West Seattle Blog... » West Seattle schools http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Mon, 26 Jan 2015 05:27:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 You can help! Volunteer as a Girls on the Run coach this spring http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/you-can-help-volunteer-as-a-girls-on-the-run-coach-this-spring/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/you-can-help-volunteer-as-a-girls-on-the-run-coach-this-spring/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 23:20:33 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299069

(Photo courtesy Girls on the Run)
So sunny and warm today that we’ve seen people out running, walking, bicycling everywhere around West Seattle. Great time to think about community involvement like this: Girls on the Run is recruiting coaches for spring 2015, and needs volunteers for the program at three West Seattle schools: WS Elementary, Alki Elementary, and Westside School (WSB sponsor). Here’s the announcement:

Girls on the Run of Puget Sound is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. Empower 3rd-5th grade girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices, recognize their gifts, and activate their power to make healthy choices for years to come!

As a coach, you’ll work with 1-2 other coaches to guide a group of girls through an established, easy-to-follow curriculum that uses running games to teach healthy living lessons that develop the whole girl – her social, emotional and physical self. Together, you will explore issues like media awareness, nutrition, emotional health, positive communication, and community service. Help empower the next generation of women by volunteering to coach this spring! For more information, please visit http://girlsrun.org/get-involved/coach/ or contact Jen John, Program Manager, at jen@girlsrun.org or 206-528-2118.

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South Seattle College ‘Gifts from the Earth’ fundraiser sets record http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/south-seattle-college-gifts-from-the-earth-fundraiser-sets-record/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/south-seattle-college-gifts-from-the-earth-fundraiser-sets-record/#comments Sun, 25 Jan 2015 07:41:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299196

(Photos/video courtesy South Seattle College)
A student’s inspiring story keynoted tonight’s recordsetting “Gifts from the Earth” fundraiser at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor). Above, David Yama spoke to the sold-out crowd of 300. Here’s the full recap by SSC’s communications director Kevin Maloney:

South Seattle College announced tonight that the annual Gifts from the Earth fundraising event raised nearly $215,000, a new record in its 12-year history. Proceeds from the event benefit South’s Foundation in its mission to support South students and programs with scholarships, internships, emergency funding, tutoring, and more.

“Gifts from the Earth is an inspiring event where philanthropists and our sponsors come together for the common goal of supporting South students in their pursuit of a higher education and a fulfilling career,” South Seattle College President Gary Oertli said. “Their support has an enormous impact on our students’ ability to realize their dreams.”

South’s supporters started their night with a silent auction accompanied by appetizers and wines crafted by South’s Culinary Arts, Pastry and Baking Arts, and Northwest Wine Academy students and alumni. Next, the sold-out event moved to the Jerry M. Brockey Center, where guests enjoyed a multi-course meal created by 15 celebrity Northwest chefs (including South alumni). Students from the college’s culinary, wine and Hospitality Management B.A.S. programs helped the chefs prep, cook and serve.

A highlight of the evening came after dinner and a live auction, when South student David Michael Patrick Yama shared his story of emerging from poverty to succeeding in college with the help of a Foundation scholarship:

“I sought out a Foundation scholarship because I needed more money, but money was the smallest thing it gave me,” said Yama, who hopes to obtain a doctorate in biomedical engineering. “The greatest thing it gave to me was validation. Validation that I belong here, that I could succeed in school.”

Gifts from the Earth is made possible by the support of the following sponsors: Food Services of America (title sponsor), Boeing, Union Bank, Rebar and Associates, McGranahan Architects, GM Nameplate, QBSI, Interbay Food Company, WSECU, Vigor Industrial, The Gene Colin and Susan Janus Charitable Fund, Pedersen’s and Ferguson Construction.

(Watch SSC’s Facebook page for a photo gallery next week.) The college is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge.

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Friday night basketball, report #2: West Seattle HS hosts Ballard http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-2-west-seattle-hs-hosts-ballard/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-2-west-seattle-hs-hosts-ballard/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:43:27 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299114 Ballard visited West Seattle High School on Friday night:

The Wildcat girls’ sizzling season (13-2) continued with another win, 57-33. Leading scorer (top photo), Emily Fiso with 16. Lydia Giomi was next with 12, then 10 from Izzy Turk (updated photo below):

Lexi Ioane had to sit out the second half with an iced ankle after a pileup toward the end of the first half, but head coach Sonya Elliott expects she’ll be OK for next week.

The WSHS boys-varsity team closed out the night with a victory, too – 47-35:

Another huge night (noted here) for the Wildcats’ Nate Pryor:

Head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s varsity team is now at 9-7 on the year.

For their first games next week, the Wildcat varsity teams will be at Bishop Blanchet – 7:30 pm Tuesday for the boys, 7:30 pm Wednesday for the girls.

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Friday night basketball, report #1: Chief Sealth IHS hosts Lakeside http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-1-chief-sealth-ihs-hosts-lakeside/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-report-1-chief-sealth-ihs-hosts-lakeside/#comments Sat, 24 Jan 2015 15:10:46 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=299102 West Seattle’s two biggest high schools had full slates of basketball home games Friday night. At Chief Sealth International High School, the Seahawks hosted Lakeside. First, the girls-varsity game:

Lakeside went away with the win 78-46, over head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s Seahawks:

Allison Hadaway and Sydney Thomas had 12 points each as top Sealth scorers.

In the nightcap, the Sealth boys stayed close for the first quarter and then Lakeside started to widen the gap.

(At right, Sealth’s Khaleef Griffin)
Final score, Lakeside 74, Sealth 57, for head coach Colin Slingsby and the boys’ squad. LJ Burns led Sealth scoring with 14. They play at Ingraham on Tuesday night, 7:30 pm; the girls will be at the same school, same time, on Wednesday night.

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West Seattle scenes: Denny/Sealth bands’ winter concerts http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scenes-dennysealth-bands-winter-concerts/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-scenes-dennysealth-bands-winter-concerts/#comments Thu, 22 Jan 2015 17:41:05 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298906

(Denny IMS Senior Band)
Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos from last night’s concert by bands from his school and Chief Sealth International High School next door:

Congratulations to all of the Denny and Sealth band and jazz band musicians on an outstanding concert last night! Thank you to our terrific teachers, Mr. Pimpleton and Ms. Chutich, for all of their amazing efforts with our scholars. Thank you also to the Denny Sealth Performing Arts volunteers and to all of our families for supporting great music in our pathway! Go Dolphins and Seahawks!

(Chief Sealth IHS Symphonic Band)
P.S. If your school – public or private, anywhere on the age spectrum from pre through college – has a concert/performance/other public event coming up, please let us know in advance, both so we can include it in our calendar, and so we can consider it in our coverage plans – thanks! editor@westseattleblog.com any time …

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Friday night basketball: West Seattle HS girls vs. Bainbridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-vs-bainbridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-vs-bainbridge/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 14:57:11 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298392

(Photos by WSB’s Patrick Sand)
Second home win in three nights for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity team last night, more than tripling what visiting Bainbridge could manage, 76-25. Four Wildcats scored in double digits, led by #4, Lydia Giomi, with 20; 17 points were from #32, Emily Fiso:

#3, Izzy Turk, was third with 14 points (including four 3-pointers), followed by #30, Lexi Ioane (below, behind head varsity coach Sonya Elliott):

The Wildcats continue to lead their division.

(WSHS #21, Gabby Sarver)
Next week, they play Wednesday and Friday games again, but this time it starts on the road, Wednesday at Rainier Beach, and they’re back home at 6:30 pm Friday (January 23rd) against Ballard.

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Friday night basketball: West Seattle HS boys host Bainbridge http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-boys-host-bainbridge/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/friday-night-basketball-west-seattle-hs-boys-host-bainbridge/#comments Sat, 17 Jan 2015 09:42:25 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298382

Close one Friday night for head coach Keffrey Fazio‘s West Seattle High School boys-varsity team, losing at home to Bainbridge by just three points, 50-47. Top scorer for the Wildcats: #23, Andre Moore, with 12 points:

Next with 10 points, #1, Nate Pryor:

#2, Melvin Arrington, followed with 8:

At the very end of the third quarter, West Seattle lost the lead via a buzzer-beater by Bainbridge senior Blake Swanson (#4, with Wildcats #3 Tyler Lenzie below).

From there, the Spartans held the lead throughout the 4th quarter, ahead by as much as five points, finally winning by three. The Wildcats are now 7-6 overall and are on the road until Friday (January 23rd), when they’ll face Ballard at home.

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Followup: See what Holy Rosary’s Gator-bots did with your help! http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-see-what-holy-rosarys-gator-bots-did-with-your-help/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-see-what-holy-rosarys-gator-bots-did-with-your-help/#comments Fri, 16 Jan 2015 05:50:30 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298262

One month ago, we published a request for your help with a student research project – Holy Rosary School students were testing a hypothesis about how people learn about new technology. With almost 700 responses to their online survey, as noted the following week, they proceeded to modify their hypothesis, and win an award. Now, the next step – explained by their coaches:

The Holy Rosary Gator-bots will continue their journey this Sunday by participating in the First Lego League semi-finals at Shoreline Community College. Thanks to the West Seattle Blog and their wonderful readers, the Gator-bots received a lot of great ideas on the project portion of the competition asking the question, How can we improve the way people learn about Technology?

The Gator-bots considered different ways they could help people with technology from the readers responses and finally chose to made a website with step-by-step videos. Their first wave of videos are out on the site for your viewing pleasure at yourtekhelp.com. Please take a look, and we encourage you to sign into the guestbook with your comments! The boys have worked long and hard learning about website technology, video creation technology and video production. Words of encouragement are always appreciated!

And if you come out to Shoreline Community College on Sunday to watch the competition, the first 50 people to mention that they saw the Gator-bots on the blog will receive a Gator-bots button!

Thank you WSB and West Seattle. We feel blessed to be part of such a wonderful community.

Gator-Bot coaches
Brian Christenson
Rise Pyscher
David Redenbaugh

Good luck, Gator-bots!

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High-school basketball: West Seattle HS girls fly past the Eagles http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-fly-past-the-eagles/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-fly-past-the-eagles/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 10:47:39 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298181

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Tough defense helped win the night for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity team on their home court last night – 42 to 36 over defending state 3A champion Cleveland. 16 points by the Wildcats’ #4, junior Lydia Giomi, topped the score sheet:

#30, junior Lexi Ioane, followed with 12:

Another home game Friday night for head coach Sonya Elliott‘s Wildcat girls – 6:30 pm against Bainbridge, whose boys team plays their WSHS counterparts that night too, at 8.

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High-school basketball: Chief Sealth girls power past Franklin http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-chief-sealth-girls-power-past-franklin/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-chief-sealth-girls-power-past-franklin/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 08:16:45 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298171

(WSB photos: Sealth’s #22, sophomore Sydney Thomas)
The Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks girls-varsity team owned the floor and the air Wednesday night in their home-court win over visiting Franklin, 75-23. Top scorer with 18 points, Sealth’s #23, senior Oshae Walker:

Second-highest Sealth scorer for the night, #4, sophomore Labrea Denson:

(That’s #24, junior Elliott Snodgrass, in the background.) Seahawks head coach Katie Jo Maris‘s team will be on the road at Nathan Hale for their next game, Friday night at 6:30 pm.

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West Seattle Crime Watch: Arrest in incident that led to WSHS after-school ‘shelter in place’ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-arrest-in-incident-that-led-to-wshs-after-school-shelter-in-place/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-crime-watch-arrest-in-incident-that-led-to-wshs-after-school-shelter-in-place/#comments Thu, 15 Jan 2015 01:03:32 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298140 5:03 PM: After two tips that West Seattle High School had a short-lived “shelter in place” situation for a while after school today – remember, this was an early-release day – we checked with Seattle PD. They say it started with a report that someone with a knife was threatening people in the park, north of WSHS. Police did make an arrest, according to SPD spokesperson Det. Patrick Michaud. No information yet on the suspect or where the arrest was made.

5:40 PM: Thanks to MD for sharing the note sent home to parents, signed by assistant principal Garth Reeves:

Today, January 14th, after school at approximately 2:20 pm, West Seattle High School was briefly placed in Shelter In Place as a result of reports of a suspect with a knife in the community. All perimeter doors were locked and a sweep of the school was conducted by West Seattle staff and the Seattle Police Department. After school activities continued and the Shelter In Place was lifted at 2:45 after the suspect was apprehended. All scheduled evening activities will take place as planned and our staff and students are to be commended for behaving in a safe and appropriate manner.

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West Seattle HS girls’ basketball team back home tonight http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hs-girls-basketball-team-back-home-tonight/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/west-seattle-hs-girls-basketball-team-back-home-tonight/#comments Wed, 14 Jan 2015 17:45:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=298090

(Photo courtesy Sonya Elliott)
As chronicled here and elsewhere, it’s been a dream season so far for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team, and you have two chances in the next three nights to cheer them on at home. First – they’ve been busy between games; head coach Sonya Elliott shares the team photo above and reports that the program “had a special visit from self-defense instructor Sheri Hashemi (International Krav Maga Seattle), teaching them about Krav Maga and self-defense skills.” Now, to their two home games before week’s end: Tonight, Cleveland visits WSHS, 7:30 pm varsity/5:45 pm JV; on Friday, Bainbridge comes to town, 6:30 pm varsity/3:30 pm JV (as part of a four-game bill with the WSHS/Bainbridge boys). The WSHS gym is on the south side of campus at 3000 California SW.

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Followup: See who’s behind the plan for West Seattle’s first charter school, at current church site in Arbor Heights http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-whos-behind-the-plan-for-west-seattles-first-charter-school-at-current-church-site-in-arbor-heights/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/followup-whos-behind-the-plan-for-west-seattles-first-charter-school-at-current-church-site-in-arbor-heights/#comments Tue, 13 Jan 2015 04:28:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297937

(WSB photo)
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Eight days after discovering West Seattle’s first charter school is planned for the north edge of Arbor Heights, we’ve found out much more about the plan.

When we first reported on it January 4th, we knew only that Washington Charter School Development, an arm of Los Angeles-based Pacific Charter School Development, was proposing to remodel and add on to the Freedom Church/Jesus Center property at 9601 35th SW (SW corner of 35th/Roxbury) for an unspecified charter school. Our state’s voters authorized creation of charters two years ago; 10 are approved so far, but only one is open.

We’ve been working for the past week-plus to find out more about the West Seattle plan and have finally connected with WCSD to get answers to some of the many questions raised by the early information we found in city planning files:

First: WCSD is under contract to buy the entire 2 1/3-acre Freedom Church site (price not yet disclosed – the county values the land alone at $3.2 million), with the sale expected to close within three months, according to Patrick Ontiveros, general counsel and Washington state project director for PCSD, which he describes as “a non-profit developer, with a mission to provide long-term affordable facilities solutions to increase the availability of high quality charter schools,” adding that his company “is working with the Gates Foundation to open charter schools in Washington State.”

That organization is providing money, but the school’s operator will be Redwood City-headquartered Summit Public Schools, according to Ontiveros, who says it’s working with his company “to purchase and remodel the site for a high school. In addition to West Seattle, Summit Public Schools plans to open charter schools in Seattle’s International District and Tacoma.”

The latter two, both announced as high schools, are the only schools for which Summit has authorization from the state Charter School Commission, so it will have to apply for permission to open a third school. The next application period opens in February. The ID and Tacoma schools are scheduled to open next fall; for Summit’s ID campus, to be called Summit Sierra, WSCD just bought the former Asian Resource Center for $4 million, according to our partners at The Seattle Times.

Summit’s roots go back to the turn of the millennium in Silicon Valley, according to its website, which shows that it operates seven schools in the greater San Francisco Bay Area.

With the charter school intended to use the entire Freedom Church site (previously a Safeway store), Ontiveros adds, “The plan is that the existing building will be redeveloped in addition to new construction to accommodate future expansion. There is a provision where the church can lease back the building until construction is ready to begin, if they desire.” (Here’s the early-stage “site plan” that’s been in the city’s online files since New Year’s Eve and led to our first report, showing a 2-story addition along the Roxbury side of the site.)

The development company is “still wading through all the permitting issues,” he said in response to our question about what kind of reviews they expect to go through. They hope to “have the first phase of renovations completed in time for Summit to open in 2016.”

He added: “We want your readers to know that we are open to meeting with neighbors, community stakeholders and other interested parties. Although we are simply the non-profit developer, we realize that charter schools are new for Seattle. Based on the early interest, we are working with Summit Public Schools to schedule a community meeting.” No date yet, but they promise to give plenty of advance notice.

Four current/future campuses are within a mile of this site – Roxhill Elementary at 30th/Roxbury, the Arbor Heights Elementary rebuild on 104th west of 35th (opening fall 2016), the starting-this-fall campus of Westside School (WSB sponsor) at 37th/104th, and Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor) on 28th south of Roxbury.

Meantime, we’re still seeking answers to questions – including, is there a conflict with a medical-marijuana enterprise, Northwest Patient Resource Center, kitty-corner from the prospective charter-school campus? – so you can expect more followups to come.

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2 weeks to go! Chef-tastic lineup for ‘Gifts From the Earth’ at SSC http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/2-weeks-to-go-chef-tastic-lineup-for-gifts-from-the-earth-at-ssc/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/2-weeks-to-go-chef-tastic-lineup-for-gifts-from-the-earth-at-ssc/#comments Sat, 10 Jan 2015 23:33:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297723

(Photo courtesy South Seattle College: SkyCity Executive Chef Jeff Maxfield, SSC culinary alum)
Two weeks from tonight, 15 accomplished Seattle chefs will cook dinner for 300 people supporting the South Seattle College Foundation during “Gifts From the Earth.” Go here to see the full lineup and read their stories – award winners, entrepreneurs, hotel chefs, restaurant chefs, club chefs, SSC-alum chefs. Then make your reservation to support student scholarships and services via tickets to the event, 5 pm Saturday, January 24th, at Brockey Center on campus. The night includes silent and live auctions. And yes, there will be wine! Your tickets await, here.

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High-school basketball: West Seattle HS girls’ strong January start http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-strong-january-start/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/01/high-school-basketball-west-seattle-hs-girls-strong-january-start/#comments Fri, 09 Jan 2015 02:24:37 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=297556 Another win last night for the West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team, 61-46 over visiting Holy Names Academy (here’s what our partners at The Seattle Times wrote). And that’s not the only news as their strong season continues. Head Coach Sonya Elliott tells us they finished third at the recent MaxPreps Holiday Tournament in Palm Springs, with Lydia Giomi and Lexi Ioane chosen for the All-Tournament Team; the two also led their team last night, with 20 points and 9 rebounds for Giomi, 13 points and 10 rebounds for Ioane, who also was featured recently as a KING 5 Western Washington Girls Basketball Performer of the Week.

UP NEXT: The WSHS girls are on the road Friday night at Eastside Catholic; your next chance to cheer for them at home is Wednesday (January 14th) at 7:30 pm, vs. visiting Cleveland.

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