Friday night basketball, report #2: West Seattle HS hosts Garfield

January 31, 2015 at 5:15 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

At West Seattle High School on Friday night, the Wildcats played host to the Bulldogs. First, the girls-varsity team with yet another win:

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
That’s junior Lexi Ioane, who led with 18 points and 10 rebounds in WSHS’s 55-39 win over Garfield. Senior Emily Fiso was next with 15 points:

Junior Gabby Sarver, who led in assists with 6, was third in scoring, at 8 points:

In the nightcap, the boys-varsity team lost to Garfield, 82-58. Sophomore Nate Pryor topped the Wildcats’ scoring with 20:

Senior Andre Moore was next with 18:

The regular season wraps up with home games next Friday against Franklin – girls varsity at 6:30, boys at 8.

P.S. A “Blue Friday” sighting among the band:

Friday night basketball, report #1: Chief Sealth hosts Roosevelt

January 31, 2015 at 3:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Another busy Friday night of home games around the peninsula. First, at Chief Sealth International High School:

We caught up with the cheer squad for the first time in a while. They rallied the crowd through a nailbiter in the nightcap, as the Sealth boys-varsity team beat Roosevelt, coming back for a 54-51 victory, after being down 29-22 at halftime. Top scorer: Senior Ahmed Mohamed with 14, followed by Alloney Burris, also a senior, with 12.

Earlier, in the girls-varsity game:

That’s junior Allison Hadaway, who led scoring with 18 points, half the Seahawks’ total as they fell to the Rough Riders, 56-36.

The regular season ends next Friday night with Sealth hosting Eastside Catholic – girls varsity at 6:30, boys at 8.

West Seattle Blue Friday: South Seattle College says ‘Go, Hawks!’

January 30, 2015 at 12:59 pm | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

Here’s the photo op we mentioned earlier – South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) students and staff gathered this morning to show their Seahawk-fan spirit! That’s our photo above; the college says its own “official” version will be on the SSC Facebook page later this afternoon. While there, our photographer put 2-year-old Mia on the WSB Instagram feed:


ADDED 2:26 PM: More photos:

We’re continuing to collect West Seattle Seahawk-spirit notes – including where to watch on Sunday – here.

West Seattle High School girls’ basketball wins again

January 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

The West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball continues to be one of the top teams in the state, 14-2 after winning again last night, though head varsity coach Sonya Elliott reports it was close:

We beat Bishop Blanchet 51-48. It was a battle. We were up by 3 going into the half and then came out of the locker room blazing, ending third quarter up by 11. Blanchet fought back in the fourth and we pulled off the 51-48 victory. Scoring: Lydia Giomi 13, Lexi Ioane 10, Emily Fiso 10, Charli Elliott 9, Gabby Sarver 9. We play Garfield at West Seattle High School this Friday, January 30th, in a Quad game with the boys:

High School Basketball – West Seattle vs Garfield @ WSHS tomorrow:
3:30 – JV Girls
5:00 – JV Boys
6:30 – Varsity Girls
8:00 – Varsity Boys

The WSHS gym is right off the south end of the school’s parking lot at 3000 California SW.

Seattle Lutheran High School: Open House tonight @ new sponsor

January 29, 2015 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

We’re welcoming Seattle Lutheran High School as a new WSB sponsor, and sharing their invitation for families to visit the school during its Open House tonight at 7 pm. SLHS executive director Dave Meyer says they’ll be highlighting a unique feature of Seattle Lutheran’s curriculum:

The J-Term Experience at Seattle Lutheran High School has transformed the learning experience. The environment is focused on students and their ability to build confidence, instill hope, develop integrity and find their passion. The January-term or J-term experience is one that allows all of these to come alive in the student leaders who attend Seattle Lutheran High School. The course selection and guest speakers bring education alive. We are a school of leaders, each young adult in our building is viewed as a leader. I am proud to guide them as we lead this transformation in the learning experience.

You’re invited to tonight’s Open House to learn more about J-Term, to see the students work, and to “hear more about the innovative approach to education offered right here in West Seattle at Seattle Lutheran High School.” The school is at 4100 SW Genesee just north of The Junction, and online at seattlelutheran.org.

Future kindergartener in the house? Don’t wait to register!

January 26, 2015 at 9:46 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

If you have a future kindergartener in the house, you’ll want to register her/him for school sooner rather than later. If you’re going into Seattle Public Schools, two special registration events are coming up in West Seattle – February 12th at Roxhill Elementary and February 19th at West Seattle Elementary, both 5:30-7 pm, and both open to families seeking enrollment in any school, not just those two. The events have been in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar for a while, but the principal of West Seattle’s most populous elementary, Schmitz Park’s Gerrit Kischner, suggested a reminder, explaining on behalf of all schools, not just his:

We’d really like to make sure that all families with incoming Kindergarteners enroll by March 6th (the end of Open Enrollment). In recent years, Schmitz Park has experienced around a 20 percent increase in Kindergarten enrollment between May and September. This makes it very difficult to plan, budget and assign balanced classrooms. Of course, some families will move over the summer, but to the extent that we can minimize this late enrollment, the better.

School-tour season is here as well. Schmitz Park has its first adults-only kindergarten tour scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday, January 27th). Several other schools’ tour dates are on our calendar (click the CATEGORIES button and choose SCHOOLS on the pulldown list), and we’ll add any others we hear from. Meantime, find out more about SPS enrollment here.

You can help! Volunteer as a Girls on the Run coach this spring

January 25, 2015 at 3:20 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 2 Comments

(Photo courtesy Girls on the Run)
So sunny and warm today that we’ve seen people out running, walking, bicycling everywhere around West Seattle. Great time to think about community involvement like this: Girls on the Run is recruiting coaches for spring 2015, and needs volunteers for the program at three West Seattle schools: WS Elementary, Alki Elementary, and Westside School (WSB sponsor). Here’s the announcement:

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Empower 3rd-5th grade girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power to make healthy choices for years to come!

As a coach, you’ll work with 1-2 other coaches to guide a group of girls through an established, easy-to-follow curriculum that uses running games to teach healthy living lessons that develop the whole girl – her social, emotional and physical self. Together, you will explore issues like media awareness, nutrition, emotional health, positive communication, and community service. Help empower the next generation of women by volunteering to coach this spring! For more information, please visit http://girlsrun.org/get-involved/coach/ or contact Jen John, Program Manager, at jen@girlsrun.org or 206-528-2118.

South Seattle College ‘Gifts from the Earth’ fundraiser sets record

January 24, 2015 at 11:41 pm | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | No Comments

(Photos/video courtesy South Seattle College)
A student’s inspiring story keynoted tonight’s recordsetting “Gifts from the Earth” fundraiser at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). Above, David Yama spoke to the sold-out crowd of 300. Here’s the full recap by SSC’s communications director Kevin Maloney:

South Seattle College announced tonight that the annual Gifts from the Earth fundraising event raised nearly $215,000, a new record in its 12-year history. Proceeds from the event benefit South’s Foundation in its mission to support South students and programs with scholarships, internships, emergency funding, tutoring, and more.

“Gifts from the Earth is an inspiring event where philanthropists and our sponsors come together for the common goal of supporting South students in their pursuit of a higher education and a fulfilling career,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said. “Their support has an enormous impact on our students’ ability to realize their dreams.”

South’s supporters started their night with a silent auction accompanied by appetizers and wines crafted by South’s Culinary Arts, Pastry and Baking Arts, and Northwest Wine Academy students and alumni. Next, the sold-out event moved to the Jerry M. Brockey Center, where guests enjoyed a multi-course meal created by 15 celebrity Northwest chefs (including South alumni). Students from the college’s culinary, wine and Hospitality Management B.A.S. programs helped the chefs prep, cook and serve.

A highlight of the evening came after dinner and a live auction, when South student David Michael Patrick Yama shared his story of emerging from poverty to succeeding in college with the help of a Foundation scholarship:

“I sought out a Foundation scholarship because I needed more money, but money was the smallest thing it gave me,” said Yama, who hopes to obtain a doctorate in biomedical engineering. “The greatest thing it gave to me was validation. Validation that I belong here, that I could succeed in school.”

Gifts from the Earth is made possible by the support of the following sponsors: Food Services of America (title sponsor), Boeing, Union Bank, Rebar and Associates, McGranahan Architects, GM Nameplate, QBSI, Interbay Food Company, WSECU, Vigor Industrial, The Gene Colin and Susan Janus Charitable Fund, Pedersen’s and Ferguson Construction.

(Watch SSC’s Facebook page for a photo gallery next week.) The college is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge.

Friday night basketball, report #2: West Seattle HS hosts Ballard

January 24, 2015 at 7:43 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 5 Comments

Ballard visited West Seattle High School on Friday night:

The Wildcat girls’ sizzling season (13-2) continued with another win, 57-33. Leading scorer (top photo), Emily Fiso with 16. Lydia Giomi was next with 12, then 10 from Izzy Turk (updated photo below):

Lexi Ioane had to sit out the second half with an iced ankle after a pileup toward the end of the first half, but head coach Sonya Elliott expects she’ll be OK for next week.

The WSHS boys-varsity team closed out the night with a victory, too – 47-35:

Another huge night (noted here) for the Wildcats’ Nate Pryor:

Head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s varsity team is now at 9-7 on the year.

For their first games next week, the Wildcat varsity teams will be at Bishop Blanchet – 7:30 pm Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 pm Wednesday for the girls.

Friday night basketball, report #1: Chief Sealth IHS hosts Lakeside

January 24, 2015 at 7:10 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

West Seattle’s two biggest high schools had full slates of basketball home games Friday night. At Chief Sealth International High School, the Seahawks hosted Lakeside. First, the girls-varsity game:

Lakeside went away with the win 78-46, over head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s Seahawks:

Allison Hadaway and Sydney Thomas had 12 points each as top Sealth scorers.

In the nightcap, the Sealth boys stayed close for the first quarter and then Lakeside started to widen the gap.

(At right, Sealth’s Khaleef Griffin)
Final score, Lakeside 74, Sealth 57, for head coach Colin Slingsby and the boys’ squad. LJ Burns led Sealth scoring with 14. They play at Ingraham on Tuesday night, 7:30 pm; the girls will be at the same school, same time, on Wednesday night.

West Seattle scenes: Denny/Sealth bands’ winter concerts

January 22, 2015 at 9:41 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports, WS culture/arts | No Comments

(Denny IMS Senior Band)
Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos from last night’s concert by bands from his school and Chief Sealth International High School next door:

Congratulations to all of the Denny and Sealth band and jazz band musicians on an outstanding concert last night! Thank you to our terrific teachers, Mr. Pimpleton and Ms. Chutich, for all of their amazing efforts with our scholars. Thank you also to the Denny Sealth Performing Arts volunteers and to all of our families for supporting great music in our pathway! Go Dolphins and Seahawks!

(Chief Sealth IHS Symphonic Band)
P.S. If your school – public or private, anywhere on the age spectrum from pre through college – has a concert/performance/other public event coming up, please let us know in advance, both so we can include it in our calendar, and so we can consider it in our coverage plans – thanks! editor@westseattleblog.com any time …

Friday night basketball: West Seattle HS girls vs. Bainbridge

January 17, 2015 at 6:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Second home win in three nights for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity team last night, more than tripling what visiting Bainbridge could manage, 76-25. Four Wildcats scored in double digits, led by #4, Lydia Giomi, with 20; 17 points were from #32, Emily Fiso:

#3, Izzy Turk, was third with 14 points (including four 3-pointers), followed by #30, Lexi Ioane (below, behind head varsity coach Sonya Elliott):

The Wildcats continue to lead their division.

(WSHS #21, Gabby Sarver)
Next week, they play Wednesday and Friday games again, but this time it starts on the road, Wednesday at Rainier Beach, and they’re back home at 6:30 pm Friday (January 23rd) against Ballard.

Friday night basketball: West Seattle HS boys host Bainbridge

January 17, 2015 at 1:42 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

Close one Friday night for head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s West Seattle High School boys-varsity team, losing at home to Bainbridge by just three points, 50-47. Top scorer for the Wildcats: #23, Andre Moore, with 12 points:

Next with 10 points, #1, Nate Pryor:

#2, Melvin Arrington, followed with 8:

At the very end of the third quarter, West Seattle lost the lead via a buzzer-beater by Bainbridge senior Blake Swanson (#4, with Wildcats #3 Tyler Lenzie below).

From there, the Spartans held the lead throughout the 4th quarter, ahead by as much as five points, finally winning by three. The Wildcats are now 7-6 overall and are on the road until Friday (January 23rd), when they’ll face Ballard at home.

Followup: See what Holy Rosary’s Gator-bots did with your help!

January 15, 2015 at 9:50 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle online, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

One month ago, we published a request for your help with a student research project – Holy Rosary School students were testing a hypothesis about how people learn about new technology. With almost 700 responses to their online survey, as noted the following week, they proceeded to modify their hypothesis, and win an award. Now, the next step – explained by their coaches:

The Holy Rosary Gator-bots will continue their journey this Sunday by participating in the First Lego League semi-finals at Shoreline Community College. Thanks to the West Seattle Blog and their wonderful readers, the Gator-bots received a lot of great ideas on the project portion of the competition asking the question, How can we improve the way people learn about Technology?

The Gator-bots considered different ways they could help people with technology from the readers responses and finally chose to made a website with step-by-step videos. Their first wave of videos are out on the site for your viewing pleasure at yourtekhelp.com. Please take a look, and we encourage you to sign into the guestbook with your comments! The boys have worked long and hard learning about website technology, video creation technology and video production. Words of encouragement are always appreciated!

And if you come out to Shoreline Community College on Sunday to watch the competition, the first 50 people to mention that they saw the Gator-bots on the blog will receive a Gator-bots button!

Thank you WSB and West Seattle. We feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.

Gator-Bot coaches
Brian Christenson
Rise Pyscher
David Redenbaugh

Good luck, Gator-bots!

High-school basketball: West Seattle HS girls fly past the Eagles

January 15, 2015 at 2:47 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Tough defense helped win the night for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity team on their home court last night – 42 to 36 over defending state 3A champion Cleveland. 16 points by the Wildcats’ #4, junior Lydia Giomi, topped the score sheet:

#30, junior Lexi Ioane, followed with 12:

Another home game Friday night for head coach Sonya Elliott‘s Wildcat girls – 6:30 pm against Bainbridge, whose boys team plays their WSHS counterparts that night too, at 8.

High-school basketball: Chief Sealth girls power past Franklin

January 15, 2015 at 12:16 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(WSB photos: Sealth’s #22, sophomore Sydney Thomas)
The Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks girls-varsity team owned the floor and the air Wednesday night in their home-court win over visiting Franklin, 75-23. Top scorer with 18 points, Sealth’s #23, senior Oshae Walker:

Second-highest Sealth scorer for the night, #4, sophomore Labrea Denson:

(That’s #24, junior Elliott Snodgrass, in the background.) Seahawks head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s team will be on the road at Nathan Hale for their next game, Friday night at 6:30 pm.

West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest in incident that led to WSHS after-school ‘shelter in place’

January 14, 2015 at 5:03 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

5:03 PM: After two tips that West Seattle High School had a short-lived “shelter in place” situation for a while after school today – remember, this was an early-release day – we checked with Seattle PD. They say it started with a report that someone with a knife was threatening people in the park, north of WSHS. Police did make an arrest, according to SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud. No information yet on the suspect or where the arrest was made.

5:40 PM: Thanks to MD for sharing the note sent home to parents, signed by assistant principal Garth Reeves:

Today, January 14th, after school at approximately 2:20 pm, West Seattle High School was briefly placed in Shelter In Place as a result of reports of a suspect with a knife in the community. All perimeter doors were locked and a sweep of the school was conducted by West Seattle staff and the Seattle Police Department. After school activities continued and the Shelter In Place was lifted at 2:45 after the suspect was apprehended. All scheduled evening activities will take place as planned and our staff and students are to be commended for behaving in a safe and appropriate manner.

West Seattle HS girls’ basketball team back home tonight

January 14, 2015 at 9:45 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | No Comments

(Photo courtesy Sonya Elliott)
As chronicled here and elsewhere, it’s been a dream season so far for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team, and you have two chances in the next three nights to cheer them on at home. First – they’ve been busy between games; head coach Sonya Elliott shares the team photo above and reports that the program “had a special visit from self-defense instructor Sheri Hashemi (International Krav Maga Seattle), teaching them about Krav Maga and self-defense skills.” Now, to their two home games before week’s end: Tonight, Cleveland visits WSHS, 7:30 pm varsity/5:45 pm JV; on Friday, Bainbridge comes to town, 6:30 pm varsity/3:30 pm JV (as part of a four-game bill with the WSHS/Bainbridge boys). The WSHS gym is on the south side of campus at 3000 California SW.

Followup: See who’s behind the plan for West Seattle’s first charter school, at current church site in Arbor Heights

January 12, 2015 at 8:28 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 36 Comments

(WSB photo)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Eight days after discovering West Seattle’s first charter school is planned for the north edge of Arbor Heights, we’ve found out much more about the plan.

When we first reported on it January 4th, we knew only that Washington Charter School Development, an arm of Los Angeles-based Pacific Charter School Development, was proposing to remodel and add on to the Freedom Church/Jesus Center property at 9601 35th SW (SW corner of 35th/Roxbury) for an unspecified charter school. Our state’s voters authorized creation of charters two years ago; 10 are approved so far, but only one is open.

We’ve been working for the past week-plus to find out more about the West Seattle plan and have finally connected with WCSD to get answers to some of the many questions raised by the early information we found in city planning files:

Click to read the rest of Followup: See who’s behind the plan for West Seattle’s first charter school, at current church site in Arbor Heights…

2 weeks to go! Chef-tastic lineup for ‘Gifts From the Earth’ at SSC

January 10, 2015 at 3:33 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

(Photo courtesy South Seattle College: SkyCity Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield, SSC culinary alum)
Two weeks from tonight, 15 accomplished Seattle chefs will cook dinner for 300 people supporting the South Seattle College Foundation during “Gifts From the Earth.” Go here to see the full lineup and read their stories – award winners, entrepreneurs, hotel chefs, restaurant chefs, club chefs, SSC-alum chefs. Then make your reservation to support student scholarships and services via tickets to the event, 5 pm Saturday, January 24th, at Brockey Center on campus. The night includes silent and live auctions. And yes, there will be wine! Your tickets await, here.

High-school basketball: West Seattle HS girls’ strong January start

January 8, 2015 at 6:24 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

Another win last night for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team, 61-46 over visiting Holy Names Academy (here’s what our partners at The Seattle Times wrote). And that’s not the only news as their strong season continues. Head Coach Sonya Elliott tells us they finished third at the recent MaxPreps Holiday Tournament in Palm Springs, with Lydia Giomi and Lexi Ioane chosen for the All-Tournament Team; the two also led their team last night, with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Giomi, 13 points and 10 rebounds for Ioane, who also was featured recently as a KING 5 Western Washington Girls Basketball Performer of the Week.

UP NEXT: The WSHS girls are on the road Friday night at Eastside Catholic; your next chance to cheer for them at home is Wednesday (January 14th) at 7:30 pm, vs. visiting Cleveland.

Followup: Arbor Heights appeal hearing date pushed back

January 8, 2015 at 10:30 am | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 4 Comments

(Added 1 pm: Site work continuing at Arbor Heights today)
Quick note from today’s Land Use Information Bulletin: The hearing date for the third Arbor Heights Elementary appeal has been pushed back, “due to a problem with the notice.” Today’s notice says the Hearing Examiner will hear it February 2nd. As first reported here last month, this appeal involves issues including zoning exceptions and the fate of two trees. The construction was already scheduled as a two-phase project, resuming this spring.

High-school basketball: West Seattle boys beat visiting O’Dea

January 7, 2015 at 1:03 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Getting back to the regular season after their holiday tournament win, the West Seattle High School boys-varsity basketball team beat visiting O’Dea on Tuesday night, 54-51. Wildcats’ #1 Nate Pryor had a big night, 24 points.

(Added 8:51 am, additional recap info from WSHS):

It was the first time WSHS beat O’Dea in boys’ basketball since 2008. (Pryor also) grabbed 10 rebounds in the winning effort. He was helped by junior Melvin Arrington (#2, photo above), who scored 5 points in the fourth quarter and sophomore Akili Kasim, who provided key rebounds down the stretch. The Wildcats improve to 6-4 on the season and 4-2 in league play.

(WSHS #24 Carter Golgart)
(back to original 1:03 am report) The WSHS boys play next at Eastside Catholic on Friday night; the girls varsity team is home tomorrow night, 7:30 pm, hosting Holy Names.

High-school basketball: Chief Sealth boys host Garfield

January 7, 2015 at 12:11 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 1 Comment

School’s back in session and high-school basketball is back in all-out mode:

That reader-contributed video clip shows a big basket by Chief Sealth International High School‘s #22, senior Hafid Yassan, in the Seahawks’ home loss to visiting Garfield tonight, 96-55.

The Bulldogs got out ahead early, 30-14 by the end of the first quarter, and Sealth was unable to catch up.

(Sealth’s #1 Khaleef Griffin and #12 LJ Burns)
The Garfield girls will be at Sealth tomorrow (Wednesday) night, with the varsity game at 7:30 pm. The Sealth boys’ next game is on the road at Seattle Prep, 8 pm Friday.

2 new crosswalks confirmed for Delridge Way by Boren Building

January 6, 2015 at 8:39 pm | In Delridge, Safety, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 17 Comments

(WSB photo from fall 2014: Looking south down 5900 block Delridge Way)
Big news tonight for the parents and staffers who have been pushing for safety improvements on Delridge Way at the Boren Building, permanent home of K-5 (soon K-8) STEM and temporary home of Arbor Heights Elementary: The city Department of Transportation has finally officially confirmed that two crosswalks will be built.

The STEM community got unofficial word more than a month ago, and we’ve been seeking SDOT confirmation ever since; the city, however, had to finalize some details, and finally this evening, senior transportation planner Brian Dougherty had an official announcement to share, not just in response to our most recent inquiry but also with those in the school community who had worked so hard to make it happen:

SDOT will be installing two new marked crosswalks near the Boren building for Arbor Heights and K-5 STEM. One crosswalk will be provided near the front door of the school, connecting the school to the Longfellow Creek Trail. Another crosswalk will be provided at 24th Avenue SW, connecting the school to Metro bus stops and High Point via the Graham Street stairs.

Both projects are tentatively scheduled to be constructed this year with funding provided through a combination of Safe Routes to School and Neighborhood Park and Street Fund.

The crosswalk to the front entrance was requested in a community proposal for use of the NPSF, as reported here last year, when we also covered the Seattle School Traffic Safety Committee convening at STEM and hearing firsthand about the safety challenges that school was facing, even before another full elementary-school population joined them, if only for two years.

In case you’re wondering, Dougherty’s note to school reps mentions one more thing: “Both crosswalks will have some form of push-button-activated stop light or warning light.”

West Seattle schools: Six more portables on the way

January 5, 2015 at 10:57 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 7 Comments

(WSB file photo: Portable bound for West Seattle Elementary in 2012)
The Seattle Public Schools board is set to consider the next round of “capacity management” measures at its meeting this Wednesday, and that includes more portable classrooms at crowded schools, including three schools in West Seattle. According to this attachment from the board-meeting agenda, Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point is slated to get a new portable this month. West Seattle Elementary in High Point will get two portables this summer, which is also the time frame for adding three more to Schmitz Park Elementary, where portables already number in the double digits. Other local capacity-management plans mentioned in the document include dividing a room at Alki Elementary.

West Seattle’s first charter school? Remodel/addition proposal at 35th/Roxbury church site

January 4, 2015 at 8:45 pm | In Arbor Heights, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 35 Comments

By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Arbor Heights already has two school-construction projects under way – and might soon have a third.

Reviewing city permit application files today, we discovered a just-filed early-stage proposal to remodel and add to what is currently the Jesus Center/Freedom Church building at 35th/Roxbury, in the name of Los Angeles-based Pacific Charter School Development.

The one document publicly visible in the Department of Planning and Development system so far, dated December 31st, is a roughed-out site plan, showing the addition primarily along the Roxbury side of the 2 1/3-acre site.

In addition to the land-use permit filing, we’ve also found a one-month-old LLC filing listing the site’s official address – 9601 35th SW – and listing PCSD’s Washington branch, Washington Charter School Development, as the sole member. The company’s website says it works with charter-school management organizations, so it may not necessarily be the potential operator.

We can’t find any record of a past application for a charter school at this site, or anywhere else in West Seattle, but the next application period is just a month away, opening in mid-February, according to the Washington Charter School Commission website. Of the 10 charter schools approved since a statewide vote legalized them two years ago, the list includes approval for a charter-management organization called Green Dot to open one at an undetermined “South Seattle” site in fall 2016 (added: Green Dot had an informational event in West Seattle last summer). And a charter middle school called Rainier Prep, says it is planning to open in the Highline area this fall, but has no location finalized yet, according to its online FAQ.

Freedom Church bought the site, a former supermarket, for $2.8 million in 2008, according to county records. The 2 1/3-acre site is zoned NC3-40, meaning it could be developed up to four stories, though this proposal mentions only the two-story addition, and renovation of the one-story existing building.

We’ll be following up on this tomorrow, seeking answers to a variety of questions.

SIDE NOTE: The site has four current/future schools within less than a mile – Roxhill Elementary at 30th/Roxbury, the Arbor Heights Elementary rebuild on 104th west of 35th (opening fall 2016), the starting-this-fall campus of Westside School (WSB sponsor) at 37th/104th, and Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) on 28th south of Roxbury.

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