Greg Slader shares the photo of Joe Mitchell, who he reports had three hits during a lopsided game against Franklin (the score is listed in The Times as 17-0): “Everyone got a chance to play as the rain was unable to spoil West Seattle’s game vs. the Quakers. Friday’s game is at Franklin before next week’s big games against Chief Sealth.”
Speaking of whom – the Seahawks hosted Rainier Beach, winning 10-0. Those two teams also have a rematch on Friday, 3:30 pm at Rainier Beach.
A high-profile visitor today at West Seattle Elementary School, from half a world away – Phiona Mutesi came to show the students what can happen if you work really hard at something. In her case, it’s chess that’s brought her into the spotlight from an impoverished neighborhood in Uganda. Students are learning it at WSES via the First Move program. Phiona, whose dream is to become a grandmaster, visited a third-grade classroom where chess instruction was happening, before speaking at an assembly:
Those accompanying her for the visit included (at right above) “The Chess Lady.” Phiona’s success, including junior championships in her home country as well as competitions abroad, has been detailed in stories including this one in ESPN Magazine. Tomorrow she will be featured on KING 5 News, whose morning anchor Mark Wright was one of the journalists covering her visit along with our crew.
Good fan turnout for Tuesday afternoon’s Chief Sealth International High School-West Seattle High School soccer rematch. Sealth’s Devin Offord had a cheering section (above) and scored the first of Sealth’s four goals, helping the Seahawks to a final score of 4-1 over the Wildcats.
Last time the two teams met, one month ago, WSHS won, 2-1.
Other scoring in Tuesday’s match at Southwest Athletic Complex: Alazar Gilay had WSHS’s lone goal; Luis Medina had two for Sealth, and the final one was by Yael Pina (who assisted on two of the three other Sealth goals).
Both are on the road for their next games: Sealth plays at Franklin, 3:30 pm Thursday; WSHS plays Cleveland, same time/day, at Van Asselt Playfield.
Congratulations go out to an award-winning West Seattle High School student artist, just announced by art/design teacher Michelle Sloan, who also shared the photo:
West Seattle High School Student Regine Fernandez wins an Outstanding Achievement award for her Oil Pastel Drawing of “Grandma’s Girl” in the Puget Sound Regional Art competition. The drawing was of her family’s pet dog.
More information about the competition is here.
(Photos courtesy Village Cooperative School)
The students of West Seattle’s Village Cooperative School have read her work – and now they’ve heard from author/storyteller Atinuke in person. She visited the school’s home on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus today, after getting a letter from student Henry Banker, who wrote to her about reading her book “No. 1 Car Spotter” in the book club at school:
Atinuke’s books are set in Africa; she is a resident of Wales, born in Nigeria and raised in both Africa and the UK. Her 12 children’s books also include the “Anna Hibiscus” series, described as “a medley of traditional folklore and contemporary urban life” by Sarah Schieron of the Village School, who says the letter kindled “a conversation between author and student … and culminated in an in-person meeting today. This is a great example of how parent supported, small, cooperative educational settings promote innovative learning opportunities for school aged students.” Students from The Bridge School, a similar school in Normandy Park that serves ages 5-11, were at the Village School for today’s event.
P.S. Village School, in its inaugural year, is having an open house on Thursday, May 1st, 6:30-8:30 pm.
Chief Sealth International High School, West Seattle High School, and Denny International Middle School have just received Washington Achievement Awards for academic improvement/growth, according to our area’s Seattle Public Schools Board rep, Marty McLaren. They are among 29 in the district. McLaren announced, “West Seattle High School and Chief Seattle International High Schools were both recognized for High Progress. Denny International Middle School received special recognition for Math Growth.” A few hours after McLaren’s announcement, Sealth’s first-year principal Aida Fraser-Hammer sent one, noting, “This is an extraordinary accomplishment and is a direct reflection of the hard work and the dedication of our teachers and students, and the support of our parents.” Overall, McLaren added, “It’s also important to recognize the tireless commitment and enthusiasm of all of our staff members throughout the district. Congratulations and thanks to all for bringing our students so far.” An award ceremony is set for Thursday in Lacey.
(SPS is on spring break until tomorrow; if any other winning principals send announcements when classes resume, we’ll add them to the story.)
(Cameron Slader with a hit in Wednesday’s game; photo by Greg Slader)
The players won’t have to deal with one thing that beset Wednesday’s game – rain! Greg Slader reports that the game was tied 5-5 in the 4th when pitcher Alex Coats took over and held Ingraham scoreless the rest of the way. As for offense: “Cameron Slader‘s three hits got the offense going but none were more important than his walk in the seventh inning, as he scored when Alex Coats laid down a squeeze bunt for the go-ahead run. Three more outs and it was ‘game over’.” Go cheer on the Wildcats at Hiawatha this afternoon, 3:30 pm.
Also today: Chief Sealth International High School‘s varsity baseball team is on the road, playing Franklin HS at Rainier Playfield at 3:30 pm. … Seattle Lutheran High School‘s team is off until Monday night, when they’ll host Tacoma Baptist at Southwest Athletic Complex, 6:45 pm.
Ever wonder ‘who’s on those committees, anyway?’ Could be you! Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee looking for new membersApril 16, 2014 at 1:17 pm | In Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment
Lots of work in recent years on making the streets and sidewalks safer around West Seattle schools. Maybe you’d like to formalize that by being part of the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee? The search is on for new members – read on for the announcement:
Great weather Monday afternoon for ballgames – and there were three locally, even though the schools are on spring break:
Kevin Cuddy pitched three good innings and held the Panther hitters in check, except one inning got away from the Wildcats as Seattle Prep scored three runs. Three double plays by the Panthers erased too many West Seattle base runners. Cameron & Spencer’s back-to-back hits scored West Seattle’s only run.
The Wildcats’ next home game is at 3:30 pm Friday vs. Ingraham.
Chief Sealth International High School‘s baseball team was home on Monday afternoon too, falling to O’Dea at Southwest Athletic Complex, 10-0.
(WSB photo: Evan Moe at bat)
Sealth’s varsity-softball team also played at SWAC on Monday:
(WSB photo: Sophia Bauer pitching for the Seahawks)
Sealth lost to Holy Names, 8-2 (game stats here);
Tonight (Tuesday), Seattle Lutheran High School plays at SWAC, 6:45 pm, vs. University Prep.
(Art by Pathfinder parent Shannon)
Our area’s latest community-fueled school-playground project – for Pathfinder K-8 School on Pigeon Point – is proceeding, and welcoming more help! Outreach co-chairs Holli Margell and Toni Wells share this update:
We have chosen a design company that has the skills to translate our needs and dreams into reality: Johnson Southerland. Their designs can be played on at Seward Park, Salmon Bay, and Concord Elementary.
Mark your calendars for our first community meeting on April 30th, 5:30-7 pm at Pathfinder K-8 School. Please come, and bring your kids. Your participation at this meeting counts not only toward shaping our playground design, but also toward volunteer hours required for our next grant application (the big one that will help us actually build it).
The time you commit to volunteer will help us get the Large Neighborhood Matching Grant to build it. For example, attending each design meeting (3 x 2 hours) equals 6 pledged hours. We also need folks who can put up posters, help host our three community meetings, and make sure every family in the community knows about the project.
Save These Dates: April 30th, 5:30-7:00, May 20th, June 18th (there will be ice cream)!
Where: Pathfinder K8 School, 1901 SW Genesee
And, here’s a photo from a table top display of sorts that a parent, Shannon, made:
West Seattle schools: New principal for K-5 STEM, Ben Ostrom, moving from Highland Park Elementary; HP’s new principal coming from WedgwoodApril 11, 2014 at 8:16 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 11 Comments
Thanks to everyone who shared the news of this – Seattle Public Schools Superintendent José Banda has announced a new principal for K-5 STEM at Boren, Ben Ostrom, who’s moving from Highland Park Elementary:
I am writing today to let you know that your principal, Shannon McKinney, is taking a leave of absence, starting at the end of the school year. I know you join me in thanking her for all of her efforts to establish and build the STEM program. She has been an exceptional leader for a new school community.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Ben Ostrom as your new Principal, effective July 1, 2014.
Mr. Ostrom comes to K–5 STEM at Boren from Highland Park Elementary, where he was Principal for the past four years. He is committed to STEM learning and your future expansion to a K–8 school, and will be a great fit for the K-5 STEM at Boren community. He is passionate about learning, and about students applying STEM subjects to understand and affect the world around them. Mr. Ostrom believes that families are our most important learning partners.
Prior to Highland Park, Mr. Ostrom served as Principal at Orca K–8 for seven years. Previously, he spent three years as Principal at Loyal Heights Elementary and has extensive classroom experience after teaching in the district for six years.
Mr. Ostrom’s professional preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts degree from Brown University and a Masters in Teaching from Seattle University. He also completed the Danforth Educational Leadership Program at the University of Washington. He received a Golden Apple Award for Educational Excellence from KCTS-Washington Public Television in 1999 and an A+ Award from the Alliance for Education in 1998. In 1997 he received an EDS Leadership in Learning award and Washington Software Foundation Innovation in Teaching Award.
I know Ms. McKinney and Mr. Ostrom will work together this spring to ensure a smooth transition. Please join me in welcoming Mr. Ben Ostrom to K–5 .
Ostrom will be taking over K-5 STEM in its third year, one which brings a new challenge because Arbor Heights Elementary will be co-locating with it in the Boren building for the next two years while the new AHES is built. Meantime, we don’t have the official district announcement on this yet but our friends at Ravenna Blog report that Chris Cronas, who has been principal at Wedgwood Elementary in the north end, is moving to Highland Park Elementary.
ADDED 9:09 PM: The original report of Cronas’s appointment came via Twitter but now it’s also on the RB website, here.
Thanks to the Arbor Heights Elementary School parent who shared the photo from today’s Young Authors Day, an annual celebration of students’ work writing, editing, and publishing work (by reading it aloud in a small group – each group has students from kindergarten through 5th grade). After the small-group readings, there’s an all-school autograph recess, during which our tipster photographed teacher David Wilkie, with young fans clustered around.
ARBOR HEIGHTS SIDE NOTE: Principal Christy Collins and K-5 STEM principal Dr. Shannon McKinney have sent families an update about the status of planning for the schools’ co-location starting next year (AH will be at Boren for two years while its new campus is built) – you can read it online here.
(Cameron & Morgan get the scoring started with back-to-back hits)
Thanks to Greg Slader for the photos and report on West Seattle High School‘s Wednesday afternoon 4-0 win:
(Graham French driving in a run, with a hit down the 3rd-base line)
West Seattle Baseball snaps their 3-year losing streak at Nathan Hale as the offense steps up and scores runs on clutch two-out hits. Ben Wexler threw a complete game on 73 pitches as the Defense made all the plays. Next game is Friday against Nathan Hale at Hiawatha, 3:30 pm.
Followup: History-making South Seattle College team back from aerospace competition, sharing successes and gratitudeApril 9, 2014 at 8:32 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle people, West Seattle schools | 5 Comments
(Photos courtesy CrystalRose Hudelson)
“The world of aviation is so vast, with endless possibilities waiting to be explored by young men and women!”
So says CrystalRose Hudelson, who you first met here in January as she shared the news that she and other South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) students had formed an all-woman team to head to the Aviation Maintenance Competition in Las Vegas – the school’s first-ever team to compete.
Hudelson’s team, coached by longtime aviation mechanic Mary Hadley and also including Agnes Choung, Jennifer Lesher, Melissa Miedan Wang, and Sarah McKenna, placed first in one of the events in which they competed, the “Grey Owl Human Factors” event, with a time of 7:06. She explains that events were judged mostly on a 20-minute time basis.
Overall, she says, “The team did well in the competition. The judges and other professional teams commented on how well we did. This let us know that they know we are knowledgeable in the event materials. We did not, however, place overall. There is only 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall.”
Ahead, their other achievements, more photos, and what’s next:
A shutout in the rain for the West Seattle High School boys soccer team on Tuesday. Our team-supporter source shares the photo and news of the 1-0 Wildcats road win over Franklin, with the goal by Brian McMonigle, who also contributed defense along with Thomas Mensig and Connor Elder, plus, they report, goalie Akili Kasim with some great saves. You can go root for them at Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point on Thursday at 3:30 pm, when they host Ingraham.
(Larry Jensen throws a strike; photo by Greg Slader)
In the first of two consecutive games vs. Rainier Beach, West Seattle High School came away with a shutout win on Wednesday, 19-0. Greg Slader shares a photo and the summary (thank you!):
Senior pitcher Larry Jensen got his first varsity start on the mound as he delivered four shutout innings and the win as West Seattle Wildcats climb to a 2-1 league record. His fastball mixed with a crazy knuckleball was enough to keep the Viking hitters off balance.
The game was at RB, which visits Hiawatha to face the Wildcats again on Friday, 3:30 pm.
An update from Lynette Jeung with the Sanislo Elementary PTA, which presents its annual 4th-grade book sale fundraiser this Saturday: She says they appreciate each and every donation they’ve been receiving, and she’s putting out one last request for more. They’ll take any type of book but books for kids are especially welcome; they are also accepting DVD and CD donations. If a donor just can’t get to the school to drop off donations, she’s looking to make one last pickup run Thursday night. If you can donate and/or if you have a question, contact Lynette at email@example.com; whether you’re donating or not, go check out the sale on Saturday (April 5th), 10 am-2 pm, benefiting the 4th-grade camping trip, bring cash and/or checks. Sanislo is at 1812 SW Myrtle (map).
12:51 PM: We just checked out a report that Chief Sealth International High School students were asked to “shelter in place” – and here’s what Seattle Police spokesperson Det. Mark Jamieson tells us: There was a report of “somebody with a weapon at Roxhill Park area – someone on the walking path that ends at the bus stop on SW Barton, and 10 males in a group, allegedly somebody had a shotgun. The group was looking at the gun, not brandishing it or anything, somebody called it in,” and police responded. They reportedly have found who they were looking for. No shots were reported fired, no one hurt; police say Roxhill Elementary also was in “shelter in place” mode. It appears this incident is wrapping up but that’s all the information we have for now – we’ll be checking back later about possible arrest(s).
1:14 PM: Our crew circled back around to Sealth a few minutes ago and confirmed the “shelter in place” has been lifted. Same for Roxhill, and for Denny International Middle School, which also had briefly sheltered, according to Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Teresa Wippel, who said the three schools were under that status from 12:32 pm-12:59 pm, and she confirms police told SPS they had a suspect in custody.
3:07 PM: More information just in from police, via an SPD Blotter post – the person arrested was a 17-year-old with a sawed-off shotgun, and a badge, both of which were confiscated.
Here’s one of the more-unusual student fundraisers we’ve heard of lately: The Chief Sealth International High School Flag Squad is doing yard work on Sundays. They tackled the weeds in Leslie‘s yard on Sunday (she shared the photo): “Delightful young people, worked HARD! Great attitudes!” Janelle from the Flag Squad says, “We are offering yard work for $30-35 an hour (depending on the lawn size), and are available on Sundays from 10 am-5 pm, from April 13th-May 18th. There would be around 7-10 flaggers working each time.” They’re raising money for travel on future band trips – Portland this year, Ireland next year. You can inquire via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Something to say to Seattle Public Schools’ superintendent? Strategic Plan meeting in West Seattle tomorrow nightMarch 30, 2014 at 5:08 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off
Looking ahead into the calendar for this week – big event tomorrow night if you have something to say about where Seattle Public Schools is headed. Superintendent José Banda will be at Roxhill Elementary (30th/Roxbury) 6:30-8:30 pm Monday for the last of five “town hall” meetings about the district’s Strategic Plan. West Seattle’s executive director of Schools Israel Vela will be there too.
For the first time ever, the West Seattle (via South Seattle College) Cooperative Preschools decided to raise money via a big consignment sale of kid stuff – and today’s sale was a big hit. About midway through – not long after we took our photo – sale organizers said they had counted at least 230 shoppers. Numbers they had mentioned earlier: 7,300 items, from more than 100 consigners.
P.S. Any sellers with leftovers, remember that the 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day (organized by us here at WSB) is coming up May 10th – with registration opening this Monday (March 31st) – and “kid stuff” is always one of the most popular categories!
(Photo added, courtesy Michael Bunch: Visitors with Riley Bunch & Randi Rankin)
The fourth annual World Water Week wrapped up at Chief Sealth International High School on Friday. Teacher Noah Zeichner sent word of just one of the aspects that again made it a “world” event:
The Global Leadership class at Chief Sealth IHS hosted a group from India who are in Seattle as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program. This three-week U.S. Department of State-sponsored project for five participants from India will provide an increased understanding of the milestones that various ethnic and religious groups have achieved and the challenges such groups continue to face.
The students discussed water related issues with the visitors including fresh-water scarcity and water pollution.
Plastic pollution was the main theme for this year’s World Water Week at Sealth.
Just two weeks until Seattle Public Schools‘ spring-break week – and if you have a West Seattle-area 4th through 8th grader interested in music, this might be the perfect way for her/him to spend that week:
Denny Sealth Performing Arts is once again sponsoring a Spring Break music camp this year, for 4th through 8th graders. Here’s the invitation from the Denny and Sealth music director Marcus Pimpleton:
The camp is a fun and laid-back way for students to spend the break exploring music with other youth from the West Seattle area. The camp will operate April 14th-18th from 9 am – 2 pm and be held in the music rooms at Chief Sealth International High School, 2600 SW Thistle.
Students spend two hours of each day specializing on their primary instrument in an ensemble (band, orchestra or choir) plus 45 minutes of sectionals with their primary instrument. They have another 45 minutes each day to explore a secondary interest (steel drums, guitar, drumline, color guard, choir or jazz band). The rest of the time consists of games and lunch. A suggested donation of $120 is requested, but families are welcome to give as much or as little as they can afford. For more information, please contact email@example.com.
The registration form is available here.
Sale season! West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ sale on Saturday; WS Community Garage Sale Day signups start MondayMarch 27, 2014 at 8:44 pm | In Community Garage Sale Day, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments
Two reminders tonight:
SATURDAY SALE BENEFITING CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: As announced a month ago, the big consignment sale benefiting South Seattle Community College Cooperative Preschools is on for Saturday (March 29th), 9 am-1 pm, with more than 100 consigners participating, at the VFW Hall in The Triangle (3601 SW Alaska). Lots of advance info on the official Facebook page. We also got word today that Mountain to Sound Outfitters across Alaska will have a free barbecue for shoppers starting at noon that day – hot dogs, turkey dogs, veggie dogs.
MONDAY = DAY 1 FOR WS COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE DAY REGISTRATION: The 10th annual West Seattle Community Garage Sale Day is coming up Saturday, May 10th – coordinated by WSB again this year – and we start signups next Monday, March 31st. If you’re new to West Seattle, this is a day of sales all over the peninsula, from single homes/apartments to group sales to school/team/organization sales, all depends on who signs up! Watch here and on the official WSCGSD website at westseattlegaragesale.com for the link when the form’s ready on Monday.
West Seattle High School‘s soccer team is back on the field today, playing at Nathan Hale, after another win on Tuesday, 4-2 over visiting Cleveland HS. Our reader correspondent (who also shared the photo – thank you!) reports, “It started off rough with a downpour of rain for the first half. But after halftime, the Wildcats came back strong with the next two goals winning the game.” Here’s the scoring list. Today’s match is between early conference leaders – Hale and Westside both have two in-conference wins.
(Photo of SSCC team tweeted by @airsafe)
Back in January, we shared the story of South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) Aviation Maintenance Technology students who had formed an all-woman team determined to go to a national competition in Las Vegas. After school and community support put some wind beneath their wings, they worked hard to practice, and this week it’s showtime – they’re in Las Vegas at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition. We’re waiting to hear how they did in their events these past two days, but just the act of getting there was a celebration-worthy success.
Just a week and a half until your chance to enjoy student artists’ work – performing arts, visual arts, culinary arts – in the third annual West Seattle High School “Taste of the Arts” benefit. It’s set for Saturday, April 5th, with the visual and culinary arts awaiting you 6-7:30 pm that night in the St. John’s Episcopal Church hall next to WSHS, and then the Westside Drama performance of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at 8 pm in the school theater. See the official flyer here for full details; meantime, you can buy tickets online now, here.
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