West Seattle, Washington
Thanks to Shelley for the photo and report: “The Chief Sealth girls played another great game, coming off a win against Bainbridge Wednesday night. They traveled to Lakeside to overcome them 46-45.” She adds that the Seahawks, coached by Katie Jo Maris, are on a 5-game winning streak (see the season’s results and schedule here), and that this is their first win over Lakeside in at least 9 years.
That 4-minute video is by the West Seattle High School Diversity Club, “made to address anti-Muslim stereotypes and show support for our Muslim students,” explains the club’s adviser, WSHS teacher Rebecka McKinney. She adds, “I am very proud of the work our students have done and hope it will be shared throughout the district and even beyond. They first held focus sessions where Muslim students were invited to discuss their feelings around the anti-Muslim rhetoric, how they felt, and what they would like to see done to support them. Diversity Club co-president Meron Mulu then created questions and signed students up to be in the video. From there we partnered with sophomore Sam Cleary and his crew to do the filming and editing.” The video was shown to all students during the announcements period at WSHS this morning.
This week, students at Sanislo Elementary had a priceless chance to connect with the people at the heart of a true story that has captured hearts and educated millions. “Hana’s Suitcase” is a best-selling book and also the production that just opened at Seattle Children’s Theater. It tells the story of a family caught up in the Holocaust, through a Japanese museum curator’s quest decades later to find out more about them. That curator, Fumiko Ishioka, came to Sanislo on Wednesday along with Hana’s brother George Brady and his daughter Lara Hana Brady:
With them, at left in the photo above, is Sanislo’s ever-creative librarian Craig Seasholes, who hosted a Google Hangout live connection so other schools could share in the conversation with Fumiko, George, and Lara, visiting Seattle for the production’s opening week. Here’s the video of the event – which also included “Hana’s Suitcase” playwright Emil Sher:
The suitcase itself has been to more than 1,000 schools over the past 16 years as Hana’s story is told and retold and explored.
“Hana’s Suitcase” will be at SCT through February 7th.
Thanks to Kevin Broveleit for the photos – tonight in the gym at Schmitz Park Elementary, sign-making was an all-ages activity looking ahead to the Washington State PTA-organized Focus Day at the State Capitol in Olympia on February 3rd. Clockwise from lower left in the top photo are Josie, Brea, Chris (the grownup), Lilly, Conrad, Dora, Joelle.
Advocacy is also expected to be an all-ages activity that day – at least four of the students Kevin photographed will be going along, he says. At the top of the priority list for the statewide group is getting the Legislature to honor the McCleary decision’s mandate to fully fund public education. Tonight’s signmaking party, by the way, was held concurrently with the Schmitz Park PTA’s meeting, according to an update on the group’s Focus Day plan.
It was a basketball battle at West Seattle High School on Tuesday night as the WSHS boys-varsity team faced Rainier Beach. Though halftime arrived with a 30-30 tie, the second half did not go the Wildcats’ way, and they finished with a 75-59 loss. Scoring was led by #1, Nate Pryor, with 14 points:
Right behind, #22 Yusuf Mohamed with 13.
The WSHS boys play at Ballard on Friday night, 8 pm scheduled tipoff.
Thanks to Chief Sealth International High School social-studies teacher Noah Zeichner for the report and photos:
A group of 12 Brazilian high school students and 1 teacher visited Chief Sealth today for a few hours. They ate lunch in the cafeteria with ASB student leaders and went on campus tours. They attended my Global Leadership class where they worked in small groups with CSI students. They are here as part of the Youth Ambassadors Program for South America. Two Chief Sealth students and one teacher have participated in the program in past years and two CSI students have applied to travel to Brazil this summer.
The Youth Ambassadors (YA) Program is a three-week exchange for high school youth (ages 15-18) and adult educators focused on civic education, community service, and youth leadership development. Subthemes include human rights, multiculturalism, social justice, and social transformation.
Participants engage in a variety of activities such as workshops on leadership and service, community site visits, interactive training, presentations, visits to high schools, local cultural activities, homestays, civic education programming in Washington, D.C. or the capital city of the partner country, and more.
Follow-on activities with the participants are an integral part of the program, as the students apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired by planning service projects in their home communities.
Program Goals, as defined by the Department of State:
. Promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of South America;
. Prepare youth leaders to become responsible citizens and contributing members of their communities;
. Influence the attitudes of the leaders of a new generation; and
. Foster relationships among youth from different ethnic, racial, religious, and national groups and create hemispheric networks of youth leaders, both within the participating countries and internationally.
Read more about the program here.
If you’re inviting people to come see your school this winter as families make decisions about next school year – please let us know about your tours/open houses so we can include them in the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar and daily highlight lists! We’ve already heard from some schools, and would like to feature more. Just send the where/when/what basics to email@example.com – along with who (are the prospective students welcome too, or is this adults-only, etc.) – in the body of your e-mail, with as much advance notice as possible, as is our request for all potential calendar events. Thank you!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
By the time the newly elected Seattle School Board director for West Seattle and South Park, Leslie Harris, wrapped up her first community-conversation meeting, about 30 people had spent at least part of two hours with her, broaching an intense array of issues.
By means of introduction, Harris gave a bit of a scene-setter after going around the room during the Saturday afternoon session at Southwest Library.
“(This is) not a position you make a lot of money at or make a lot of friends with.” She voiced respect for her predecessor, Marty McLaren, whom she ousted in a landslide – insisting “it (wasn’t) personal” to challenge her – but “being a change agent is in (her) DNA.” Harris is the parent of a 2015 Chief Sealth IHS/South Seattle College Running Start graduate who is now at the UW.
She repeatedly told those on hand that she’s a straight shooter and would tell them what they need to know, such as: “The simple fact is there is not enough money or space in our school district.” 52,000 kids, 99 schools, McCleary (state-education-funding fight), overmandates/underfunded, levies coming up – “If you think it’s bad now, if the Operations Levy [going to voters February 9th] does not pass, that’s 25 percent of the operating budget … terrifies me.” She explained that she’s on the board’s executive committee and audit/finance committee. And, fighting for issues, “I refuse to lose.” She’s been meeting with district leaders and “there are very few issues I have not gotten a response for. … After 45 days I’m pleasantly surprised that I’m being embraced.” She also offered a primer on how the board works, who’s leading, and how it works. “The real action is not the legislative meetings – (but) in the committee rooms where the staff gives you handouts as issues come up, the meetings that (are not public … where budget information comes out.”
Issues brought up included:
As MLK Day 2016 winds down, more views to share:
DAY OF SERVICE AT DENNY: From principal Jeff Clark: “Thank you to Ms. Moland for organizing the Denny International Middle School Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service today! The scholars and volunteers did a great job cleaning up the school grounds as a way to serve our school community. Go Dolphins!”
DOWNTOWN MARCH: West Seattle photographer Vy Duong shared scenes from the downtown MLK Day March:
Marchers carried signs for a variety of issues, from racism to school funding to nuclear-weapons abolition to presidential campaigning. Police monitored from behind the march, including members of the West Seattle-based Mounted Patrol:
Any other MLK Day scenes? firstname.lastname@example.org – thanks!
ADDED 8:05 PM: Tim just shared this photo from the downtown march:
He explains, “Took two young ladies to the March today. They’ve been studying MLK at school and are aware of the history and why the march was important.”
Dozens of local students are waiting for tutors to help them improve their reading skills. Maybe you can help? From Reading Partners:
Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to work one-on-one with elementary students who are behind grade level benchmarks in reading. At each of our school sites we have a dedicated reading center where all tutoring takes place. Volunteers are asked to commit to as little as one-hour of tutoring each week. We ask that each volunteer commits to the same one-hour to work with the same student weekly. During every session tutors follow a structured, research-based curriculum with the support of a full-time AmeriCorps Site Coordinator. Additionally, we offer initial and on-going training and support for every volunteer.
Anyone interested in getting involved can follow this link to sign up or contact Reading Partners at volunteerSEA@readingpartners.org. Below is scheduling and location information for our highest need schools:
Highland Park Elementary, 1012 SW Trenton St
*21 students waiting for a tutor
*Tutoring runs from 8:45 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Sanislo Elementary, 1812 SW Myrtle St
*13 students waiting for a tutor
*Tutoring runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Local high schools’ varsity-basketball teams all won on Friday night:
CHIEF SEALTH: Two victories at home over Nathan Hale – girls 52-23, boys 78-46. (Thanks to Mel for that score and the photo.)
Got something about Seattle Public Schools on your mind? Tomorrow is your first chance to join an informal community conversation with your new School Board rep for West Seattle and South Park, Leslie Harris. She’ll be at Southwest Library (35th/Henderson) 3-4:30 pm on Saturday – just drop in.
FIRST REPORT, 8:09 AM: After numerous texts and other messages overnight and early today asking what we knew about a rumored threat of violence at Chief Sealth International High School, we have just talked with Seattle Public Schools. District spokesperson Stacy Howard says it appears to have originated with some angry words overheard after a fight; a student told a parent who posted about the rumor on Facebook, and screen grabs started circulating widely among students, spreading to their parents (and to us), and on it went. Of course the district is taking it seriously, Howard said, and is working with Seattle Police, as well as talking with the students who were reported to have been involved in the fight that preceded the threat/rumor. There is extra security at the Sealth/Denny shared campus as a result, she says, and if they feel there is any reason to put the schools into shelter-in-place, they will. So far, though, she says, they have found no concrete evidence – no written threats, for example. We asked if the district and/or schools will be sending a message directly to families; how that will be handled, she said, is still under discussion.
8:52 AM: Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer has just sent families this message, forwarded to us by a parent:
Good Morning Chief Sealth Families and Staff
This is to let you know that school will continue as normal today. We are aware of the rumors on social media about the possibility of violence on campus. We have investigated the facts and will continue to do so. As a precaution, Seattle Police and SPS security will be in the area and on campus. School will proceed in a shelter in place format until we know that it is safe to resume normal operations. This means that all educational programs continue as normal internally but all external doors will be locked and monitored.
Thank you for your cooperation.
Aida Fraser-Hammer, Principal
ADDED 9:03 AM: SPS says Denny will follow the shelter-in-place policy as well TFN.
10:34 AM UPDATE: The schools no longer are sheltering in place. SPS tweeted this, saying Seattle Police determined the threat to be “non-credible.”
10:41 AM UPDATE: Per district spokesperson Howard, this message will go out to families:
Update: School staff in partnership with the Seattle Police Department have thoroughly investigated the rumor posted on social media about potential violence on campus. As an update, we have not found any evidence of any actual threat of violence happening at school. We have determined how we believe these rumors started on Social Media and will respond accordingly to that. The Police Department confirmed that we should lift the Shelter-in-Place, which we did at 10:05am, and continue with a normal school day. We would like to express our thanks to many scholars and families who made us aware of these rumors so that we could address with right away.
3:47 PM: West Seattle High School‘s #1 is Nate Pryor, photographed during the team’s Saturday night home win over Stadium HS. Today, he received a statewide honor, announced by WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold:
Congrats to Nate Pryor, who was named WIAA Player of the Week! Pryor averaged 21.5 points, 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds, and three steals per game last week, in victories over Stadium and O’Dea. The point guard hit a buzzer beater to defeat O’Dea by one, 70-69.
Also today – you can help Nate get regional recognition by voting in a Western Washington-wide online competition – go here.
ADDED 5:50 PM: In case you wondered – WIAA says the weekly honoree receives “a congratulatory letter from WIAA Executive Director, Mike Colbrese, a commemorative WIAA State Athlete of the Week t-shirt, and a certificate.”
Dear Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,
We want to share information with you regarding an incident that occurred today.
Towards the end of 8th grade lunchtime today at 12:30 pm, three high-school-age kids who do not attend Denny or Chief Sealth came onto the sidewalk near the northern end of the Denny playfield on Kenyon St. They had an altercation with a Denny 8th grader, which was very quickly broken up by staff (no weapons were involved). Due to the fact that they do not attend our schools and that they wore bandanas, Denny staff called the Seattle Police Department, who quickly responded. The non-students left the area quickly and have been identified. We are working with Police Department to follow-up with next steps.
Today after school there was an extra presence of Police in the Denny parking lot and in the Denny/Sealth surrounding neighborhood area. Thank you to the Denny staff, our scholars, and the Police Department for addressing this situation quickly and thoroughly.
The letter was signed by Clark and by Sealth principal Aida Fraser-Hammer.
The West Seattle High School girls-varsity basketball team remains undefeated after last night’s home-court win over Eastside Catholic, 54-36. Above, Lexi Ioane was a triple threat – steal leader with 8, second-leading rebounder with 7, number-three scorer with 9. Fellow senior Lydia Giomi led those last two categories:
She had 20 points and 17 rebounds on the night. Big night also for Grace Sarver:
She was the second-leading scorer with 10 and second in steals with five.
Head coach Darnell Taylor‘s league-leading team is on the road for the next two games, starting at Cleveland HS on Wednesday, 7:30 pm.
P.S. The WSHS Band was in the house for last night’s game. Check out our quick clip of the tuba solo:
In the background, that’s WSHS music director Ethan Thomas. Also from Instagram, by the way, the final seconds of the JV girls’ victory:
The WSHS JV girls, too, are undefeated.
Victory at home last night for the Chief Sealth International High School girls-varsity basketball team – 45 to 42 over Seattle Prep. Sealth’s record is 3-6 as the midpoint of the regular season approaches.
Head coach Katie Jo Maris definitely had reason to smile.
Next up, the Seahawks host nearby Shorewood Christian on Monday night (January 11th), 6 pm.
Chief Sealth International High School and Denny International Middle School had a brief shelter-in-place earlier today when police were checking out a report of possible shots fired in the area. We heard a bit about it and quickly learned from police – who were a few blocks to the east, investigating an unrelated assault case – that it was an unsubstantiated report. Nonetheless, the schools’ principals have sent this letter to families, and we’re sharing it:
Dear Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,
We want to share with you information right away regarding a very short Shelter-in-Place that occurred at our schools this morning.
At 10:00am, Seattle Public Schools Security received a notification of a report being made of shots fired in the Denny/Sealth neighborhood. Both schools went into a Shelter-in-Place as an immediate precaution. A few minutes later, Seattle Police Officers came to school to let us know that they found no evidence of shots being fired, therefore the situation was cleared and we could end the Shelter-in-Place. Announcements were made at both schools ending the Shelter-in-Place and returning to a normal school day.
For your information, a Shelter-in-Place is used when there is a potential danger in the surrounding community. When this happens, all scholars are brought into the school building and all exterior doors are locked. Inside the building, classes continue as planned.
As always, safety is our top priority. Please let us know if you have any questions.
From the Chief Sealth International High School PTSA: Sunday night is your deadline to get early-bird tickets for the 7th annual Seahawk Spirit Auction fundraiser:
WE WANT YOU TO COME MINGLE! EAT! DRINK! ENJOY! AND BID!
David Kelly is this year’s auctioneer!
The Chief Sealth Jazz Band will be performing. Come enjoy the fantastic entertainment of our talented student musicians directed by Brian Goetz.
More hot stuff to bid on:
• Take a ride with the Seattle Police Department Harbor Patrol
• Pagliacci Pizza gift card
• Reisling Wine Basket
• Woodland Park Zoo passes
Something for everyone and every budget!
This time tomorrow (Friday) night, you have the chance to cheer 14 student authors who will be in the spotlight at this month’s installment in the Words, Writers, and West Seattle literary series:
Students from Madison Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School will be talking about the books they’ve written as a part of a Community Learning Center program out of the West Seattle YMCA.
Sponsored by the Southwest Seattle Historical Society, this FREE Young Authors installment of “Words, Writers, & West Seattle” begins at 5 p.m. Friday, January 8, 2016, at Barnes & Noble/Westwood Village. All purchases made by those attending the talk that afternoon and for the next five days will result in a contribution of ten percent of proceeds to the Southwest Seattle Historical Society under the Barnes and Noble Book Fair Program.
According to the YMCA class instructor, Greg Hatcher, the students have published fiction, memoirs, and poetry in all sorts of genres. Hatcher says, “The students tend to lean toward the fantastic in their fiction but nothing is off limits.” Book titles include (from Madison Middle School students) Art In Words; Limitless; In Our Own Worlds, Fending for Ourselves; Imagination; Imagination, The Next Generation; Dubstep Kitty; Stuff and Nonsense; and More Than Just Scribbles
Students from Chief Sealth High School will be presenting Potpourri; Inkwell; Rising Sun; Shattered Moon; Harrowing Fairy Tales; and Raison d’Etre.
Stop by B&N any time between 5 and 7 Friday night to listen to some or all of the students and celebrate their accomplishments; read more about the Words, Writers, and West Seattle series here.
This morning at Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights, dozens of students gathered for a special delivery: Hundreds of coho-salmon eggs brought by Judy Pickens as part of this year’s deliveries for “Salmon in the Schools.” A dozen local schools, public and private, are participating this year, Judy says; the eggs she and husband Phil Sweetland picked up at a hatchery are timed to hatch within the next two weeks or so. At Westside, second-grade teacher Margie Carpenter put the eggs in their aquarium after a 10-minute iodine bath to be sure they hadn’t brought along any organisms that might hurt the fish when they hatch:
Students at the participating schools will tend to the resulting fry for the next few months, and then go to Fauntleroy Creek in May to release them. Judy says, “During that time, they will learn about fish biology, habitat, culture, and economic importance in this region, cultivating writing, math, chemistry, and other monitoring skills.” Around King County, 160 schools are expected to participate in Salmon in the Schools this year. Salmon watch at Fauntleroy Creek continues year-round, meantime, culminating each year in the watch for returning coho – none last fall, as happens some years.
Thanks to West Seattle High School boys-basketball head coach Keffrey Fazio for sharing the clip from last night’s game, in which his #9-ranked team beat #4-ranked O’Dea 60-59, on the road, at the buzzer, on a shot by junior standout Nate Pryor. The coach adds, “Pryor also had 5 rebounds and 7 assists. Seniors Chaaka Trahan and Carter Golgart provided key plays down the stretch. Junior Akili Kasim had 8 rebounds and 4 steals. Junior Yusuf Mohamed had 9 points and 6 rebounds.” The Wildcats are now 6-0 in the Metro League, 9-1 overall, and will be back at home at 6:30 pm Saturday vs. Stadium HS.
P.S. The also-league-leading undefeated WSHS girls play at Holy Names tonight and are home against Eastside Catholic at 8 pm Friday.