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SUMMER SCHOOL: Deadline extended for program open to all high-school students in West Seattle

Two weeks ago, we reported on the free summer-school program that’s available to all high-school students in West Seattle, regardless of where they go to school. Its administrator Sandi Whiton e-mailed to say they extended the registration deadline after word that one local school had canceled its own summer-school program – so you have until tomorrow (Monday, July 2nd) to sign up if interested. Here’s the updated registration form. She adds, “This is mainly a credit recovery program; however, if you have an incoming 9th grader who needs to brush up on his or her math skills, we are offering an Intro to Programming class that is taught by a recipient of UW’s Distinguished Professor Award. The class will be an animation through storytelling class, and all students will receive a .5 elective credit. Space is limited, so please get your applications in asap!”

West Seattle Elementary celebrates math improvement with software provider

June 24, 2018 4:45 pm
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As of Friday afternoon, Seattle Public Schools students are out for summer. Before the school year is too far in the rear-view mirror, a Seattle school-software company wanted to give a shoutout to one local school with which it continues to partner. The photos and report are from Claire Douglas at MasterTrack:

MasterTrack Solutions was delighted to host a Happy Hour at Salty’s for the staff of West Seattle Elementary School. We celebrated the end of a successful school year as well as the 5th year of the ongoing partnership between MTS and WSE – which has improved student performance in mathematics! It was great to enjoy some food and drink, hear about all the gains students are making, and celebrate some very special, very hard-working teachers.

(MasterTrack founder Torrey Volk with WSE principal Pam McCowan-Conyers and assistant principal Sahnica Washington)

Thanks to both the MTS and WSE families. Happy summer!

HAPPENING NOW: Football-fundraiser pancakes with Chief Sealth IHS team

June 23, 2018 11:07 am
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Thanks to Leslie Harris (your rep on the Seattle Public Schools Board as well as its president) for the photo from the Chief Sealth International High School football team’s fundraising pancake breakfast. $5, all-you-can-eat, in the Sealth/Denny galleria until noon.

SATURDAY: All-you-can-eat pancakes for Chief Sealth International High School football program

June 22, 2018 3:04 pm
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School’s out for summer – but fall is right around the corner. Among those very aware of that – those involved with fall sports! Like the Chief Sealth International High School football team, which is raising money for new headsets, dummies, and sleds. As part of that, they’re serving all-you-can-eat pancakes for $5 tomorrow morning, 10 am-noon (Saturday, June 23rd), in the Denny International Middle School Galleria (2601 SW Kenyon, adjacent to Sealth). Just show up – tickets will be available at the door! (Thanks to Jeanette for the tip.)

CONGRATULATIONS! West Seattle High School Class of 2018 graduates

The field lights were on, the caps were up, and West Seattle High School‘s Class of 2018 graduates were off to their respective futures as their commencement ceremony concluded around sunset at Southwest Athletic Complex.

Student-body president Lillian Murphy welcomed all by declaring that “West Seattle is an awesome school for so many reasons.”

She cited three – a “generous, supportive community”; a staff from which there “always seems to be …someone in the building who has inspired us … to pursue our goals”; and her classmates, saying she has made friends she expects to keep for life. “I truly believe we are leaving as a unified class … I am excited for our future.” This is the school’s 100th graduating class, so her alma mater has a lot of past, too. And she brought that number back in a quote from Drake, “All I ever asked is keep it eight more than 92 with me, one hundred.”

Next, the student-chosen faculty speaker, class adviser Sean Riley.

He hailed the grads for “arriving at this moment … of autonomy …Now you get to make your own laws, on how you get to live.” He reminded them that they “do have powers,” including zaniness, audacity, artistic vulnerability, physical majesty, resolve, and more. The seniors had thrived to “reach this moment of rich and ripe autonomy … it’s the daily freedoms that build the only currency that matters … self-respect.” On the freeway of life, they can pull over to ponder the joy of existence. From Mary Oliver‘s poem “Summer Day,” he quoted the question, “What is it you plan to do with your wild and precious life?”

Valedictorian Madalyn Stewart spoke next.

She acknowledged that “much of high school has been a blur,” so, she said, it’s vital to not take for granted “those who have been there for us” – family, friends, teachers, coaches. “It feels like those before us really didn’t want us to have it easy,” she said, while expressing confidence that her peers are ready to “change the world. … You will never meet a more bright, outspoken group of students. … We are the next doctors, actors, female presidents” – that drew cheers – “and more.”

First-year principal Brian Vance then started what he called a new tradition:

Not long after he led that spirited W, E, S, T, S, I, D, E cheer, Vance turned somber, with a tribute to Avery Scheit, a Class of 2018 member who died of a sudden illness in March, a young woman “who always will be remembered as a caring and loving friend.” An empty chair had been placed in her honor, and a moment of silence was observed.

Declaring that his first WSHS graduating class had set a “new bar to reach’ for those that will follow, Vance presented the class to West Seattle’s school board rep, board president Leslie Harris (below right, entering the stadium with Vance and other faculty).

She advised them to “be kind, be fierce, be lifelong learners, come home and show us where you’re going, because you guys are going to amazing places, and, last … vote. … You can change the world, and it needs changing.”

With that, and with the principal’s spirited, “Let’s do this!” it was diploma time. But that didn’t end the ceremony; the presentations were followed by Alec Maroon‘s “Lessons of Life” speech.

He wished everyone a Happy Solstice (summer arrived just after 3 am today) – “it’s also the first day of the rest of our lives.” He said the word “journey” informed his speech – “the journey that has brought us all here today, and that we will continue to go on tomorrow.” Tomorrow will bring a new start, he added, also noting that kindness, respect, attitude are choices – and he quoted Maya Angelou, that people will never forget how you made them feel.

“All right people, we made it thus far, we might as well go out with a bang,” began the performer who followed, Zoser Dunbar.

“Love can change the world in a moment, but what do I know,” he sang, full of optimism, before the tassel-turning, and the school song.

According to the program, this year’s WSHS graduates number more than 240.

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2018 graduates

Now launched out into the world – the Chief Sealth International High School Class of 2018, in the first of tonight’s two commencement ceremonies at Southwest Athletic Complex.

The Sacred Waters Canoe Family sang a “victory song” toward the start of the ceremony, which also was attended by dignitaries including deputy superintendent Stephen Nielsen, a Sealth alumnus. Principal Aida Fraser-Hammer delivered words of thanks to the faculties of Sealth’s feeder schools: “You taught these students to investigate their world, to challenge the status quo …” She congratulated valedictorian Zhen Williams and salutatorian Rumi Conley; she noted that gold cords marked those graduating with GPAs of at least 3.2. She also noted that the school had ben touched by tragedy, including the murder of sophomore Derek “Peachy” Juarez-Lopez just before classes began. But she also offered words of celebration for students who led social-justice actions in support of causes including gun safety and racial equity. And she mentioned the students who shone in athletics including Quinn Wiley and Elijah Jackson, as well as academic-related pursuits such as Mock Trial, and musical/artistic endeavors. “As you can see, there’s a lot to be proud of.” No one knows that more than the family, friends, and community members, and the students were asked to turn and salute them too.

Featured faculty speaker was social-studies teacher Matt Baudhuin, who started at the school when this year’s seniors were freshmen.

“Of all the classes I’ve had, no one has pretended to laugh more at my jokes than you guys.” So he offered a few more. The students, in turn, held up fake beards they’d made in tribute:

And then he turned serious, quoting from Maya Angelou, “Just Do Right” … including “Try to be the best human being you can. … This is your life, your world, you make your own choices. … It is up to us to just do right.”

Student speaker Gregorio Avalos followed, first acknowledging that not only is the school on Native lands, but that it’s named after Chief Sealth.

Then: “Four years felt like four months.” He shared memories going back even further, all the way to elementary school at Concord. He expressed gratitude to those who’ve been part of his life, and for this day as a chance to “be very proud of ourselves to know we overcame many barriers and obstacles” to reach this milestone.

Following him, “lunch lady Doree” (Fazio-Young), who joked she hadn’t seen some of them since she “threw PB&J’s at them in 8th grade.”

She graduated from CSIHS in the class of 1978. “One thing has remained the same – tonight you’ll receive a piece of paper, a piece of paper you’ve earned.” She urged them, “Never forget where you came from.” She hadn’t imagined she would wind up serving lunch to students for 26 (so far) years – but she says it’s exactly where she’s meant to be. “I got old, you grew up.” And she left them with the words “Choose your roads wisely … I love you.”

Another student speaker, Lauryn Haywood, spoke next, beginning with a Dr. Seuss quote that start “You have brains in your head, feet in your shoes” (read the entire quote here).

She acknowledged nervousness at looking to the future, but also excitement. “The future is in our hands .. we are the future doctors, lawmakers, inventors … the people who will create change. … We can accomplish whatever we choose.”

Then, the big moment(s) – diplomas, smiles, and cheers:

According to the ceremony program, this year’s CSIHS graduating class numbered 229.

Second-to-last day of school makes a splash at Highland Park Elementary

Big fun at Highland Park Elementary on this second-to-last day of school – a Field Day celebration! Thanks for HPE’s PE teacher Chellie LaFayette for inviting us to stop by. Third- through fifth-grade students had fun for an hour and a half in the morning, which is when we visited:

Then in the afternoon, preschoolers through second-graders got their turn, and the school day was scheduled to end with free balls for everybody courtesy of the YES Foundation. P.S. The district’s school year ends with one-hour-early dismissal tomorrow.

FOLLOWUP: West Seattle High School hires new head football coach; prospective players invited to meet-and-greet

Last week, we reported that West Seattle High School was looking for a new head football coach after Marcis Fennell‘s resignation. Today, there’s word a new coach is on board and inviting prospective players to a meet-and-greet pizza party tomorrow:

“The WSHS team is extending an open invitation to a Pizza Party Meet & Greet with the awesome new head football coach, Jeff Scott, and his coaching staff. Any potential football players are invited to come and learn more about the team. Incoming Freshmen as well as any upperclassmen are welcome! If you know a student who loves football but is unsure about their experience or ability, or the practice schedule, come have some pizza with the team and check it out. The Wildcats have only had a few practices so far in spring training so it’s not too late to suit up and be a part of the action. Join us Friday afternoon at 4 pm at the Hiawatha football field, adjacent to the high school.

CONGRATULATIONS! More than 800 graduates in South Seattle College Class of 2018

Congratulations to the South Seattle College (WSB sponsor) Class of 2018! Here’s the college’s announcement following last night’s commencement ceremony:

South Seattle College’s Class of 2018 graduates were honored at the Seattle Colleges “A Promising Future” Commencement Ceremony on June 19, 2018 at Safeco Field. Over 800 South graduates were celebrated, having earned a wide variety of degrees, certificates, and diplomas to support their future endeavors.

South Seattle College is part of the Seattle Colleges District which includes Seattle Central College, North Seattle College and the Seattle Vocational Institute. Students from all four institutions were joined by family, friends and Seattle Colleges faculty and staff for the celebration.

“Today we celebrated a wonderful class of South Seattle College graduates who will carry the pride of this moment with them forever, inspiring their next steps and future careers,” said South Seattle College Interim President Peter Lortz. “I’d like to thank our new alumni for the dedication they exhibited in getting to this moment, and thank our faculty and staff for supporting our students every step of the way. These graduates are the inspiration for South’s mission to improve lives through education.”

Outgoing Student Body President Angel Delker, a South graduate who will transfer to the University of Washington’s School of Social Welfare this fall, spoke during commencement.

“It wasn’t an easy road getting here,” Delker said. “Thankfully, I found my way to South Seattle College. Here, I found my support system. There were people who believed in my dream. They helped me find the resources I needed to keep going on this path. They knew I was valuable, and knew I would make a positive difference in the world.”

South Seattle College conferred a total of 806 awards this year, including:

· 438 associate transfer degrees that enable graduates to transfer to four-year colleges and universities in Washington and beyond to complete their bachelor’s degrees.

· 207 associate degrees and certificates that prepare graduates to enter the workforce immediately.

· 102 high school diplomas or equivalents, allowing graduates to take a significant step toward future educational and career opportunities.

· 59 bachelor’s degrees, taking graduates’ careers to the next level and increasing their earning potential.

Graduation season continues tomorrow night, with our area’s two biggest high schools both holding Thursday evening graduations at Southwest Athletic Complex (2801 SW Thistle) – Chief Sealth International High School at 5 pm, West Seattle High School at 8 pm.

Role reversal: West Seattle High School student turns into a teacher

A local high-school student wanted to let the community know what happened when a school project resulted in her becoming a teacher, temporarily. She sent the photo and announcement:

West Seattle High School student Kalli Gallegos went to Genesee Hill Elementary School to teach a group of fifth-grade classes about physical fitness for her final health project.

“Kids don’t get enough physical fitness,” Kalli said. “My goal was to show kids that playing on electronics wasn’t the only fun thing to do after school.”

Each day during the activity, Kalli talked to the kids about a different component of fitness and played a game with them focusing on that component. For example, Monday was muscular strength day, and they did a wheelbarrow race. “It was super fun! During all the activities the kids got really competitive and gave it their all.”

Genesee Hill gym teacher Shawn Cudney said, “I was very excited when I learned Kalli was interested in teaching, especially teaching about living a healthy lifestyle.” Overall, Kalli said, “This was a super fun project and it was a great opportunity for me to get involved in my community, and hopefully I made a difference in at least one child this week!”

UPDATE: Power’s back on at Pathfinder K-8; what City Light says about outage (and flicker elsewhere)

9:21 AM: Thanks for the tips about a power outage at Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point. It never did show up on the City Light map so we tried calling the school – just got through and they tell us it WAS out but just came back on.

10:12 AM: We asked City Light about the outage. Here’s what Tony White can tell us about it so far:

There was a short outage this morning for some customers in the West Seattle/Delridge area due to a momentary outage on a feeder line coming from the Delridge Substation. It’s possible the outage at Pathfinder K-8 was related to this feeder outage, but not yet confirmed.

Crews have yet to determine the cause of the feeder outage, and are currently investigating to ascertain what happened. When they conclude their investigation of the feeder outage, they will be more informed about the possible cause of the Pathfinder outage. … They are currently walking the lines investigating the feeder outage, which has the potential to affect numerous customers if it were to happen again. When outages occur, City Light’s response prioritizes life safety first, followed by emergency services and then by repairs which will bring the largest number of customers back into service.

Need to catch up? Summer school in West Seattle, free, for all high-school students who need it

June 18, 2018 9:44 am
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The announcement is from Sandi Whiton, academic dean and summer school administrator at West Seattle High School, but she stresses that ALL high-school students in West Seattle – not just WSHS – are eligible:

West Seattle High School has received a $92,000 grant to fund credit recovery at summer school for high school students in West Seattle for 2 years, for a total of $184,000. This was a competitive grant and is funded by the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning, so we’re proud to have been awarded it to help all the high school students in our area. Historically, students have had to travel to either Cleveland or Roosevelt to access credit recovery, so this is a wonderful thing for all West Seattle students, regardless of their home high school.

Our goals are to help the students of West Seattle catch up on their credits, improve their GPAs through credit replacement, and to create a fresh start for themselves by getting caught up on their grades and mastering the academic skills they will need to finish high school strong and perform well in college and beyond. It’s only for 3 ½ weeks, so all you have to do is commit to that, come, and learn! You’ll still have all of August free to enjoy the rest of your summer, and you’ll start next year ON TIME to graduate!

I wrote the article/information below to share with all of West Seattle. I’m super proud to have gotten this grant for ALL West Seattle students! Please post it if you can. Thanks so much! Sandi Whiton, Academic Dean and Summer School Administrator, West Seattle High School.

West Seattle High School has received at $92,000 grant to fund credit recovery at summer school for high school students in West Seattle for 2 years, for a total of $184,000. This was a competitive grant and is funded by the City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning, so we’re proud to have been awarded it to help all the high school students in our area. Historically, students have had to travel to either Cleveland or Roosevelt to access credit recovery, so this is a wonderful thing for all West Seattle students, regardless of their home high school.

Our goals are to help the students of West Seattle catch up on their credits, improve their GPAs through credit replacement, and to create a fresh start for themselves by getting caught up on their grades and mastering the academic skills they will need to finish high school strong and perform well in college and beyond. It’s only for 3 ½ weeks, so all you have to do is commit to that, come, and learn! You’ll still have all of August free to enjoy the rest of your summer, and you’ll start next year ON TIME to graduate!

Here are the details:

Dates: July 9-31
Cost: Free to all students, both online and classes
Classes: M-Th 11-12:15 and 1-4
Tutoring: M-Th 10-11 and F 10-12

Classes Offered:

Algebra 1 and 2, both semesters
Biology (online)
LA 9, 10, 11, and 12, both semesters
WH 1, 2, and 3
American History A and B
WA state history
Intro to Programming
PE (online)
Health (online)
SAT Prep

Other information:

We can also offer ELL and modified classes with some guidance from the case managers and counselors.
If a student needs a class that we’re not able to offer, we can try to get them online. They would need to send an email to sswhiton@seattleschools.org to check on the availability.
Attendance is mandatory. You will be allowed 3 absences, but you must make them up at either morning or Friday tutorial. If not, you will not receive a grade for your class.
Students will receive Orca Cards to help with transportation.
Students can enroll in 3 classes to get up to a 3.0 in credit recovery.

This is open to all high school students in West Seattle until it’s full. We’ll accommodate all that we can.

All work is project-based and in class with little to no homework, so be prepared for an AWESOME time!

We’re excited to offer this to our West Seattle students! Please check with your counselor to make sure you know which classes you need, then complete and return the registration sheet to the West Seattle High School office by June 26th for priority scheduling. If you have any additional questions, please email Sandi Whiton, Program Administrator, at sswhiton@seattleschools.org or Amy Doll, Program Manager at asdoll@seattleschools.org

ROXHILL/HUGHES PLAYGROUND: Moving a mountain … of wood chips

June 16, 2018 9:26 pm
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Thanks to Jenny Rose Ryan from Friends of Roxhill Elementary for the photos and update from today’s wood-chip work party, two weeks after volunteers built the new community-powered playground at Roxhill’s future home, EC Hughes Elementary:

Thanks to about 30 volunteers, we made great progress moving this giant pile of wood chips underneath our new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes. There’s still a bit of work to be done to prep the other half for the safety surface, so we did what we could. We are so grateful for neighbors, friends and community members who came out to chip in.

Questions, or want to get involved? Contact friendsofroxhill@gmail.com.

UPDATE: West Seattle High School football coach Marcis Fennell resigns after one year

1:28 PM: West Seattle High School principal Brian Vance says the school has accepted the resignation of Marcis Fennell after his first year as head football coach. Fennell sent WSB a copy of his resignation letter; you can read it here (PDF). He cites “many reasons” for leaving, including “unwarranted resistance” to his “attempt to change the culture of the program.” Vance says school administration is sending a letter to program families this afternoon, and that the school will launch a search for a new head coach, though it’s a lot later in the year than the traditional time for such searches. Fennell went winless during his year of coaching the Wildcats; in his resignation letter, he says that he inherited only “1 returning varsity player with significant playing time from the season prior.” His hiring was announced in March 2017.

ADDED 2:56 PM: WSHS athletic director Corey Sorenson has just sent us the aforementioned letter that’s gone out to families; read it here (PDF). In part, Sorenson writes, “I would like to thank Coach Fennell for the endless amount of time and energy he invested into our student athletes at West Seattle High School. During Coach Fennell’s time as Head Coach at West Seattle High School, our school has seen increases in the number of two-sport athletes, overall team GPA and community outreach from within our football program. I want to assure all the families and athletes that moving forward we will be having a football program next fall at West Seattle High School.” He also told families that while WSHS searches for a new head coach, assistant athletic director Jeremy Marzofka “will be running team activities and workouts.”

YOU’RE INVITED! Chief Sealth IHS 10th graders’ first film festival

June 13, 2018 10:05 am
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Before we get to today’s highlight list – one to put on your calendar for tomorrow: A festival of short films created by 10th graders at Chief Sealth International High School. The photos shared with us show some of the students collaborating as they edit their films in the project’s final week.

Their work will be shown during the school day tomorrow and then at three evening showings to which you’re invited: 5 pm, 6:30 pm, and 8 pm at the CSIHS Auditorium (2600 SW Thistle). Some of the filmmakers will participate in panel discussions – it’s all detailed on the festival’s website. That’s also where you can see what the films are about – as described in the announcement we received, “local issues that are most important to students of this generation.” From the evening screenings’ schedules, just a few examples:

-“Humanizing the Homeless”
-“Immigration: Our Story”
-“Hip Hop/Rap Shows the Message of the Time”
-“Fishing for Clues”
-“Perceptions of Body Image”

There’s even a short about “Juice the God,” the local rapper murdered downtown for whom a memorial is still in place barely a block northeast of the campus. See the world through the eyes of the up-and-coming generation, tomorrow night at Chief Sealth.

West Seattle scene: WSHS students’ sunny test-taking

June 11, 2018 8:35 pm
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Reader report, with photos, from Scott:

West Seattle High School physics class had their trebuchet final in the sunshine today. What a great project for these scholars to work through.

They all were winners.

Last day of school is a week from Friday (June 22nd).

FOLLOWUP: Pickup day for ‘tiny house’ built by Holy Rosary students

That’s the completed “tiny house” built by Holy Rosary Catholic School students. We reported last month on the project that Mike Ritscher’s seventh- and eighth-grade wood-shop students had been working on, and the plan to donate it to LIHI, which operates several encampments around the city. Today was pickup day.

Sent along with the “tiny house” were messages from the students, like this one:

While the city pays for some operating costs at encampments, we’ve learned while covering months of meetings of the community advisory committee for Camp Second Chance (the only city-sanctioned encampment in West Seattle) that it doesn’t pay for tiny houses, so those are all provided via donations.

CONGRATULATIONS! Pathfinder K-8 girls win volleyball championship

Thanks to Lisa for sending the photo with the news that the Pathfinder K-8 girls won the Seattle Public Schools volleyball championship this weekend! Their opponent was Broadview-Thomson. First volleyball championship for Pathfinder, Lisa says!

CONGRATULATIONS! Chief Sealth International High School musicians’ Southern California success

Thanks to John Christensen from Denny-Sealth Performing Arts for the report!

The Chief Sealth HS Music program was in Los Angeles / Disneyland last weekend for the 2018 Music in the Parks / Disney Magic Music Days. During the Music program they were awarded for their performances.

(Photos courtesy Zachariah MacIntyre)

Choir received First Place AAA HS Choir and Best Overall (Excellent Rating) – Brittany Delong – Director

Orchestra received First Place AAA HS Orchestra and Best Overall (Excellent Rating) – Jorge Morales – Director

Jazz Band received First Place AAA HS Jazz Band (Superior Rating) – Marcus Pimpelton – Director

Eli Allen-White was awarded the Outstanding Jazz Soloist Award.

We are proud of them.

You can cheer the Sealth musicians in person next Wednesday – the final orchestra/band concert of the year is at 7 pm (June 13th).

FOLLOWUP: District discusses details of who’s moving into Roxhill Elementary building when school moves out

As we reported earlier this week, Seattle Public Schools has finally announced what will happen to the Roxhill Elementary building after the school moves to renovated EC Hughes a mile and a half north: It’ll house special-education and alternative-high-school programs. Last night, district reps invited community members to hear details and ask questions. Here are the new details we learned:

(From left, SPS’s Sherri Kokx and Trish Campbell, Interagency Academy principal Kaaren Andrews and assistant principal Melissa Rysemus)

Special Education programs, moving from the “original Van Asselt” campus on Beacon Hill:
-Two sections of BRIDGES, up to 20 students total, up to age 21, learning independent-living and vocational skills. Some are expected to work at local businesses
-Two classes of In Tandem, up to 14 students total. These students are in their “middle years,” according to the district, with “unique social and learning needs.” They are “super strictly supervised (by) highly trained staff.”

High-school program moving from Youngstown Cultural Arts Center:
-This is one of about a dozen locations of the Interagency Academy program around the city. It averages about 50 students but could go as high as 70.

-The Interagency schedule is roughly 9 am-3 pm; the special-education programs vary, but mid-morning is a common arrival time.
-The two groups – special education and high school – will use different entrances and different sections of the building. They’ll share the gym and lunchroom.
-Interagency has a citywide principal; the special-education programs won’t have an on-site principal, but there’ll be a program manager on site and an administrative person in the main office.
-Transportation for the special-education students, from buses to private cars, will arrive on the main entrance (30th SW) side of the school. The high-school students are expected to mostly walk or take Metro.

Other notes:
-Though the Roxhill Elementary name will go with the elementary program to EC Hughes, the signage won’t change at this building.
-The special-ed programs could add classes/sections if the need arises.
-This is a permanent move, not temporary or interim, TFN; Roxhill is not currently on a levy list for rebuild (as we noted during the district’s BEX V planning meeting).

Some of the students will be starting at the Roxhill building sooner rather than later, with summer school, and that’s why some necessary maintenance is being done now, such as painting.

Early alert! You can help wrap up work at Roxhill Elementary’s new EC Hughes playground

June 8, 2018 10:21 am
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(June 2nd WSB photo)

Last Saturday, volunteers built it – next Saturday (June 16th), you can help wrap up the finishing touches! From Friends of Roxhill Elementary:

The new playground for Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes needs you again. This volunteer opportunity is open to all-ages — but you have to promise not to climb on anything. Join Friends of Roxhill Elementary at the renovated E.C. Hughes Elementary, where we are moving in the fall, on Saturday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Address: 7700 34th Ave SW)

Many hands make light work — and we’ll need as many hands as possible to help move the wood chips safety surface into place. We’re planning for 50 to 60 people for each two-hour shift. It’s Father’s Day weekend — invite your whole family to come on down! The more the merrier.

This volunteer opportunity is open to anyone — even kids (as long as they don’t play on the equipment). All community members are welcome, not just those with a direct Roxhill connection.

Sign up here: signup.com/go/QixMZHL

This project has been made possible by a Seattle Department of Neighborhoods Neighborhood Matching Fund grant and a partnership between Friends of Roxhill Elementary and Seattle Public Schools. The Roxhill Elementary at E.C. Hughes playground will be open to the public in September.

CONGRATULATIONS! Rotary Club of West Seattle scholarships for 6 local students

(Rotary photo: From left, Garbriella Rackner, Daniela Hernandez, Marcus Evans, Suscha Walker, Emily Mills; Maria DiFores)

Announced Tuesday night by the Rotary Club of West Seattle:

The Rotary Club of West Seattle awarded $19,200 in scholarships to six West Seattle students on June 5th. The monies came from two scholarship funds: Student of the Year and Gambriell.

The Student of the Year scholarship is available to students who have been Students of the Month in the immediately preceding academic year.

Students of the Month is a program which honors outstanding students in West Seattle high-school programs. Each month of the academic year, all five participating school programs name a student who is worthy of recognition.

Those students, along with a school counselor, family members, and others important in the student’s life, are invited to be guests at the noon luncheon meeting of the Rotary Club of West Seattle held on the second Tuesday of the month at the Alki Masonic Center.

At that meeting, each student gives a short talk about his or her accomplishments and aspirations and receives a packet of information and gifts from the club. Students of the Month are encouraged to apply for Student of the Year scholarships.

The high-school programs responsible for the selection of the students are Chief Sealth International High School, Career Link/Alternative High Schools, Seattle Lutheran High School, West Seattle High School and Southwest Youth and Family Services.

Students of the Year for 2018 are Maria DiFores from Career Link, Emily Mills also from Career Link, Daniela Hernandez from Seattle Lutheran, and Garbriella Rackner.

The Gambriell Scholarship can be awarded to any student in Seattle, but preference is given to those who reside in West Seattle and those who would not be able to attend college or further their education without the scholarship. Variable amounts are awarded each year, depending on how many students apply.

Gambriell Scholarship recipients for 2018 are Marcus Evans from Chief Sealth, Emily Mills from Career Link and Suscha Walker, second-year student at the University of Washington.

New school-zone beacons in West Seattle – near school that’s about to move

If you drive SW Barton west of Westwood Village [map], you might have noticed those hand-lettered signs. Residents on the block tell WSB they were startled to find out that a school-zone flashing beacon was about to be installed there – considering that the nearest school, Roxhill Elementary, is about to move, as we’ve been reporting for the past 2+ years. We also noticed a flashing beacon being installed Sunday in the same spot on SW Trenton, near 30th SW:

30th SW in that area is slated to be part of the new West Seattle Neighborhood Greenway, with work starting soon, so first we checked with that SDOT project’s spokesperson; he said the beacons aren’t part of their project, and pointed us to SDOT’s Safe Routes to School program. Here’s how that program’s manager Ashley Rhead explained it, replying to us today:

The SDOT Safe Routes to School program evaluates speeds in school zones on arterial streets on an annual basis and makes recommendations for improvements based on this data. SW Trenton St has an existing 20 mph school speed zone. Last year, Seattle Public Schools assigned SW Barton St and 30th Ave SW as an adult crossing guard location. For that reason, we evaluated speeds on this corridor as well.

On both streets, we found an 85th percentile speed of 34 mph, considerably higher than the 30 mph speed limit. 30th Ave SW is a walking route to school for Denny Middle School and Chief Sealth High School. SDOT is also installing a neighborhood greenway along this corridor later this year. We expect this improvement to further increase the number of people walking and biking along this route.

With that said, we are revisiting the decision to install 20 mph flashing beacons on SW Barton St and collecting additional information. The plan to install the beacons is on hold for the moment. We have reached out to the school district to confirm whether SW Barton St and 30th Ave SW will continue to be an assigned crossing guard location, how many Denny Middle School and Chief Sealth High School students live southwest of this intersection within the school walk zones, and what education program will be housed in the Roxhill building next year.

We actually reported on the latter yesterday, with more information added to our story this morning. The programs include special education and one location of the alternative high school Interagency Academy; other details are expected at the community meeting planned for 6 pm Thursday at Roxhill (9430 30th SW). On Thistle, by the way, which borders the Sealth/Denny campus, the existing school-zone beacons don’t start until east of 28th SW.

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