thanks to generous support from SCT and Biller Family Foundation, Sanislo Elementary School 4-5th graders got to see the SCT play today. It was a wonderful “encore” to the special events of last month. A Big Sanislo Thank You to all of you who helped make this memorable story come to life.
By Randall Hauk
Reporting for West Seattle Blog
Tonight, Seattle Lutheran High School will hold a post-game ceremony to recognize its 35-season women’s-basketball coach at his final scheduled home game.
“But first we need to win a game,” says Bruce Carlson, tonight’s honoree.
A victory for Seattle Lutheran (6-1 conference, 11-6 overall) over visiting Crosspoint (1-6, 1-14) would keep the Saints within a game of first-place Evergreen Lutheran (7-0, 12-1), who will host SLHS in the season finale on Friday with a share of the SeaTac League title in play for the winners.
While the crowd in the gym tonight will certainly enjoy the elevated stakes in the basketball game itself, the stands will be filled with people there to pay tribute to a man who has led multiple generations of West Seattle athletes: “I’ve coached players who are children of some of my former players or of players I watched playing for the men’s team,” says Carlson. “That’s one way to know you’re getting old!”
In addition to coaching former players’ children, Carlson has “been blessed” to have had had players return to help with summer scrimmaging, with a few even serving as assistant coaches.
The West Seattle native decided a few years ago that he would depart with his current senior class:
First you have to get in … then you have to pay up. It’s the time of year when college plans are top of mind for many, whether you’re awaiting acceptance or finding financing. No matter where you – or your family member – will be going, South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) sends a reminder of an event tomorrow aimed at helping: “College Goal Washington,” 10 am-7 pm Wednesday, February 3rd, in rooms 217 and 219 at the SSC Library. Drop in for one-on-one help from SSC’s Financial Aid staff “to answer questions about scholarships, how to fill out the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), the WAFSA (Washington State Application for State Financial Aid) and more, in a one-on-one setting.” No charge, all welcome; more here. SSC is on Puget Ridge, at 6000 16th SW.
Next school year is seven months away but decision time is now, and more school tours are ahead this week, including:
TUESDAY – HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN TOUR: Tomorrow night, Highland Park Elementary principal Chris Cronas hosts tours for prospective kindergarten families. (1012 SW Trenton)
WEDNESDAY – ARBOR HEIGHTS ELEMENTARY TOUR: 9 am, with principal Christy Collins. Please RSVP – our calendar listing explains how. While AHES moves into a new building on its permanent location this fall, the tour will be at its current location at the Boren Building. (5950 Delridge Way SW)
WEDNESDAY – WEST SEATTLE ELEMENTARY TOUR: 9 am – please RSVP – the school website explains how. (6760 34th SW)
WEDNESDAY – SANISLO TOURS: 10 am and 6 pm tours of Sanislo Elementary with principal Bruce Rhodes. (1812 SW Myrtle)
THURSDAY – MADISON TOUR FOR STUDENTS/PARENTS: 8:30-10 am, prospective students and families are welcome to tour Madison Middle School, no RSVP required. (45th SW/SW Spokane)
THURSDAY – LAFAYETTE KINDERGARTEN TOUR: 1:15 pm, for prospective Lafayette Elementary parents. (California SW/SW Lander)
THURSDAY – DENNY OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm, prospective families are welcome to come find out more about Denny International Middle School. (2601 SW Kenyon)
Find more tours/open houses on our calendar – and if yours isn’t there, please send info ASAP (email@example.com) so we can add it – thank you!
Congratulations to the ten Chief Sealth International High School students who participated in the third annual Washington State High School Ethics Bowl at the University of Washington on Saturday. Teacher Noah Zeichner shares the photos and report:
The two Chief Sealth teams went undefeated (6-0) during the first three rounds. They matched up against teams from Seattle Academy, Bush School, Lake Washington High School, Nova, and Rainier Beach. Only Chief Sealth, Seattle Academy, and Lakeside made it to the semifinals. One of the Chief Sealth teams took third place.
On February 23rd, the top three teams (including Chief Sealth) will get to spend the day in Olympia, which will include attendance at oral arguments and a private reception with the justices of the Washington Supreme Court, a private tour of the Governor’s Mansion and meeting with senior staff members, and a visit to the state legislature and private tour and meetings with various legislators.
If you follow the link to the Ethics Bowl site, you’ll find a link to the 13 cases that were prepared for this year’s competition – covering topics including voting, breastfeeding, and the Ice Bucket Challenge.
Here’s how local teams did in last night’s high-school basketball, as we get closer to the end of the regular season:
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS: Both teams won at home last night over Quilcene, girls 47-45, boys 71-11 (thanks to Mike Jensen for the scores).
WEST SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL: Played at Garfield, where the WSHS girls remained undefeated, 62-40; the boys fell 86-32.
CHIEF SEALTH INTERNATIONAL HS: Played at Roosevelt, which took both games – girls 54-41, boys 69-57.
Still planning for next school year? More open houses ahead – the next few days’ lineup includes:
SATURDAY – WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI: Tomorrow from 1-3 pm, West Seattle Montessori School & Academy (WSB sponsor) opens the doors to give “parents and prospective families a chance to meet our staff, teachers and tour the facilities. You’ll be able to view samples of student work and pick up application materials. Our teachers and staff are available during and after the Open House to answer questions.” Preschool through 8th grade. (11215 15th SW)
SATURDAY – COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: 10 am-noon, this Spanish-language-immersion preschool offers an open house – details in our calendar listing. (4402 SW Walker)
TUESDAY – HIGHLAND PARK ELEMENTARY KINDERGARTEN TOUR: On Tuesday night, Highland Park Elementary principal Chris Cronas hosts tours for prospective kindergarten families. (1012 SW Trenton)
Find more tours/open houses on our calendar – and if yours isn’t there, please send info (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can add it!
9:56 PM: Two girls-varsity basketball teams with perfect records faced off tonight; only one could remain that way – and in the end, that team was West Seattle High School, with a home-court triumph over Bishop Blanchet, 44-30.
ADDED EARLY THURSDAY: More from the game, ahead: