West Seattle, Washington
The West Seattle High School girls have just wrapped up their first postseason win, 55-49 over Holy Names Academy in a district-tournament game at Chief Sealth IHS. The Wildcats led the entire game; the Cougars came close in the final quarter – just three points back with less than three minutes to go – but not close enough, never recovering from West Seattle’s strong start.
The Wildcats’ first points came barely a quarter of a minute in, on a basket by #32, senior Meghan Fiso, who scored the next basket too. But HN only had a foul-shot point on the board until 3:12 was left in the first quarter, when the Cougars snagged a basket. Shortly thereafter, a quick three-pointer by WSHS #4 Kelsey Lenzie had WSHS up 15-3 with 2:35 to go in the first. 21-9 was the score going into the second quarter. That’s when Holy Names got hot with three-pointers, but they were still a dozen back, 29-17, at the half.
A few more details and photos after we get back to HQ!
NEXT: The WSHS girls play either Juanita or Garfield in the district semifinals tomorrow (Saturday, February 16), 6:30 pm at Sammamish HS.
That’s one of the photos tweeted by the West Seattle High School Athletics Department tonight, right after the boys’ basketball team won its snow-delayed first postseason game of the year – 48-42 vs., and at, Roosevelt HS. The WSHS boys (15-6) play Mercer Island at 8:15 pm Friday at Sammamish HS (100 140th Ave SE, Bellevue).
Also tomorrow, the WSHS girls (15-4) play their first game of the postseason, vs. Holy Names Academy, 4 pm at Chief Sealth International HS (2600 SW Thistle).
Both teams are now in district play; with all the snow-closure days, the Metro League canceled its tournaments, sending the regular season’s top finishers into district play, which determines who qualifies for state.
Seattle Public Schools – regular hours, regular bus routes Friday
Vashon Island SD – regular hours, regular bus routes Friday
P.S. Short list, with Friday included in mid-winter break for some schools, as well as the entire Highline Public Schools district.
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(Updated 6:07 am) The Thursday announcements are here:
Seattle Public Schools – 2 hours late Thurs., buses on snow routes, no preschool or Head Start.
Highline Public Schools – 2 hours late on Thursday. Alternate bus stops.
Vashon Island SD – 2.5 hours late Thurs. Buses on emergency routes.
Westside School – Open Thurs. at regular times – 8:15 am for Middle School, 8:30 am for Lower School, 8:45 am for Preschool/Pre-K. No buses, no before-care.
Explorer West Middle School – 10 am start Thurs., doors open/study hall 8 am
Holy Rosary – 2 hours late Thurs., no AM preschool or BASE
Holy Family Bilingual School – (update) 9:30 am start Thurs., BASE at 8:30 am
Summit Atlas – 2 hours late Thurs.
South Seattle College – (updated) All campuses opening 10 am
UW – Normal operations Thurs. at Seattle and Tacoma; Bothell decision pending
Fauntleroy Children’s Center – 2 hours late Thurs.
Some schools start prescheduled midwinter break Thursday, including OLG, Hope Lutheran, and Kennedy.
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That’s Gatewood Elementary – closest one to us, so we photographed it after hearing city leaders implore community members to get out and help clear sidewalks outside schools around the city, in hopes that will help them safely reopen tomorrow, along with other steps that are being taken. Get out right now with a shovel and do what you can, Mayor Durkan urged – along non-school streets, too, since, she noted, it’ll be easier to clear now than after the expected “hard freeze” tonight.
Other toplines from the daily briefing (following the video):
–Seattle Public Utilities general manager Mami Hara reiterated the info from earlier about catching up on Monday/Tuesday solid-waste customers today, one-day delay for others as the week continues, free transfer-station visits for those who’ve gone more than a week since pickups, and hopes of being back on schedule next week. She also reaffirmed that they’re trying to collect recycling in WS (and North Seattle) neighborhoods where it was missed on Monday of last week.
–Seattle City Light general manager Debra Smith said that they have about 300 “jobs that are open” – cables/wires to check on, not outage-related, and that most are “communications” cables/wires (“but do assume those wires are live and dangerous” until assessed by SCL). She also said the outage map is lagging again, and their vendor is working on that.
–SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe said that his crews are out treating streets again to prevent the feared freezeover, as well as clearing streets near schools. He also urged people to be careful about trees brought down by the heavy/melting snow, saying calls of that nature have been up in recent days.
The first round of results are in for the two Seattle Public Schools levies that were the only local measures in today’s election.
Seattle School Proposition 1 – Operations Levy
Yes 54,231 65.81%
No 28,173 34.19%
Seattle School Proposition 2 – Capital Levy (BEX V)
Yes 56,235 68.19%
No 26,234 31.81%
The next count is expected tomorrow afternoon. The biggest West Seattle projects on the list for the six-year BEX V levy are a rebuild of Alki Elementary and an addition at West Seattle Elementary.
(updated 8:10 am) The decisions:
Explorer West Middle School – closed Wed.
Westside School – closed Wed.
Holy Rosary – 2-hour late start, doors open 10:15, no AM BASE or AM preschool
Holy Family Bilingual School – closed Wed.
Seattle Lutheran HS – OPEN Wed., 10:30 am start
Hope Lutheran – OPEN Wed. but no before-school care
Our Lady of Guadalupe – closed Wed., conferences canceled (reschedule for Thurs. openings)
Summit Atlas – closed Wed.
Kennedy Catholic HS – closed Wednesday
South Seattle College – both West Seattle and Georgetown campuses closed Wed.
Seattle Colleges‘ other campuses – 11 am start Wed.
University of Washington – 9:30 am start Wed.
Seattle University – open Wed.
PRESCHOOLS AND DAY CARES
Cometa Playschool: Open Wed.
A Child Becomes Preschool – late start for AM classes Wed. (9:15), regular start for PM
Fauntleroy Children’s Center – closed Wed.
Bright Horizons/West Seattle – open 10 am Wed.
WorldKids School – all locations open Wed., Seattle normal start, Edmonds 2 hours late
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Updated at 5:30 am:
SCHOOL CLOSURES FOR TUESDAY:
Seattle Public Schools
Highline Public Schools
Vashon Island SD
Explorer West Middle School
Seattle Lutheran HS
Our Lady of Guadalupe
West Seattle Montessori
Holy Family Bilingual School
Kennedy Catholic High School
Community School of West Seattle
Fauntleroy Children’s Center
Little Pilgrim School
South Seattle College
Other Seattle Colleges
University of Washington
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(updated 8:16 am Monday) The school closures are coming in. We’ll continue adding to this list.
TILDEN SCHOOL: Open Monday for staff/students who can get there safely
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Closed Monday
HOLY ROSARY: Closed Monday, no preschool or BASE
WESTSIDE SCHOOL: Closed Monday
SUMMIT ATLAS: Closed Monday
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE: Closed Monday
HOPE LUTHERAN: Closed Monday
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HS: Closed Monday
WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI: Closed Monday
TAPROOT SCHOOL: Closed Monday
KENNEDY CATHOLIC HS: Closed Monday, activities canceled
HAMLIN ROBINSON SCHOOL: Closed Monday
A CHILD BECOMES PRESCHOOL: Closed Monday
FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER: Closed Monday
LITTLE PILGRIM SCHOOL: Closed Monday
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE: Closed Monday
COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: Closed Monday
BRIGHT HORIZONS: (Update) Closed Monday
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Tuesday is Election Day, snow or no snow, so if you go out tomorrow, and haven’t voted yet, you might consider a stop at the ballot box or mailbox. Ballots in West Seattle and the rest of the city have only two issues, both Seattle Public Schools levies:
Prop 1 is a three-year levy, Prop 2 is a six-year levy, and each requires a simple majority to pass. Each link above takes you to official info including pro/con arguments and full measure text; for the school-by-school project list for Prop 2, go here. Voting deadline is 8 pm Tuesday; ballot dropbox locations are here; you can also send you ballot via the US Postal Service, no stamp required.
With two full and two partial snow days for Seattle Public Schools this week, many plans have had to change, including some Black Lives Matter at School Week lessons and activities. But this morning at Louisa Boren STEM K-8, the PTA was able to go ahead with sticker distribution:
That’s Trixie, whose mom was among the parents handing out the stickers. STEM’s visit from Hella Black Books‘ Joy Sparks has been rescheduled to next week – weather permitting! – along with the BLM@School assembly.
(UPDATED 9:29 AM FRIDAY)
With snow expected to start Friday afternoon, the first school change has just been announced:
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Dismissing 75 minutes early Friday, regular transportation routes, after-school activities canceled.
(added 4:30 pm) HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: “All schools will be open and start on-time on Friday, February 8. Due to snow in the forecast, buses will stop at alternate stops before and after school.”
(added 7:18 pm) VASHON ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT: Early-release schedule Friday, evening activities canceled.
(added 7:18 pm) UW: Closing early tomorrow, staying closed Saturday – full details here.
(added 8:37 pm) SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Closing at noon Friday.
(added 9:17 pm) HOPE LUTHERAN: Noon dismissal Friday.
(added 9:17 pm) COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE: 11:15 am dismissal Friday.
(added 5:11 am) KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Dismissing at 11:30 am, closing noon.
(added 5:11 am) HIGHLINE COLLEGE: Closing at 1 pm.
(added 5:51 am) EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Early release, 12:30 pm.
(added 7:17 am) WESTSIDE SCHOOL: Early release – preschool/preK 12:45 pm, K-4 1 pm, middle school 1:15 pm.
(added 9:27 am) SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: Early release, 12:30 pm.
(added 12:30 pm) HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL: Now closed, per texter.
(added 12:59 pm) OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL: Closing early and parents have been messaged to come get their kids, per texter.
(206-293-6302 text or voice if you have an announcement.)
(Red-breasted Merganser, photographed by Mark Wangerin)
With snow not expected to return until tomorrow, we’re expecting the slate of events announced for today/tonight to go on as scheduled – but we’re also renewing our request that if you’re canceling something because of the expected storm, please let us know! We’re building a cancellations (and postponements) list and will publish the first take later today. Text/call our hotline, 206-293=6302, and/or email us, firstname.lastname@example.org – thank you!
Meantime, a few highlights for today/tonight, from the WSB West Seattle Event Calendar:
D-1 COMMUNITY NETWORK: New coalition of West Seattle and South Park community groups and organizations meets at 7 pm at the Senior Center/Sisson Building. All welcome. (4217 SW Oregon)
THERE’S MORE … on our complete calendar.
As athletic director Corey Sorenson (above left) noted while these four West Seattle High School seniors celebrated their college commitments on National Signing Day, all have made school history: Ally Veenhuizen with the first WSHS girls’ soccer team to go to state:
She’ll play at Seattle Pacific University.
Chloe Cunliffe, track and field athlete, is a state recordholder:
She’s headed for Washington State University, as is Grace Sarver:
Grace and her basketball teammates finished third in the state last year – among them, Kelsey Lenzie:
Kelsey will play at University of Portland.
P.S. The center chair at the table in our top photo was in honor of another Wildcat senior who’s college-bound, Abdullahi Mohamed, who’ll play basketball at Eastern Washington University.
So far we have word from this area’s two major public-school districts about their Thursday plans:
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Starting on time Thursday, buses on snow routes, plus:
There will be no preschool or Head Start classes, and no door-to-door, midday or out-of-district transportation services. No before- and after-school activities. Check with your school regarding athletic events. Check with your child care provider about child care.
HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Starting on time Thursday, buses using alternate stops (as listed here).
Any other school changes? Text/call our hotline, 206-293-6302, or email email@example.com – thank you!
(Updated 7:19 am)
Seattle Public Schools – 2 hours late, buses on snow routes
Highline Public Schools – 2 hours late
Holy Rosary – 2 hours late
Our Lady of Guadalupe – 2 hours late
Vashon Island SD – 2.5 hours late
Westside School, 9:45 am start
South Seattle College – 10 am start
Explorer West Middle School – 10 am start
(added) Little Pilgrim School – AM classes and Parent Teacher Conferences cancelled today
Both Seattle Lutheran HS and Hope Lutheran planned to open at regular time.
Any additions/changes, please text/call our hotline, 206-293-6302
WEDNESDAY SCHOOL ANNOUNCEMENTS SO FAR: Seattle Lutheran HS, Hope Lutheran open at regular time … Seattle Public Schools, Highline Public Schools, Holy Rosary, Our Lady of Guadalupe, 2 hours late … Vashon Island SD 2.5 hours late … Westside School, 9:45 am start … South Seattle College, Explorer West MS, 10 am start …
(“Live” SDOT cam looking west at west end of West Seattle Bridge)
2:34 PM: Now that it’s past 2 pm, we’re starting to get word of changes for this afternoon/evening and beyond. Starting with:
WEST SEATTLE/FAUNTLEROY YMCA: Just in from executive director Shalimar Gonzales:
We are expecting another round of freezing temperatures tonight so all YMCA of Greater Seattle branches will be closing at 4:00 today to ensure that staff and community are able to get home safely. This means that. . .
Kids Corner (closed) at 1 pm
Evening swim lessons will be cancelled
No swim team practice
No basketball practice
Current plan for tomorrow:
All YMCA of Greater Seattle branches will open at 10 am on Wednesday, February 6th.
All morning swim lessons are cancelled
Group Exercise classes will start at 11 am
WS Kids Corner will operate with limited staffing, Fauntleroy Kids Corner will be closed
More updates as we get them. Please also note that beyond today/tomorrow, we’re getting some cancellations for events toward week’s end, given the unsettled forecast – we’ll do our best with publishing/updating as we get word.
4:50 PM: First school announcement for Wednesday: Hope Lutheran planning to start @ regular time.
6:05 PM: Highline Public Schools plans to reopen schools on Wednesday, two hours late.
6:24 PM: Vashon Island School District two and a half hours late.
6:59 PM: Seattle Lutheran High School plans to reopen, normal time, tomorrow … Seattle Parks also expects its facilities to reopen: “Good news! We anticipate that our facilities will operate on their normal hours & with their normal programs tomorrow (Wed., Feb. 6) … For information on status of Child Care Programs, please refer to the Child Care Hotline: 206-684-4203.”
7:40 PM: Thanks to Joy for the heads-up. Seattle Public Schools has announced it plans to open Wednesday, on a 2-hour delay.
8:42 PM: Holy Rosary will start 2 hours late, no AM preschool, no BASE … Westside School will start at 9:45 am …Explorer West Middle School will start at 10 am.
8:54 PM: South Seattle College is also opening at 10 am Wednesday.
9:18 PM: OLG will start 2 hours late.
Here’s today’s list so far (updated 8:30 am):
Seattle Public Schools – closed today
Highline Public Schools – closed today
Seattle Lutheran High School – closed today
Westside School – closed today
Explorer West Middle School – closed today
Hope Lutheran School – closed today
Holy Rosary School – closed today, no BASE or preschool
Our Lady of Guadalupe School – closed today
Kennedy Catholic High School – closed today
Holy Family Bilingual School – closed today
West Seattle Montessori – closed today
Summit Atlas – closed today (per commenter)
Vashon Island School District – closed today
A Child Becomes Preschool – closed today
Fauntleroy Children’s Center – closed today
Little Pilgrim School – closed today
Cometa Playschool – closed today
Learning Way School/Day Care – closed today
Taproot School – closed today
Community School of West Seattle – closed today (per commenter)
Tilden School (always open for students/staff who can get there safely)
The Cove School
Please text or call the WSB hotline at 206-293-6302 with additions – thank you!
Congratulations to the Chief Sealth International High School Ethics Bowl Team, which just won the state championship! Their proud coach, social-studies teacher Matthew Baudhuin, sent the news and photos:
On Saturday, the Chief Sealth International High School Ethics Bowl team competed in the Washington State High School Ethics Bowl against 19 other teams and went undefeated over five rounds of competition to become state champions! Chief Sealth IHS is the first public school to ever win the competition (though came close two years ago with both a 2nd- and 3rd-place finish). Next stop is Chapel Hill, NC, for the national competition in April.
As explained on the Ethics Bowl website, this “is a competition in which teams analyze a series of wide-ranging ethical dilemmas involving topics such as cheating, plagiarism, peer pressure, relationships, and abuse of social media. An Ethics Bowl is similar to debate, although in Ethics Bowls teams are not forced to take adversarial positions or to hold fast to an assigned perspective. Instead, students have a forum in which to engage in dialogue, and they are judged on the quality of their analysis and the degree to which they engage in a thoughtful, civil exchange.” Judges are “drawn from the local legal, education, and philosophical communities.”
UPDATE – TUESDAY MORNING INFO: If you find this story while looking ahead to TUESDAY, see the top of our Monday PM updates for what’s been announced so far.
EARLIER – MONDAY MORNING INFO: As the snow continued overnight, some changes and additions so far this morning. We’ll continue adding to this list (most recent update 8:29 am):
SEATTLE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed today (update from last night’s announcement)
HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS: Closed today (update)
SOUTH SEATTLE COLLEGE: Closed today, all classes/activities canceled (update)
SEATTLE LUTHERAN HIGH SCHOOL: Closed today (update)
WESTSIDE SCHOOL: Closed today
EXPLORER WEST MIDDLE SCHOOL: Closed today
HOLY ROSARY SCHOOL: Closed today, no BASE
HOPE LUTHERAN SCHOOL: Closed today
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE SCHOOL: Closed today
HOLY FAMILY BILINGUAL SCHOOL: Closed today
WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI: Closed today
KENNEDY CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL: Closed today
VASHON ISLAND SCHOOL DISTRICT: Now closed today (update)
A CHILD BECOMES PRESCHOOL: Closed today
FAUNTLEROY CHILDREN’S CENTER: Closed today
LEARNING WAY DAY CARE/SCHOOL: Closed today
COMMUNITY SCHOOL OF WEST SEATTLE: Closed today
WORLD KIDS ACADEMY: All locations closed today
COMETA PLAYSCHOOL: Closed today
WEST SEATTLE CO-OP PRESCHOOLS: All closed today
LITTLE PILGRIM SCHOOL: Closed today
TILDEN SCHOOL (as always – if you can get there safely!)
Earlier announcements are in our coverage from last night but what’s above supersedes whatever was announced last night. Please call/text us with additions at 206-293-6302.
All four varsity basketball teams from West Seattle High School and Chief Sealth International High School have postseason games in the next few days, following their regular-season-ending crosstown clashes Friday night:
The Seahawks hosted the Wildcats, and the girls were up first.
Can you help student leaders at Lafayette Elementary help other kids? Their announcement:
To recognize the 100th year of Lafayette Elementary, the student council is organizing a fundraiser and community outreach to collect new and lightly used socks and shoes for kids in need. We also accept money as a donation, and all proceeds will be donated to Westside Baby and Youthcare for youth in need.
“The Lafayette Student Council wants to give back to our community for its support for the last 100 years and thought helping kids was the best way to do it. Our goal is to collect at least 100 pairs of new (and lightly used) kid sized shoes and socks (per grade level) so no kid has to go without” — Lafayette Student Council Members
You can drop off your donations between 7:30 am and 6:00 pm M-F (until) May 31, 2019 at Lafayette Elementary.
The school is in The Admiral District at 2645 California SW.
When the West Seattle High School Cheer Team goes to state competition in a week and a half, they’ll be busy! Along with the news we shared earlier this month about the program’s Comp Team qualifying for state, head coach Jasmyne Agregado tells us 15 of the athletes that she and co-coach Nadine Nguyen lead also have qualified in the Co-Ed Game Day division. Agregado choreographed the Game Day team’s division-winning routine. State competition is set for Saturday, February 2nd, in the southwest Washington town of Battle Ground.