West Seattle, Washington
Summer is reunion season, and we’ve received a few announcements for West Seattle High School alums.
NO WSHS ALL-SCHOOL REUNION, BUT THERE’S STILL AN AFTER-PARTY: The WSHS Alumni Association has to cancel the All-School Reunion again this year, explaining in its announcement that “the Seattle Public Schools district is not allowing external use of school grounds during COVID.” However, next Saturday there’ll be an “after-party” at Whisky West (6451 California SW), starting at 6 pm, with live music from The Nitemates and other special guests. Then on the following day – Sunday, June 5th – all alums are invited to join the Class of 2002’s gathering on the Lincoln Park shore, second fire pit/picnic area from the south entrance, 9 am-2 pm, BYOE (Bring Your Own Everything). Questions about the beach gathering? Email Heather at stampedhah (at) gmail.com.
WSHS CLASS OF 1957: Also happening this weekend, the Class of ’57’s 65th reunion! Above is what the yearbook looked like that year. The classes of ’55 and ’56 are invited too. It’s happening 2-6 pm Sunday (June 5th) at Glen Acres Country Club (1000 S. 112th in North Highline). $50/person, “hearty appetizers” and a no-host bar. Email Beverly chochosan29 (at) hotmail.com or Gwen gfraser49 (at) msn.com ASAP to RSVP and get the address for sending your check.
WSHS CLASS OF 1970: The 50th reunion had to be postponed for the pandemic, but this class now declares it’s “never too late to party!” So this year, they’re having a reunion under the banner “West Seattle Class of ’70 turns 70.” It’s set for 4 pm-10 pm Saturday, August 27th, also at Glen Acres. RSVP required by August 5th. $65/person includes a buffet dinner and birthday cake, “and hopefully a few surprises.” For RSVPing info, email pjkloster52 (at) gmail.com.
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A stellar season for the West Seattle High School baseball team ended this afternoon. The Wildcats finished as the state’s fourth-place 3A team after their final game in Pasco today, a 5-1 loss to Mt. Spokane. Before the state semifinals, WSHS – coached by Dylan Mclauchlin – had a 23-1 record, winning the Metro League championship.
West Seattle High School‘s baseball team had only one loss all season before tonight, when they lost in the state 3A semifinals, 3-1, to Mercer Island. Playing in Pasco, Wildcats ace Miles Gosztola held MI scoreless through five but had maxed out on pitches by then; Maddox Brent followed him on the mound, and MI eked out two runs in the sixth, subsequently keeping WSHS from a comeback. West Seattle, which made it to regional/state competition for the first time in eight years, will play Mt. Spokane tomorrow at 12:45 pm for third place.
Students across the country continued demonstrations today to plead for an end to gun violence, three days after the massacre in Uvalde, Texas. Among today’s protests was a walkout this morning organized by the Student Council at Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School. Participating students left their classrooms at 9 am to demonstrate outside the school at 20th and Roxbury.
They began with a prayer, followed by a student-written poem:
Walker Mae read the poem, “How Many More?” (the author wished to be anonymous), after Rianna led the prayer. Then the students stood in silence for 10 minutes.
Rianna is the Student Council president and invited us to cover the demonstration, explaining, “We are demonstrating that we are against school shootings, gun violence, and to show support to all the lives lost due to this tragedy.”
By Judy Pickens
Special to West Seattle Blog
Salmon-release season for schools on Fauntleroy Creek ended Thursday when children from A Child Becomes Preschool put their coho fry in the water.
All but one of the 15 school releases coordinated by the Fauntleroy Watershed Council resembled field trips before the pandemic. Sizable groups of (masked) students and adults explored the park’s natural habitat while releasing their fish. Some groups also visited the lower creek.
All told, 460 children released 1,460 fry reared through the Salmon in the Schools program. Many of the 167 adults who chaperoned also put fish in the water. Members of the all-volunteer release team were Dennis Hinton, Pete Draughon, Shannon Ninburg, and Tom Trulin.
Most schools did very well this year rearing their salmon from eyed eggs; as a result, about 200 of the “just in case” fish reared by volunteer Jack Lawless can now be used for a community release. All are invited to drop by the big bridge in Fauntleroy Park (map) on Sunday, June 5, 1-3:00 pm to put them in the water.
Also in late May, volunteers wrapped up the annual count of smolts leaving the park and lower creek for their two years in saltwater. The count was considerably lower than last year (11 compared with 49), likely because the pandemic reduced the number of schools that brought fry in 2021. Monitors also counted upward of 400 live fry in the lower smolt trap, most being “home hatch” from last fall’s robust spawning.
The next season of volunteer monitoring will start in mid-October, when salmon watchers will document spawners and spawning activity in the lower creek.
Thanks to the parents who let us know about Pathfinder K-8 students’ walkout/demonstration today. Students left the Pigeon Point campus around 11:30 am and walked to the pedestrian/bicycle overpass at Delridge/Oregon for sign-waving.
The banner in the foreground was the work of someone else (we saw it there a few hours earlier) but gun violence is one of the two issues about which the Pathfinder students were demonstrating, along with reproductive rights:
This was one of many walkouts across the country today.
Around this time Wednesday, we were telling you about a community campaign to help fund Denny International Middle School and Chief Sealth International High School music students. This morning, we have word some of those students are headed to a prestigious festival. From Dawn Pomeroy of Denny-Sealth Performing Arts:
Eleven music students from Chief Sealth IHS were selected to participate in the Music in May Honor Festival this weekend at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. They will be representing orchestra, band, and choir at one of the longest running high-school music festivals in the Pacific Northwest. These students were nominated by their music directors and selected from a large pool of applicants to participate in the festival. They will work with distinguished guest conductors alongside their peers from all over the region during the 3-day festival ending with a concert on Saturday afternoon. Congratulations to all of you!
Throughout the year, community members have generously supported fundraisers to help local students, from benefit sales and auctions, to dine-out events. As the school year winds down, we have news of another one – from Denny-Sealth Performing Arts president Dawn Pomeroy:
Denny Sealth Performing Arts parent booster organization is currently holding our 3rd annual online fundraiser through Snap Raise. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and the money raised goes to ensure that our students have access to working instruments, new music, uniforms and concert attire, and the ability to participate in music festivals. Please consider donating through either the Denny link or Chief Sealth link. Thank you!
Students from several West Seattle schools were among the competitors again this year in the Environmental Slam. Thanks to Marco for sending this report on how it went:
On Thursday, May 19th, it was time again for the annual WFFE Environmental Slam. WFFE (Washington Foundation for the Environment) is a nonprofit based in Seattle. Our mission is to empower young people to use their voices to advocate for the environment and climate-change initiatives since 1979. The Slam promotes environmental research, activism, and presentation for young people in Washington in grades 5-12. It is a showcase of individuals and teams from around Washington competing to make the most compelling case for action on regional environmental issues. Winners in each category of the Slam designate a local non-profit supporting their cause to receive a $500 donation in their name.
This year marked an especially successful event, because we were able to hand out $3,750 in total to these nonprofits picked by our young presenters:
This was the thirteenth year of the environmental Slam (and the 2nd year online). With 10 entries from Genesee Hill Elementary, McClure Middle School, Explorer West Middle School, Madison Middle School, and Whitman Middle School we had a great spread of presentations. First place selected by our expert judges (from the local nonprofits Futurewise, Sound Experience, and Zero Waste Washington) went to the presentation on the orcas of Puget Sound and raised $550 for Environment Washington. Second place went to the Climate Rap, benefiting Climate Refugees. We also learned about Turtles, Trash in our Parks, Fossil Fuels, the Climate Clock, Sea Otters, Wolves in Yellowstone, Fossil Fuels, Global Warming, and Pollution in Puget Sound.
Since we hosted the Slam online, we don’t have a picture of this year’s actual winners, but this picture from 2019 will give you a good idea of how happy our winners were with their success and the money they raised:
A huge THANK YOU to all our donors, volunteers, supporters, teachers, parents, and especially the wonderful youths who taught us so much!
More information at Washington Foundation for the Environment. WFFE is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization chartered in Washington State.
6 PM: After two district-tournament wins in Bellevue today – 4-1 over Stanwood and 6-5 over Walla Walla – the West Seattle HS baseball team is headed to state! Full story and photos when we get back to HQ.
ADDED 10:03 PM: The celebration followed a tense final inning in the Wildcats’ game against Walla Walla.
Senior Felix Schlede started on the mound for WSHS, and the game was scoreless until the 4th inning.
Then Walla Walla went on a 4-0 run. But West Seattle refused to let the runs go unanswered, and broke its own scoring drought in the bottom of the 4th, starting with 2 RBIs by #5. senior Nick Hazlegrove. The score was tied at 4-4 before the inning was out.
The Wildcats added two more runs in the fifth, but then the Blue Devils tried a comeback, scoring 1 run in the top of the sixth, bringing the score to 6-5, too close for comfort, and then loading the bases in the top of the seventh, but Wildcats reliever Maddox Brent got out of the jam, and WSHS got the trip to state.
Hazlegrove was chosen Player of the Game.
The Wildcats, 24-1 in Dylan Mclauchlin‘s first season as head coach, are now in the state’s final four, and they’ll play Mercer Island at 7 pm Friday (May 27th) at Gesa Stadium in Pasco. The last WSHS appearance in regional/state competition was 2014.
A strong season for the West Seattle High School softball team ended this afternoon at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex with a district-playoffs loss to Bishop Blanchet.
Blanchet took the lead in the first inning and built it to 10-0 before the Wildcats scored runs in the 5th and 6th innings, with the final score 11-2.
The team had an end-of-season gift for coach Rey Delgado – a custom hat:
As the West Seattle High School baseball team heads into regional/state play, star pitcher Miles Gosztola has just won a new honor – Metro League MVP. The junior’s season stats: 10 hits given up in 55 innings pitched, 107 strikeouts, an earned-run average of .126, and a batting-average-against of .057. The next playoff game for WSHS is tomorrow (Saturday, May 21st) at 10 am, Bannerwood Park in Bellevue (1790 Richards Road), vs. Stanwood. If they win, they’ll play there again later in the day, time and opponent TBD.
The West Seattle High School softball team has one more chance in the district playoffs after a tough loss today at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex. Their game against Lake Washington HS ended in the fourth inning after the Kangaroos ran up a 15-0 lead.
Shortstop Lina Delgado (above with pitcher Paige Delaney) got the Wildcats’ only hit. WSHS plays Bishop Blanchet tomorrow (Friday, May 20th) at 1:30 pm at NCSWAC (2801 SW Thistle) in a loser-out game; winner plays again at 5:30 pm, with a state-tournament berth at stake.
That’s the current sign in front of Louisa Boren STEM K-8 at 5950 Delridge Way SW, but the district is proposing changing to a lower sign with an illuminated message board, as shown in this rendering:
Since that would require a zoning departure (exception), city review and approval are required, and public feedback is being sought right now. The district cites these reasons for switching to the message-board sign:
1. Changing image signs make it easier to alert families and the community to events taking place at the school.
2. Messages can be displayed in multiple languages.
3. This is an equitable way to communicate about school events since not all families have equal access to technology.
The two-sided sign would use one color of lighting, no flashing allowed, and would only be illuminated between 7 am and 7 pm, and only on days when school is in session, the district says. The message-board part of the sign would be 5’6″ wide and 3’8″ high. You can see more information about the sign here, and you can email comments by June 24th to Nelson Pesigan at the city Department of Neighborhoods, email@example.com.
If the weather’s kept you out of the garden, no worries, it’s not too late to get set up for a productive summer! Friends of Roxhill Elementary has extended its fundraiser until May 24th – five more days to order. In case you missed the original announcement in March:
We are partnering again with Flower Power Fundraising to sell flower bulbs, kitchen garden herbs, sprouts, seeds and more to bring some joy to your home garden or window sill this spring.” Go here to shop. You can support a specific Roxhill student by writing their name in “Give Credit for This Sale to” at checkout. Friends of Roxhill Elementary gets 50% of the profits from every order. Questions? firstname.lastname@example.org
Pathfinder K-8 Welcomes Everybody to the Great Return community event on May 21st from 3-8 pm at Pathfinder K-8!
When: 5/21 3-8 pm
Where: Pathfinder K-8, 1901 SW Genesee
What: Free fun! Silent auction, music, games, food & open play
Who: Open to all! Pathfinder & West Seattle community
Goal is to raise $45K through a Direct Give Ask approach with complimentary fun! Live music, entertainment, excellent auction gifts, games & fun!
Donation not required, but if you choose to, you can do it online any time between now and Saturday, even funding specific programs.
WS got off to a fast start, putting up five runs in two innings, while Sealth brought in three, and kept working on a comeback, bringing the score to 5-4 after three innings. That’s when CS stalled out, with only one other run coming in the 7th, but by then WS had pulled way shead after putting up 7 runs in the middle innings.
Final score was West Seattle 12, Chief Sealth 5. The Wildcats advance in districts and will play Lake Washington at 3:30 pm Thursday (May 19th) at NCSWAC (2801 SW Thistle).
Advance alert if you haven’t already seen them on the calendar – three dine-out benefits are happening tomorrow (Tuesday, May 17th), involving five food/drink establishments:
BEBOP WAFFLE SHOP, CIRCA, MISSION CANTINA: These three Admiral District establishments are supporting the West Seattle High School Class of 2024 “Dine-Out Day” fundraiser tomorrow. Bebop is at 2600 California SW and open 7 am-3 pm; Circa is at 2605 California SW and open 9 am-10 pm; Mission Cantina is at 2325 California and open 4-10 pm.
Just in from Seattle Public Schools – the much-decried plan to change to a three-tier start schedule, which would have had some schools starting as early as 7:30 am and some as late as 9:30 am, has been scrapped, for now. Just published on the district website:
We have heard from many families who are concerned about the proposal to change school start times.
Superintendent Jones has determined Seattle Public Schools will continue the two-tier transportation system for the 2022-23 school year. This means elementary, K-8, and middle schools will not change their start and end times in September. Some high schools may see a 10-minute change in start time.
This determination will allow us to keep the current structure as we continue to find ways to improve transportation services.
The national bus driver shortage continues to affect our ability to provide full service to all students who are eligible for transportation.
It is likely we will begin the 2022-23 school year with the same reduced bus service that has been in place since last fall. We will continue to explore whether we can restore the routes that have been suspended. Consistent with our strategic plan, SPS prioritizes systems to serve students of color and those furthest from educational justice.
In the coming months, there will be more opportunities to share your feedback and input as we continue to study available options for reliable transportation services. We are committed to ensuring that students arrive at school on time and ready to learn.
Thank you to everyone who sent feedback. If you have questions or comments, please share them with us on our Let’s Talk feedback form.
The three-tier proposal had emerged suddenly, after enrollment decisions for next year – in the district and elsewhere – were made; the district claimed it was necessary because of a shortage of school bus drivers. It was on a rush schedule for School Board votes this month until the superintendent pulled it from the May 4th agenda, acknowledging the need to “slow” the process.
SATURDAY NIGHT REPORT: Their record led the league, and now their final tournament win cements the championship. Tonight at Steve Cox Memorial Park in White Center, the West Seattle High School baseball team beat Eastside Catholic, 3-1, for the Metro League title. Mike Jensen tweeted video of the on-field celebration:
— Mike Jensen (@mjtwit) May 15, 2022
Miles Gosztola got the win for the Wildcats, striking out 10 while allowing only one run and one hit. West Seattle’s Jaxton Helmstetler was the hitting leader, going two for three, and teammate Jake Lockwood got a home run. Now WSHS moves on to the next level of postseason play; we’re awaiting word on where, when, and who they play next.
SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE: The Wildcats will play next Saturday (May 21st), at Bannerwood Park in Bellevue, time TBD, vs. the winner of a Tuesday game between Stanwood and Kelso.
The Chief Sealth IHS and West Seattle HS softball teams played two games apiece again Friday at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex in the Metro League playoffs. The Seahawks won both their games, 23-18 over Eastside Catholic and 18-3 over Garfield; the Wildcats lost to Garfield 8-5 and then beat Eastside Catholic 11-7. If we’re reading the district-tournament bracket correctly, looks like the crosstown competitors play each other on Tuesday (May 17th), again at NCSWAC, 3;30 pm.
High-school playoffs continue. As noted in today’s preview list, both West Seattle HS and Chief Sealth IHS had playoff games in softball today. Each played two games at Nino Cantu Southwest Athletic Complex, winning the first and losing the second – CSIHS beat Seattle Prep 17-13 and then fell to Bishop Blanchet 15-3, while WSHS defeated Rainier Beach 23-0 and then lost to Holy Names 13-3. Both play next on Friday, again at NCSWAC – starting with 1:30 pm games: Chief Sealth vs. Eastside Catholic and West Seattle vs. Garfield.
Another chance to help a local school! Today’s the first of three days for bidding in the Fairmount Park Elementary PTA‘s online auction. Here’s the announcement:
Fairmount Park PTA is hosting their annual auction Speakeasy Soirée: Have a Roaring Good Time.
This year we have the Virtual Silent option open from Wednesday, May 11th to Friday, May 13th. Bidding closes at 7:15 pm. We are raising money to fund many FPE programs including: Food for Falcon Families Program, Teachers Grant, Reading Support teachers, and support for the school library, physical education, art, and music programs. We have some top ticket items like tickets to Sounders, Mariners and Kraken Games, wine-tasting packages, and many weekend getaways.
Please purchase a $5 Virtual Ticket and start your bidding!!!