From a 7-7 tie, Sealth’s opponent did the rest of the scoring. Final score was Blanchet 36, Sealth 7.
With everything else happening today – there was post-season high-school football too. In one of three games involving local teams, West Seattle High School played a 4 pm game at Memorial Stadium downtown; final score, Lakeside 41, WSHS 14.
(Light area is proposed Fairmount Elementary attendance area; click image for full-size view)
Seattle Public Schools has just released the third draft of its “Growth Boundaries” proposal. We’re going through it now but didn’t want to wait to put up the link so you can review it too. One key section starts with the map showing the proposed Fairmount Park Elementary attendance zone, which would take effect next school year. More later.
Seattle Public Schools has just announced that five more schools in West Seattle are offering free full-day kindergarten – as in, no extra fees charged to families – effective immediately. We first heard about this thanks to a parent whose school is circulating a letter announcing this, and now there’s a news release from the district. The West Seattle schools are Alki, Arbor Heights, Gatewood, K-5 STEM at Boren, and Pathfinder K-8; five other area elementaries already had free full-day K. Read on for details in the official announcement:
Click to read the rest of 5 more West Seattle schools get ‘free’ full-day kindergarten…
Starting Friday night and continuing for five performances, you can support the West Seattle High School Drama Club by seeing its fall production, “The Diary of Anne Frank.” This is the famous story of a Jewish family hiding in Amsterdam to try to avoid the Nazis, as told by young Anne. Showtimes are 7:30 pm this Friday and Saturday and November 6, 7, 8. The lowest-priced tickets are $7 by e-mail reservation (firstname.lastname@example.org); otherwise, you will pay $12 at the door at the WSHS Theater (3000 California SW). More information, including the cast list, on the Drama Club website.
(UPDATED 8:50 PM for a total of 8 school fundraisers, current and upcoming)
It’s fundraising season for local schools – and
four SIX EIGHT local PTSA/PTA groups have shared updates on how you can help, as well as how the community has helped already:
LAFAYETTE WALK-A-THON: Lafayette Elementary‘s minute-long video recaps last Friday’s Walk-A-Thon; Kelly Johnston from the PTA tells us: “As a school, the students ran a combined total of 9,477 Laps. This is about 1,898 miles! The students collected $58,000, and local business donated over $15,000! We are so grateful to all of our business sponsors. A link featuring them can be found here.”
ARBOR HEIGHTS DIRECT DRIVE: Some PTAs have launched “Direct Donation Drives” – including Arbor Heights Elementary, which is running through November 6th, and is welcoming donations from the community as well as from those with kids at/ties to the school: “Funds go toward our Young Authors Day activities, Kindergarten Aides, stipends for teacher projects, and much more.” The school website features multiple alternatives for donating, including online.
CHIEF SEALTH ‘PASSPORT TO EXCELLENCE’ AUCTION/DINNER: The biggest annual benefit for Chief Sealth International High School is set for 6 pm Friday, November 15th, at The Hall at Fauntleroy, with a sit-down dinner, entertainment, and auction. You can buy tickets online by going here; you can browse auction items here.
WEST SEATTLE HS ‘REACHING FOR THE STARS’ AUCTION/DINNER: One week after that, it’s the biggest annual benefit for West Seattle High School – 5:30 pm Friday, November 22nd, in the Brockey Center at South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor). You can buy tickets online by going here; auction items are previewable here.
ADDED 2:16 PM: Since we first published this roundup, we’ve received word of two more fundraisers:
K-5 STEM DIRECT DONATION DRIVE: Our area’s newest public school has a direct-give drive under way; the K-5 STEM PTA points out that the district didn’t give them any money for library books, for example, so they have only what the PTA is raising money for, and that’s just part of what they need. Their plan, and the link for donating online, can be seen here.
NOVEMBER READ-A-THON MONTH AT DENNY: Also just received word of Denny International Middle School’s upcoming Read-A-Thon during December:
Students set reading goals with their literacy teachers (a number of pages or books) and then collect pledges from friends family or the community toward those goals. The first week in December we collect on the pledges and hope for a great double reward money for the school and learning by our students. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a student, please contact the Read-a-Thon chair Nicole Sipila at email@example.com. We’ll finish our literacy fundraising with a book fair celebration at the Westwood Barnes and Noble on Dec. 12th. Purchases that night (actually all that week) can go toward Denny if you tell the clerk at checkout. We’ll be featuring some Denny student art, music, and writing that Tuesday evening.
ADDED 8:50 PM: Two more!
WEST SEATTLE ELEMENTARY CAMP FUNDRAISER: 4th and 5th graders from West Seattle Elementary School are going to Islandwood, with donors’ help – they’re crowdfunding, so you can donate (and find out more) here.
ALKI ELEMENTARY AUCTION: Got word tonight of the Alki Elementary PTA Gold Rush Auction & Dinner at 5:30 pm Saturday, November 16th, at The Hall at Fauntleroy. You can browse items for this auction online by going here; and you can buy your tickets online here.
Other major school fundraisers in progress/coming up? Let us know!
For some fall sports, the playoffs are just beginning. Golf is ahead of the game; the Metro League golf tournament was last week, reports parent Kristin Gibson, who says two West Seattle High School boys-varsity players finished in the top 23, Bailey Fuentes and Zach Gibson (shown above in the photo she shared), and qualified for the state tournament May 28-29 of next year at Tri-Mountain Golf Course in Ridgefield. She also reports that Tony Flores finished 37th and Joe Mitchell 45th. Congratulations to the WSHS golfers!
6:39 PM: Under way right now at the Seattle Lutheran High School gym on the north end of The Junction, fourteen local schools have representatives at the West Seattle Education Fair, ready to talk with you, serving grades pre-8th. There’s free parking in the SLHS lot right across the street from the gym (4100 SW Genesee), whose entry is marked with a big bunch of balloons. Here’s who’s here:
Community School of West Seattle
Explorer West Middle School (WSB sponsor)
Harbor School (WSB sponsor)
Holy Rosary School
Hope Lutheran School
Lake Washington Girls Middle School
Our Lady of Guadalupe
Seattle Girls’ School
SSCC Cooperative Preschools
Village Cooperative School
West Seattle Montessori School (WSB sponsor)
Westside School (WSB sponsor)
Also here, Roxbury Spine and Wellness Clinic (WSB sponsor), Freedom13.org, a child-safety-education organization, and us – we’re sponsoring the event, reporting live. Admission’s free and it’s a casual wandering-around setup – drop by any time before 8:30 pm.
7:29 PM UPDATE: If you’re bringing little ones – there’s a play area where they can get creative.
Many of the participating schools are here with their principals/head of schools.
At left in the photo above is Explorer West MS head of school Evan Hundley, with director of admissions Claudia Rose. Three schools are here from outside West Seattle, including Vashon Island-based Harbor School, here with Allison Reid and (right) head of school James Cardo
One more hour remaining – it’s going fast, and the turnout’s been great.
8:19 PM UPDATE: With the World Series and Seahawks game on – plus bedtime for kids – things have slowed down and some of the participants are folding up, so we’d advise against trying to rush over at the last minute. Follow the links above to the schools’ websites; many still have open houses coming up this fall. Thanks to everyone who participated, and congratulations to SLHS for hosting an event bringing together others in the education community – below, SLHS’s Jeanne Flohr, who put the event together, with SLHS head of school Dave Meyer:
#32 in our photo is Seattle Lutheran High School running back Abijah Smith, who scored three of the Saints’ touchdowns as they won their homecoming game against Chief Leschi this afternoon, 46-6. He was also homecoming king – reigning with fellow senior Tori Hammond:
Ahead, more photos and notes from the game at West Seattle Stadium!
This week’s high-school football games are stretching across three days – the West Seattle HS Wildcats‘ homecoming game was Thursday (WSB coverage here), the Seattle Lutheran HS Saints‘ homecoming game is less than an hour away, and last night, the Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks wrapped up their regular season with a win on the road – 28-6 over Ingraham. They finish third in the Metro League Sound Division, per our partners at The Seattle Times.
(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
9:21 PM: Final score’s in from Southwest Athletic Complex – Nathan Hale 55, West Seattle High School 0. But Homecoming Night isn’t just about football. Adding photos later tonight.
12:55 AM: Photos and toplines added – including homecoming royalty:
Last night’s varsity-volleyball match at West Seattle High School was special for two major reasons: First, it was senior night, honoring the WSHS players in our photo above – from left, Eastyn Baleto, Makenzie Harrison, Lisa Khuu, and Elena Solot. Second, it was a rematch with Chief Sealth International High School.
Both teams have had winning seasons; division-leading WSHS took this match, three games to one.
Game 1 went to the Wildcats, 25-14, as did games 2 (25-22) and 4 (25-14); the Seahawks took game 3, 25-14. The fourth and final game was close, with the lead seesawing, but WSHS pulled ahead by holding the serve and finishing the match. The Metro League tournament starts on Tuesday.
P.S. It’s WSHS Homecoming tonight – varsity football vs. Nathan Hale, 7 pm at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle).
Quick reminder about the West Seattle Education Fair next Monday (October 28th), hosted by and at Seattle Lutheran High School, sponsored by WSB, your chance for a one-stop shop to find out about local educational options, pre-K through 8th grade. Jeanne Flohr of SLHS, who’s organizing it, tells us 18 schools are signed up to participate (list to come). Free for families to attend – 6:30-8:30 pm Monday in the SLHS Gym (SW Genesee between 41st and 42nd).
(WSB photo from October 2nd Sealth vs. WSHS game)
Last Saturday, the Huling Bowl … tomorrow, a rematch of division leaders in volleyball! Another West Seattle High School vs. Chief Sealth International High School game is coming up, and WSHS parent Laurie Sarver e-mailed us with an invitation/reminder for you to show up and support the schools’ athletes. Admission is free; it’s also Senior Night for four Wildcats players. The girls hit the court at 7 pm Wednesday night (October 23) in the WSHS gym (3000 California SW).
(Video and most photos added postgame)
The annual Huling Bowl game – cross-peninsula high-school varsity football, West Seattle vs. Chief Sealth – is over, and for the second consecutive year after a long WSHS win streak, Sealth keeps the trophy, breaking the game open in the second half and winning 49-19. Our as-it-happened coverage from West Seattle Stadium is below; post-game video with the Luther Carr-coached Seahawks jubilantly claiming the trophy is above, and we will be adding numerous photos below in the hours ahead, so check this story again in the morning to see what happened not only during but also before the game:
ORIGINAL REPORT, BEGINNING AT 7:04 PM: The big game is on – Chief Sealth Seahawks vs. West Seattle Wildcats, varsity football with the Huling Bowl trophy at stake.
We’ll be updating from West Seattle Stadium as it goes.
7:18 PM: First score of the game, with 4:43 left in the first quarter – Chief Sealth, touchdown by #7, LeeAndre Dickerson. Extra point is good, 7-0 CSIHS.
7:35 PM: First quarter’s over, score still Sealth 7, WSHS 0.
Lot of turnovers.
8:02 PM: Second touchdown in the game is also #7, LeeAndre Dickerson, for Sealth, seen in our Instagram clip:
No point after; score’s now 13-0 Sealth, with 2:26 left in the first half. The marching bands have left the stands to get ready for the halftime show.
8:14 PM: The Wildcats are on the board, with #12 Carter Golgart scoring a TD with :25 to go in the first half.
Attempted two-pointer failed afterward; score now 13 CSIHS, 6 WSHS.
8:19 PM: It’s halftime – still Sealth 13, WSHS 6. (added)The bands took the field.
Instagram clip from the combined bands’ performance:
Band directors Marcus Pimpleton (Sealth) and Ethan Thomas (WSHS):
8:38 PM: The second half has just begun. Good fan turnout on both sides.
8:46 PM: Sealth #42, Marquise Givens (above), just scored a TD, with the point after by #34, Edgar Marquez. It’s now Seahawks 20, Wildcats 6, with 9:48 left in the third quarter.
8:49 PM: And after #59, Sam Tino, came up with the ball again for Sealth, #2, Brady Crane got a 45-yard TD on the reverse. Point after good. Now 27-6 Sealth with 9:26 to go in the third quarter.
9:00 PM: West Seattle answers with another touchdown by #12, Carter Golgart (above), but the 2-point conversion attempt failed. It’s now Sealth 27, WSHS 12 (two-point conversion failed), 5:33 left in 3rd quarter.
9:09 PM: It’s a night for scoring two TDs, at least for the three players between both teams who’ve had TDs so far. Now there’s another for Sealth by #42, Marquise Givens. It’s 36 CSIHS, 12 WSHS.
9:18 PM: Third quarter is over, still 36-12 Sealth. Meantime, thanks to CSIHS’s Twitter crew for informing us that #42 has the wrong name on the printed roster – those two TD’s are the work of Marquise Givens, and we’re editing the above updates to reflect that.
9:20 PM: Another Sealth TD with 10:18 to go in the game. #41, Allen Delker.
9:30 PM: With 7:23 to go, a quarterback-keeper TD by #12 Weston Reed. It’s now Sealth 49, WSHS 12.
9:36 PM: The Wildcats answer – West Seattle’s #5 Carter Mensing with a TD, 4:39 left in the game. 49-19 Sealth. Some spectators have left but a lot of dedicated fans remain. Last year, by the way, was the first time in memory that Sealth won the Huling Bowl – that was a close game (19-15). Two minutes now remain in this one.
9:46 PM: It’s final, 49-19 Sealth over WSHS for the Huling Bowl. Trophy to come.
ADDED: Pre-game scenes – WSHS staff including Principal Ruth Medsker were at the grill for the free barbecue:
Wildcat-spirit treats were part of a bake sale to raise money for the cheer squad:
Speaking of whom:
We photographed their CSIHS counterparts practicing pre-game:
Back in the parking lot, the tailgating continued:
A short time later, the home team’s band marched in, and it was on:
Next week, the final games of the regular season. It’s West Seattle’s homecoming game on Thursday (October 24) at Southwest Athletic Complex, against Nathan Hale; Sealth is on the road Friday (October 25th) vs. Ingraham at Northwest Athletic Complex.
You’re never too young to volunteer, and here’s photographic proof: Students Lowen and Meah are working right now at Arbor Heights Elementary School‘s Fall Cleanup. The parent volunteer who shared the photo says they’re among at least 10 kids who are helping out; the work party continues around the AHES campus until noon.
ADDED 11:25 AM: More volunteers – Taytum, two-almost-three; Tiffany, parent; kindergarteners Derek and Kieran:
Any time you want to help out – browse the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar, which is where we list community cleanups as well as a multitude of other events, from live music to neighborhood meetings to library programs and way beyond!
From the latest edition of the city Land Use Information Bulletin, members are now being recruited for a committee that will review zoning “departures” – exceptions, basically – for the new Arbor Heights Elementary School. From the official notice, here’s what they want for the committee makeup:
1. A person residing within 600’ of the proposed site.
2. A person owning property or a business within 600’ of the proposed site.
3. Two representatives of the general neighborhood.
4. A representative-at-large to represent city-wide education issues.
5. Two representatives of the Arbor Heights PTSA.
6. A representative of the Seattle School District.
The proposed “departures,” according to the notice, involve “greater height, less-than-required parking and on-site bus loading.” If you’re interested in being part of the review committee, the notice explains how to apply; do it by the November 6th deadline. (Under the current construction schedule, this is Arbor Heights’ last year in the current, much-deteriorated building.)
On the eve of Schmitz Park Elementary‘s annual Move-A-Thon fitness celebration, the school staff shows their students what moving is all about – via a music video shared by principal Gerrit Kischner. The song, “What Does the Fox Say?”, is by Norway’s Ylvis – here’s the original video. The fox is the school mascot, and the principal adds:
… We are proud that we were able to capture the great community spirit that keeps Schmitz Park learning and moving. The Schmitz Park Foxes are excited about celebrating the great start we have had at our annual Move-a-thon!
By the way, I have seen questions posted on the WSB about where our beautiful fox logo came from. It is the great work of West Seattle graphic artist (and former Schmitz Park parent) Eric Bell, and we are looking forward to it transferring with us to the new building at Genesee Hill.
Here’s one of the WSB photos in which you can see the logo – taken in 2009, when astronaut Greg Johnson visited his elementary alma mater.
Two notes about tutoring, a simple way to help kids:
First, the Sound Partners beginning-readers tutoring program is offering free training TODAY, 4-7 pm, in the library at K-5 STEM at Boren (5950 Delridge Way SW); this is training for tutoring at ALL schools that need help. If you can give as little as a half-hour a week, you are needed. If you have questions or can attend, contact school librarian Ms. Hare at 206-252-8474 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Separately, Invest in Youth needs a few more tutors at Roxhill Elementary – after school on Mondays:
For one hour, just once a week on your way home from work, you can go into a nearby Seattle grade school and tutor a child who needs a little extra help with his or her studies. Invest in Youth is looking for 6 more additional tutors to reach our goal of 20 tutors for the 2013 – 2014 school year. Participating in Invest in Youth requires a tutoring commitment of one hour per week (with several holidays) for the duration of the school year. Upon joining the program, you will be paired with an elementary school student in 3rd, 4th or 5th grade and work with that same student for the entire year, getting to know their strengths and weaknesses while tracking their progress from week to week. It is an extremely rewarding experience for both students and their tutors! To find more and to register, please visit www.investinyouth.org/become-a-tutor/ or contact Alison Allen, Program Director at 206-316-6356 or email@example.com
Visiting jazz musician and educator Ron Carter, spotlighted in that video clip, will be on stage in West Seattle tomorrow night (Friday, October 18th), for a special concert with student musicians – and you’re invited! Here’s the announcement:
Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School are delighted to welcome jazz artist, clinician and educator Ron Carter (right) for a special evening in the Sealth Auditorium Friday night at 7:30 pm. Ron Carter is a professor of jazz studies at Northern Illinois University, faculty member with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Essentially Ellington Band Director Academy and will be performing with the Denny and Sealth Jazz Bands, under the direction of Marcus Pimpleton. The concert is free; donations will be accepted to support the Denny and Sealth performing arts programs.
The auditorium is on the west side of the Sealth/Denny campus, at 2600 SW Thistle.
(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
A crosstown rematch for West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School girls-varsity soccer on Thursday afternoon at Hiawatha Playfield – and the division-leading Wildcats took the match. Sealth started strong and kept the pressure on, but couldn’t get a goal past WSHS keeper Sarah DuLong.
The Wildcats’ scoring came from Annie Murphy with two goals and Tess Beck, Lindsay Hage, and Kate Veenhuizen with one each.
Next opponents: WSHS hosts Franklin at 3:30 pm Thursday, Walt Hundley Playfield in High Point; Sealth hosts Blanchet at 4 pm Friday, Southwest Athletic Complex.
(2011 WSB photo)
Another West Seattle holiday bazaar has opened signups for arts and crafts vendors. Just in:
Artists and crafters needed for the 4th Annual Schmitz Park Elementary Holiday Craft Fair!!
Saturday, December 7th, 10 am-3 pm
We are looking for local artists and craftspeople to participate as vendors at our 4th annual fair. There is a small table fee and we are asking for an item donation to our raffle in addition to the fee. No other commission will be involved. All proceeds will go to the Schmitz Park Elementary PTA General Fund. If you are an artist or craftsperson yourself, or know someone that is and may be interested in being a vendor, please contact Deb Cibene at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Who will win the Huling Bowl trophy this year (and local bragging rights)? The big game between West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School is this Saturday night (October 19th), 7 pm, hosted by WSHS at West Seattle Stadium – and we’ve just received word from WSHS activities director Christina Posten that they’re asking everyone coming to the game to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the West Seattle Food Bank. The fun goes beyond football – it begins with tailgating at 5:30 pm, and you’ll also see both schools’ marching bands in action, in a combined performance at halftime!
Two weeks from tonight, you’re invited to the Seattle Lutheran High School gym (4100 SW Genesee) for a West Seattle elementary/middle-school education fair. The 6:30-8:30 pm event is hosted and organized by SLHS and sponsored by WSB, and free for families to participate. There’s still time for schools to sign up to be part of it – here’s the form. See you there!
At West Seattle Stadium on Saturday night, Seattle Lutheran hosted La Conner, which returned home with the win, 48-0. Injuries had the Saints missing some of their veteran players for this game, and while they had some big defensive moments, scoring proved elusive. Next Saturday, Seattle Lutheran goes to Orcas Island for a 1:30 pm game.
(Photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
After weeks of road games, the West Seattle High School Wildcats finally played at home Friday night; the band had a whole new look for the occasion. The game went into overtime, and was hard-fought, though visiting Ingraham pulled out the win, 12-6.
That’s WSHS #12, Carter Golgart, taking down Ingraham’s #12, Nate Han. In our next photo, the Wildcats’ defense snags Ingraham’s running back Emmery Porter:
(Chief Sealth quarterback Weston Reed; photos by WSB co-publisher Patrick Sand)
The Chief Sealth International High School Seahawks scored first but eventually lost Friday night to Nathan Hale at Northeast Athletic Complex, 33-20. Here’s Alloney Burris after that first TD:
Next, Sealth’s Larry Mao going up for the pass, with Hale’s Gadisa Margarsa blocking:
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