West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School assistant principal Scott Reisinger for sharing the report and photo:
We are excited to announce that Eun Tae Ki and Richard Nguyen, both seniors at Chief Sealth International High School, have been selected to participate in the 2016 Young Scholars Program at the Center for Sensorimotor Neural Engineering at the University of Washington this summer. Eun Tae and Richard were two of nine total students that were chosen from an applicant pool of more than 160. This program will expose these scholars to the cutting-edge field of sensorimotor neural engineering and allow them to participate in ongoing research projects. Eun Tae and Richard will be working with Dr. Rajesh Rao, University of Washington Department of Computer Science & Engineering, to research the brains ability to learn, process, and store information.
The West Seattle Booster Club would like to congratulate all of the student athletes and wish all of the students competing in state this week the best of luck. It is an exciting week at the high school, with almost 40 athletes competing in the State Championships, including the Girls Softball Team, ten Boys and Girls Track athletes, the Unified Soccer Team, and two Golfers.
While this is great, it is also comes with a large price tag for the school – almost $4,000 for hotels, food, and transportation. The Seattle School District does not provide enough money to the schools to cover even the basic needs for the athletic programs (uniforms, equipment, etc), so there is definitely not enough to cover post season costs.
Our parents and families have been very generous in helping in so many ways, but there is still a large deficit. If you would like to help West Seattle High School Athletics cover the costs, you can make a tax-deductible donation via the West Seattle Booster Club. Every little bit will help these student athletes.
We want to thank the West Seattle community for their continued support of the students and staff at West Seattle High School. Go Wildcats!
And the club has an event coming up one week from tomorrow:
The West Seattle Booster Club invites you to participate in its Spirits for Sports 2016, a fundraising event in the Alaska Junction on Thursday, June 2 from 6-9 pm. All proceeds support the West Seattle High School athletic programs. For more information and to register, go here.
Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark just shared this note sent to families:
Good Afternoon Denny and Sealth Families,
This morning at approximately 10:45 am, a Denny scholar was walking to school. When she was on Kenyon near the school bus zone entrance, the driver of a black Prius asked her to get in the car. She came right in to school and reported it. School staff contacted the Seattle Police Department, who responded very quickly. Scholars have been informed about the description of the car and reminded of safe walking procedures. We will have extra supervision in that area.
Denny and Chief Sealth Administration
He also asked us to share this message:
Our School Messenger email system sends out email notices automatically to all family email addresses in our system. If any Denny or Sealth family is not receiving the email, please call the school main office. We can confirm that we have your correct and current email address and can tell you if your email system is blocking our email, preventing you from receiving it. Thank you.
P.S. Thanks also to the Denny/Sealth parents who forwarded the top note (moments after the principal sent it out) to make sure we’d received it.
While the school-funding shortage means PTA/PTSA fundraisers are not unusual, this one is: The Schmitz Park Elementary PTA is hosting the first Fox Hole Classic Golf Tournament – which, president Robert Kelly says, its purpose is “to provide financial grants for other West Seattle school PTA’s. This is an opportunity to help make the entire community the best place for our children to succeed as students and citizens.” Here’s the scoop on the tournament:
Join us at West Seattle Golf Course on Friday, June 10, 2016
2:30 pm Shotgun Start (1:15 Check-in)
There will be prizes for: Hole-In-One * Jackpot Hole * Tee & Door Prizes KP’s * Longest Drives * Putting Contest
Registration open now. Cost: $125 per golfer.
Early Bird Foursome Special: $400
Limit 144 total golfers. Deadline June 3rd.
Questions, please contact Robert Kelly: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelly says this is open to the public and they’re also seeking sponsors, via hole sponsorship, a one-time monetary donation, prize donations. As he notes, “Each year, school PTA’s help close the funding gaps by providing important resources that help our children learn and achieve every single day.”
12:14 PM: Several parents have e-mailed to ask why Denny International Middle School is in shelter-in-place mode. We first checked with Seattle Police, and were told there is NOT an emergency situation, though police are on “directed patrol” at the campus. We’re now at the school and should know more shortly – will update when we do.
12:17 PM: Patrol officers are at the school on bicycles as well as in cars, and the Southwest Precinct’s Mobile Precinct van is too.
We expect to talk to police soon but in the meantime, school security tells us that this is the result of “a rumor on social media.”
12:28 PM: Just talked with Southwest Precinct commander Capt. Pierre Davis. He confirms this relates to a threat posted on social media but says they have spent some time investigating this and confirming it does not appear to be a credible threat. According to Capt. Davis, the student account where this threat appeared had been “hacked into” – they verified that it was not posted by the account owner. Meantime, one parent tells us Chief Sealth next door also is sheltering in place – we haven’t confirmed that yet, but since the two schools are adjacent, that wouldn’t seem unlikely.
ADDED 1:21 PM: Denny principal Jeff Clark has shared the message sent to families of Denny and Sealth students:
Dear Denny and Sealth Families,
This morning a few scholars shared information with school staff about some social media messaging that included mention of a potential weapon being brought to school. We immediately began consultation with the Seattle Police Department. As an extra precaution, as the credibility and details were investigated, we began a shelter-in-place, which means we lock the exterior doors and keep school operating normally inside the building. After investigating, the Seattle Police Department has determined that the messaging came from a fraudulent Facebook account.
Simply as an extra precaution, SPD suggested that we keep the shelter-in-place status until the near the end of the school day at 2:15, which we will do. We have been cleared to have normal dismissal from school and have our scholars go home as they do normally. We will continue to have afterschool activities.
We would like to thank our scholars for sharing this information with us right away. Additionally, we would like to thank our partners at the Seattle Police Department who responded right away with an extra presence at school and in the community and for helping us to determine that the situation was safe. As always, safety is our top priority. Thank you for your support.
Denny and Sealth Administration
Thanks to Laura Martin for the photos and video from the West Seattle High School Band, Orchestra, and Flag Squad trip to Victoria, B.C., for Victoria Day celebrations. The Band and Flag Squad marched today in the 118th Victoria Day Parade, where she says the mid-parade dance routine delighted the crowd:
And on Saturday and Sunday, Laura (a parent chaperone) reports, they performed “in various venues in downtown Victoria (including) in front of the Parliament Building as part of the ‘Parade of Bands” event, showcasing high school bands from Washington and British Columbia.” Here’s a collage:
Victoria Day is a Canadian holiday in honor of Queen Victoria, always on the last Monday before May 25th; she was born on May 24, 1819.
P.S. You can also see a short video clip from today’s parade here.
Exciting weekend for Denny International Middle School orchestra and band musicians, as reported by principal Jeff Clark:
The Denny International Middle School Senior Band and Orchestra are returning from Idaho today after competing in the Music in the Parks Festival at Silverwood Theme Park. Not only did the Dolphins have a great time, they won first place for both Band and Orchestra in their divisions and overall amongst all schools! Congratulations to our Dolphin musicians and their terrific teachers, Mr. Morales and Mr. MacIntyre! We are proud of you — Go Dolphins!
Two weeks until this year’s West Seattle HS All-School Reunion, set for 2-5:30 pm Saturday, June 4th, this year. This announcement includes news of a raffle to raise money for scholarships – and you can buy tickets at tomorrow’s West Seattle 5K as well as at the All-School Reunion:
Please join West Seattle High Alumni for our yearly walk down memory lane at the annual All School Reunion (ASR), on Saturday, June 4, from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. All who attended (or still attend) as students or staff are invited to show up in celebration of our school and our shared roots.
The ever-popular car show kicks off the afternoon. Photography students roam the halls to shoot formal and candid shots; many other students help to crew the event. Keep your Class Rep company in your year’s assigned class room. Check out the new War Memorial display, and drop in to the formal program in the Auditorium, recognizing Hall of Fame and Scholarship recipients.
Join our fundraiser benefiting our Scholarship fund: buy raffle tickets for a custom garden bench with built-in planter boxes. Thanks to alumnus Spencer Weglin, a recent Scholarship recipient, for organizing the raffle, and for crafting the beautiful piece. Local delivery included! Tickets for sale at the West Seattle 5K on Sunday, May 22, as well as at the ASR.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Questions? Reunion contact is Jim Biava, email@example.com – raffle contact, firstname.lastname@example.org.
West Seattle’s first STEM-focused school showed off some of its specialties last night. It wasn’t just a “science fair” at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 – it was a Science Extravaganza! And this one even featured a wind tunnel:
That’s the reason we heard about the big event in the first place – via a spokesperson for McKinstry, the Seattle-headquartered company whose engineers mentored students, helping build the wind tunnel and donating materials for it. STEM students built model tower cranes and used the wind tunnel to test how they would respond under pressure. It’s first on the list of projects that STEM teacher Craig Parsley shared:
1. Wind Tunnel Dynamics of Common Home Designs in Hurricane Regions
2. Hydrodynamic Fisheries Tank to study Fresh vs. Salt Water Migration
3. Construction Materials Flame Testing Study
4. Newtonian Properties of Objects on an Incline
5. Color Bias in Decision Making
6. Chemical Deterioration Rates of Concrete Structures (Dams and Buildings)
7. Long-term Evaluation of Surface Water Chemistry in West Seattle Creek
8. Rural vs. Urban Water Quality Study
1. Forward-Deployed Mars Lander Decelerator Proposal to NASA
2. Carbon Filtration Device for Lawn Mower Exhaust
3. Fertilizer Compound for Low Income Farmers
4. Earthquake Simulator for Testing Tower Crane Designs (built by a student)
5. Kevlar-lined Soccer Sock to Prevent Cleat Lacerations
Principal Ben Ostrom tweeted some project photos during the event:
6th grade–How does distance from headwaters affect Longfellow creek's water quality? pic.twitter.com/7YbNPYsaH7
— STEM K-8 (@PrinciPalOstrom) May 20, 2016
Do fish expend greater energy swimming in salt or fresh water? pic.twitter.com/4m19qz55Hg
— STEM K-8 (@PrinciPalOstrom) May 20, 2016
The design of a better Mars Lander. pic.twitter.com/GF3iYQy3bI
— STEM K-8 (@PrinciPalOstrom) May 20, 2016
Third grade again-what's the effect of wind speed on the size of a vortex? pic.twitter.com/T80WIO912f
— STEM K-8 (@PrinciPalOstrom) May 20, 2016
Check his Twitter feed for more.
P.S. This fall will mark the start of the fifth school year for Louisa Boren STEM, which opened in September 2012 as a K-5 school, but now is headed into the second year of its “roll-up” to a full K-8, adding 7th grade for 2016-2017.
On Thursday night, part of Fairmount Park Elementary School was transformed into a “camp” to celebrate literacy. Students and their families enjoyed stories and poems in a variety of ways, including listening to Native American storyteller Itsa Sash:
He was telling the story of how birds got their beaks. Other activities included, according to FPE teacher Kevin Peterson, “Poetry Hill” – about 150 poems by second- and third-graders from five classrooms – as well as “Read Around the Campfire,” “Word Chopping,” and “Writing S’Mores.” A fundraising bookfair was part of the evening too:
The bookfair continues 8 am-10 am in the library this morning (Friday) with a percentage of sales going toward buying more library books for Fairmount Park.
Two weeks from tonight, the West Seattle High School Class of 1966 starts the party of a lifetime … the 50th reunion celebration stretched across three days/nights. Tom Friberg shares the highlights:
THURSDAY, JUNE 2 – Golf at West Seattle Golf Club, tee times 9:30-10:30 am
Interested? Contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Welcome Party at The Bridge, 7-10 pm
“Low-key event providing an opportunity to renew old friendships and perhaps make new ones over drinks and/or dinner.”
FRIDAY, JUNE 3 – Beach Party/Dinner Party at Normandy Park Cove, 5:30-10:30 pm
1500 SW Shorebrook Drive, Normandy Park
Vibraphone music with classmate and Hall of Fame member Tom Collier during registration
Appetizers 5:30-6:30 pm
Buffet dinner 6:30-8:30 pm
8 flavors of Husky ice cream for dessert
SATURDAY, JUNE 4
All-School Reunion at WSHS, 2-5:30 pm
If you’ve ever attended an All-School Reunion, you know that the class celebrating its 50th reunion gets the biggest and best room in the place. This year, the big room will be ours. We’ll have several hours to continue earlier conversations and to start new ones, some with old friends from other classes. Finger food will be served. There will be classic cars to see. We’ll take a class photograph. Our own Gary Smith will be the Master of Ceremonies at a recognition program in the auditorium. Scholarship students, monogram club members and this year’s Hall of Fame inductees will be honored, as will we. And we’ll be first on the program!
Afterparty, 4-9 pm – Talarico’s Pizzeria (4718 California SW)
If you’re from the Class of 1966, or know someone who is, don’t miss it or let them miss it. Full details are online at westseattle66.com.
The photo and report are from Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer:
Eight Chief Sealth International High School students received scholarships Monday) night courtesy of the Alki Masonic Lodge #152. These students were honored by the Masons for their scholarship, community service and leadership. Congratulations to CSIHS Juniors Harrison Robel, Michelle Ly, Cormac Toler-Scott, Rico Romo, Emily Richards, Janet Carter, Daniel Hatch and Amy Ly. Also in the picture are former recipients of the scholarship, seniors Katherine Staudt and Hidetaka Yoshino. Both Katherine and Hidetaka delivered speeches in which they thanked the members of the Masonic Lodge for their generosity and recognition. CSIHS joins them in thanking the Masons for their commitment to the education of youth in West Seattle.
And WSHS wins Metro League softball championship 5-2 over Ballard at SW Athletic Complex pic.twitter.com/u9DixEx3E3
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) May 14, 2016
9:02 PM: The West Seattle High School Wildcats, coached by WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold, have just won the Metro League softball championship for the first time ever, beating Ballard 5-2.
They were behind 2-1 going into the top of the sixth, when winning pitcher Gabby Wenn hit a leadoff homer to tie it up, and her teammates added three more runs.
ADDED 11:55 PM: Wenn’s performance seemed inevitable, as she was honored before the game as Metro League MVP.
But for a while, it wasn’t clear that this rematch of last year’s Metro title game would end with a Westside win (last year, the Beavers won, 3-1).
Things started well: West Seattle’s #4, Lucy Mead, hit a leadoff triple off Ballard pitcher Lauren King.
#9, Sofia Sallas, sacrificed to bring her in, and it was quickly 1-0 Wildcats.
But that’s all the scoring WSHS did until the sixth.
Ballard, meantime, got on the board with two runs in the bottom of the first, with Hannah Schubert hitting for both RBI’s, and that was it for the Beavers’ scoring for the entire game.
The second inning was three up, three down for both sides. The third also went relatively quickly except for a WSHS single by Sallas.
Moving on to the fourth, the game was intense but not tense. The between-innings tune was Neil Diamond’s 196x classic “Sweet Caroline,” and the WSHS girls sang along boisterously. Leadoff batter #13, Brynn Snodgrass, made it to second base on a Ballard bobble. She wasn’t easy to keep there:
But Ballard’s subsequent fielding eventually left Snodgrass stranded. The Beavers also got one runner on in the bottom of the fourth and left her stranded too.
The pattern repeated in the fifth – each team getting one player on base, but leaving her there; the Wildcats’ Mead hit a solid single to right field; Ballard’s Elizabeth Breckow bunted to get on base. But by the end of five, it was still Ballard 2, West Seattle 1.
That’s when everything changed, starting with Wenn’s leadoff homer off King. Snodgrass then hit a single to left field; #1, Berit Syltebo, sacrificed to get Snodgrass to second; then #16, Emma Atkinson, smacked a triple to center field, bringing Snodgrass in and giving WSHS the lead, 3-2.
Ballard changed pitchers, to #10, Megan Quigley-McAlister, but that didn’t stop WSHS.
Next up was #2, Rosa Grossi, who battled Quigley-McAlister in a big way before finally getting to first and bringing Atkinson in. Grossi in turn scored on Mead’s hit to center field, advancing the score to what became the final an inning and a half later, 5-2.
Now it’s on to the district tournament for the Wildcats, with their first game at 6 pm Tuesday (vs. either Seattle Prep or Bainbridge) at the Southeast Athletic Complex.
ALL-LEAGUE HONORS: Along with Wenn’s selection as league MVP, Coach Leopold shared this list of other WSHS honorees:
Emma Atkinson, 1B, Senior, 1st Team All-Conference
Lucy Mead, SS, Sophomore, 1st Team All-Conference
Sam Hemmert, C, Senior, 1st Team All-Division
Brynn Snodgrass, OF, Junior, 1st Team All-Division
Krista John, OF, Senior, Honorable Mention
Sofia Sallas, 3B, Sophomore, Honorable Mention
Carynia Smith, OF, Senior, Honorable Mention
Berit Syltebo, UT, Sophomore, Honorable Mention
-Photos by Patrick Sand; story by Tracy Record
In case you haven’t already seen this in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar – it’s now just three and a half weeks away, and you might have something to contribute in advance:
As Schmitz Park Elementary plans its move to Genesee Hill this fall, we thought it was important to celebrate the legacy of Schmitz Park Elementary, which has been open since 1956, having moved into its current building in 1962.
We invite those in the community – especially those that were involved at Schmitz Park as a teacher, student, or parent – to join us on Friday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m., at the school, to reminisce, walk the halls, view photos, etc.
Those who wish to be involved are invited to:
*Attend the event in June.
*Send in photos or request someone to copy their photos or memorabilia.
*Share an anecdote or memory via email.
*Consider being interviewed by a student.
*Add their email address to the mailing list for more information.
*Spread the word to neighbors and relatives that may have been at Schmitz Park.
Please contact Fiona at email@example.com or visit the school’s web page for more information.
If you’re wondering about the future of the SPE site – it remains up in the air. Seattle Public Schools says there’s no plan to use it for anything next school year, for starters. We’re following up on the process for determining its longer-range future.
Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School principal Aida Fraser-Hammer for the photos and report on the school’s observance of Cinco de Mayo last week:
Chief Sealth students celebrated 5 de Mayo with an assembly that was both educational and entertaining.
The goal of the assembly this year was to educate the Chief Sealth community on the contributions that immigrants make to our country as well as on the plight that undocumented students, who are part of our community, face. At Chief Sealth, 5 de Mayo is used to celebrate Latino culture and foster unity among Latinos and the greater Chief Sealth Community.
Students of all ethnicities participate in the assembly by dancing, hosting, or playing in the Mariachi group.
It’s a celebration that Proyecto Saber and M.E.Ch.L.A students have been organizing for thirty years.
Not only did they have scenic rides to school, they had a bike rodeo too.
This year, May is being celebrated in our region as Bike Everywhere Month.
After three years of leading Alki Elementary School, principal Shannon Hobbs-Beckley has just announced she is leaving. Here’s the letter she sent to her school community (thanks to the person who forwarded it):
Three summers ago, I was enjoying the break between school years when I learned of the opportunity to apply for the role of principal at Alki Elementary. I was energized by the possibility of leading a school with highly skilled staff members, successful students and dedicated families, all within my own community. When I joined this school, it was to become a part of Alki. I am forever grateful that I took the risk to apply and that I was chosen as the next leader for the Alki community. Alki Elementary and this community are everything that I imagined; a school comprised of intelligent, innovative and hardworking teachers and staff members; brilliant, creative, joyful and persistent students; and active, informed, committed and supportive parents. It is a place where I feel inspired, challenged and proud.
It is with mixed emotions that I share with you my plan to leave Alki at the end of this school year. I am electing to seize a new and very different leadership opportunity than anything I have done before, either professionally or personally. I have accepted a leadership position at an American School in Brazil. My family and I are moving in mid-July and will begin working and attending school there right away. I am nervously anticipating acclimating to a new school, a new culture, a new language and a new way of life. I am also excited to experience the thrill of lifelong learning, the meaning of global citizenship and to grow as a person and an educator. I will carry each of you with me, in the warm memories of how honored I have been to serve you for the past three years.
As we work together to conclude this school year and lay plans for what lies ahead, I am confident that the Alki community will continue to thrive. We have worked hard to build a school characterized by collaboration, academic excellence, acceptance, compassion and positive outcomes for students. This is a school where staff, students and parents work together for the social, emotional, physical and intellectual development of each child. These traditions remain. Your unwavering commitment to the school, students, staff, and to one another will ensure that the mission of success and excellence for all students persists for many years to come.
The process for my replacement will commence immediately, as Alki looks forward to the next school year. We will keep you updated on the hiring process.
Thank you all for your kindness and support.
Shannon Hobbs-Beckley, Principal
Alki Elementary School
Hobbs-Beckley came to Alki from the Kent School District.
Today we’re welcoming a new WSB sponsor, A Child Becomes Preschool. Here’s what they’d like you to know about who they are and what they do:
We have been educating preschoolers in the Admiral area of West Seattle since 1989. We’ve evolved from a small in home school to three age-specific classrooms that support students ages 2 1/2 – 3, 3 – 4, and 4 – 5. We approach teaching and learning with a child-centered philosophy knowing that preschoolers operate on a wide continuum as they develop skills and stretch their cognitive abilities. We believe this time is critical in a child’s educational journey as skills that are built during these years will carry them onto successes throughout a lifetime.
A Child Becomes Preschool creates a warm and nurturing learning environment that is mindful of each student’s unique qualities and focuses on building social and emotional skills like self-regulation, trust, empathy, and conflict resolution. Our program uses themes that integrate science and social studies into the curriculum. These themes carry through play, literacy, experimentation, art, and song as students develop cognitive and reasoning skills.
We pride ourselves on hiring and maintaining highly qualified teachers who teach from the heart, understand the importance of emotional intelligence, and continue to evolve in their education with ongoing study in early childhood development. We love what we do!
A Child Becomes Preschool offers summer camps for both preschool- and school-age students. These camps are a continuation of our learning philosophies and most importantly make learning fun!
If you’re interested in preschool for your child, call our office to schedule a tour – 206-932-4642. You can register now online for summer camps.
We are members of Washington Association for the Education of Young Children (WAEYC) and National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Visit our website to learn more about who we are and what we offer: www.achildbecomes.org
We thank A Child Becomes Preschool for sponsoring independent, community-collaborative neighborhood news via WSB; find our current sponsor team listed in directory format here, and find info on joining the team by going here.
Our area has three of Seattle Public Schools‘ International Schools – Chief Sealth International High School, Denny International Middle School, and Concord International (Elementary) School. The district is convening a series of conversations about international education‘s future, starting with a meeting 6-7:30 pm at Sealth tomorrow night, following a chance to learn more about programs there, as explained in the announcement:
Come early (between 4:30 and 6:00 pm) to enjoy Chinese refreshments and celebrate the unveiling of the Chief Sealth International High School Confucius Classroom. You’ll have a chance to hear from the group of Chief Sealth students and teachers who just returned from a visit to their sister school, Nankai Secondary School in Chongqing, China. This type of sister school relationship is something we want to strongly foster in our International Schools.
From 4:30-6:00 pm there will also be tables and displays:
• Denny and Chief Sealth’s unique middle and high school Dual Language Immersion Continuation program for Spanish, featuring two periods a day with Spanish Language Arts and Social Studies, including Global Leadership classes, and starting this fall, AP Spanish for 9th grade students (as well as IB courses in 11th and 12th grade).
• Chief Sealth’s robust Japanese language program and extensive cultural exchange opportunities.
• Displays on global education initiatives, such as World Water Week, the Global Issues Network Conference, Mariachi Education, Bog to Bay project.
Agenda for the Community Meeting
6:00: Arrival in the library. Greetings from International Schools Principals and International Education Administrator
6:10: Remembering the Past
• John Stanford’s dream (everyone a language learner)
• Research on the effectiveness of Dual Language Immersion
• Asia Society’s work in International Education/Global Competence
6:20: Understanding the Present
• 3 Pathways in 3 regions
• 10 International Schools (5 elementary, 3 middle, 2 high schools)
6:30: Imagining the Future
• Options to consider
o Do we sustain current schools/programs?
o Can we expand opportunities?
o Can we streamline the assignment plan models?
6:40: At tables: Explore issues of concern to families in the SW region of Seattle
1. Should the district continue to support the work of International Schools / Dual Language Immersion programs?
2. Should the district support the expansion of elementary Dual Language Immersion in the SW region as a gap-closing strategy?
3. If Dual Language Immersion is expanded in SW, what language(s) should be offered and why?
7:00-7:30: Share out and next steps
Chief Sealth IHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.
Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School teacher Heather Griffin for the photos and report:
Ninth-graders in Ms. Griffin’s Language Arts class at Chief Sealth International High School are collaborating with a second-grade class at Roxhill Elementary School on a story project.
As part of our Healthy Communities unit, focusing on the Duwamish River, 9th graders will be writing short stories about the river and publishing them in an anthology, with the assistance of volunteers from The Greater Seattle Bureau of Fearless Ideas.
Our first session with the 2nd graders was to gather original research. What makes a good story? What makes the best characters fun? How are these stories written? How do they start? On June 9th, we’ll go back to present our anthologies to our 2nd grade friends.
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It’s reunion-reminder season! This announcement arrived last night:
West Seattle High School Class of 1956 is having their 60th class reunion at Salty’s on Alki on Friday, June 3, 2016. It will be held from 11:00 AM until 3 PM. For more information, contact
Sally Jo Banker Rich at 206 282 4335 or e-mail sjrich99 (at) gmail.com.
That’s the day before this year’s WSHS All-School Reunion.
“IT’S OPEN!” shouted the students who just dedicated a “new” restroom at West Seattle High School this afternoon. They pitched for an all-gender restroom – and now they have one. Its grand opening was marked with a tissue-cutting ceremony.
We talked with two of the students, who explained this has been in the works since last school year, and they plan to talk with the School Board about making this happen at other schools:
“This is a big deal,” said Brennon Ham, an advocate who works with the Gay Straight Alliance at WSHS, in the note sending us word of the event on the students’ behalf, lauding their work: “They researched, organized, and advocated for their school to have a gender-inclusive restroom available for students of all genders. They recently gave a presentation to their principal and to folks at Seattle Public Schools, garnering support for this special change in the West Seattle community. This is a big deal (and) especially important to highlight in the wake of the terrible things happening in North Carolina. It would be so special to show the world that the youth of West Seattle are doing it right and doing it with love.”
Also at the after-school celebration, WSHS principal Ruth Medsker, who is working to get the retrofitting that is expected to convert the previously unused three-stall restroom into two enclosed stalls.
It wouldn’t have been affected by the new city ordinance requiring that all public single-stall restrooms be labeled “all-gender,” but it’s certainly in the spirit.