From the ‘it was only a drill’ department

November 12, 2014 at 1:56 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 6 Comments

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.

Congrats and good luck! WSHS swimmers headed for state

November 10, 2014 at 12:01 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 3 Comments

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!!!

Update: Police investigating pencil-stabbing attack reported by Roxhill Elementary student

November 9, 2014 at 5:53 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police, West Seattle schools | 14 Comments

(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:

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Happening now: Mega-kid-stuff sale, benefiting preschools

November 8, 2014 at 11:07 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

One of the first events on our big list today is at the midway point – the mega-consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Cooperative Preschools. It continues until 1 pm at the VFW Hall in The Triangle, and organizers say they’ve had a steady stream of shoppers. If there’s a wee one on your shopping list, you might even find her/him a new pal:

The VFW Hall is at 3601 SW Alaska.

High-school football: Chief Sealth’s season-finale game

November 8, 2014 at 2:19 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
Chief Sealth International High School junior Daron Camacho (#11) scored the Seahawks’ lone touchdown in their final game of the season Friday night, a 28-6 loss to visiting White River (from Pierce County). That was in the second quarter, which is also when senior Alloney Burris (#5) intercepted a pass:

Sealth took momentum into the second half but White River stuck to a ground game that wore down the clock and helped them stay on top.

Highlights of Simon Iniguez‘s first season as head coach (3-7) included the third consecutive Huling Bowl victory over West Seattle HS and the homecoming victory over Franklin.

Update: Why Denny, Sealth, Roxhill were ‘sheltering in place’

November 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle police, West Seattle schools | 9 Comments

2:13 PM: Police are checking out a report of a man seen in the Roxhill Park vicinity “with a handgun,” and that has led to Denny, Chief Sealth, and Roxhill “sheltering in place.” No injuries, no gunfire reported, but it’s a precaution.

2:24 PM UPDATE: Seattle Public Schools has just tweeted that the “shelter in place” has been lifted, and schools are dismissing at normal times.

West Seattle schools: Denny’s Community Success Dinner

November 7, 2014 at 1:40 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Thanks to Denny International Middle School principal Jeff Clark for sharing photos and info from Wednesday night’s “Community Success Dinner”:

(Wednesday) night, the community of Denny International Middle School came together for a special night of food and fun! Hundreds of Denny families and staff enjoyed a Thanksgiving meal together, games, and opportunities to get family portraits and winter clothing.

A huge thank you to Roxana Amaral, Amber Brown, our whole Communities in Schools and City Year teams, many Denny staff, volunteers, and all of the scholars and families who came to make this event such a success! A special note of congratulations goes to Denny Scholar, Bertha Chavez, for her vision and organization of the games! We are very proud of our scholars for what they do every day and for how they helped! As a whole community, we would also like to thank the Safeway on Roxbury for their generous partnership with this event.

Go Dolphins!

More big events are ahead at Denny, including a clothing-donation drive and information night about Internet safety for kids – all the details are on the school’s home page.

West Seattle High School PTSA’s 2014 auction: One more day for earlybird discount prices

November 6, 2014 at 4:53 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Two weeks from tomorrow night, it’s the West Seattle High School PTSA‘s big annual auction fundraiser to help the school and its students. Earlybird-discount ticket sales have been extended until tomorrow, so you have one more day to get your ticket at the lowest price, $40. Just go here - and then be at Brockey Center on the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) campus, 6 pm Friday, November 21st. (If you already have your ticket, check out that same link to preview some of the auction items!)

West Seattle Election Day: Gatewood students’ letter to you

November 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

Have you voted yet? These Gatewood Elementary kids hope so! Teacher Darren Radu explains:

Our kids got fired up about voter turnout the past couple of days; we’ll be heading over to Morgan Junction … to remind people to send in their ballots.

Not only did they make signs – they wrote you this letter (click the image for a larger view):


You have until 8 pm to get your ballot to a drop van or dropbox, as explained in our daily calendar highlights; if you’re mailing it, you need stamps and you need to make sure it’ll be postmarked with today’s date.

South Seattle College culinary fundraiser: ‘Pop-up restaurant’

November 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

As the season of school fundraisers continue … here’s a tasty one: The Culinary Council at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) plans a one-night “pop-up restaurant event” to raise money. On November 18th, 6:30 pm at The Alhadeff Grill on campus, $50 will get you a five-course menu with wine pairings and an aperitif, with guest chefs including two alumni who also are current instructors. A silent auction will accompany the dinner; 100 percent of the night’s proceeds will benefit students and the program. Tickets are on sale now – you can buy yours, and/or find out more about the event, by going here.

High-school football: Senior night for Seattle Lutheran

November 2, 2014 at 10:01 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)
The Seattle Lutheran High School cheerleaders got some junior assistants in the fourth quarter of last night’s football game at West Seattle Stadium. For the Saints, facing Muckleshoot, it was Senior Night, honoring Garret Ball, Zach Bauman, and Eric Shi:

As for the game … Muckleshoot 44, SLHS 28. Highlights:

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‘Symbol of hope for a better tomorrow’: Citywide request

October 30, 2014 at 11:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

A show of support and solidarity, requested citywide: Chief Sealth International High School activities director Sarah Martin asked if we would share this, a request that originated with the district’s athletics department:

Because of the recent tragedies in the Western Washington community, we are asking ALL FANS attending any Seattle school sporting event this weekend to wear something WHITE signifying HOPE and HEALING. This includes fans, parents, students, administrators and staff attending any and all sports contests — This includes playoff games. It is at times like these that we must come together to support one another, even if we aren’t personally affected. We express our thoughts of healing by coming together as ONE and wearing WHITE as a symbol of hope for a better tomorrow.

Tomorrow marks one week since the school shooting that ended three young lives at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Snohomish County.

West Seattle veterans: Denny Int’l Middle School invites you

October 29, 2014 at 8:59 am | In Holidays, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

From Denny International Middle School teacher Luther J. Carr III:

West Seattle Veterans!!! Denny International Middle School is looking for YOU to join us and be recognized & honored for your service to America at our annual Veterans Day Assembly, November 10, 2014 at 1:15PM. This invitation is open to the first 10 Veterans (limited seating) who respond to this invitation.

At our assembly you will be given priority seating, enjoy music, guest speakers, and inspirational videos along with our Denny scholars and staff.

If interested, which we hope that you are, please contact me at ljcarr@seattleschools.org

Happening now: Browse local schools @ West Seattle Education Fair

October 28, 2014 at 6:31 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

(UPDATED WEDNESDAY MORNING with photos)

We’re in the gym at Seattle Lutheran High School as the second annual West Seattle Education Fair gets under way. Until about 8 pm, come on over and meet reps from local pre-K through middle schools, all in one location. No admission charge, no signup required. Those here include:

Community School of West Seattle
Explorer West Middle School
Harbor School
Holy Rosary
Hope Lutheran
Morningside Academy
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Tilden School
West Seattle Montessori School
Westside School

Our obligatory “just so you know”: We’re sponsoring the fair, and five WSB sponsors happen to be in the mix – Explorer West, Harbor, Tilden, WS Montessori, and Westside. Meantime, if you haven’t been to SLHS before, the gym entrance is right on SW Genesee across from the parking lot at SW 41st.

POST-FAIR P.S. We’ll be adding photos. Thanks to everyone who visited and everyone who was part of it! Many schools have open houses coming up, listed on their websites (linked above) and also on our calendar.

ADDED WEDNESDAY MORNING: If you’re reading this from the home page, click ahead for photos – otherwise, scroll down!

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Change school start times? West Seattle rep needed!

October 28, 2014 at 9:09 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 8 Comments

Just over a month ago, we mentioned the task force that Seattle Public Schools is forming to figure out whether and how to change bell times. West Seattle’s School Board rep Marty McLaren now sends word that they’re specifically looking for someone from this area.

Here is a stimulating, highly important service opportunity for a West Seattleite! Seattle Schools needs a West Seattle Representative on the Bell Time Analysis Task Force.

As you may have heard, the Board has asked district staff to conduct an analysis of changing school start times in Seattle Public Schools, making elementary schools start earlier, and middle and high schools later. Most middle and high schools start at 7:50 AM, and there is overwhelming evidence that when middle and high school students start school at 8:30 AM or later they are healthier, more successful in school, happier and emotionally more stable. On the other hand, elementary students generally are wakeful and energetic in the earlier hours of the day.

To make such a change would involve coming to an understanding with many different groups – first of all, parents, and in addition, the Parks Department regarding use of athletic fields, after-school activities providers, child care providers, and so on.

The district is convening a task force to study the benefits and challenges of this change, and we need representation from the Southwest region. Our region has unique characteristics and it’s important that a person with some knowledge about West Seattle and its schools has a voice on the Task Force. Meetings will be from 4:30 to 6:30 PM on a weekday, generally once per month, with two meetings planned before winter break.

I hope you’ll consider volunteering to join in this vital work. For information, email arrivaltimes@seattleschools.org, call or email Joan Dingfield, jodingfield@seattleschools.org, or visit the website.

High-school football: 2 more games set for WSHS Wildcats

October 28, 2014 at 9:00 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

(WSB photo from Friday’s game: #35 Binh Nguyen, #72 Richard Kawano, #57 Dustin McLean)
High-school football is now in the post-season, and West Seattle High School‘s athletic director Trevor Leopold tells WSB this morning that the Wildcats now have two more games set, following last Friday’s 52-12 victory over Franklin at Memorial Stadium (photo above). First, WSHS will visit Rainier Beach this Thursday (October 30th) at 7 pm. Then, they’ll be home on Saturday, November 8th, hosting Highline HS at 6 pm.

VIDEO/PHOTOS: West Seattle Monster Dash 2014 in the forest!

October 25, 2014 at 2:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 2 Comments

Rain or shine, it was time for the West Seattle Monster Dash this morning – and as our video shows, off they went, despite breezy, showery conditions. The Lincoln Park run/walk is a benefit for Cooperative Preschools. Organizer Milyssa Daigle (below) cheered on the (mostly) costumed participants:

…including ones young enough to be currently using the aforementioned preschools!

The littlest participants had their own “monster dashes” right after the main race.

Some spooky sights in the throng:

By the way, race results are online – see them here.

School fundraising season: Arbor Heights Elementary’s ‘Circle of Friends’

October 23, 2014 at 10:15 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | Comments Off

Some have auctions, some have walk-a-thons, some have “direct drives” – whichever the method, it’s the time of year when PTAs ask for the support of their communities (and school funding has certainly been in the news lately). From Arbor Heights Elementary:

Join the Circle of Friends! The Arbor Heights Elementary PTA invites any and all members of the West Seattle community to Join the Circle of Friends by participating in our direct fundraising drive October 13-31st! 100% of funds raised by the PTA go to support programs that enrich the educational experience of students at Arbor Heights! The Arbor Heights PTA funds its $74,000 annual budget (which, shockingly, is bigger than our school’s operating budget provided by the State!) through various charitable giving events (membership drive, direct drive, annual auction, etc.).

This year PTA priorities (voted on by the membership) include: Young Authors Day, 5th Grade Camp, Instrumental Music, Kindergarten Aides, Playground Equipment, Academic Enrichment and Field Trips, Safety Patrol, Library, Global Reading Challenge, Sports Equipment, and Teacher Requests for innovative learning.

Visit arborheightses.seattleschools.org to learn more, download a donation
form, donate online, or set up a recurring donation! Thank you!

If you have a school fundraiser under way or coming up and want to invite the community to be part of it, please make sure we know about it – thanks!

Fields so close, yet out of reach: West Seattle Booster Club letter-writing campaign seeking ‘equity and safety’

October 22, 2014 at 5:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 13 Comments

From the West Seattle Booster Club:

Care about equity and safety for West Seattle High School athletes?

West Seattle Booster Club urges you to join their letter-writing campaign! Read the letter below, then write to Seattle Public Schools Board of Directors (MS 11-010, PO Box 34165, Seattle, 98124-1165) and Seattle Parks and Recreation Board of Park Commissioners (100 Dexter Ave N, Seattle, 98109) to help create positive change for (the) sports program. Thank you for supporting WSHS athletes!

If you can’t see the letter as embedded above, it’s here in PDF.

West Seattle school-staff sizes: District’s list; school board member’s Gatewood postmortem

October 22, 2014 at 1:38 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 11 Comments

Two notes about public-school staff sizes and district changes. First, Seattle Public Schools says the final enrollment counts are in, so it’s making staff-size changes where needed. The Seattle Schools Community Forum website has published the memo from acting Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland to principals, with these changes for West Seattle-area schools:

Staff reductions – 1.0 FTE (full-time equivalent) at Madison Middle School, 0.6 FTE at Denny International Middle School

Staff increases – 1.0 FTE at Concord International Elementary School, 0.5 FTE at Sanislo Elementary School

The memo did not include enrollment numbers, but we’ll be asking the district for that information.

Meantime, two weeks after the looming loss of one FTE at Gatewood Elementary led to an unprecedented – and successful – fundraising drive, West Seattle’s school board rep Marty McLaren has issued an extensive postmortem on what happened and why. She sent it to her e-mail list (open to all) on Tuesday night. In it, she concludes, “in my opinion, the Seattle Public School District was not remiss in its action of surplusing a Gatewood teacher.” In case you’re not on that list, here is McLaren’s report, embedded below or PDF format here:

High-school soccer: West Seattle ties visiting Garfield

October 22, 2014 at 12:13 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

Post-season play is getting closer for girls-varsity soccer. For West Seattle High School, two games remain in the regular season after they tied Garfield 2-2 at Walt Hundley Playfield Tuesday afternoon.

Both West Seattle goals were by Katie DuLong; here are the game stats.

This was the last home game in the regular season. Next up, the Wildcats play at Bainbridge on Thursday, 6:15 pm.

More than a game: West Seattle-Chief Sealth volleyball match spotlights fight against cancer

October 21, 2014 at 1:53 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

The socks said it all: The fight against breast cancer was in the spotlight along with the battle on the volleyball court when West Seattle High School hosted Chief Sealth International HS on Monday night.

Sealth went home with the win in a 3-0 shutout. But the battle for awareness and funding won too. Just ask West Seattle survivor and fundraiser extraordinaire Tracy Dart:

It also was Senior Night – with the Wildcat girls honored on their home court:

Senior Devon Fox sang the national anthem:

Flowers for the visiting Sealth seniors:

Back to the match – it was closer than the 3-0 score sounds – the games went 25-23, 25-22, 25-22.

Next up, Sealth hosts Franklin.

West Seattle plays at Ballard.

Both matches are at 7 pm Wednesday.

West Seattle schools: Two open houses this week; WS Education Fair next week

October 20, 2014 at 4:05 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 3 Comments

Looking at options for next school year? Three more events are coming up fast:

HOPE LUTHERAN MIDDLE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: 6:30 pm tomorrow (Tuesday, October 21st), families interested in the middle grades at Hope Lutheran School are invited to an open house – details in our calendar listing. (42nd/Oregon)

SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE: West Seattle’s only independent high school invites you to come meet staff and students, 7-8:30 pm this Thursday night (October 23rd) on campus, 41st/Genesee.

WEST SEATTLE EDUCATION FAIR: This is also happening at SLHS, but it’s for families with kids going into pre-K through 8th grade. One week from tomorrow – Tuesday, October 28th, 6:30-8 pm – come to the SLHS gym for this informational event (sponsored again this year by WSB). 10+ local schools spanning those grades will be there to talk with you; we’ll have the final list when it gets a bit closer.

Is your school’s open house in our calendar? If not, e-mail us ASAP – editor@westseattleblog.com

Ready to shop – or sell? West Seattle Co-op Preschools’ next one-day kid-stuff consignment sale set

October 20, 2014 at 11:34 am | In How to help, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 7 Comments

(WSB photo, March 2014)
Last spring’s first-ever group consignment sale benefiting West Seattle Co-Op Preschools was wildly popular – and organizers are doing it again. News for shoppers and would-be consigners, from Erin:

West Seattle Co-Op Preschool system is very excited to be hosting a kids’ Consignment sale on November 8th from 9-1 pm at the West Seattle VFW Hall to help fund scholarships for families in need.

We are also in need of consigners; anyone can consign at this sale. The seller can set their own prices and will make 65% of the asking price and the host will take 35%. The consigner will be paid for the sold items when they pick up their unsold items at the sales conclusion on November 8th.

This sale will be a great thing for families to make some money with their gently used bay/kids gear and to buy low-cost, good-quality items for their kids; for the school system to be able to continue providing scholarships for families who might not be able to afford preschool otherwise; and to bring the community together! For more information: www.westseattlepreschool.org

Sale info is also on Facebook and Twitter.

High-school football: Seattle Lutheran homecoming vs. Rainier Christian

October 19, 2014 at 5:58 am | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | Comments Off

This weekend’s local high-school football wrapped up with Seattle Lutheran‘s homecoming game Saturday afternoon at West Seattle Stadium. Rainier Christian went home with a 44-6 victory, but the Saints had some bright spots. They rallied late in the game, with their sole touchdown from #10 Roberto Duenaz (top photo), who ran back a Rainier Christian kickoff in the third quarter for the TD.

Also in the second half, quarterback #3 Isaiah Dowding-Albrecht (photo above) ran well; #88 Josh Meyer (photo below) had an interception and critical pass reception that jumpstarted the Saints offense:

Otherwise, Rainier Christian had a solid ground game that saw them score in the first minute of the game. Late in the game, Lutheran found some holes in their defense, but it was not enough. Ahead, our photos of the Saints’ homecoming royalty, plus, what’s next in the season:

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Signup time for West Seattle High School Cheerleaders’ next Mini Cheer Camp

October 18, 2014 at 10:32 pm | In Fun stuff to do, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 1 Comment

In just a few years, that little one we photographed last week with West Seattle High School cheerleaders will be old enough for their periodic Mini Cheer Camps. Next one, as announced by Melinda Fredricks, is coming up next month:

The WSHS Cheerleaders will be holding a Mini Cheer Camp Tuesday, November 11 in the West Seattle High School Gym from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.

K-5th grade kids will have a great time learning fun cheers and making crafts with the Westside cheerleaders. Campers will receive a tee shirt, pom poms, official team hairbow, picture of themselves with the cheerleaders AND perform as an honorary West Seattle Cheerleader at an upcoming home basketball game!

The cost of this camp is $55. Registration paperwork and payment are due by November 3, 2014. Space is limited, so register early to ensure your spot.

Contact Melinda Fredricks at 206.940.6033 or melindafredricks@comcast.net if you have any questions.

Here’s the flyer with a few more details; here’s the registration form.

As-it-happened coverage: Chief Sealth wins third consecutive Huling Bowl, 18-14 over WSHS

October 17, 2014 at 7:33 pm | In West Seattle news, West Seattle schools, WS & Sports | 6 Comments

(Added: Video of Sealth players with trophy, post-game)
7:33 PM: We’re at Southwest Athletic Complex, where the rain has stopped and the first quarter of the big game has just ended. West Seattle High School has scored first in the annual Huling Bowl football battle of crosstown rivals, WSHS 7, Chief Sealth International High School (the home team, though both are sharing this field these days) 0. More to come.

7:38 PM: Wildcats score fast in the second quarter, now leading 14-0 with 10:14 left until halftime.

#22 Fynniecko Glover has scored both TDs for WSHS. And a few minutes later – the rain has returned.

8 PM: Halftime, still WSHS 14, Sealth 0. Marching bands take the field!

8:19 PM: First, it was West Seattle, under the direction of Ethan Thomas:


Then Sealth, directed by Marcus Pimpleton:


We’ll be adding longer clips, plus game photos, later, of course. And now the teams are back on the field, getting ready for the second half. It’s Senior Night for Sealth, so its players ran out through a “We (Heart) Our Seniors” banner held by the cheerleaders, wearing pink because it’s breast-cancer-awareness night. (Added: Photo of Sealth cheerleaders giving gift bags to their WSHS counterparts:)

P.S. Sealth won this game the past two years, after a long WSHS streak.

8:39 PM: There’s a medic call over on the street north of the stadium. Don’t know yet what it’s for; we’re checking.

8:50 PM: Third quarter over, still 14-0 WSHS.

Meantime, the emergency situation outside the stadium involves a 29-year-old man hit by a car. Does not sound like life-threatening injuries. Very busy on Thistle tonight, with the orchestra concert across the street at Sealth and the game here. (Added: Police tell us the man was crossing the street at 27th/Thistle with a child, who is OK. They hadn’t yet figured out which way they were crossing.)

8:52 PM: Touchdown Sealth.

By #11 Daron Camacho, who dedicated the game to his godmother, who’s fighting breast cancer:

With the point-after kick good, it’s now WSHS 14, Sealth 7.

9:26 PM: Dramatic few minutes with turnovers and a penalty just led to a Sealth touchdown by #12 Weston Reed, followed by 2-point conversion.

It’s now Sealth 15, WSHS 14 – the Seahawks’ first lead of the game – with 4:12 left in the game.

Shortly thereafter, Sealth intercepted the ball.

9:37 PM: Field goal Sealth with :16 left. Score 18 CSIHS, 14 WSHS.

9:39 PM: And that’s the final score. Sealth wins third consecutive Huling Bowl.

Carrying the trophy triumphantly aloft, the players ran off the track, then came back to gather by the end zone. It’s their third win this season, the first season for head coach Simon Iniguez.

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