West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle schools http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 26 Apr 2015 04:23:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 High-school baseball: West Seattle-Bainbridge Island rematch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/high-school-baseball-west-seattle-bainbridge-island-rematch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/high-school-baseball-west-seattle-bainbridge-island-rematch/#comments Sat, 25 Apr 2015 08:30:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308229

Baseball rematch at Hiawatha on Friday afternoon for West Seattle High School and Bainbridge Island High School. Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the photos and report:
Friday afternoon was the rematch of the two teams that met on Wednesday, West Seattle vs Bainbridge Island,. Freshman Anthony Coats [top photo] started on the mound for WS. The Bainbridge Island bats came out firing and in the first inning had three hits including a three-run home run, but West Seattle would answer back in the bottom of the 1st with an RBI single by senior Jordan Sagmoen. After the first inning, Anthony would settle down and pitch another two innings, only giving up one more run.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, West Seattle would get two more runs off a deep home run hit by Morgan McCullough [photo above]. This would put the score at the end of the 5th inning at 4-3, Bainbridge up. But that would be as close as it would get. Bainbridge Island (ranked #9 in Washington State) would open it up and end up winning 16-3.

Next game is the matchup of the local schools, West Seattle vs Chief Sealth, Monday at 4:00 at Southwest Athletic Complex.

P.S. Around noon today (Saturday), you’ll find some of the WSHS players at West Seattle Thriftway (WSB sponsor) selling tickets for the June 22nd Mariners-Royals game – it’s related to their annual appearance in the High School Baseball Classic at Safeco Field, as explained here. If you want tickets but can’t make it to the store, e-mail wshsmarinerstickets@gmail.com and they’ll make it happen.

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PHOTOS: See inside the new Westside School, as it gets closer to ‘Heading Home’ to new Arbor Heights campus http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/photos-see-inside-the-new-westside-school-as-it-gets-closer-to-heading-home-to-new-arbor-heights-campus/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/photos-see-inside-the-new-westside-school-as-it-gets-closer-to-heading-home-to-new-arbor-heights-campus/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 18:29:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308124

(Looking southward toward the new Westside School campus)

Story by Tracy Record
Photos by Patrick Sand
West Seattle Blog co-publishers

Two and a half years in the planning … seven weeks to “substantial completion” … one year after groundbreaking.

Westside School (WSB sponsor) moves into its new home in Arbor Heights this fall and is now showing off how it’s taken shape.

We toured the construction/renovation site this week with Westside’s head of school Kate Mulligan (above) and assistant head of school Don Cunningham, who has been the “owner’s rep” on the project. (They’re getting ready for an open house tomorrow at Westside’s current location – more on that later.)

First, some backstory: We first reported in November 2012 that Westside was planning to buy what was at the time Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, at 34th SW and SW 104th (map).

Westside, founded in 1981, has been leasing the former EC Hughes Elementary in Sunrise Heights from Seattle Public Schools since 2010, moving there from a former Highline Public Schools building just east of Arbor Heights. So in many ways, this is, as Westside has dubbed the journey of building and moving, “Heading Home” (a theme that figured into its groundbreaking celebration almost exactly a year ago).

The process of transforming the former church – via Sundberg Kennedy Ly-Au Young Architects and general contractor Kirtley-Cole Associates LLC – brought unique opportunities. This wasn’t a teardown project – it’s a remodel and expansion, as is particularly notable from the outside of the former sanctuary, with “pop-out” added space like this:

“We’re excited to repurpose an under-utilized old building,” Mulligan enthuses. “Because (of that), we get a lot of elements a pre-K-8 school doesn’t usually get.”

That includes a gym – already part of the site – and a performing-arts center, which is on what was the choir-loft level and is now a full third level.

The transformation begins outside, where the project includes new sidewalks lining 104th and 34th.

Traffic will enter on 104th and route through the site southbound onto 34th. Queueing will happen on campus, not on the street. The campus has parking as well as an agreement with the New Apostolic Church to the south for overflow use when needed.

34th, on the west side of the campus – where dropoff and pickup will happen – is the street onto which Westside’s grand entrance and lobby are fronting.

Mulligan points out that everyone will come through that entrance.

For parents, it will have space to hang out and have coffee. It’ll be full of light, even on days that aren’t as bright as sunny Wednesday, when we toured.

The courtyard between the main and gym buildings is visible through east-facing windows.

Our tour moved on to the gym. “We use the gym all day, all night,” Mulligan points out, with Westside participating in the CYO league for four sports, which means it often plays other West Seattle schools such as Our Lady of Guadalupe and Holy Rosary.

The gym’s features – along with its “beautiful wood floor” – will include retractable stadium seating.

Beneath the gym is the lunchroom (and two connected art rooms).

As well as its interior features – including a five-unit handwashing station outside the bathrooms – its showcase point is connectedness to open air and open space, via garage-style roll-up doors on the east side that will be open as weather permits, a direct exit from lunch to playtime, with both a grassy area and hardscape outside.

It’s intended as a place where “kids feel safe and free, but secure,” Mulligan explains, “a place where they feel ownership.” Here’s a view from another part of the building, looking down toward the rollup doors’ exterior, and the future play area:

Taking advantage of natural light in as many places as possible, the first level is also home to the K-4 classrooms (accommodating Westside’s two classes per grade level) and added features including a reading nook with a bench and a whimsically round window – like the one in the stairwell shown below – as well as “idea spaces” outside classrooms, intended for collaboration.

The section of the floor with the least natural light is where they’re concentrating features that don’t need it – the ADA-compliant elevator, storage, etc.

As we peek into classrooms, Cunningham touts not only the utilization of natural light but the energy efficiency (the roof has solar panels too, by the way):

On the second (entry) level of the main building are the middle-school classrooms as well as features that other grades will share, a tech lab, with room for work on projects from robotics to film-making and more.

Elsewhere, a spacious area looking out to the west will serve as a student gallery, not just for artwork, but also for academic creations including writing and science:

Nearby, the library, adjacent to a conference room … and classrooms for Westside’s language curriculum, Mandarin and Spanish. And it’s in one of many sections of the building with overhead interest thanks to the shape of the original structure.

Then the crown jewel – the performing-arts center, also the space where Westside will be able to have all-school assemblies, accommodating what will be more than 400 members of the on-campus community (about 350 students and 60 staffers) by move-in time this fall.

Behind its huge stage is a music room, though Mulligan envisions some instruction happening on the stage as well. Some complementary uses are already in the works – the performing-arts center will be a boon to Sing Out Seattle!, which is already headquartered at Westside’s current campus.

It’s important to Westside that its students be the ones to inaugurate the new campus – that “ownership” mentioned earlier – so this year’s summer programs will be housed at the soon-to-be-ex-campus, even though they’re hoping to have the “certificate of occupancy” by mid-June, and to start moving in July.

ABOUT THAT OPEN HOUSE ... tomorrow (Saturday, April 25th), 10 am-noon, at the current campus, 7740 34th SW (map). Its main focus is the pre-K program, but Mulligan stressed that all are welcome. (Westside will serve preK through 8th grade when its middle-school phase-in concludes in fall 2016.) You can find out more about Westside by perusing its extensive blog-format “Inside Westside School” website here. It includes a section about the new campus, where you’ll also find this video:

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SIDE NOTES: The church that sold Westside the building in its own downsizing move is now Living Hope Presbyterian, located close to where Westside used to be. Mulligan says the relationship has been friendly – church members will be invited to come see the new school when the project is complete, and they invited her to their final service at what’s almost complete as Westside’s home. … As for the ex-EC Hughes building that’s been housing Westside – Seattle Public Schools’ current plan is to use it as an emergency/interim building, as it had been before Westside leased it. … While Arbor Heights will have three newly built/remodeled schools within a few blocks by 2016 , Westside will be the only one open this fall, as the reconstructed Arbor Heights Elementary and the planned charter school at 35th/Roxbury aren’t scheduled to open before fall 2016.

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TOMORROW: West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ kid-stuff sale http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/tomorrow-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-kid-stuff-sale/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/tomorrow-west-seattle-co-op-preschools-kid-stuff-sale/#comments Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:32:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=308148 It’s the season for sales! Early reminder about a big one on Saturday in The Triangle:

Tomorrow the West Seattle Co-op Preschool system will be hosting a spring/summer kids’ consignment sale on April 25 from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the West Seattle VFW Hall, 3601 SW Alaska St., to help fund scholarships for families in need.

This sale will be a great way for families to purchase gently used baby/kids gear, spring/summer clothing, toys and books for terrific prices. Currently, 4,529 items are registered for consignment for a total value of $19,732! It’s going to be a sale you won’t want to miss! All proceeds from the sale benefit the scholarship program, helping local needy families send their children to preschool.

More info on the official sale website, and sneak peeks on its Facebook page.

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West Seattle Earth Day: Tilden School’s big cleanup http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-earth-day-tilden-schools-big-cleanup/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-earth-day-tilden-schools-big-cleanup/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:58:19 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307996

Another local cleanup this Earth Day – Julie from Tilden School (WSB sponsor) shares the photo and report:

From Hiawatha Park to the Alaska Junction, Tilden School’s students, faculty, and staff showed their respect and appreciation for Mother Earth (and more specifically, West Seattle) by picking up trash. As always, the kids enthusiastically leapt to the task, rapidly filling their bags. (Students noted that the number of cigarette butts, which they have generally found to constitute the larger part of the trash in the past, has increased this year.) Local business people took time to express their thanks, which made the kids feel so proud!

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High-school baseball: West Seattle HS-Bainbridge pitching duel http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/high-school-baseball-west-seattle-hs-bainbridge-pitching-duel/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/high-school-baseball-west-seattle-hs-bainbridge-pitching-duel/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 04:25:48 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307991

Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the photo and report from this afternoon’s WSHS-Bainbridge baseball battle:

This afternoon, West Seattle ventured across the water to battle Bainbridge Island. It was an epic duel of two great pitchers. Senior Kevin Cuddy was on the mound for the Wildcats. He pitched the entire game and it wasn’t until the bottom of the 6th that he wavered just slightly, but it was enough to allow two runs to come across. In the end, he gave up only 4 hits and struck out 6. The defense was solidly behind him, making no errors in the field, but the bats just didn’t have enough power to find the holes to get a run across the plate. They did have a few chances, as Morgan McCullough made it to third base twice and tried to come home on a deep hit to right field, only to be caught trying to score on a close call at the plate. In the end, West Seattle lost 2-0.

Rematch this Friday, with Bainbridge Island visiting this time, 3:30 pm Friday at Hiawatha.

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Still school-shopping? Pre-K open house ahead @ Westside School http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/still-school-shopping-pre-k-open-house-ahead-westside-school/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/still-school-shopping-pre-k-open-house-ahead-westside-school/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 16:00:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307822 Enrollment season isn’t over yet, and if you are looking at Pre-K enrollment for next year, Westside School (WSB sponsor) invites you to an open house next Saturday (April 25th). While Westside is moving into its new campus this fall, the open house is at its current campus, 7740 34th SW (map). The invite says, “You will have the opportunity to talk with members of our administration, pre-kindergarten faculty and learn about our community of engaged, joyful and creative learners!” Drop by any time between 10 am and noon on Saturday.

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From high-school dropout to All-USA Academic Team: David Yama makes South Seattle College history http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/from-high-school-dropout-to-all-usa-academic-team-david-yama-makes-south-seattle-college-history/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/from-high-school-dropout-to-all-usa-academic-team-david-yama-makes-south-seattle-college-history/#comments Tue, 21 Apr 2015 03:49:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307793 For the first time, South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) has a student on the All-USA Academic Team. Here’s the announcement:

South Seattle College student David Yama was named as one of the top scholars in the nation by earning a spot on the All-USA Academic team, as announced by the National Honor Society, Phi Theta Kappa, today. Yama is the first student in South’s history to earn this honor.

The All-USA academic team is widely recognized as the most prestigious academic honor for students attending community college. Nominees are hand-selected by college presidents or their designated nominator for demonstrating academic rigor, leadership and civic growth.

Yama attended the national celebration today of the top-20 All-USA Scholars, where he was further honored as the sole recipient of PTK’s Pierce Scholarship. Along with receiving financial support through the award, he was selected to speak on behalf of all 20 students during the celebration. … Earlier this year Yama was named Washington State’s New Century Scholar, which is given to the top-ranked scholar on the All-Washington Academic team. In the last four years, South has produced two of Washington’s top-scholars from this team.

After dropping out of high school at the age of 14, and working a series of what Yama called “dead-end jobs,” his academic career started at South in hopes of earning his GED. With the encouragment of South faculty member Jane Harness, Yama’s confidence and aspirations continued to grow. He will graduate this spring with an associate degree while maintaining a 3.96 GPA.

Much of Yama’s success he credits to South’s faculty and staff. In addition to Harness, he specifically mentioned instructors Rochelle Fontoi, Bob Dela-Cruz, and Jake Ashcraft.

“South has the most helpful faculty and staff anywhere, with so many opportunities!” Yama said.

After graduation, Yama’s academic journey will continue at the University of Washington, where he is currently volunteering up to 30 hours a week conducting lab research, and he ultimately hopes to earn a doctorate.

You might recall that Yama was a speaker at January’s “Gifts From The Earth” fundraiser at SSC.

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PHOTOS: Seattle Lutheran’s Ring of Honor tribute for Bob Dowding http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/photos-ring-of-honor-tribute-for-seattle-lutheran-hss-bob-dowding/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/photos-ring-of-honor-tribute-for-seattle-lutheran-hss-bob-dowding/#comments Mon, 20 Apr 2015 00:40:04 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307617

Two months after cancer claimed the life of longtime Seattle Lutheran High School teacher and athletic director Bob Dowding, the school gave him its ultimate tribute last night – induction into the SLHS Ring of Honor. That came during a dinner event in which many memories were shared.

That’s head of school Dave Meyer, who talked about arriving in 1995 to be Hope Lutheran‘s PE teacher, and meeting Bob, joking that he wanted the SLHS AD job that Bob held. He came to realize that Bob’s real job was creating and building communities – including at athletic organizations including the Washington Interscholastic Athletics Association. And, Meyer said, he still aspires to Bob’s “real job” – mentoring and encouraging kids, and building community. One of those Bob had mentored also spoke:

Holy Names Academy athletic director Lacey London, a 2000 SLHS graduate, talked about how Bob was such a big influence in her decision to go into teaching and athletics. Her first coaching job was when he asked her to help with Lutheran’s girls-basketball team while she was transitioning between colleges. Among the many others there to pay tribute to Bob – his family, receiving the plaque honoring him:

There was even a cake in his honor:

Bob Dowding was 67 years old.

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Letter lists 4 potential names for new school on Genesee Hill – and a potential new plan http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/letter-lists-4-potential-names-for-new-school-on-genesee-hill-and-a-potential-new-plan/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/letter-lists-4-potential-names-for-new-school-on-genesee-hill-and-a-potential-new-plan/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 16:40:57 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307252

(Image captured this morning from construction-site webcam)
Remember the call for suggestions about what to call the new school being built on Genesee Hil, for the program currently housed (and overflowing) at Schmitz Park Elementary? A letter has just gone out listing four finalists, and launching a vote. The finalists are:

*Genesee Hill Elementary School: Genesee Hill is the name of the original building, which opened in 1949.

*Genesee-Schmitz Elementary School: Genesee-Schmitz recognizes the shared identity and history of the neighborhood and the two schools.

*Dietrich Schmitz Elementary School: Dietrich Schmitz was the longest-serving member of the Seattle School Board in history, serving 32 years and multiple times as President.

*Thelma DeWitty Elementary School: Thelma DeWitty was the first African-American teacher in Seattle, working first in West Seattle at the Cooper School.

The four potential names are not the only points of interest in the letter from Schmitz Park principal Gerrit Kischner. It’s been pointed out that the new school, with capacity around 650, might be not be big enough to hold SPE’s continuing-to-swell population, and Kischner’s letter includes this mention of one way that might be addressed:

… Please note that while we would like to move forward to finalize the naming of the new building, we are also continuing to watch enrollment numbers that could affect the long-term plans for both our current and future school sites.

The Building Leadership Team made a point of requesting that we ensure that the Schmitz Family legacy, which has inspired Schmitz Park Elementary School to be a flagship elementary program in the Seattle School District, will continue to be recognized and honored. If enrollment trends continue to the point that our program could be needed to operate at both sites, we will recommend to the Superintendent that the new building be opened as Schmitz Park School at Genesee Hill.

Regardless, we will not change the name of the school building we currently occupy, which is officially named by the School Board as “Schmitz Park School.” This is a promise made by the District to the Schmitz Family, who donated the land for the Schmitz Park Preserve and school site. Important Schmitz Park traditions and our fox mascot and logo will continue at the new building. …

We’re following up with the district regarding the “both sites” possibility; meantime, you can read the entire letter here.

Now, back to the name poll: Make your choice online here; if you’d like to vote another way, the letter mentions you can postal-mail or drop off your choice to/at SPES (5000 SW Spokane, Seattle 98116). Deadline is April 26th – one week from this Sunday.

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From Our Lady of Guadalupe to ‘American Ninja Warrior’: James McGrath’s pep talk for OLG students, pre-Jog-A-Thon http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/from-our-lady-of-guadalupe-to-american-ninja-warrior-james-mcgraths-pep-talk-for-olg-students/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/from-our-lady-of-guadalupe-to-american-ninja-warrior-james-mcgraths-pep-talk-for-olg-students/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:41:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=307244

Never give up – always do your best. That was the message Our Lady of Guadalupe students heard on Wednesday from an OLG alum who’s made it into the spotlight, James McGrath, who’s been a featured competitor for the past few seasons of the TV show “American Ninja Warrior” – here’s a clip of him in action last year:

McGrath was the special guest at an assembly looking ahead to the annual OLG Jog-A-Thon.

McGrath attended OLG through 8th grade, back in 2001. His PE teacher Susan Sutton is still at the school, so we caught a pic of both of them:

Also noted: McGrath worked for a while at Full Tilt Ice Cream in White Center; now, in addition to his TV exploits, he works as a personal trainer. Students had lots of questions for him about “American Ninja Warrior,” which airs on the Esquire Network, and he says you’ll see him again on the show in late May. (Thanks to Jog-A-Thon chair Sarah Housknecht for the tip about his appearance!)

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West Seattle schools: Science Palooza at Gatewood Elementary http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-schools-science-palooza-at-gatewood-elementary/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/west-seattle-schools-science-palooza-at-gatewood-elementary/#comments Sun, 12 Apr 2015 20:39:47 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306885 Right before Seattle Public Schools got out for spring break (which lasts all of next week), Gatewood Elementary students got to show off their projects for the 4th annual Science Palooza. Here are some highlights from Thursday night’s event, shared by Nicole Sipila, who chaired the science fair:

We had 69 kids with 48 projects. The kids really stepped up the projects this year and everybody was really impressed.

Simone & Delaney exploring sound with their project, The Pitch of Pipes:

​… More than just your average volcano replica, Kailey, Hailey, and Hudson made a model of Mt. St. Helens and showed how much of the mountain was lost and the effects of the lahar:

… We also had some exciting guests. UW Material Advantage was on hand to demonstrate material science applications at a graduate school level. Most popular were the semi-conductors.

… Also, Gatewood’s choir, conducted by Mr. Hall, performed the National Anthem to kick start the evening and then came back later to perform two more songs.

It was an amazing night of science learning & sharing, along with a great community building event. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped put this wonderful evening together.

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‘Not just a Diversity Club thing’: West Seattle HS students teach anti-racism workshops in #embRACEtheRACE campaign http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/not-just-a-diversity-club-thing-west-seattle-hs-students-teach-anti-racism-workshops-in-embracetherace-campaign/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/not-just-a-diversity-club-thing-west-seattle-hs-students-teach-anti-racism-workshops-in-embracetherace-campaign/#comments Sat, 11 Apr 2015 06:14:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306794

Thanks to West Seattle High School teacher Rebecka McKinney for another update on the WSHS Diversity Club, which closed out this pre-spring-break week with a workshop for classmates schoolwide:

The West Seattle High School Diversity Club taught workshops in every language arts class Friday, April 10 on racism, bias and privilege.

The workshops went through why this is important work as a part of the Diversity Club’s #embRACEtheRACE campaign to build understanding and capacity for anti-racist efforts at WSHS. They shared the history of race as a social construct and what the concept of race means in this country.

“I feel like more people are thinking about racism and that’s what matters, they’re thinking about it instead of just ignoring it,” said senior facilitator and Diversity Club member Jahine Wallace.

Next, the club used a well-known game to teach a lesson on privilege and why people need to recognize when they have it and help those who have less.

“I felt that it was great because people were actually engaging and participating,” said senior facilitator and Diversity Club member Essence Cassell. “I felt like they learned a lot and they’ve been listening all year.”

After that the workshops covered different types of racism, individual, institutional, and structural racism along with implicit bias. They talked about what each of these are as well as examples of each.

“It was a work in progress, but successful,” said junior facilitator and Diversity Club member Larenn Dixon. “I feel like a lot of people have more understanding than they did before and it opened people’s eyes to more than just individual racism, but institutional and structural.”

Next the workshop had students go through a scenario on racism in education that the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative developed last year for the RACE workshops that went with the Science Center’s exhibit.

“People actually spoke about racism and didn’t feel as uncomfortable,” said junior facilitator and Diversity Club member Analisa Guerra.

The Diversity Club has done several things this year as a part of their #embRACEtheRACE campaign. They led a challenge to erase the n-word that was featured on KING 5 with a video to kick off the challenge on YouTube and time at class assemblies. They have also taught the school about police brutality against people of color through the school’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. assembly.

“I hope more people are aware that racism is a real thing and not just a Diversity Club thing,” said senior facilitator and Diversity Club member Aby Riggins.

The Diversity Club meets twice a week and planned these workshops in response to the walkout that happened after the Michael Brown verdict. The workshops ended with suggestions for how to take action for racial equity.

“I hope people know the different types of racism and know that implicit bias isn’t their fault,” said junior facilitator and Diversity Club member Eryn Johnson. “I hope people at WSHS understand that racism still does exist and that it’s not just a black people’s problem.”

Last month, we featured the Diversity Dinner presented annually by the club – their biggest one yet.

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‘Arts Day’ @ Sanislo Elementary, thanks to visiting Kellogg Fellows http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/arts-day-sanislo-elementary-thanks-to-visiting-kellogg-fellows/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/arts-day-sanislo-elementary-thanks-to-visiting-kellogg-fellows/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 09:26:36 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306495

(WSB photos: District visual/performing-arts manager Gail Sehlhorst leading students in an exercise)
A break from routine on Tuesday at West Seattle’s Sanislo Elementary … and it all traced back to the founder of the world’s most famous breakfast-cereal company. In honor of the birthday of Will Keith Kellogg, people who had gained leadership training via the Kellogg Foundation fanned out for a Day of Service – and Sanislo was among the stops. Among the Kellogg Fellows visiting Sanislo to provide a day of arts education was Seattle Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland, reading “Stone Soup” to students via his iPad:

Another Kellogg Fellow who worked with the Sanislo students, Dr. Lora-Ellen McKinney, who is working with the district to facilitate enrichment experiences:

The day’s theme was “Compassionate Leadership,” and the visiting fellows were joined by Seattle Art Museum teaching artists in using the arts to help students work on those skills. Among them, Regan Pro, SAM’s manager of school and educator programs, who showed kindergarteners Malcah Zeldis‘s triptych of the life of President Abraham Lincoln:

The day’s theme was also meant to underscore the district’s Creative Advantage program to bring more arts into the schools; a new South-Southwest Pathway for arts is expected to include Sanislo. The school’s visual-arts teacher Andrew Wakefield was part of today’s programming, as was librarian/teacher Craig Seasholes.

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High-school soccer: Chief Sealth-West Seattle rematch http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/high-school-soccer-chief-sealth-west-seattle-rematch/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/high-school-soccer-chief-sealth-west-seattle-rematch/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 07:30:03 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306487

Three weeks ago, Chief Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School opened the boys-soccer season with a 1-1 tie. Tuesday, they met again, and this time the final was a 1-0 victory for Sealth. #3 in the top photo is the Seahawks’ Abel Kidane (featured in our earlier story about 3 Sealth & WSHS players who helped make history last weekend), who had the assist for Yael Pina‘s goal.

Next on the schedule – Sealth plays Seattle Prep at Magnuson, 3:30 pm Friday; West Seattle plays Roosevelt at Walt Hundley, 3:30 pm Thursday.

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More baseball today! West Seattle Wildcats win on the road http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/more-baseball-today-west-seattle-wildcats-win-on-the-road/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/04/more-baseball-today-west-seattle-wildcats-win-on-the-road/#comments Tue, 07 Apr 2015 04:28:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=306357

As the Mariners were wrapping up their Opening Day win downtown, the West Seattle High School Wildcats were taking the field on the road for what turned out to be a big win. Thanks to Caryn Johnson for the report and photo:

West Seattle Wildcats took on the Franklin Quakers Monday afternoon. Freshman Cameron Paskett (#28) started on the mound for West Seattle. Cameron pitched 5 good innings, striking out four, giving up 6 hits and only allowing 3 runs. Senior Daniel Kemp came in to finish up the game, pitching the last two innings and not giving up a hit.

On the offensive side of the ball, West Seattle dominated Franklin’s pitchers. 5 players had multiple hits in the game, with freshman Alex Pastrana leading the way with three. In the end, West Seattle walked away with the victory 18-3. Next game is Wednesday against Garfield, 3:30 at Hiawatha.

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