West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle schools http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:38:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 One more day to get in on WSHS Music’s fruit fundraiser http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/one-more-day-to-get-in-on-wshs-musics-fruit-fundraiser/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/one-more-day-to-get-in-on-wshs-musics-fruit-fundraiser/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 07:39:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293296 Music Boosters supporting the West Seattle High School music department sent word of this – tomorrow (Wednesday) is the last day to get in on it – and note that if you don’t need all that fruit, you can still help the students while donating your donation to feed those in need!

The WSHS Music Department is currently selling 20-pound boxes of oranges or grapefruits, for $28.00 each. Funds raised will help offset student costs as both the orchestra and band will be traveling to perform in Disneyland this next May. Fruit can be purchased from any WSHS music student, or contact westseattlehsmusicboosters@gmail.com by 11/26, for more information. Boxes can also be purchased for direct donation to the West Seattle Food Bank. The fruit will be delivered around December 5th.

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Video: WSHS students join walkout in Ferguson aftermath http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/ferguson-aftermath-wshs-students-join-walkout/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 21:48:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293270

1:48 PM: Via both SPD and a campus source, we’re told some West Seattle High School students have joined the walkout to show opposition to the Ferguson, Missouri, grand-jury decision. Some other schools in the city including Garfield and Roosevelt had hundreds walk out.

2:20 PM: We just missed the walkout but got some reader video we’ll add when back at HQ. Police we talked with just off-campus estimated about 75 participants and say it unfolded peacefully.

2:44 PM: Added the aforementioned video atop this story (recorded by a reader from the top parking deck at Admiral Safeway, looking west), plus our photo of the police who were still at California/Stevens when we arrived. Another texter said some had walked out at Chief Sealth International High School earlier today, but we have not confirmed that. The district’s message about the walkouts is on the SPS home page.

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West Seattle schools: Personalize Pathfinder’s playground http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-personalize-pathfinders-playground/#comments Tue, 25 Nov 2014 17:09:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293238

(Photo by Holli Margell)
Glass art as a holiday gift? That’s one way to support the playground project that Pathfinder K-8 has embarked on. Organizers explain: “Having been awarded significant grants from both the City and County, we are working to raise $50,000 in cash from our school families and broader community. We have a lovely donor recognition program that will be a lasting symbol and legacy
of your gift to our community. Please see the giving levels” here. Hint – the glass tiles are part of it; you can fund one (or more) with an inscription to forever be part of the new playground; see the design here.

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West Seattle sports: Chief Sealth basketball alumni event Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-sports-chief-sealth-basketball-alumni-event-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-sports-chief-sealth-basketball-alumni-event-friday/#comments Mon, 24 Nov 2014 21:51:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293126 Friday night, you’re invited to Chief Sealth International High School for a tribute, two alumni games, a tribute, and more! From girls’ head basketball coach Katie Jo Maris:

Chief Sealth’s 3rd annual Nels Enquist Alumni Basketball Game: THANK YOU, COACH MIKE SIVA!

“You Gave Me Your Time, The Most Thoughtful Gift Of ALL” – Dan Zadra

I would like to invite EVERYONE to join Chief Sealth International High School on November 28, 2014 to honor the great coach Mike Siva for everything he has done for Chief Sealth Athletics.
- Coached at Sealth 1984-2010
- Coach of the Year: Volleyball 2, Soft ball: Slowpitch 1, Fastpitch 2
- Volleyball: ‘93-‘94 Metro champs. Last public school to win Metro back to back. 3rd in state ’93 and 8th in state ‘94.
- Slowpitch: State 1993. Fastpitch was regularly in the play-offs.
- 36 years with Seattle Public Schools. A plus award winner, Alliance of Education only security specialist to win the award.
- Security at Sealth ‘79, ‘84-‘99, ‘99-Present. Currently the Southwest Division Technical Lead Specialists–Seattle Public Schools–security.

Details for the game:


– $3 Adults 18+
– $2 11 yrs-17 yrs or any age with student ID
– FREE 10 yrs and under

4:00 pm – Doors Open
4:15 pm – Varsity Girls basketball scrimmage
5:00 pm – Varsity Boys basketball intra-squad scrimmage
5:15 pm – Alumni Player Check-in
6:00 pm – Women’s Alumni Game
7:30 pm – Men’s Alumni Game

There will be concessions as well as Sealth gear available for purchase.

Please come and enjoy this event with your friends, family, current Seahawks and fellow alumni.

CSIHS is at 2600 SW Thistle.

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3 R’s – reading, reading, reading! Roxhill Elementary literacy updates http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/3-rs-reading-reading-reading-roxhill-elementary-literacy-updates/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/3-rs-reading-reading-reading-roxhill-elementary-literacy-updates/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 22:52:40 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=293003 Thanks to Roxhill Elementary library teacher Chris Robert for sharing the report and photos:

- Like Sanislo, Roxhill has received its shipment of $6,000 in books from its 2013-14 partnership with the Seattle Public Libraries funded by an Allen Family Foundation Grant. Many thanks to Sanislo Librarian Craig Seasholes and former Roxhill Librarian Pat Bliquez for securing this partnership.

– Thank you to the Friends of the Library for its donation of 2,500+ books to give away to Roxhill students. Books are covering the lunchroom tables, and students will select at least five books each when they come with their families for conferences … continuing through Tuesday.

– Author and illustrator Wendy Wahman visited, spoke, and drew with Roxhill 1st and 2nd graders. Ms. Wahman read her story “Snowboy 1, 2, 3″ and shared her process when illustrating books. Thanks to the PTA for funding this event.

Roxhill’s Book Fair @ Barnes & Noble included read-alouds by Roxhill teachers, parents, and students. ([Above] is a pic of teacher Mike Nguyen.)

We appreciate receiving school news we can share with the wider community – both after events happen, and info ahead of time for potential coverage by a WSB crew – e-mail us at editor@westseattleblog.com any time!

P.S. Seattle Public Schools‘ Thanksgiving break is just a few days away – one-hour early dismissal on Wednesday, then Thursday and Friday off, back to school Monday, December 1st. (As mentioned above, elementary schools have conferences instead of classes in the days before Thanksgiving.)

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West Seattle weekend scene: WSHS auction success http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-wshs-auction-success/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-weekend-scene-wshs-auction-success/#comments Sun, 23 Nov 2014 10:30:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292946

Big fun and big giving Friday night at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):

The West Seattle High School PTSA thanks the community for making the annual “Reaching for the Stars” auction a tremendous. success. The auction was held on Fri. Nov. 21. Principal Ruth Medsker and PTSA President Cathy DeVore welcomed guests and supporters, including Mayor Ed Murray and County Executive Dow Constantine (WSHS alumnus), pictured holding a member of the WSHS class of 2032:

If you missed the auction, you can still support WSHS students via the PTSA’s fundraising efforts – go here.

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West Seattle schools: $6,000 in books for Sanislo readers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-6000-in-books-for-sanislo-readers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-6000-in-books-for-sanislo-readers/#comments Thu, 20 Nov 2014 07:48:54 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292611

(Photo republished with permission)
Sanislo Elementary librarian Craig Seasholes is excited about a big gift for the young readers with whom he works – those boxes are part of a donation of nonfiction books worth $6,000! They’re courtesy of the Seattle Public Library/Paul G. Allen Family Foundation collaboration and Sanislo parents are invited to stop in the library during conference week next week for a closer look. Find out more on this Sanislo webpage.

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West Seattle schools: Roxhill Elementary benefit Friday http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-roxhill-elementary-benefit-friday/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-roxhill-elementary-benefit-friday/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 17:27:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292550 Another chance to support a West Seattle school is two days away. From the Roxhill Elementary PTSA:

This Friday, November 21st, the West Seattle (and beyond!) Community has an opportunity to support Roxhill Elementary School.

From Open to Close (as well as online), a percentage of purchases made at Barnes and Noble will go towards the school.

Mr. Robert – along with Teachers and Parents – will be live-reading in the Children’s section [at the Westwood Village store] from 5 pm – 8 pm. Put on your pajamas and join us! Thank you so much!

The voucher number to use that day (in person or online) is on this PDF – 11509577.

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West Seattle scene: SSC’s serious gingerbread-house building http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-sscs-serious-gingerbread-house-building/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-scene-sscs-serious-gingerbread-house-building/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:21:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292530

(WSB photo by Patrick Sand)
Culinary students at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) were working on this gingerbread house well into Tuesday evening – after having already put more than 100 hours of work into it – with instructors including Christopher Harris (left). This morning, college spokesperson Kevin Maloney says, it’s scheduled to be picked up for delivery to Costco‘s corporate offices, where it will be on display in the travel area.

ADDED: Here’s the SSC report with full details on the gingerbread project.

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West Seattle schools: ‘Kindergarten technologists’ work with newly donated Snap Circuits at Lafayette http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-kindergarten-technologists-work-with-newly-donated-snap-circuits-at-lafayette/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-schools-kindergarten-technologists-work-with-newly-donated-snap-circuits-at-lafayette/#comments Mon, 17 Nov 2014 20:16:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292364

With public funding of schools falling short, community and corporate goodwill is more vital than ever to help students keep up. The latest example was shown off this morning in Landon Bell‘s kindergarten classroom at Lafayette Elementary in The Admiral District. The “kindergarten technologists” in our photos are using Snap Circuits (shown and explained here) to explore electrical engineering, creating working machines on circuit boards.

Lafayette got the Snap Circuits via a request on the crowdfunding site for teachers, DonorsChoose.org, one of 19 projects at 15 Seattle schools that were funded in a donation by AT&T, according to the announcement of this morning’s demonstration.

Many DonorsChoose projects are funded by individual community contributions, but as was the case here, the corporate community jumps in too – you might recall the Google announcement at Highland Park Elementary last month. Much other supplementary funding comes via events organized by schools’ PTAs (at Lafayette, last month’s Walk-A-Thon – with community sponsors including WSB – raised $60,000 in pledges).

P.S. If you’re interested in donating to classroom projects, DonorsChoose is searchable by zip code, and our quick check shows lots of current requests from local teachers.

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West Seattle Montessori visited by new book’s star ‘Danny Dog’ (and its author Sid Shapira) http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-montessori-visited-by-new-books-star-danny-dog-and-its-author-sid-shapira/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-montessori-visited-by-new-books-star-danny-dog-and-its-author-sid-shapira/#comments Sat, 15 Nov 2014 09:39:26 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292197

Literacy starts early! And it can so often be fun – as it was Friday at West Seattle Montessori School and Academy (WSB sponsor), where students/staff got “a wonderful visit,” says assistant director Heather Aquino (who shared the photo), “from author Sid Shapira and his dog Danny.” Danny is the star of Shapira’s just-published children’s book,”Danny Dog – A rescue dog finds his forever home.” The book is described as “also illustrating the key role pet-rescue organizations play in giving pets a second chance and a forever home.” The author says part of the book’s profits will go to rescue organizations.

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West Seattle school boundary changes: Board member Marty McLaren says 2015 alarm is based on wrong numbers http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-school-boundary-changes-board-member-marty-mclarens-clarifications/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/west-seattle-school-boundary-changes-board-member-marty-mclarens-clarifications/#comments Fri, 14 Nov 2014 19:41:42 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292129 11:41 AM: The West Seattle school boundaries set to change next year have triggered major concern because of enrollment effects – especially at Schmitz Park Elementary, already beyond overcrowded, and now worried (as laid out here) that boundary changes for next fall, a year before their new Genesee Hill school opens, will further burst their seams. This morning, West Seattle’s school-board rep Marty McLaren just sent her mailing list a document contending that concerns about the boundary-change effects were based on projected enrollment for 2017, and that this fall’s enrollment changes are much smaller:

The boundary-change vote is set for next Wednesday’s school-board meeting (November 19th) at district HQ in SODO, 4 pm. As noted on the SPES PTA website, public-comment speaker signups start Monday morning.

ADDED 4 PM: Until this, we hadn’t heard an official announcement that Genesee Hill wouldn’t open until fall 2016 – it was originally supposed to be midyear 2015-2016 – but district spokesperson Tom Redman confirms to WSB, that is indeed the new plan.

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From the ‘it was only a drill’ department http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/from-the-it-was-only-a-drill-department/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/from-the-it-was-only-a-drill-department/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 21:56:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291923 No, that was ****NOT**** a lockdown/shelter-in-place at Sealth – the school says it was a drill.

After the first few texts wondering what was going on, we contacted police, who said there was absolutely nothing in the area that would merit precautions. Then we finally reached the school, which confirmed it was only a drill, and was already over. But enough people have continued to message us that we thought we’d better mention it here, besides replying to them individually.

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Congrats and good luck! WSHS swimmers headed for state http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/congrats-and-good-luck-wshs-swimmers-headed-for-state/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/congrats-and-good-luck-wshs-swimmers-headed-for-state/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 20:01:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291638

Thanks to Danette Carufel for sharing the photo and report:

Two West Seattle High School swimmers will be going to the State Swimming Championships next Friday/Saturday at King County Aquatic Center. Gabby Carufel, junior (left), had a state qualifying time in the 100-yard backstroke of 1:01.77. Anne Williamson, senior (right), is competing in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:12.62. Go, Wildcats!!!

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Update: Police investigating pencil-stabbing attack reported by Roxhill Elementary student http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/police-investigating-pencil-stabbing-attack-reported-by-roxhill-elementary-student/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/police-investigating-pencil-stabbing-attack-reported-by-roxhill-elementary-student/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:53:02 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=291584 (SCROLL DOWN – or jump, if viewing from WSB home page – for Monday update)

5:53 PM SUNDAY: Police are investigating a report of bullying turned violent at a local school. The victim’s mother told them it happened at Roxhill Elementary on October 30th; it was not reported to police until she went to the Southwest Precinct desk on November 5th, according to the detailed report that was added to SPD’s publicly viewable online files this weekend. Here’s what the report says:

The mother told police her 10-year-old daughter has been the victim of bullying for some time. On the 30th, around 1 pm, the girl, according to the report narrative:

… was at the computer desk, working, when the suspect who was behind her stabbed her in the buttocks 4-5 times with a pencil. She said that she turned toward the suspect and he stabbed her on the right forearm with the pencil, drawing blood. She said she told (a teaching assistant, who) said that he would take care of the incident. Victim’s mother learned of the incident, and attempted to contact the school principal, who did not return the mother’s phone calls until she left a message that she was going to take up the issue with the school board.

Complainant said that last night, 11-4-14, she received a (phone call) from the principal, who said that she had not been advised of the incident. Although the injury was close to a week old, Officer Hybak photographed the injury, which was still visible.

We will be following up with the school district to find out about the claim that the incident hadn’t been followed up on at school. We checked the Seattle Fire 911 log to see if medical help had been summoned that day, but there are no calls listed for Roxhill’s address.

ADDED 12:46 PM MONDAY: SPS spokesperson Stacy Howard tells us that the district is “looking into” this. She also says the victim’s family has since taken her and a relative out of SPS. And the “teaching assistant,” she says, was not a district employee, but was a member of the CityYear corps assigned to Roxhill.

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