West Seattle, Washington
11:25 AM: Under a sunnier-than-forecast sky, atop Pigeon Point, Lou Cutler embarked on his 15th annual round of benefit birthday laps two hours ago:
And they are off! This is longtime @MakeAWishAKWA volunteer Lou's 15th year of one lap for every year of his June birthday – 67 this time. He retired a couple years ago but returns to the school for this. pic.twitter.com/KdyWKGETmk
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 1, 2018
He’s volunteered for Make-A-Wish since 1996, and Laps With Lou raises money for the organization. This year, those cheering Lou – and the students/staff who run with him at one point or another during the day – include his brother, visiting from Portland. And his chief cheerleader/kid wrangler/sidekick is again teacher Andy Darring:
We’re heading back up to check on how things are going on what Lou again declared to be “the best day of the year.” All are welcome to stop by, observe, run, walk, or you can help by donating online.
12:05 PM: As of our stop, a bit past halfway there!
2:03 PM: Success! But first, the last lap, with everybody at Pathfinder invited out to join Lou on the track:
— West Seattle Blog (@westseattleblog) June 1, 2018
67 laps, 11+ miles, in 4 1/2 hours.
Asked if he’ll be back for 68 next year, Lou replied with a resounding “yes!”
We’ve been covering Lou’s laps for a decade now, including video in 2010, the first one after Pathfinder moved from Genesee Hill to Pigeon Point.
Thanks to Shawna for the photo! June is Pride Month and the Pride flag is flying at Louisa Boren STEM K-8 along with the USA and Washington flags. Seattle Public Schools headquarters in SODO is also flying the Pride flag, for the first time, after a ceremony this morning.
Since this will likely get started before our usual morning highlights list goes live, we wanted to remind you about an annual event tomorrow that you are invited to join or support – retired Pathfinder K-8 PE teacher Lou Cutler‘s annual birthday run for Make-A-Wish. In June, Lou turns 67, so he’ll be circling the Pathfinder field on Pigeon Point 67 times. It’s just one way he supports Make-A-Wish>, whose official news release for this year’s run calls him a “wish-granting superstar.” He’s volunteered for the group for more than 20 years; this is his 15th year of Laps with Lou. If you can stop by the Pathfinder field at 1901 SW Genesee tomorrow, you’re welcome to join the run – as most of the school’s students and staff do at some point during the day – or just cheer him on! You can also donate online in honor of his dedication and the kids who have unforgettable experiences as a result. He expects to get going around 9 am, and last year the run went past 1 pm.
Four months after we first reported that four portables were planned for Madison Middle School, a meeting was convened tonight to consider the zoning “departure” the district is requesting. We published the calls for volunteers to be part of a committee; we went to its meeting tonight to see how the process shook out.
Short version: A majority of committee members voted to recommend approving the departure, so at this point it appears the committee won’t need to meet again.
Longer version: The four portables are needed to accommodate an extra 110 students projected to enroll at Madison next year. Two of them will take up six current parking spaces in the school’s north lot, and that’s why the departure is required. The other two are set for placement on a landscaped area adjacent to that lot. Discussion centered on increased traffic expected with the enrollment increase. The committee supported approval of the departure, with two conditions – that the portables removed and the parking spaces restored if enrollment drops, and that Seattle Public Schools work with SDOT on potential added features on nearby streets such as added no-parking signage or painted curbs. Their recommendation goes to the Department of Construction and Inspections.
It’s been a lingering question in the three years since Seattle Public Schools first publicly acknowledged it might (subsequently, will) move Roxhill Elementary to EC Hughes Elementary: What will become of the Roxhill building? Today, in this announcement, the district confirms it won’t be closing:
The Roxhill Elementary School program is moving into the newly renovated E.C. Hughes building in time for the 2018-19 school year. The Roxhill school building will not close but instead become the home to other Seattle Public Schools programs and services. To learn more about these programs and services, please join us for a community meeting on Thursday, June 7, from 6-7 p.m. in the Roxhill Library, 9430 30th Ave. SW. Seattle Public Schools staff will share information and answer your questions.
We’re following up with the district to see what advance information is available regarding the aforementioned “programs and services.” The building, in poor shape, was at one point under consideration for a possible rebuild/rehab in the BEX V levy (still being developed for next year’s ballot), but we noted at the time of the West Seattle levy-planning meeting last month that it had vanished from the list.
LOW TIDE WITH BEACH NATURALISTS: Again today, you’re invited to Lincoln Park (8011 Fauntleroy Way SW) and/or Constellation Park (63rd SW/Beach Drive SW) beaches to get help from volunteer Seattle Aquarium beach naturalists, 10:30 am-1 pm. (Today’s low tide is out to -1.6 feet at 12:10 pm.)
LIGHT RAIL: Next meeting in the process of determining route and stations for Sound Transit light rail in West Seattle is 5-8 pm today at the ST board room downtown, as the Stakeholder Advisory Group meets. We’ll add/link the agenda when available. (401 S. Jackson)
FUTURE CHIEF SEALTH FRESHMAN IN THE HOUSE? You’ll want to be at Future Seahawks Freshman Night tonight, then! 6 pm dinner, 6:30 pm open house, with important info from activities/clubs to graduation requirements. (2600 SW Thistle)
MADISON MIDDLE SCHOOL PORTABLES: The community committee formed to consider whether to grant a zoning-rule “departure” for Madison Middle School‘s impending portables will meet tonight at 6 pm at the school. All welcome to be there to find out about and comment on the plan. (3429 45th SW)
SAVE THE GENESEE-SCHMITZ NEIGHBORHOOD COUNCIL: 7 pm May 30th, you’re invited to a conversation at Uptown Espresso in The Junction – the longtime volunteers leading this group say there’s lots to be involved with but it’s time for new people to jump in. If you can’t be there, e-mail them! All the info is here. (California/Edmunds)
SEE WHAT ELSE IS UP … via our complete calendar!
Though EC Hughes Elementary is getting some work done before Roxhill Elementary moves there in September, it doesn’t include the playground – so community volunteers are making that happen. This Saturday, you can help. From Friends of Roxhill:
Friends of Roxhill Elementary invites the greater West Seattle community to help build our new playground at E.C. Hughes, located at 7700 34th Avenue SW [map], this Saturday, June 2, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
We have two slots available: 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Snacks, water, coffee and lunch provided!
We’ll be led by PlayCreation representatives to assemble and build our selected Landscape Structures playground.
Please note that no children under age 14 may be within the build site. If you are a student in need of service hours, you may help put together components under adult supervision outside the build area, but all installation must be completed by those 17 and up.
We’re so excited to make this happen together. Together, our community can do anything. Also, there will be food. Did we mention that?
Can’t make it? Let us know and we’ll add you to the list for the next day of work: laying down all the engineered wood fiber so our playground has a safe surface for kids to land on. That date is still TBD. Email us at email@example.com to be notified.
Thanks to West Seattle High School track and field head coach Will Harrison for the report:
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School contingent for their accomplishments at the WIAA 3A Track and Field State Championships at Mt Tahoma High School last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.
(Cunliffe’s state-record vault, video by Tim Reilly)
On Friday, the West Seattle girls had a special day. Junior Chloe Cunliffe had 3 very special pole vault clearances: She won the meet by being the only athlete to clear 13 feet even, then set the meet record by clearing 13 feet, 4 inches- but she wasn’t done there. She went on to clear 13 feet, 8.5 inches to set the all-time Washington record. Shortly afterward, she competed in the long jump and wound up 2nd by half an inch, with a leap of 17 feet, 9.25 inches. Hannah Hicks of Edmonds-Woodway won the event at 17 feet, 9.75 inches.
Senior Symmone Davis continued to her rapid improvement streak in the 100m hurdles. She came into the meet seeded 10th and wound up 2nd with a time of 14.88 seconds. Ingraham’s Phoebe Salowey won the event with a time of 14.79 seconds. For Davis, this capped off a breakthrough season which also saw her set a school record in the 300m hurdles at the district meet.
In all, Cunliffe scored 18 points, and Davis an additional 8. Those 26 points in fact put West Seattle in first place in the team scoring going into the third and final day of the meet, and was ultimately good enough for a 7th-place finish – the top finish of any Metro League school.
On the boys’ side, Senior Cass Elliott defended his 300m hurdle title with a time of 37.68 seconds. His prelim time of 37.13 seconds was just 0.02 seconds off his own meet record from last year and the fastest time in any classification this year. It was an impressive bounce-back from a serious ankle injury he suffered in November while playing basketball, which forced him to take several months off and even miss the early weeks of the spring season. Elliott will continue his career at the University of Washington next year.
Senior Joe Kirk-Woodbury had a storybook ending to his high-school discus career. He came into the meet ranked 11th in that event (all competitors get three throws at state, and then the top 9 get three additional throws). He had been motivated all year by Jay Morgan‘s school record of 150 feet, 6 inches from 2003. He was already having a great day by making finals with the 5th best mark overall, with 5 throws in the 140’s. On his sixth throw of the meet and final throw of his high school career, he launched a throw of 152 feet, 1 inch to notch the record, as well as a 3rd place finish. Kirk-Woodbury will continue his track career at Olympic College next year.
Junior Rylee Farrison ran a time of 50.92 seconds in the prelims of the 400m dash to finish 9th overall in that event, just one place shy of making the final. Elliott, Farrison, Jackson Delaney, and Alec Maroon ran to a 6th-place finish in the 4 x 400m relay with a time of 3 minutes, 26.42 seconds to finish the meet.
All together, the boys’ team compiled 19 points to finish 12th in the team scoring – second among Metro Schools (Chief Sealth was 10th). Gig Harbor won both the boys’ and girls’ team titles. Full results can be found here.
Now it’s two state championships for Chief Sealth International High School track-and-field athlete Elijah Jackson – part of this update from Sealth athletic director Ernest Policarpio:
Congratulations to Sadique Calloway, Chloe Myers, Elijah Jackson, and Quinn Wiley for competing in the state championships this weekend at Mt. Tahoma.
Congrats to Quinn Wiley (second from right, above), who took 2nd in the 300 Hurdles.
Congrats to Elijah Jackson, who took 3rd in the high jump and took 1st in the triple and long jump!
Amazing Group of Kids! #ROLLHAWKS
Full state results are here.
Thanks to assistant coach Joel Snow of the West Seattle High School golf team for the report and photos:
(Congratulations to) our West Seattle High School Golfers on our successful trip to the High School State Championships in Spokane this past Tuesday & Wednesday (May 22nd & 23rd).
The boys’ tournament was held at the Creek at Qualchan, with Senior Alex Nguyen (above) and Junior Cameron Smith (below) competing for our boys’ team.
The girls’ tournament was held at Indian Canyon, with Freshman Lauryn Nguyen competing for our girls’ team, with Lauryn taking home the medal for 2nd place in the individual category. (Photo below, left to right, are Athletic Director Corey Sorenson, Assistant Coach Joel Snow, Lauryn Nguyen and Head Coach Velko Vitalich)
Tournament information and results can be found here.
Thanks to Bonnie for sending the photo and word that Chief Sealth International High School‘s Elijah Jackson has won the state championship in the triple jump! That’s one of three events in which he won Metro League championships last week, as reported here. You can see his results here.
Soon, someone living unsheltered will have a new, albeit small, roof over her/his head, thanks to Holy Rosary School seventh- and eighth-grade students in West Seattle. They have been building a “tiny house” – the small structures that have gradually replaced tents, when available and donated – at the city’s sanctioned encampments. It’s been a one-class-period-at-a-time project, taught by wood-shop teacher Mike Ritscher, so they’ve been working on it for months. This week, we stopped by while the students were painting the tiny house:
With the school year almost over, the tiny-house project is too. In a little over two weeks, LIHI – which operates encampments including Camp 2nd Chance in West Seattle – will pick it up. The construction materials, by the way, are from Alki Lumber.
The photo and request are from Chief Sealth International High School student Zhen Williams and schoolmates working on a garden project:
I am part of Green Team, a committed group of student representatives that come together to ensure a healthy environment for current and future generations. Our student committee meets weekly and discusses environmental issues, spreads awareness, and works on environmental issues impacting the Puget Sound. Currently we are working on creating and maintaining a courtyard garden, located within Chief Sealth International High School (the school I attend), to promote the idea of community and increase the awareness and our impact on the environment as a school. It also provides an opportunity for students to understand concepts such as sustainability, how to improve our environment, and how students can make a direct change.
Currently, we have an irrigation system almost installed to keep the plants alive and healthy during the summer months. We still need plants for the garden, preferably flower and vegetable starts, native bushes, and potting soil and compost, to ensure that the plants are able to grow and be sustained over the summer when the students are out of school.
We hope that you will consider donating any plant starters or compost to help our courtyard garden. The Green Team relies heavily on the support and donations of our community members and believes in the power of local businesses.
Feel free to contact me with any questions about our club or our Courtyard Garden plans. I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for considering!
Looking beyond Memorial Day – one of our favorite annual West Seattle events is happening a week from tomorrow. Retired Pathfinder K-8 P-E teacher Lou Cutler returns to the school on Pigeon Point on Friday, June 1st, to run laps raising money for Make-A-Wish – one lap around the field for each year he’ll be celebrating on his upcoming birthday. This year – the 15th anniversary of “Laps With Lou” – that’s 67 laps! He’ll start around 9 am, with most of the school joining him, and continue through most of the day (last year he wrapped up around 1:45). You’re invited to be there to cheer him on and/or join in the run and/or pledge online! Pathfinder is at 1901 SW Genesee.
Thanks to West Seattle High School music director Ethan Thomas for the photo and report:
The West Seattle High School Concert Band and Orchestra traveled to Southern California last weekend. While down there, we participated in the Music in the Parks competition at Disneyland, took part in a studio soundtrack session led by renowned conductor/musician Stan Freese, and performed at Disney’s California Adventure Park. Both groups placed 1st in their division of the competition. While in California we had the opportunity to visit Balboa Beach, spent two days at Disneyland, and one day at Universal Studios. Our orchestra is conducted by Taylor Fritts.
You can catch the WSHS groups in concert next month, according to the program calendar.
Just in from South Seattle College (WSB sponsor):
Seattle Colleges’ Chancellor Shouan Pan announced Dr. Rosie Rimando-Chareunsap will serve as the next president of South Seattle College (SSC), effective July 1, 2018. Dr. Pan’s decision came after a nationwide search and consideration of feedback from multiple sources.
Rimando-Chareunsap has been with SSC since 2000 and currently serves as vice president of student services. She will succeed Interim President Peter Lortz and Gary Oertli, who retired as SSC’s most recent president in August of 2017.
“Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap is uniquely prepared and qualified to lead South Seattle College,” Chancellor Pan said. “The college has a proud history and the collective power to overcome future challenges and seize new opportunities. Rosie’s commitment to SSC and student success, her passion for equity-minded leadership, and her sensitivity to people and attentiveness to the task position her well to lead SSC at this time.”
With a B.A. in English and Ethnic Studies from Washington State University and an M.A. of Public Administration from University of Washington, Rimando-Chareunsap earned her Doctor of Education in Higher Education Administration from WSU. Her roles at SSC have included director of student outreach, associate dean of student achievement and vice president of student services.
Beyond SSC, Rimando-Chareunsap serves on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Student Services Commission, White Center Community Development Association Board, and the Seattle University Student Development Administration Advisory Board. In addition, she serves as Secretary of the National Asian Pacific Islander Council of the American Association of Community Colleges.
“I am honored and humbled to take on this leadership role for South Seattle College, especially after 18 years as a member of this community of dedicated and passionate educators,” Rimando-Chareunsap said. “I look forward to serving our students, communities, and city from this position, and helping SSC be at the forefront of transforming the lives of our diverse neighbors.”
Dr. Rimando-Chareunsap was one of three finalists for the job. SSC is headquartered on West Seattle’s Puget Ridge and also has a Georgetown campus.
Last year, the wider West Seattle community opened its arms and embraced Sanislo Elementary, our area’s least-populous public elementary school, and the little school got a big boost. The Sanislo PTA is hoping for an encore this year, and the big auction/dinner is less than two weeks away! Here’s the invitation:
Thanks to the community support of Sanislo Elementary’s auction last year, we kicked our $5,000 goal to the curb and raised $15,000!
This windfall provided a mindfulness program, increased teacher stipends, created a ‘book fair bucks’ program, and is affording scholarships to kids in need so they can participate in after-school enrichment! YOU, yes YOU, helped make this happen! Let’s do it again!
Our annual auction is just around the corner. We hope you can join us once again in supporting educational equity.
– All Around the World Auction
– Saturday, June 2nd from 6 pm-10 pm
– Alki Masonic Center, 4736 40th Ave SW
– Silent Auction
– Dinner and TWO Drink Tickets Included!
– A special performance by Seattle Kokon Taiko Japanese Drummers, a DJ, Dancing, and more!
You can reserve your tickets online, or, if you can’t make it but would like to donate, you can do that through the link below as well.
Donations to our auction make a significant impact in the education of our kids. With more than 70% of our families living in poverty, our school community simply cannot raise these essential funds alone. We hope to see you there!
P.S. Preview the cool stuff you’ll be able to bid on, by going here.
Congratulations to the West Seattle High School track and field athletes headed to state! The update is from head coach Will Harrison:
the West Seattle boys placed 3rd at the Sea King District 2 meet last Wed/Fri at Southwest Athletic Conference and were the top Metro school! They scored 51 points, one point ahead of O’Dea and Nathan Hale. In all, 9 boys and 2 girls advanced to the 3A State Championships at Mt Tahoma HS this Thursday/Friday/Saturday:
Joe Kirk-Woodbury: Shot Put, Discus
Cass Elliott: 300m Hurdles, 200m, 4 x 400m
Rylee Farrison: 400m, 4 x 400m
Alec Maroon: 4 x 400m
Jackson Delaney: 4 x 400m
Abdifatah Jeylani: 4 x 100m
Tom Nguyen: 4 x 100m
Lucas Bower: 4 x 100m
Kahlel Kelley: 4 x 100m
Chloe Cunliffe: Pole Vault, Long Jump
Symmone Davis: 100m Hurdles
The Lake Washington Boys won the meet with 64 points, and the Mercer Island Girls won the meet with 83 points. Full results here.
Alki Masonic Lodge #152 honored 16 public-high-school scholars from around West Seattle this past week. It was the lodge’s 40th annual School Awards Night. Thanks to the parents who shared the news and photos!
The faculty of Chief Sealth International and West Seattle High Schools nominated four junior boys and four junior girls to receive recognition and a gift for outstanding achievement. Chief Sealth student nominees were Thu La, Asata Golash, Olivia Palmer, Isabella Ramsell, Asher Didier, Nollen Paltrep, Kai Bretl, and Grayson Hoffman.
West Seattle student nominees were Reuben Gut, Jackson Espeut, Marlee Bennett, Emma Foulk, Ariana Guerra, Grace Sarver, Jake Jonson, Colin Roman.
One boy and one girl from each high school was also selected by the Masons to be awarded an additional recognition and gift. The winners were Olivia Palmer and Asher Didier from Chief Sealth and Marlee Bennett and Jake Jonson from West Seattle.
Last year’s junior winners from each high school were invited to return to this year’s award ceremony. Those students were Tony Tran and Chandra Burnham from Chief Sealth, and Noe Leon and Rachel Hay from West Seattle. Tony Tran was presented the Alki Lodge Community Scholarship Award.
Also from the event, here is a photo of five Gatewood Elementary alumni, including Worshipful Brother Martin Monk, who led the night’s award ceremony.
From left are Reuben Gut, Jackson Espeut, Martin Monk, Marlee Bennett, Asher Didier. Mr. Monk was one of the first students to be recognized by the Alki Lodge 40 years ago.
In response to our followup question, he explained that, “The Masons of West Seattle are assisted by the principals and counselors of Sealth International High School and West Seattle High School in selecting 8 outstanding students of each Junior class. All of the students are presented with a small monetary token of appreciation, with a larger sum being presented to the Top Boy and Top Girl of each school. In addition, the 4 Top Juniors of 2017 were invited to speak about their aspirations, and one of these students was awarded a Community Service Scholarship. Alki Lodge is very pleased to continue this tradition of support for the public education of our local students.”
Thanks to Madison Middle School science teacher Fred Jenner for the photos and report!
Outstanding job to Madison Middle School’s science department, guest scientists, adult volunteers, and student volunteers for putting on a great Super Science Night Thursday night! We had 415+ in attendance.
Our guests had a great sampling of activities which included liquid nitrogen experiments, chemistry experiments, dry ice experiments, atmospheric science, and neuroscience demonstrations and activities, genius hour projects, science trivia competitions in the Dog Pound, West Seattle High School AP physics trebuchet project demonstrations, teacher demos of heart pumps, chemistry mixtures, rock selections, owl pellet dissections, delicious root beer floats (thanks to Ms. Bunch and the parent volunteers), and a high-interest sampling of books of all genres on the stage (thanks to Ms. Bell and the book store volunteers.)
Again, excellent job to all who helped make this night a super-special one!
Just five weeks left in the school year – Seattle Public Schools‘ last day is June 22nd.
9:06 PM: Congratulations to the West Seattle High School softball team on a great season that just came to a heartbreaking end at Southwest Athletic Complex, with a 5-4 loss in a must-win district-playoff game against Juanita. More later.
11:34 PM: Adding photos.
West Seattle scored first early to jump out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning
Juanita came back a couple of innings later to open up a lead. West Seattle came back and the game was tied 4-4 going into the 7th. A two-out rally got Juanita the win and the district’s fifth and final spot in the state tournament.
We’ve reported previously that the city was seeking community members to help decide on whether to grant a zoning “departure” so that portables can be brought to Madison Middle School. Now, the Department of Neighborhoods has announced the date for the resulting meeting – with info on how you can comment even if you can’t be there:
The public is invited to discuss the development plans for Madison Middle School located at 3429 45th Ave SW. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 30 at 6 p.m. at the school. The Seattle School District is requesting a modification (known as a “departure”) from a City zoning regulation for reduced on-site parking in order to provide portables.
The Seattle School District will make a presentation on the modification before the Madison Middle School Development Standards Departure Advisory Committee, a group composed of neighbors, and Seattle School District and City representatives. After the presentation, the public is invited to provide comments. Following public comments, the committee will deliberate and consider the District’s request. Additional meetings may be held, if needed.
If community members cannot attend the meeting, written comments can be submitted by Tuesday, May 29 to Maureen Sheehan:
Mailing Address: Seattle Department of Neighborhoods
P.O. Box 94649
Seattle, WA 98124-4649
For additional information or to request an interpreter (by May 28) for the meeting, contact Maureen Sheehan, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, at 206-684-0302.
We first noted the portable plan in January.
The report is from Chief Sealth International High School track and field coach Lorna Considine, forwarded by Nicole Sipila of the Sealth PTSA:
In the history of Chief Sealth Athletics there has been no one that has achieved what ELIJAH JACKSON did last Friday.
He became the 2018 METRO CHAMPION in the LONG JUMP 22’8”, TRIPLE JUMP 44’5”, and HIGH JUMP 6’4”. He is also the anchor leg of the MENS 4X100 RELAY who came in 4th and will advance to the District Meet. We are very proud of what he’s accomplished and look forward to seeing him succeed on his journey back to the STATE TRACK MEET next weekend. Good luck!!!!!
Also join me in congratulating the following student athletes who’ve advanced to the 2018 District Track Meet this Wednesday and Friday: EVE ELMORE, JASMINE SMITH, CHLOE MYERS, QUINN WILEY, SADIQUE CALLOWAY, DONNIE MCMILLAN, DIEGO JACKSON, and BRANDYN GIBSON! Good Luck, Seahawks!