West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle schools http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Fri, 31 Oct 2014 17:35:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 ‘Symbol of hope for a better tomorrow’: Citywide request http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/symbol-of-hope-for-a-better-tomorrow-citywide-request/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/symbol-of-hope-for-a-better-tomorrow-citywide-request/#comments Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:58:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290414 A show of support and solidarity, requested citywide: Chief Sealth International High School activities director Sarah Martin asked if we would share this, a request that originated with the district’s athletics department:

Because of the recent tragedies in the Western Washington community, we are asking ALL FANS attending any Seattle school sporting event this weekend to wear something WHITE signifying HOPE and HEALING. This includes fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending any and all sports contests — This includes playoff games. It is at times like these that we must come together to support one another, even if we aren’t personally affected. We express our thoughts of healing by coming together as ONE and wearing WHITE as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow.

Tomorrow marks one week since the school shooting that ended three young lives at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Snohomish County.

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West Seattle veterans: Denny Int’l Middle School invites you http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-veterans-denny-intl-middle-school-invites-you/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-veterans-denny-intl-middle-school-invites-you/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 15:59:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290287

From Denny International Middle School teacher Luther J. Carr III:

West Seattle Veterans!!! Denny International Middle School is looking for YOU to join us and be recognized & honored for your service to America at our annual Veterans Day Assembly, November 10, 2014 at 1:15PM. This invitation is open to the first 10 Veterans (limited seating) who respond to this invitation.

At our assembly you will be given priority seating, enjoy music, guest speakers, and inspirational videos along with our Denny scholars and staff.

If interested, which we hope that you are, please contact me at ljcarr@seattleschools.org

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Happening now: Browse local schools @ West Seattle Education Fair http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/happening-now-browse-local-schools-west-seattle-education-fair/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/happening-now-browse-local-schools-west-seattle-education-fair/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 01:31:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290232 (UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING with photos)

We’re in the gym at Seattle Lutheran High School as the second annual West Seattle Education Fair gets under way. Until about 8 pm, come on over and meet reps from local pre-K through middle schools, all in one location. No admission charge, no signup required. Those here include:

Community School of West Seattle
Explorer West Middle School
Harbor School
Holy Rosary
Hope Lutheran
Morningside Academy
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tilden School
West Seattle Montessori School
Westside School

Our obligatory “just so you know”: We’re sponsoring the fair, and five WSB sponsors happen to be in the mix – Explorer West, Harbor, Tilden, WS Montessori, and Westside. Meantime, if you haven’t been to SLHS before, the gym entrance is right on SW Genesee across from the parking lot at SW 41st.

POST-FAIR P.S. We’ll be adding photos. Thanks to everyone who visited and everyone who was part of it! Many schools have open houses coming up, listed on their websites (linked above) and also on our calendar.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: If you’re reading this from the home page, click ahead for photos – otherwise, scroll down!

Our Lady of Guadalupe had a young ambassador, 8th grade student-body president Matthew Morin, talking with table visitors:

From Explorer West (6-8), head of school Evan Hundley:

From the Community School of West Seattle (preschool), executive director Sarah Airhart and language-arts specialist Jen Foster:

From Westside School (pre-K through 8th), head of school Kate Mulligan and director of admission David Bergler:

From West Seattle Montessori (pre-K through 8th), Brenda Griswold and Heather Aquino:

From Tilden (K-5), Jan Foster and Tori Smith:

From Harbor (4-8), head of school James Cardo and development/marketing manager Allison Reid:

From Morningside Academy (1-9), director of development Stephanie Budrus and admissions director Alan Szech:

Someone else we had to photograph – Livia the future student was in attendance throughout:

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Change school start times? West Seattle rep needed! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/change-school-start-times-west-seattle-rep-needed/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/change-school-start-times-west-seattle-rep-needed/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:09:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290164 Just over a month ago, we mentioned the task force that Seattle Public Schools is forming to figure out whether and how to change bell times. West Seattle’s School Board rep Marty McLaren now sends word that they’re specifically looking for someone from this area.

Here is a stimulating, highly important service opportunity for a West Seattleite! Seattle Schools needs a West Seattle Representative on the Bell Time Analysis Task Force.

As you may have heard, the Board has asked district staff to conduct an analysis of changing school start times in Seattle Public Schools, making elementary schools start earlier, and middle and high schools later. Most middle and high schools start at 7:50 AM, and there is overwhelming evidence that when middle and high school students start school at 8:30 AM or later they are healthier, more successful in school, happier and emotionally more stable. On the other hand, elementary students generally are wakeful and energetic in the earlier hours of the day.

To make such a change would involve coming to an understanding with many different groups – first of all, parents, and in addition, the Parks Department regarding use of athletic fields, after-school activities providers, child care providers, and so on.

The district is convening a task force to study the benefits and challenges of this change, and we need representation from the Southwest region. Our region has unique characteristics and it’s important that a person with some knowledge about West Seattle and its schools has a voice on the Task Force. Meetings will be from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on a weekday, generally once per month, with two meetings planned before winter break.

I hope you’ll consider volunteering to join in this vital work. For information, email arrivaltimes@seattleschools.org, call or email Joan Dingfield, jodingfield@seattleschools.org, or visit the website.

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High-school football: 2 more games set for WSHS Wildcats http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/high-school-football-2-more-games-set-for-west-seattle-high-school/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/high-school-football-2-more-games-set-for-west-seattle-high-school/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 16:00:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=290160

(WSB photo from Friday’s game: #35 Binh Nguyen, #72 Richard Kawano, #57 Dustin McLean)
High-school football is now in the post-season, and West Seattle High School‘s athletic director Trevor Leopold tells WSB this morning that the Wildcats now have two more games set, following last Friday’s 52-12 victory over Franklin at Memorial Stadium (photo above). First, WSHS will visit Rainier Beach this Thursday (October 30th) at 7 pm. Then, they’ll be home on Saturday, November 8th, hosting Highline HS at 6 pm.

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VIDEO/PHOTOS: West Seattle Monster Dash 2014 in the forest! http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/videophotos-west-seattle-monster-dash-2014-in-the-forest/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/videophotos-west-seattle-monster-dash-2014-in-the-forest/#comments Sat, 25 Oct 2014 21:05:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289852

Rain or shine, it was time for the West Seattle Monster Dash this morning – and as our video shows, off they went, despite breezy, showery conditions. The Lincoln Park run/walk is a benefit for Cooperative Preschools. Organizer Milyssa Daigle (below) cheered on the (mostly) costumed participants:

…including ones young enough to be currently using the aforementioned preschools!

The littlest participants had their own “monster dashes” right after the main race.

Some spooky sights in the throng:

By the way, race results are online – see them here.

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School fundraising season: Arbor Heights Elementary’s ‘Circle of Friends’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/school-fundraising-season-arbor-heights-elementarys-circle-of-friends/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/school-fundraising-season-arbor-heights-elementarys-circle-of-friends/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 17:15:08 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289385 Some have auctions, some have walk-a-thons, some have “direct drives” – whichever the method, it’s the time of year when PTAs ask for the support of their communities (and school funding has certainly been in the news lately). From Arbor Heights Elementary:

Join the Circle of Friends! The Arbor Heights Elementary PTA invites any and all members of the West Seattle community to Join the Circle of Friends by participating in our direct fundraising drive October 13-31st! 100% of funds raised by the PTA go to support programs that enrich the educational experience of students at Arbor Heights! The Arbor Heights PTA funds its $74,000 annual budget (which, shockingly, is bigger than our school’s operating budget provided by the State!) through various charitable giving events (membership drive, direct drive, annual auction, etc.).

This year PTA priorities (voted on by the membership) include: Young Authors Day, 5th Grade Camp, Instrumental Music, Kindergarten Aides, Playground Equipment, Academic Enrichment and Field Trips, Safety Patrol, Library, Global Reading Challenge, Sports Equipment, and Teacher Requests for innovative learning.

Visit arborheightses.seattleschools.org to learn more, download a donation
form, donate online, or set up a recurring donation! Thank you!

If you have a school fundraiser under way or coming up and want to invite the community to be part of it, please make sure we know about it – thanks!

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Fields so close, yet out of reach: West Seattle Booster Club letter-writing campaign seeking ‘equity and safety’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fields-so-close-yet-out-of-reach-west-seattle-booster-club-letter-writing-campaign-seeking-equity-and-safety/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/fields-so-close-yet-out-of-reach-west-seattle-booster-club-letter-writing-campaign-seeking-equity-and-safety/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 00:33:44 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289600 From the West Seattle Booster Club:

Care about equity and safety for West Seattle High School athletes?

West Seattle Booster Club urges you to join their letter-writing campaign! Read the letter below, then write to Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors (MS 11-010, PO Box 34165, Seattle, 98124-1165) and Seattle Parks and Recreation Board of Park Commissioners (100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, 98109) to help create positive change for (the) sports program. Thank you for supporting WSHS athletes!

If you can’t see the letter as embedded above, it’s here in PDF.

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West Seattle school-staff sizes: District’s list; school board member’s Gatewood postmortem http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-school-staff-sizes-districts-list-school-board-members-gatewood-postmortem/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-school-staff-sizes-districts-list-school-board-members-gatewood-postmortem/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 08:38:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289484 Two notes about public-school staff sizes and district changes. First, Seattle Public Schools says the final enrollment counts are in, so it’s making staff-size changes where needed. The Seattle Schools Community Forum website has published the memo from acting Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland to principals, with these changes for West Seattle-area schools:

Staff reductions – 1.0 FTE (full-time equivalent) at Madison Middle School, 0.6 FTE at Denny International Middle School

Staff increases – 1.0 FTE at Concord International Elementary School, 0.5 FTE at Sanislo Elementary School

The memo did not include enrollment numbers, but we’ll be asking the district for that information.

Meantime, two weeks after the looming loss of one FTE at Gatewood Elementary led to an unprecedented – and successful – fundraising drive, West Seattle’s school board rep Marty McLaren has issued an extensive postmortem on what happened and why. She sent it to her e-mail list (open to all) on Tuesday night. In it, she concludes, “in my opinion, the Seattle Public School District was not remiss in its action of surplusing a Gatewood teacher.” In case you’re not on that list, here is McLaren’s report, embedded below or PDF format here:

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High-school soccer: West Seattle ties visiting Garfield http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/high-school-soccer-west-seattle-ties-visiting-garfield/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/high-school-soccer-west-seattle-ties-visiting-garfield/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 07:13:01 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289470

Post-season play is getting closer for girls-varsity soccer. For West Seattle High School, two games remain in the regular season after they tied Garfield 2-2 at Walt Hundley Playfield Tuesday afternoon.

Both West Seattle goals were by Katie DuLong; here are the game stats.

This was the last home game in the regular season. Next up, the Wildcats play at Bainbridge on Thursday, 6:15 pm.

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More than a game: West Seattle-Chief Sealth volleyball match spotlights fight against cancer http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/more-than-a-game-west-seattle-chief-sealth-volleyball-match-spotlights-fight-against-cancer/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/more-than-a-game-west-seattle-chief-sealth-volleyball-match-spotlights-fight-against-cancer/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 08:53:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289381

The socks said it all: The fight against breast cancer was in the spotlight along with the battle on the volleyball court when West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International HS on Monday night.

Sealth went home with the win in a 3-0 shutout. But the battle for awareness and funding won too. Just ask West Seattle survivor and fundraiser extraordinaire Tracy Dart:

It also was Senior Night – with the Wildcat girls honored on their home court:

Senior Devon Fox sang the national anthem:

Flowers for the visiting Sealth seniors:

Back to the match – it was closer than the 3-0 score sounds – the games went 25-23, 25-22, 25-22.

Next up, Sealth hosts Franklin.

West Seattle plays at Ballard.

Both matches are at 7 pm Wednesday.

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West Seattle schools: Two open houses this week; WS Education Fair next week http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-schools-2-open-houses-this-week-ws-education-fair-next-week/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/west-seattle-schools-2-open-houses-this-week-ws-education-fair-next-week/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 23:05:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289350 Looking at options for next school year? Three more events are coming up fast:

HOPE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, October 21st), families interested in the middle grades at Hope Lutheran School are invited to an open house – details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: West Seattle’s only independent high school invites you to come meet staff and students, 7-8:30 pm this Thursday night (October 23rd) on campus, 41st/Genesee.

WEST SEATTLE EDUCATION FAIR: This is also happening at SLHS, but it’s for families with kids going into pre-K through 8th grade. One week from tomorrow – Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30-8 pm – come to the SLHS gym for this informational event (sponsored again this year by WSB). 10+ local schools spanning those grades will be there to talk with you; we’ll have the final list when it gets a bit closer.

Is your school’s open house in our calendar? If not, e-mail us ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com

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Ready to shop – or sell? West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ next one-day kid-stuff consignment sale set http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/ready-to-shop-or-sell-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-next-one-day-kid-stuff-consignment-sale-set/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/ready-to-shop-or-sell-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-next-one-day-kid-stuff-consignment-sale-set/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 18:34:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289323

(WSB photo, March 2014)
Last spring’s first-ever group consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Co-Op Preschools was wildly popular – and organizers are doing it again. News for shoppers and would-be consigners, from Erin:

West Seattle Co-Op Preschool system is very excited to be hosting a kids’ Consignment sale on November 8th from 9-1 pm at the West Seattle VFW Hall to help fund scholarships for families in need.

We are also in need of consigners, anyone can consign at this sale. The seller can set their own prices and will make 65% of the asking price and the host will take 35%. The consigner will be paid for the sold items when they pick up their unsold items at the sales conclusion on November 8th.

This sale will be a great thing for families to make some money with their gently used bay/kids gear and to buy low-cost, good-quality items for their kids; for the school system to be able to continue providing scholarships for families who might not be able to afford preschool otherwise; and to bring the community together! For more information: www.westseattlepreschool.org

Sale info is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/high-school-football-seattle-lutheran-homecoming-vs-rainier-christian/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/high-school-football-seattle-lutheran-homecoming-vs-rainier-christian/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 12:58:41 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289156

This weekend’s local high-school football wrapped up with Seattle Lutheran‘s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. Rainier Christian went home with a 44-6 victory, but the Saints had some bright spots. They rallied late in the game, with their sole touchdown from #10 Roberto Duenaz (top photo), who ran back a Rainier Christian kickoff in the third quarter for the TD.

Also in the second half, quarterback #3 Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (photo above) ran well; #88 Josh Meyer (photo below) had an interception and critical pass reception that jumpstarted the Saints offense:

Otherwise, Rainier Christian had a solid ground game that saw them score in the first minute of the game. Late in the game, Lutheran found some holes in their defense, but it was not enough. Ahead, our photos of the Saints’ homecoming royalty, plus, what’s next in the season:

Seniors Eric Shi, Daniel Maris, Taira Togashi King, Angel Cucio, Carol Sasai, Michelle Carlin:

Juniors Denisse Gonzales and Jacob Fay:

Sophomores Ally Warnke and Roberto Duenaz:

Freshmen – Da’Zor Tillett and Michael Crawford:

SLHS is back at home November 1st for the season’s last game, against Muckleshoot.

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Signup time for West Seattle High School Cheerleaders’ next Mini Cheer Camp http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/signup-time-for-west-seattle-high-school-cheerleaders-next-mini-cheer-camp/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/10/signup-time-for-west-seattle-high-school-cheerleaders-next-mini-cheer-camp/#comments Sun, 19 Oct 2014 05:32:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=289149

In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!

The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

Contact Melinda Fredricks at 206.940.6033 or melindafredricks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Here’s the flyer with a few more details; here’s the registration form.

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