West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle schools http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:49:26 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 New speed cameras on Roxbury: ‘Real’ tickets start Thursday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/new-speed-cameras-on-roxbury-real-tickets-start-thursday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/new-speed-cameras-on-roxbury-real-tickets-start-thursday/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 18:31:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287225

(WSB file photo – camera near Roxhill Elementary)
The new speed-enforcement cameras on SW Roxbury – in the Roxhill Elementary and Holy Family school zones – will start issuing “real” tickets this Thursday, October 2nd, as planned. We just checked with Seattle Police to verify that, and they confirm that the “warning period,” which started on September 3rd, ends Wednesday. If you received a “warning” ticket this month, we’d be interested to hear from you (please comment or e-mail us); we asked for information on how many “warnings” have been issued and are told we’ll have to request that via the public-disclosure process, so it might take a while. According to an SPD-provided info-sheet, West Seattle’s first speed-cam zone, Fauntleroy Way near Gatewood Elementary, was responsible for 5,500 $189 citations last school year. The city expects to add more cameras next year, but hasn’t announced the locations yet.

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West Seattle High School homecoming: Battling Beach http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-high-school-homecoming-battling-beach/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-high-school-homecoming-battling-beach/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 09:36:06 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287025

(#54 Emanuel Santos, #17 Robert Harrelson, #22 Fynniecko Glover, #85 Andrew Burggraff)
As always for homecoming games, the football was just part of it. West Seattle High School celebrated homecoming tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex, and of course there was royalty – seniors Annalisa Ursino and Maxwell Eronimous

Juniors Casey Hart and Ezra Sarmiento

And the band, under the direction of Ethan Thomas, put on a show …

Here’s video:

Now, to the football. Rainier Beach left with the victory, 44-18, but the game was closer for much of the first two thirds. Two of the Wildcats’ three touchdowns were by #44, senior Gavin Garcia-Penor, starting with the first play of the second quarter:

The other West Seattle TD was scored by senior Carter Mensing toward the end of the second quarter; at the half, it was Rainier Beach 15, WSHS 12. West Seattle took the lead, 18-15, with Garcia-Penor’s second touchdown in the third quarter. But that’s where the Wildcats’ scoring ended, and Beach scored 29 unanswered points before the game came to a close.

Coach Tom Burggraff‘s Wildcats play Roosevelt next Friday night (October 3rd), 7:45 pm at Memorial Stadium.

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High-school football: Chief Sealth vs. Ballard downtown http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/high-school-football-chief-sealth-vs-ballard-downtown/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/high-school-football-chief-sealth-vs-ballard-downtown/#comments Sat, 27 Sep 2014 08:20:49 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=287043 Tonight’s team on the road: Chief Sealth International High School, the opponent for Ballard‘s homecoming game at Memorial Stadium downtown. Final score, BHS 48, CSIHS 20. According to the play-by-play on Ballard’s Twitter feed, the Beavers were up 21-0 before the Seahawks’ first touchdown with 4:59 left in the first half; the halftime score was 28-6. As the second half began, Sealth returned the opening kick for another TD, and got their third and final touchdown on a 48-yard run with less than 6 minutes left in the game. Sealth is home at Southwest Athletic Complex next Friday night (October 3rd), 7 pm, vs. Franklin.

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Arbor Heights Elementary School demolition, four weeks in http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/arbor-heights-elementary-school-demolition-four-weeks-in/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/arbor-heights-elementary-school-demolition-four-weeks-in/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 18:03:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286963

As our short Instagram clip shows, the last building semi-standing at the old Arbor Heights Elementary School is getting the wrecking-ball-style treatment right now. It’s been exactly four weeks after the heavy-duty equipment first dug into the buildings there, almost ceremonially, on the Friday afternoon before Labor Day. Now the campus is piled high with rubble:

Once the site clearing is done, the project is expected to stop down from November to February. For a look at the new school that will then be built, check our coverage of the community briefing/Q-A meeting in June.

ADDED: Thanks to Mike R. for the view looking eastward over the full site:

We’ll check this weekend on the other old West Seattle school being demolished to make room for a replacement, Genesee Hill.

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Seattle Lutheran: First football home game of the year; new athletic director http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/seattle-lutheran-first-football-home-game-of-the-year-new-athletic-director/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/seattle-lutheran-first-football-home-game-of-the-year-new-athletic-director/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 10:31:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286936

(#22 wide receiver Brandon Lulow, #3 quarterback Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht)
Photos and story by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publisher

The first home game of the year is in the books for Seattle Lutheran High School‘s football team.

The Saints had trouble stopping Tulalip Heritage at West Seattle Stadium on Thursday night; the Hawks scored seemingly every time they touched the ball, winning 58-0.

In the second half, quarterback Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht put together a solid passing game, but it wasn’t enough to overcome Tulalip’s speed and ability to find the open field.

It was the first time they had played in West Seattle Stadium as an eight-man team. First-year athletic director Dave Sleighter told WSB in an interview earlier this week that the shift from the traditional 11-man to eight-man came after the WIAA re-evaluated the school divisions, which led to Lutheran moving from the 2B Division to 1B Division. Sleighter said the change wasn’t all that welcome among the players when it was announced, but he said they took to the new format after they practiced a few times. Sleighter said it’s a faster and more offense-oriented kind of play, and that’s why the team has really embraced the new format.

As AD, Sleighter is successor to Bob Dowding, who remains at SLHS as an assistant for football. Sleighter also is serving as theology instructor. He was baseball coach when he arrived last year; he came here from Crean Lutheran HS in Irvine, California, after getting a call from Dowding. But he isn’t new to Seattle – he is originally from here, and had been looking for a way to return, so when Dowding’s call came somewhat out of the blue, he was glad that way had found him.

Next home game for SLHS football is homecoming, October 18th, vs. Rainier Christian.

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2 local flu-shot clinics for Seattle Public Schools students, staff, families http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/2-local-flu-shot-clinics-for-seattle-public-schools-students-staff-families/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/2-local-flu-shot-clinics-for-seattle-public-schools-students-staff-families/#comments Thu, 25 Sep 2014 18:02:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286856 Just out of the WSB inbox:

Seattle Public Schools is partnering with the Seattle Visiting Nurse Association to provide flu shot clinics for all students, staff, and their families at no charge, with proof of current medical insurance.

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), the single best protection from influenza is to receive a flu shot each year. The CDC recommends everyone 6 months old and over be vaccinated against the flu.

West Seattle clinic locations and dates:

* Chief Sealth High School: Wednesday, October 8, 4-7:30 pm
* West Seattle High School: Monday, October 20, 2:30-7 pm

Clinics will be open to all Seattle Public Schools children (4 years of age and older) and their families. Please note that students under the age of 18 will need a Patient Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian. Patient Consent Forms are available at the clinics, or click here to download.

All participants will be asked to provide their health insurance information (card) to receive an immunization. SVNA will electronically bill the insurance plan for your flu shot. They bill all insurance plans including Apple Health (Washington State Medicaid) plans. Flu shots are considered preventive care and are not subject to deductibles or co-pays. This means no out-of-pocket expense for participants.

This is happening districtwide – here’s the full list.

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Update: Why Sealth, Denny, Roxhill were briefly ‘sheltering in place’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/why-sealth-denny-roxhill-were-briefly-sheltering-in-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/why-sealth-denny-roxhill-were-briefly-sheltering-in-place/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 21:18:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286665 ORIGINAL REPORT, 2:18 PM: Several parents messaged us about Chief Sealth International High Schoolsheltering in place” for a while this afternoon. It was related to a report that a teenager had been seen in the Westwood Village area with what looked like a gun. Seattle Public Schools spokesperson Stacy Howard says police found the teen, who turned out to have an Airsoft gun, but was not threatening anyone. She says Sealth, Denny International Middle School, and Roxhill Elementary sheltered in place for less than half an hour, and it’s over now.

ADDED 8:50 PM: Denny assistant principal Patricia Rangel has forwarded the letter that Denny and Sealth parents will get explaining the situation:

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What needs fixing at your school? Which schools are in the worst condition? See the new district report http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/what-needs-fixing-at-your-school-which-schools-are-in-the-worst-condition-see-the-new-district-report/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/what-needs-fixing-at-your-school-which-schools-are-in-the-worst-condition-see-the-new-district-report/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 17:20:21 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286622 In February 2016, Seattle Public Schools will ask you to vote for the next BTA (Buildings/Technology/Academics/Athletics) capital levy. To help decide which projects that levy should include, the district has had a consultant evaluate the physical condition of buildings and campuses around the district. The result: A just-released report on what needs fixing and how much it would cost, school by school. That report’s just been made public, and if you want to jump right to one or more schools of interest, you’ll find the three-part report here, with each part linked separately from that page. If you only have time to look at ONE part right now, it’s the third/fourth page of the third document, featuring this graphic:

That’s the ranking of the “educational adequacy” of district schools, NOT in terms of academics, just in terms of building/campus condition – the **lower** the score, the better. Denny International Middle School, only three years old, is ranked most adequate.

(UPDATED 10:48 AM: Thanks for pointing out the omission – we’ve added the second page of the graphic, which shows the Boren Building is in the worst shape of any West Seattle building not scheduled for replacement and currently in use as a public-school building. Schmitz Park, EC Hughes, and Arbor Heights are “less adequate,” but SP’s program will move into the new Genesee Hill school in 2016, Hughes is leased right now and will be mothballed for “emergency” SPS use starting next year, and the old AH is being torn down for a rebuild.)

WHAT’S NEXT? In the announcement of this report’s availability, the district promises to “engage the community over the next 13 months and ask for input and feedback with regard to projects to be included in the BTA IV capital levy.”

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West Seattle High School homecoming Friday! Band tunes up at Husky Stadium; Booster Club invites you to postgame party http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-high-school-homecoming-friday-band-tunes-up-at-husky-stadium-booster-club-invites-you-to-postgame-party/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-high-school-homecoming-friday-band-tunes-up-at-husky-stadium-booster-club-invites-you-to-postgame-party/#comments Tue, 23 Sep 2014 08:07:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286531 7 pm this Friday, it’s the West Seattle High School homecoming game, with Rainier Beach visiting at Southwest Athletic Complex. Two WSHS notes, looking ahead, starting with the band:

BAND TUNEUP: Rich DeVore of the WSHS Music Boosters shared photos from the 62nd High School Band Day at Husky Stadium last weekend, with 35 WSHS Marching Band members among the more than 2,000 high-school-band members participating from across the state. They’re the blue-and-white group at left below:

The event included a performance by all the visiting band members (which Rich says included Chief Sealth International High School) at halftime of the UW-Georgia State football game. You can cheer for them right here in West Seattle during Friday night’s game here in West Seattle, when they’ll perform a halftime show, under the direction of Ethan Thomas.


The West Seattle Booster Club invites you to celebrate WSHS Homecoming with us. This *Friday, September 26th, 7 pm, is the Homecoming Football game at SWAC – please come and cheer on the Wildcats.

After the game, please join us for a “5th Quarter Rally” at Pecado Bueno in the West Seattle Junction. Mingle with friends and family and celebrate our amazing school and students! (Adult function – over 21 only). We hope to see you. Thank you for your support!

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Later start time for teenagers in Seattle Public Schools? You’re invited to be on the task force http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/later-start-time-for-teenagers-in-seattle-public-schools-task-force-now-taking-applications/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/later-start-time-for-teenagers-in-seattle-public-schools-task-force-now-taking-applications/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 22:28:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286566 Seattle Public Schools have long been urged to look at later start times for its oldest students. The School Board decided to review the idea, and now, the district is setting up a task force, according to today’s announcement, which invites you to apply:

Recent sleep research indicates that adolescents’ normal sleep patterns and health may be supported by later school start times. Seattle Public Schools is forming a year-long task force to analyze a potential change in bell times throughout the district. The task force members will review the sleep research and study potential implementation impacts including benefits and challenges for starting elementary schools earlier, and middle and high schools later.

The superintendent will consider the task force work, along with additional community and school feedback to make recommendations to the school board for potential changes in the 2016-17 school year. The superintendent’s report to the board will include analysis of sleep research and operational impacts in other districts. Recommendations will aim to promote school schedules that support student learning, student engagement and health.

The task force is only one aspect of community engagement planned during the school year. Flipping bell times is a complex task and has a significant effect on families and schools. Staff will work to engage all families throughout the district.

The school board listed examining bell times as a governance priority this school year.

Task force members will consist of Seattle Public Schools staff and community members including parent representatives.

To read the charter of the task force including a list of positions that the district is seeking to fill, or for the nomination form, which is due October 6, click here.

In our area this year, just in case you wondered, West Seattle High School starts at 7:50 am, Chief Sealth International High School at 8:40 am.

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One more ‘first day of school’: South Seattle College, tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-first-day-of-school-south-seattle-college-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/one-more-first-day-of-school-south-seattle-college-tomorrow/#comments Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:32:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286492

(WSB photo, taken this afternoon)
Fall quarter starts tomorrow at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). According to the official announcement, changes for fall include a new Bachelor’s Degree program, Sustainable Building Science Technology, a “90-credit degree program (that) offers industry professionals a pathway to becoming a skilled Building Science Professional. The program emphasizes upper-division coursework that focuses on the complexities of building science, energy codes, building codes and facility management.” Also: What were known as the International Programs at SSC are now under the umbrella of the renamed Center for International Education, which moved to a new space on campus over the summer, housing services ranging “from aiding international students … to Study Abroad programs and international staff/faculty exchange opportunities.”

P.S. Registration for SSC classes is still open, even with school starting tomorrow – here’s the info on that.

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West Seattle demolition watch: Next ‘microhousing’; school rebuilds http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-demolition-watch-next-microhousing-school-rebuilds/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/west-seattle-demolition-watch-next-microhousing-school-rebuilds/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 20:08:35 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286468 Three updates from West Seattle’s current demolition/redevelopment/rebuilding boom:

PERMIT APPLICATION FOR NEXT ‘MICROHOUSING’ SITE: On Friday, the demolition-permit application turned up in the city’s online files for 3268 Avalon Way, the microhousing building set to go up between the 35th/Avalon 7-11 and its sibling Footprint Avalon I building. A temporary-power pole has already been up in front of the site for a while. The new microhousing rules, including clarity on number of units, won’t be affecting this project or others already in the pipeline; note the last line of the screengrab from the city webpage:

Each “unit” in current city code stands for up to eight individually rented sleeping rooms.

GENESEE HILL SCHOOL DEMOLITION: Now in even higher gear. Here’s what we were to see from SW Genesee after the end of Friday’s workday:

The current Schmitz Park Elementary program is scheduled to move into a new 650-student campus (not much more capacity than the current SPES enrollment) here in 2016.

ARBOR HEIGHTS SCHOOL DEMOLITION: This is now moving quickly too. Thanks to Mike R. for the end-of-week view:

The new Arbor Heights Elementary‘s capacity won’t be determined by the school board until next year.

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More West Seattle volunteering: Tilden 5th graders @ Dakota Place http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/more-west-seattle-volunteering-tilden-5th-graders-dakota-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/more-west-seattle-volunteering-tilden-5th-graders-dakota-place/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:46:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286174

(Photo courtesy Karin Beck)
Meet some of the youngest volunteers helping keep local parks from being strangled by overgrowth. These are fifth-graders from Tilden School (WSB sponsor), and their teacher Karin Beck shares the update:

In 2010, Tilden School officially adopted Dakota Place Park. Since then, the students and faculty have been removing invasive species, weeds, and trash from the park grounds. This week, the new crop of fifth graders began their role as park stewards, something they’ll continue throughout the school year. Additionally, this community service project will tie in with an ongoing learning partnership with IslandWood and Nature Consortium. The goal is for these kids to be more aware of their impact on nature and to understand their ability to create positive change.

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Friday night football: Sealth hosts Hale; WSHS vs. Garfield; Lutheran vs. Lummi http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/friday-night-football-sealth-hosts-hale-wshs-vs-garfield-lutheran-vs-lummi/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/friday-night-football-sealth-hosts-hale-wshs-vs-garfield-lutheran-vs-lummi/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 10:19:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286319 All three local high-school football teams played Friday night, but only one was at home:

SEALTH VS. HALE: The night’s lone home game left Chief Sealth International High School cheerleaders and fans with reason to cheer – a hard-fought win, first of the season, 28 to 26 over visiting Nathan Hale. Huge night for #11 Daron Camacho, with three touchdowns for the Seahawks, the first one just three plays in.

#12 Weston Reed threw to Czai Terrell for Sealth’s other touchdown.

Camacho also ran a two-point conversion after that TD, and after one of his own. Here are the game stats from our partners at The Seattle Times. Sealth plays Ballard next Friday at Memorial Stadium, 7:45 pm.

WSHS VS. GARFIELD: West Seattle High School is still looking for its first win of the season after falling to Garfield 41-13 at Memorial Stadium.

(added Saturday pm) Thanks to Lawrence Kane for sharing photos from the WSHS-Garfield game. First: “#40 Joey Kane, LB, stripping the ball from #5 in a TD-saving tackle at the end of the half”:

Lawrence adds that #7 Jamie Maples recovered the fumble on that – in the next photo, he is scoring a TD:

(back to original report) The Wildcats host Rainier Beach at Southwest Athletic Complex next Friday, 7 pm.

SEATTLE LUTHERAN VS. LUMMI NATION: In Bellingham on Friday night, Lummi HS defeated the visiting SLHS Saints, 60-12.

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Followup: New kindergarten play area in place at Schmitz Park Elementary, following summertime fire http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-new-kindergarten-play-area-in-place-at-schmitz-park-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/followup-new-kindergarten-play-area-in-place-at-schmitz-park-elementary/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 21:32:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286021

(WSB photo, taken early this afternoon)
That bright new play equipment at Schmitz Park Elementary was ready for kindergarteners’ morning recess today, two and a half months after the early-morning fire that left the previous playset unusable. Exactly what caused the June 26th fire has never been pinpointed. Nobody was hurt, but the fire destroyed $50,000 worth of equipment that was only a year old. SPES principal Gerrit Kischner tells WSB, “The District moved very quickly to find the funds necessary for purchasing the replacement in time make the order (very impressive in light that a five-week lead time was necessary from the manufacturer to land the material before school started).”

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