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SATURDAY: Help revive Denny International Middle School’s learning garden

(2012 photo from Denny garden’s early days)

Tomorrow is a big day of volunteering around the area. If you’re not already committed elsewhere – the Little Red Hen Project and Denny International Middle School Science Department invite you to join them in the work of reviving the school’s Learning Garden. As one parent put it:

The Denny Learning garden will provide our kids with more than just tomatoes. In this garden, kids will have a hands-on learning experience, giving a real, tangible understanding to the lessons that are taught at their desks.

Kids and parents at Denny will reap the rewards of community building as the lessons of biology mix together with the lessons of teamwork and patience. Departments will “adopt” the garden for a month to maintain the upkeep, as the Little Red Hen Project (LRHP) provides the consulting toward growing a garden that can teach our kids the lessons that can’t be taught with an iPad.

High School Students can earn service hours on campus by taking on leadership positions. After school programs can be held in the plaza at the garden, or in the amphitheater, which faces a native bioswale.

If (when) we get the project infrastructure in place, we may also be able to provide a place for troubled students can option, rather than detention, so instead of staring at their thumbs in detention hall, kids can watch their thumbs turn green.

The Little Red Hen Project also points out that this is about food justice, one of the great divides in our area and elsewhere, “a problem that impacts our youth the most, as kids go to school without proper nutrition, which leads to a decline in grades and mood. The Little Red Hen Project is dedicated to reaching our community families to teach each other how proper food can lead to a better future.” The community’s help is needed, LRHP notes, “to make this garden grow.” Denny is at 2601 SW Kenyon, and tomorrow’s work is scheduled 11 am-4 pm – so there’s time to drop in even if you’re going to be at a Duwamish Alive! work party until 2.

YOU CAN HELP: Clothing/textiles you don’t need? Donate!

Though basketball season is still more than a month away, the West Seattle High School girls are busy with something else – this donation drive:

West Seattle HS Girls Basketball is holding a clothing/textile drive through November 29th. We are filling garbage bags with gently used clothing, shoes, belts, drapes, towels, and bedding.

If interested in donating, please text/call Jaci at 206-909-7669 or Izzy at 206-947-4131 or email jacit@workhouse.cc. We are happy to come pick up the bags!

VIDEO, PHOTOS: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool + #CloseTheGaps on local campuses


ORIGINAL REPORT, 9:16 AM: Our Instagram video is from outside Chief Sealth International High School this morning. Sealth is just one of the schools around the district where there’s a show of solidarity today – as described in a message from the CSIHS Black Student Union: “Educators and Students across the city will be wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ T-shirts to Support the struggle to affirm the lives of Black students in Seattle Public Schools.” The CSIHS Race and Equity Team‘s message, “We are committed to the ongoing work of calling attention to and addressing the injustices experienced every day by people of color – in our society and in our schools.” That message also noted related social-studies lessons are planned this afternoon – it’s a differently configured school day at Sealth today because of PSAT testing in the morning. (added photo) Here are the students who participated:

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Today’s district-wide action also coincides with the district’s week of conversations about eliminating opportunity/achievement gaps. SPS Superintendent Dr. Larry Nyland‘s announcement of that focus included a note about today:

During our #CloseTheGaps kick-off week, Seattle Education Association is promoting October 19 as a day of solidarity to bring focus to racial equity and affirming the lives of our students –specifically our students of color. In support of this focus, members are choosing to wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts, stickers or other symbols of their commitment to students in a coordinated effort. SEA is leading this effort and working to promote transformational conversations with staff, families and students on this issue.

(Added) Scholars from adjacent Denny International Middle School and joined in adding their thoughts/names to one of the banners:

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It’s the only #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool gathering we got advance word of, but if others happened at school(s) in West Seattle and you have a photo, please consider sharing – editor@westseattleblog.com.

11:02 AM: Thanks to the texter who sent this photo from Sanislo Elementary:

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And, just south of West Seattle, Sarah Fox sent this photo from White Center Heights Elementary:

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We’ve also added photos to our Sealth coverage above.

ADDED 12:35 PM: Thanks to Jennifer Hall for this photo from West Seattle High School:

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ADDED 3:12 PM: Thanks to the PTSA at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 for sending this photo from their before-school resource table:

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ADDED 3:59 PM: And we’ve received a photo from Gatewood Elementary:

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Teacher Mason Skeffington explains, “I wanted to let you know that Gatewood Teachers were also united today in the #SPS #Closethegaps #EOG movement going on this week. Here is the Gatewood Staff, T-Shirts reading Change is Possible, which aligns with the last sentence of our School Vision Statement ‘At Gatewood we believe changing the world is possible’.”

West Seattle schools: Westside celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

October 16, 2016 3:44 pm
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In the final days of Hispanic Heritage Month, which concluded this weekend, Westside School (WSB sponsor) in Arbor Heights held a schoolwide celebration led by middle-schoolers. After an opening presentation, elementary students went to stations around the auditorium and upstairs landing where older students were standing by for mini-presentations, either about a Spanish-speaking country, or a famous person of Hispanic descent. At each station, a visiting student could “press a button: to have the presentation given in either Spanish or English.

Here’s a sixth-grader portraying tour guide Celestina, talking about Equatorial Guinea:

She and other 6th graders gave presentations about history and culture of Spanish-speaking countries, while 7th graders represented current-day people of Hispanic heritage, including U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor:

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8th graders represented historical figures, including Argentina’s Eva Perón:

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The 7th and 8th graders were all prepared with autobiographical presentations about those they portrayed. The students are all learning Spanish with Westside teacher Mary Kratz.

HULING BOWL 2016: West Seattle over Chief Sealth

October 14, 2016 10:00 pm
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10 PM: For the second year in a row, West Seattle High School has won the annual Huling Bowl crosstown-rivalry football game with Chief Sealth International HS, and the trophy that goes with it.


Final score at Southwest Athletic Complex: WSHS Wildcats 29, CSIHS Seahawks 13.

ADDED EARLY SATURDAY: Highlights from the night at SWAC:

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The first quarter was more than halfway over when WSHS #18 Gabe Gangon (above) scored the first TD. The second one was by Andrew Burggraff about midway through the second quarter, and WSHS led 15-0 at halftime.

Another Wildcat TD toward the start of the second half ran the lead to 22-0, and then midway through the third, Sealth #11 Bishop Jackson scored the first TD for the Seahawks.


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The rest of the scoring was complete by midway through the fourth quarter. At the end of a winless season, the Seahawks had some bright spots, including multiple quarterback sacks. Meantime, not only was it also Sealth’s homecoming night, it was Breast Cancer Awareness Night, so lots of pink:

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That’s the Sealth cheer squad, in pink after their halftime performance, which preceded the joint performance of the two schools’ bands:

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Sealth has one regular-season game left, next Friday (October 21st), 7 pm at SWAC, vs. Franklin. This was the last regular-season game for WSHS but it’s expecting to play its first postseason game Thursday, opponent TBA.

SAVED: Fauntleroy Creek Salmon in the Schools program will swim on

(WSB photo, May 2016: West Seattle Elementary group at Fauntleroy Creek with volunteer Dennis Hinton)

By Dennis Hinton, Fauntleroy Creek volunteer
Special to West Seattle Blog

After months of not knowing if the Fauntleroy Creek Salmon in the Schools program would continue uninterrupted as it has for more than 20 years, word came late last week that it will.

The program centers on coho fry released by schoolchildren. Ten elementary schools and three preschools in West Seattle receive coho eggs in January and students rear the fish while learning about biology, habitat, and the role of salmon in Pacific Northwest environment, commerce, and culture. Nearly 800 students came to the creek this past spring on release field trips, bringing 1,800 coho fry.

For the first time since 1991 when it started Salmon in the Schools, the state Department of Fish and Wildlife notified program coordinators six months ago that coho eggs might not be available for the 2016-17 term. Without them, participating West Seattle schools would have had to rear another salmon species for release elsewhere.

(WSB photo: Judy Pickens at Westside School on egg-delivery day last January)

“This news from the state was chilling to both teachers and creek volunteers,” said Judy Pickens. She and Phil Sweetland represent Fauntleroy Creek on the Salmon in the Schools – Seattle steering committee that coordinates the program for 71 schools in the city. “Without coho, the creek would have lost much of the life we’ve been working for 26 years to restore and the community would have lost a much-loved natural feature, a small taste of the wild in urban West Seattle.”

The state based its warning on last year’s meager return of coho spawners to Puget Sound and predictions of a low coho return this year. Warm water off the Oregon-Washington coast killed their prey and, without food, the fish that had survived predation and pollution to get that far died. No spawners came into Fauntleroy Creek last fall.

Based on early coho returns to area hatcheries, creek volunteers are cautiously optimistic about getting spawners this year. The annual drumming to call them in will be Sunday, October 30, at 5 pm at the fish-ladder viewpoint (SW Director and upper Fauntleroy Way SW).

Volunteers will start watching for spawners the following week when tides are high enough for the fish to have easy access to the mouth of the creek. Assuming veteran watchers spot fish, watch here for an invitation to join their ranks.

Sanislo back to Denny-Sealth: No complaints at district meeting

October 12, 2016 8:55 am
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No complaints last night about the only West Seattle proposal in the next round of Seattle Public Schools boundary changes. As noted here last month, SPS plans to move Sanislo Elementary back to the feeder area for Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School next school year, two years after moving Sanislo to the Madison MS-West Seattle HS zone. This does NOT change the boundaries of the Sanislo attendance zone itself. Denny was the site last night of the district’s fifth and final citywide meeting about that change and some in other parts of the city, and the only person who had something to say about the Sanislo change was longtime Denny principal Jeff Clark, who thanked the district for “reuniting” Denny and Sanislo. We asked Clark how many students this was expected to add to Denny; he said the current rough estimate is about 20. The district had noted that despite the official change, many Sanislo parents were applying to send their kids to Denny anyway. Last night’s meeting did draw commenters from other parts of the city with concerns about some of the non-WS changes the district is pursuing. The full citywide package of changes is to be introduced at tonight’s School Board meeting.

FOLLOWUP: Roxhill Elementary PTSA hears about school’s expected move to EC Hughes

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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Four and a half years ago, in the Roxhill Elementary School cafeteria, we covered a meeting called to talk about a proposal to merge Roxhill into Arbor Heights Elementary, after AH’s rebuild. The plan was soon scrapped, and AH is sole occupant of the new school that replaced the crumbling original one.

Roxhill, however, is still in its deteriorating building. Seattle Public Schools has another plan for moving the program, and this one has traveled far down the path to reality without formal community conversations.

Last night in the cafeteria, the “reborn” Roxhill PTSA took steps toward making sure there’s some conversation before the fall 2018 move to a renovated and reopened EC Hughes Elementary, 1.2 miles north, simply happens.

While it hasn’t been finalized by the School Board, assistant superintendent Flip Herndon told last night’s PTSA meeting that it is indeed virtually a done deal. We first reported on the possible move one year ago, but details at the time were few.

PTSA president Amanda Kay Helmick, leading the meeting with vice president Al Fisher, had announced the School Board rep for West Seattle and South Park, Leslie Harris, as the main guest. Harris, however, was at a School Board committee meeting and arrived just after the PTSA meeting ended. Attendees heard instead from Herndon and from senior project manager Mike Skutack, with whom we had toured Hughes for a story we published Sunday about the renovation plans. Read More

West Seattle schools: What’s planned for EC Hughes as likely future home of Roxhill

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By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor

Tomorrow night (Monday, October 10th), the Roxhill Elementary PTSA plans to talk with West Seattle’s school-board rep Leslie Harris about the state of the plan to move Roxhill to EC Hughes Elementary, one mile north.

It’s been one year since the district confirmed to WSB that the move was under consideration.

Since then, the district has proceeded with renovation plans for the 90-year-old, city-landmark EC Hughes, closed by the district in 1989, then used as a backup until independent Westside School (WSB sponsor) leased it for five years.

But there’s been little public discussion about the moving plan, and it hasn’t been finalized by the School Board, though various documents say it’s set to take effect in fall 2018.

So we asked the district for a chance to take a closer look at what’s in the works for EC Hughes, and were granted a tour with a district manager and an architect from the team working on the renovations.

First, the timeline for the renovation work:

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: West Seattle HS vs. Liberty – Senior Night, Homecoming, and 2 anthems

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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand. Above, WSHS #84, Colin Roman)

Much more than football last night at Southwest Athletic Complex as West Seattle High School hosted Liberty HS from Renton on Homecoming Night.

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The game brought the Wildcats their second loss, 63-27. Two of the WSHS TDs featured Nate Pryor (#3, above) running almost the entire length of the field. Before the game, he was among the seniors honored from the team, band, flag, and cheer squads:

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WSHS head coach Tom Burggraff was also among the proud parents escorting a senior – his son, Andrew Burggraff (also among those with TDs in the game), will graduate this year:

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Assistant coach Jeff Ursino is also proud dad of a senior, John Ursino.

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If there were an award for the most candy leis given to a senior as part of the celebration, Billy Dee Abbott would have won:

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Congratulations to all the seniors! (added Sunday – see list at end of story)

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Also among those honored at the pre-game ceremony, WSHS band member Maxwell Lemke, below with dad Maxwell:

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You might recall Max’s story here on WSB two months ago – he led the fundraisers to get a new tuba for the band, which performed on the field at halftime, conducted by WSHS music director Ethan Thomas:

You can see the band later this month leading the costume parade during the West Seattle Junction Harvest Festival at 11:30 am Sunday, October 30th.

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Another memorable music moment happened before the game, when the Black National Anthem, “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” was sung before “Star-Spangled Banner.” You’ll hear part of the song in our Twitter clip:


The anthems followed a statement read over the PA system about respecting all views. WSHS athletic director Trevor Leopold told us later that this was initiated by players, who said that if both anthems were sung, they would remain standing for both. (This followed three weeks of anthem protests during home games at SWAC, starting on September 16th, when the pre-announced protest by visiting Garfield HS was joined by more than half a dozen WSHS players.)

Next Friday brings the annual crosstown contest, WSHS vs. Chief Sealth International High School, 7 pm October 14th.

ADDED SUNDAY MORNING: Thanks to athletic director Leopold for the full list of seniors honored Friday night:

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Kevin Corona
Connor Dederich
Erin LeBreche
Kylie Leinbach
Maxwell Lemke
Leo Purcell
Ben Schuh
Brynn Snodgrass
Lindy Tongol
Drew White

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Riley Fredricks
Xavier Marquez
Malaika Nettey

FOOTBALL

Nate Pryor
Billy Dee Abbott
Liam O’Neill
Rico Saeteum
James Blue
Cyrus Storlie
Sergei Dahl
Gabe Gangon
Holden Watkins
Sam Blackett
Trifon Papahronis
Maks Milojevich
Michael Gordan
Binh` Nguyen
Daniel Puckett
Caden Snodgrass
Demitrius Isabell
Dustin Davis
John Ursino
Ali Abdulah
Andrew Burggraff
Mathias Fink

High-school volleyball: WSHS-Sealth a shutout but not a runaway

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(WSB photos by Patrick Sand)

The West Seattle High School Wildcats roared in their 3-0 varsity-volleyball victory over the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks on Thursday night. But WSHS’s home-court win wasn’t the runaway you might assume from that score.

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None of the games was a lopsided win. Sealth ran off seven unanswered points at the start of the first game, which WSHS won, 25-23.

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The Wildcats got out to an early lead in the second game and held it easily for a 25-18 win, and then the third game was close, WSHS 25, Sealth 23.

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The two teams have a rematch at 7 pm next Wednesday (October 12th) in the Chief Sealth gym.

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Before the rematch, according to their online schedules, WSHS visits Roosevelt at 7 pm next Tuesday, and Sealth plays in a tournament up at Mount Vernon this Saturday.

FOLLOWUP: Big thanks, and big gift, from West Seattle Car Show co-presenters

(L-R, Dave Winters from Swedish Automotive; Todd Ainsworth from WS Autoworks; Howard Andersen, Automotive Technology Instructor; Duncan Burgess, SSC Technical Dean; Doug Clapper and Todd Jones, Automotive Technology Instructors)

Not only is South Seattle College the home of the West Seattle Car Show, it’s also the beneficiary! We just got final word of how this year’s show is helping SSC’s Automotive Tech program:

Swedish Automotive and West Seattle Autoworks would like to extend their thanks and appreciation to their fellow West Seattle businesses, community members, volunteers, car show registrants, and other generous corporate sponsors for supporting the 2016 West Seattle Car Show. Because of that support, we were able to donate $3221.29 to the Automotive Technology Program at South Seattle College! That is $1304.85 more than last year’s donation of $1916.44.

West Seattle is fortunate to have a place such as South Seattle College and we look forward to working with them next year.

Didn’t make it to this year’s show? Here’s our coverage.

P.S. Swedish Automotive, West Seattle Autoworks, and South Seattle College are all WSB sponsors, and we have been a WS Car Show co-sponsor since its start.

High-school volleyball’s crosstown matchup: Chief Sealth, WSHS play Thursday

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(WSB photos by Leda Costa)

Big crosstown match tomorrow in local high-school sports – West Seattle High School hosts Chief Sealth International High School in volleyball! To promote the clash of crosstown rivals, the Seahawks and Wildcats joined forces for a fun photo-op one recent sunny afternoon – staging a symbolic tug of war at Southwest Athletic Complex. With their school right across the street, the Seahawks, coached by Lorna Considine, were joined by mascot Sammy:

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And here are the Wildcats, coached by Staci Stringer:
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The Thursday varsity match starts at 7 pm at the West Seattle High School gym (3000 California SW), preceded by the junior-varsity faceoff at 5:30.

Seattle Public Schools to change schedules again next year: New survey asks – how?

Though Seattle Public Schools just changed school schedules this year, another change is ahead next year. And it’s just launched a survey asking you how you want to see that change made. First, here’s what the change is about:

As part of the Collective Bargaining Agreement process, SEA and SPS agreed to add 20 minutes to the school day in 2017-18 and provide one hour per week of teacher collaboration time.

As the district plans to make this schedule adjustment, we want to hear from families and stakeholders on how the additional time should be added and how and when to schedule the collaboration time.

The district sees six options for making the changes – they’re all listed on this page of the district website. You can officially make your choice via the online survey that you will find here – answering once for each child you have in SPS – or via paper copies of the surveys that are being distributed at schools. Deadline for replying is October 21st, two weeks from this Friday.

Another FYI note: From Highland Park Elementary

October 5, 2016 9:00 am
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There’s NO indication this is linked to the “creepy clown threat” outbreak, but a Highland Park Elementary parent shared this with us and we’re republishing so that nearby residents can help keep watch too:

Hello Highland Park Families,

Today [Tuesday] at recess some Highland Park Students reported seeing a suspicious person on the playfield adjacent to our playground. This person was not seen by any adults, and we contacted our security department. Security came to our campus and stayed until dismissal. All students were safe at all times, we just wanted you to be aware of the report.

Thank you,

Chris Cronas
Principal, HPE

We get some but not all alerts from the district and schools’administrators, so we very much appreciate forwarded info like this if you don’t see a timely mention on WSB after receiving something of potentially wider interest – editor@westseattleblog.com – thank you!

UPDATE: ‘Creepy clown’ threats hit local schools; district, administrators send alerts

(UPDATED WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON with message to Denny/Sealth families)

ORIGINAL TUESDAY NIGHT REPORT: Seattle Public Schools says it’s working with police to investigate social-media posts related to a nationwide wave of school threats that accompany photos of clowns. The district sent this message late today (thanks to the parents who forwarded it to us):

The Seattle School District has been contacted by a number of individuals concerned about an ongoing national social media trend related to “Scary Clowns.” There have been a few local news stories related to this and some of our students have received pictures of clowns. We are communicating to families to remind you and your student that if they see suspicious individuals while at school, please have them inform their teacher or principal immediately. We also ask you to report any threatening social media activity that involves Seattle Public Schools or our students to your school or the district’s Safety and Security Office at (206) 252-0707. This office is open 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

We take safety seriously, and the security of our students is a top priority. We are working closely with Seattle Police Department to investigate all concerns related to this social media trend.

West Seattle High School is among the schools dealing with this – its families got this message from principal Ruth Medsker:

Hello families-

You may be hearing from your students and or the media about threats to West Seattle High School involving “creepy clowns.” This is part of a national social media trend that has impacted schools and districts nationwide. Within the last 48 hours it has come to the Pacific Northwest. Many schools, including West Seattle, are named in various Instagram and Facebook posts. It was brought to our attention this morning by district security and our students.

West Seattle High School administration notified police and currently there is an open investigation. Police have increased patrols in the community.

Please talk with your student about media safety and encourage them to report anything that makes them feel unsafe.

On the national level, this all goes back at least a month, according to one East Coast news publication.

ADDED 2:34 PM WEDNESDAY: The district message above has been sent today to Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School families, according to Denny principal Jeff Clark, and prefaced with this:

Good Afternoon Denny and Sealth Scholars and Families,

Below is a message that was sent out to all families in Seattle Public Schools last night to address the concern of “Scary Clowns” that is happening across the country through social media. Here at Denny and Sealth, we have also been checking into these social media rumors about clowns. To ease any anxiety, we wanted to let you know that we are not aware of any threatening posts related to either of our schools at this time.

Sincerely,

Jeff Clark, Principal
Denny International Middle School

Aida Fraser-Hammer, Principal
Chief Sealth International High School

FLU SHOTS: Clinics next week at Chief Sealth IHS, West Seattle HS

October 4, 2016 11:10 am
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Fall’s here and flu season looms. If you haven’t had a flu shot yet, you might be eligible for these clinics – thanks to Chief Sealth International High School nurse Alison Enochs for the info:

2 WEST SEATTLE FLU SHOT CLINICS OFFERED BY THE VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION

Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle)
Monday, October 10, 3:00 to 5:30

West Seattle High School (3000 California Ave SW)
Tuesday October 11, 3:00 to 6:00

Flu Shots are available to all SPS employees, students and their families (children four years of age and older).

PARENTAL CONSENT NEEDED FOR ANYONE UNDER THE AGE OF 18.
PLEASE HELP US KEEP OUR SCHOOLS, FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY HEALTHY

*ALL PARTICIPANTS NEED TO SHOW AN INSURANCE CARD.

*VISITING NURSE ASSOCIATION WILL BILL INSURANCE (not able to accept Cigna or Kaiser)

*STUDENTS UNDER AGE 18 WITHOUT INSURANCE WILL RECEIVE A FREE VACCINATION

*COST FOR ADULTS WITHOUT INSURANCE IS $30

Powerful job program: Puget Sound Electrical Apprentice Training Center graduates honored in West Seattle

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Not all graduations happen in summer. Last night in West Seattle, 112 graduates were cheered and applauded at a banquet and ceremony marking their success in a paid-training program that launches them into good-paying jobs in a field where there’s much demand. You’d think there would be a waiting list for a program like that, right? Not so – it’s looking for more applicants! More on that after we get back to more about the event.

The Puget Sound Electrical Apprenticeship Training Center graduation is what brought grads, family, friends, and educators to Brockey Center at South Seattle College (WSB sponsor).

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The center provides the training required for certification as Construction Electricians, Low Voltage/Sound and Communication Electricians, or Residential Electricians. According to the announcement we received, “programs provide opportunities to ‘earn while you learn,’ through paid on-the-job training and classroom instruction that leads to high-paying careers in skilled trades.”

Like any graduation, this one honored exceptional achievements – academic excellence, perfect attendance, apprentice of the year. Two grads spoke, Karla Hemmelgarn and Aaron Martin, with praise for the program and exuberance about their future:

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Special gifts awaited the grads – useful for their careers ahead:

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While the program welcomes all qualified applicants (see the minimum requirements here), there are specific programs for veteran and female applicants, too. This year’s graduates, who ranged in age from 20s to 40s, included five women and 18 veterans. Find out more about the training options here; find out how to apply here.

UPDATE: ‘We stand … because we have respect, but we hold our fists up … to make positive change’: Chief Sealth Black Student Union protest

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ORIGINAL REPORT, 10:10 AM FRIDAY: For the third consecutive Friday night, a protest against racial oppression is planned during the pre-game anthem tonight at Southwest Athletic Complex. The last two weeks, the focus was on the visiting football players of Garfield High School. Tonight, before the Chief Sealth-Ballard game at SWAC, the protest will be led by the CSIHS Black Student Union, which sent this statement:

We, the members of the Chief Sealth International High School Black Student Union, are tired… We are tired of unarmed black men, women, and children being murdered and receiving no justice. We are tired of seeing our educational system fail our brothers and sisters of color. We are tired of being silenced; we are tired of being racially profiled; we are tired of being massively incarcerated; we are tired of the racial disparities of income, the racial and economic segregation of our neighborhoods; we are tired of being OPPRESSED, and repeatedly disregarded as human beings.

West Seattle, WA : The Chief Sealth International Black Student has joined other groups in solidarity to protesting the national anthem while it is played. On Friday, September 23rd, 2016, the Chief Sealth Black Student Union organized its first national anthem protest at Chief Sealth’s football game against Garfield. During our protest, many spectators from the stands of many different ages and races joined us in facing away from the field and raising our fists in the air. The Chief Sealth Black Student Union plans to continue our protests at home games during football season. Our protest was nonviolent and we intend to keep it that way.

At this upcoming home game against Ballard on Friday, September 30, the Chief Sealth BSU DOES plan to protest the national anthem, along with those who decide to join us.

We will, again, stand with our fists raised, with our backs to the flag. We stand for the national anthem because we have respect, but we hold our fists up to affirm our power to make positive change. We turn our backs on the flag in a plea for justice; to symbolize the way in which we feel our nation has turned its back on us.

This protest is not to disrespect America or the soldiers that are serving and/or have served this country. This protest is to shed light on the fact that African American fathers, mothers, and children are afraid of their loved ones leaving their homes, that Seattle Public Schools has the 5th largest black-white achievement gap in the country and that they have not even attempted to contact Black Student Unions in the district. This is to spark or continue conversations about Terrence Crutcher, Aiyana Jones, Alfred Olango, and all of the other unarmed black men and women who have been killed by the state without cause.

How are we supposed to stand with America, “the land of the free,” when people are afraid for their lives and treated as second class citizens because of their skin color? As the Black Student Union for Chief Sealth we will fight for the rights of black students and individuals not only in West Seattle but for black people across the country. Martin Luther King once said: “We must never give up infinite hope”. We hope that through our actions we can get people to begin a dialogue, and in turn, change the world. We want Black Lives Matter to be something that won’t have to be said because everyone knows that already . Don’t let the news blind you from all facts of the story, and don’t let traditional racist beliefs blind your judgement.

We want to be heard. We refuse to be silenced.

Sincerely,
The Chief Sealth International High School Black Student Union

As mentioned in our daily preview, the game is at 7 pm at SW Athletic Complex, which is across the street from Chief Sealth, at 2801 SW Thistle.

9:23 PM: We’ll be adding photos of the protest – which was joined by some members of both teams – to this story, when we are back at HQ.

ADDED 10:27 PM: In the stands:

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And on the sidelines (photographed via phone) – first Sealth, then Ballard:

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Game coverage will be in a separate story later tonight.

FOLLOWUP: Seeking solutions to school-sports transportation trouble

West Seattle High School‘s athletic director says their Friday night football game vs. Cleveland HS at Southeast Athletic Complex might have to be canceled because of the ongoing transportation problem with away games.

That’s what AD Trevor Leopold told the 20+ people at last night’s community meeting called to strategize how to get Seattle Public Schools to address the ongoing problem, which is affecting other schools too.

Patrick Sand covered the meeting for WSB: Read More

SATURDAY: K-8 students invited to Chief Sealth Mini Cheer Camp

September 22, 2016 7:19 pm
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(Chief Sealth cheerleaders @ SWAC on September 2nd)

Students in kindergarten through 8th grade are invited to spend this Saturday (September 24th) at Chief Sealth International High School Cheer Camp, 11 am-3 pm:

You will learn a dance, basic arm motions, some Chief Sealth cheers, team bonding games, jumps, and stunts. You will have the opportunity to perform your dance with the Chief Sealth Cheerleaders during their home game (Sealth vs. Ballard) halftime show on September 30th at the SWAC. Come join us for the fun! …

The cost of the camp is $40 cash or check payable to “Chief Sealth Cheerleading” – it includes admission to the (Sept. 30) game and a T-shirt to wear for your performance!

Registration is due tomorrow (Friday) – you can e-mail Sealth cheer coach Tahreana Turner for a registration form – coachtahreanacsihs@gmail.com – then on Saturday, the cheerleaders will meet campers at the gym door (2600 SW Thistle)!

UPDATE: Simultaneous fire alarms, but NO fires, at three West Seattle schools

11:31 AM: We’ve been checking on an odd situation from early today – automatic fire alarms going off simultaneously at three Seattle Public Schools buildings in West Seattle. Between 2:41 am and 2:45 am, the alarms went off, and Seattle Fire Department units were dispatched to, West Seattle High School, Madison Middle School, and Genesee Hill Elementary. After e-mailed questions from readers who either heard the alarms or noticed the three adjacent listings on the automated real-time 911 log, we followed up this morning with both SFD and SPD. SFD verified, first, that its crews found no sign of fire and no other obvious reason the alarms had gone off. SPS spokesperson Luke Duecy tells WSB, “According to maintenance, there was a pressure change in the city’s water system that triggered the fire alarms. It was investigated by security and maintenance and cleared. Systems are functioning.” (We’re now checking with Seattle Public Utilities about the pressure change, but in the meantime, wanted to share what we’d found out so far.)

4:25 PM: Andy Ryan from Seattle Public Utilities says they’re still investigating this: “It is true that a sudden change in water pressure can trigger a fire alarm. Some alarm systems interpret low pressure as high flow — indicating that a sprinkler system is going off. In the case of alarms sounding at West Seattle schools today, it is possible that the problem was caused when we switched pumps this morning at our Spokane Street Pump Station. Our system data shows outlet pressure from the pump station went from 162 pounds per square inch (PSI) down to a minimum of 126 PSI, and then settled out at 151 PSI within 15 minutes of the pump switchover. That pressure drop — not huge — might have caused the fire alarms to go off. However, other nearby school alarm systems did not sound. Lafayette Elementary is essentially across the street from West Seattle High School and its alarm didn’t go off. The alarms at Schmitz Park Elementary, a block away from Madison Middle, didn’t go off either.”

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