First day of school 2012: Schmitz Park’s flag ceremony

An old tradition, a new face at Schmitz Park Elementary this morning. On the first day of school in previous years, Alan Schmitz, grandson of West Seattle pioneers Ferdinand and Emma Schmitz, had always spoken during the flag ceremony; Mr. Schmitz died this past March, so his son Dietrich Schmitz (above right, with Schmitz Park principal Gerrit Kischner) spoke today instead. Here’s where everyone gathers:

Then, the ceremony, which we recorded on video – you’ll see and hear student Tyler Johnston directing the color guard before principal Kischner introduces the staff (and others).

Schmitz Park now has more than 540 students, with many studying in portable classrooms, but may get a new, larger building on the current Genesee Hill campus later this decade, if that is written into next year’s BEX levy and approved by voters.

4 Replies to "First day of school 2012: Schmitz Park's flag ceremony"

  • Fiona@SP September 5, 2012 (11:10 am)

    Thanks Dietrich for coming out and opening the first day for us! Thanks WSB for covering it!

  • Bonnie September 5, 2012 (11:54 am)

    Very nice tradition.

  • SuitsAreNotBoring September 5, 2012 (12:32 pm)

    What a great tradition! I went to school in another state (although my long-time boyfriend went to Schmitz Park) and the namesake for my junior high showed up every Halloween with apples for the kids. I loved that she cared about the students and felt a better understanding of why they named the school after her.

  • george September 5, 2012 (4:11 pm)

    This is the BEST school, teachers, and parents!

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