VIDEO: Evergreen, Cascade students join national walkout

March 14th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

Our first video clip includes the 17 seconds of silence observed by Evergreen High School and Cascade Middle School students this morning as they joined in the national student walkouts marking one month since the school massacre in Florida. They also chanted and heard fellow students’ speeches before going back to class after about 20 minutes of gathering.

Thanks to the students who invited us to be there to cover their gathering in the lot on the northwest side of campus.

ADDED: Video of the students who spoke:

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TALK ABOUT IT: Highline Public Schools sets dates to discuss safety

March 12th, 2018 Tracy Posted in safety, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on TALK ABOUT IT: Highline Public Schools sets dates to discuss safety

Just out of the inbox, from Highline Public Schools:

Highline Public Schools Invites Community to Talk Safety
Meetings on School Safety Begin March 22

In response to recent incidents of school violence, Highline Public Schools is initiating a conversation with the community around school safety. Community meetings are being held at the four comprehensive high schools. Families, community members, and staff are invited to learn about safety plans and procedures and engage in a conversation about how to work together to improve school safety.

Thursday, March 22, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Evergreen High School library
830 SW 116th Street

Thursday, April 19, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Highline High School library
225 South 152nd Street, Burien

Tuesday, May 1, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Tyee High School library
4424 South 188th Street, SeaTac

Thursday, May 10, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Mount Rainier High School library
22450 19th Avenue South, Des Moines

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SNOW AFTERMATH: School changes for Thursday

February 22nd, 2018 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on SNOW AFTERMATH: School changes for Thursday

(UPDATED 6:25 AM)

The snow has stopped, but what’s on the ground has stayed. School changes:

From Highline Public Schools:

Holy Family Bilingual School – 1 hour late. BASS available at 8, school starts at 9

Anything else we should know? Text or call our 24/7 hotline – 206-293-6302 – thanks!

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FOLLOWUP: Highline Schools levy passing

February 13th, 2018 Tracy Posted in Election, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on FOLLOWUP: Highline Schools levy passing

From Highline Public Schools:

It appears the Highline Public Schools levy measure will pass, with early results showing 57.67 percent voting in favor of renewal.

“I am grateful to voters for their support of our students and schools. Local funding for our schools is critical,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “It allows us to provide the quality education our community expects for our children, which goes beyond the minimum funded by the state.”

The levy bridges the gap between what the state funds and the education Highline provides students. The approved levy pays for critical needs, including teachers, staff, school nurses, safety and security officers, counselors, social workers, special education, Camp Waskowitz and athletics.

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PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: Highline College to hold ‘listening session’ in White Center

November 27th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on PRESIDENTIAL SEARCH: Highline College to hold ‘listening session’ in White Center

Want to help Highline College pick its next president? You don’t have to go far. This announcement includes word of a “listening session” coming up in White Center:

As part of its presidential search process, Highline College trustees will hold several listening sessions to learn what community members are looking for in the college’s next leader.

Sessions are scheduled in several locations throughout South King County and are open to all:

— Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m.: Wiley Center Neighborhood House at Greenbridge

— Dec. 6, daytime sessions: Highline College main campus, Building 2 (times will be posted at highline.edu/presidential-search-listening-sessions once they are available)

— Dec. 11, 6:30 p.m.: Federal Way Library, Meeting Room 2

Trustees will use what they learn at the sessions to help create the presidential profile. Profiles often outline general duties and desired qualities or characteristics.

Highline’s board is responsible for selecting and employing the college president. It is composed of community members from Highline’s service area of South King County: Dan Altmayer and Bob Roegner, both of Federal Way; Debrena Jackson Gandy, Des Moines; Fred Mendoza, Normandy Park; and Sili Savusa, White Center.

To learn what has happened to date in the search for Highline’s next leader, visit the Presidential Search news page.

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TUESDAY: White Center Heights Elementary playground celebration

September 25th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on TUESDAY: White Center Heights Elementary playground celebration

(Highline Public Schools photo from June)

Organizers tell us “the whole community” is invited – so that means you, if you can be there! At 11 am tomorrow – Tuesday (September 26th) – a new playground will be dedicated for the Head Start program at White Center Heights Elementary (10015 6th SW). Seattle Seahawks player Tyler Lockett is scheduled to be there, along with leaders from UnitedHealthcare, Highline Public Schools, and the Puget Sound Educational Service District. UnitedHealthcare provided a $15,000 grant to Lockett’s Dreambuilders program to pay for the new playground and equipment.

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EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL: You’re invited to ‘grand reopening’ Wednesday

September 1st, 2017 Tracy Posted in Evergreen High School, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on EVERGREEN HIGH SCHOOL: You’re invited to ‘grand reopening’ Wednesday

Evergreen High School is again Evergreen High School, and you’re invited to the “grand reopening” next Wednesday. Here’s the announcement:

Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 6:45 am – 9:30 am
Address: 830 SW 116th St

Evergreen High School administration would like to invite parents, alumni, and community members to join them for the grand (re)opening of Evergreen High School!

Help welcome our students back to campus at a morning rally in the front of the school with the Evergreen band, cheerleaders, and Wolverine mascot! Meet school leaders at a community reception in the Library and learn more about exciting plans for Evergreen and ways to help. Join students at an all-school assembly in the Main Gym to kick off the school year and help us hand out EHS sweatshirts. Finally, tour campus to see improvements for this school year but also the need for updated facilities because our students deserve a high-quality learning environment.

Tentative schedule:
Check-in begins at 6:30am in the Main Office
6:45am – Welcome Rally – Front of School
7:30am – Community Reception – Library
8:00am – Back to School Assembly and hand out sweatshirts – Main Gym
Campus tour to follow

Questions? Email us at friends@evergreensuccess.org

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SCHOOLS: West Seattle Montessori adding former White Center Library as ‘enrichment center’

August 18th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on SCHOOLS: West Seattle Montessori adding former White Center Library as ‘enrichment center’

(Photo courtesy West Seattle Montessori: Former library, new enrichment center)

The former White Center Library is becoming an “enrichment center” for neighboring West Seattle Montessori School & Academy. Here’s the announcement:

West Seattle Montessori School & Academy, a Pre-K through 8th grade school serving West Seattle, White Center, North Highline, and Burien families since 1985, is pleased to announce exciting changes this coming school year.

*A fifth pre-primary classroom (2½ – 6 year-olds) will be opening this fall.

*A new enrichment center will be opening this coming school year, located in White Center’s former King County Library. This enrichment center will be home to a performance stage area, kids’ kitchen, and a student-run store, The Owl’s Nest. This new community-centered space will extend student learning and cultivate all-school connections.

West Seattle Montessori School & Academy strives to create an environment where students embrace differences and can connect on compassionate levels with others and the world around them. West Seattle Montessori School & Academy is still accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year.

The school’s open-house dates looking beyond this coming school year are already set, for preschool through 8th grade – November 7th, 6 pm-7:30 pm; January 27 (2018), 1 pm-3 pm; March 7, 6-7:30 pm. The school is at 11215 15th SW.

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HAPPY SUMMER! Vacation time for Highline Public Schools students

June 19th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off on HAPPY SUMMER! Vacation time for Highline Public Schools students

It’s the first week of summer vacation for Highline Public Schools students – last Friday (June 16th) was the last day of the school year. The calendar on the HPS website says students’ first day back will be September 6th.

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TONIGHT: Evergreen High School principal finalists

February 15th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Education, Evergreen High School, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Evergreen High School principal finalists

From Highline Public Schools – this is happening tonight:

Meet the Finalists for the New Evergreen High School Principal

The small schools on the Evergreen Campus are unifying as a single school under the leadership of one principal. We invite students, families, and the community to join us for a Principal Candidate Forum to meet the two finalists for the new principal at Evergreen High School.

Principal Candidate Forum
Wednesday, February 15
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Evergreen Campus Cafeteria
830 SW 116th St.

At the forum, attendees will have an opportunity to ask the finalists questions and provide the district feedback.

Vietnamese and Spanish interpreters will be at the meeting.

Learn more about the reunification process at highlineschools.org/highschools.

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WHITE CENTER SNOW: No school today

February 6th, 2017 Tracy Posted in Schools, Weather, White Center news Comments Off on WHITE CENTER SNOW: No school today

4:24 AM: Lots more snow overnight and so we start with big news:

HIGHLINE PUBLIC SCHOOLS, CLOSED TODAY:

More to come.

7:30 AM: White Center’s Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School is closed today too, as are other independent schools – Shorewood Christian, Explorer West Middle among them. Buses are on snow routes, and roads are snowy, so don’t go out if you don’t absolutely have to!

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TONIGHT: Play bingo, help Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School

November 18th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, How to Help, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on TONIGHT: Play bingo, help Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School

You are invited! Holy Family Bilingual Catholic School welcomes everyone to Charlie Brown Bingo Night, 6-9 pm tonight in the school gym. HF says, “This is a great opportunity to help our school to buy resources while you are enjoying delicious food and winning great prizes.” The school is just north of the church, at 20th SW and SW Roxbury.

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THURSDAY: West Seattle Montessori/Academy open house

November 2nd, 2016 Tracy Posted in Education, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on THURSDAY: West Seattle Montessori/Academy open house

Looking for school(s) for next year? Thursday night brings a chance to find out more about West Seattle Montessori School and Academy in White Center. From 6 to 7:30 pm, the open house “gives parents and prospective families a chance to meet our staff, teachers and tour the facilities. You’ll be able to view samples of student work and pick up application materials. Our teachers and staff are available during and after the Open House to answer questions.” WSMS & WMA are at 11215 15th SW.

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#BlackLivesMatterAtSchool @ White Center Heights Elementary

October 19th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Education, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

Thanks to Sarah Fox for the photo from White Center Heights Elementary, which is joining in today’s regional #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool solidarity action, as noted here earlier this week.

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WEDNESDAY: #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool action planned @ White Center Heights Elementary

October 17th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

Received this afternoon:

Upwards of sixty White Center Heights Elementary staff plan to participate in the October 19 #BlackLivesMatterAtSchool action by wearing Black Lives Matter shirts to school “to address institutionalized racism in our schools and offer a space for dialogue among school staff.”

The action, which is taking place in schools across Seattle, demonstrates that educators across the city stand together with the community of John Muir Elementary, which received racist threats in response to their planned Black Men United to Change the Narrative event last month.

White Center Heights staff members are hoping to spark a larger conversation in our classrooms, across our community and the Highline School District at large.

Any other local schools participating? Please let us know!

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WEDNESDAY: Evergreen Campus back to Evergreen High School? Doubleheader meeting

April 26th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Evergreen High School, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on WEDNESDAY: Evergreen Campus back to Evergreen High School? Doubleheader meeting

If you’re interested in the campaign to turn the Evergreen Campus back into Evergreen High School, you’ll want to know about a doubleheader meeting there tomorrow – a school board work session on “small schools,” 5-6 pm, followed by a community meeting at 6. Full details here.

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UPDATE: Burglary, fire at Cascade Middle School

February 18th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Crime, fire, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on UPDATE: Burglary, fire at Cascade Middle School

arsonsign

6:43 AM: From King County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West:

Just before 1 am, King County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a burglary alarm at Cascade Middle School in the 11200 block of 10 Ave SW in White Center.

When deputies arrived, they found at least 2 windows had been broken out and it appeared the suspect(s) were still inside the school. The suspect(s) ran as deputies entered the school.

While searching the school, deputies found 2 small fires that had been set. (North Highline Fire District) responded to extinguish the fires.

King County detectives are investigating the burglary and arsons and said the school had been broken into once before within the last couple of weeks. A fire had been started at that break-in also.

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10:12 AM UPDATE: We went by the school, which is open. Out front, we saw both the “ARSON” sign shown atop this story, and the multiple school-security cars in the photo above this line. We’ll be following up with KCSO later today.

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YOU CAN HELP! Literacy tutors needed at Beverly Park Elementary

January 17th, 2016 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on YOU CAN HELP! Literacy tutors needed at Beverly Park Elementary

Can you spare some time to help students improve their reading skills? Reading Partners is looking for you – on behalf of 36 students awaiting tutors at Beverly Park Elementary School:

Reading Partners is a nonprofit literacy organization that recruits and trains community volunteers to work one-on-one with elementary students who are behind grade level benchmarks in reading. At each of our school sites we have a dedicated reading center where all tutoring takes place. Volunteers are asked to commit to as little as one-hour of tutoring each week. We ask that each volunteer commits to the same one-hour to work with the same student weekly. During every session tutors follow a structured, research-based curriculum with the support of a full-time AmeriCorps Site Coordinator. Additionally, we offer initial and on-going training and support for every volunteer.

Anyone interested in getting involved can follow this link to sign up or contact Reading Partners at volunteerSEA@readingpartners.org.

RP says Beverly Park (1201 South 104th) has 36 students awaiting a tutor. Tutoring runs 10 am-3:35 pm Mondays-Thursdays.

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Evergreen High School before, Evergreen High School again?

January 12th, 2016 Tracy Posted in Education, Evergreen High School, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on Evergreen High School before, Evergreen High School again?

Received from organizers of a campaign to turn the Evergreen campus back into Evergreen High School:

A coalition called ONE EVERGREEN made up of concerned parents, teachers, and alumni has started a petition to undo what they perceive as a flawed educational model at the former Evergreen High School because they feel it leaves the north end of the Highline School District dramatically underserved.

Please sign their petition if you support reuniting Evergreen Campus into one high school again.

BACKGROUND

In 2008, Evergreen High School was one of several conventional high schools in the Highline School District rendered into three autonomous schools sharing the same campus (“small schools”) under the hope that a reduction in the principal-to-student ratio would improve graduation rates. The sales pitch at the time said teachers would get to know all the students better, which would boost test scores.

Reality has not met expectations. Instead, redundant principals, a limited range of classes, a fractured sense of community, high teacher turnover, and only 35 classes for students to choose from have left families feeling cheated. It is easy to see why when contrasted with the school spirit, sports, band, and 105 classes available to students at conventional high schools in the same district.

The ONE EVERGREEN Coalition asks that you educate yourself on the inequities of small schools and sign the petition to reunite the Evergreen Campus.

For more information, including quotes by students, demographics, charts showing Evergreen teachers’ years of experience over time, and course catalog comparisons from Highline high schools, please visit evergreensuccess.org

Here’s a one-sheet the group is circulating.

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Why local schools were in lockdown/sheltering for a while today

January 5th, 2016 Tracy Posted in King County Sheriff's Office, safety, Schools, White Center news Comments Off on Why local schools were in lockdown/sheltering for a while today

We checked with the King County Sheriff’s Office to find out what was going on after getting two messages about a reported “lockdown” at Cascade Middle School, and hearing scanner traffic about someone being tracked down on SW 117th. According to KCSO spokesperson Sgt. Cindi West, there was a report that someone at the Evergreen campus might have had a gun. So the search was on, and Evergreen and Cascade were affected for a while, she said. The person in question was eventually found – no gun. No injuries, no crime, situation over.

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