Mount View Elementary among Highline schools to get Techbridge

October 6th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Education, Highline School District, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

Announced today by Highline Public Schools:

Highline Public Schools is the first school district in Washington to offer an acclaimed program that gives girls an opportunity to explore technology-related fields. Techbridge, a non-profit organization dedicated to inspiring girls in science, technology and engineering, has selected Highline Public Schools as the first site of its national expansion.

Beginning in October, Techbridge will engage up to 200 girls in grades 5 through 8 in science, technology and engineering learning through hands-on activities, role models and career exploration. The program will be offered at five elementary schools (Beverly Park, Hazel Valley, Madrona, McMicken Heights, and Mount View) and two middle schools (Chinook and Sylvester.)

“We welcome the opportunity to partner with Techbridge to inspire our girls to become tomorrow’s scientists and engineers,” said Highline Superintendent Susan Enfield. “Techbridge is one more way we are supporting our goal for 19 out of 20 of today’s first graders to graduate tech-savvy and tech-literate.”

National expansion was made possible by a five-year $2.7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to bring Techbridge’s award-winning after-school program to three cities across the U.S.

“I am thrilled to be part of an organization that truly inspires and empowers girls through science, technology and engineering,” said Elizabeth Pauley Hodges, Techbridge Greater Seattle Executive Director. “We are very excited to partner with Highline Public Schools and give girls at our partner sites the opportunity to benefit from the high quality programming Techbridge provides.”

For the past 14 years, Techbridge after-school programs have served more than 5,000 girls in grades 5-12 focusing on underrepresented communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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Back-to-school week 2014: Roxbury speed-cam reminder

September 2nd, 2014 Tracy Posted in Highline School District, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

School-zone lights are flashing again near Holy Family on Roxbury this morning, and starting today, they are not just a reminder of the 20-mph speed limit in school zones – they are also a reminder of new speed-enforcement cameras. In both the Holy Family zone around 20th (where school starts today) and the Roxhill Elementary zone around 30th (where school starts tomorrow), automated enforcement cameras were installed last spring and are starting operation today. Seattle authorities have said that the first month, tickets will be warnings, but then in early October, they’ll come with triple-digit fines.

P.S. The BIG back-to-school day is tomorrow – that’s when Highline Public Schools get going.

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White Center scenes: Mount View Elementary’s carnival

June 7th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Fun, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

If you didn’t make it to Friday’s fundraising carnival at Mount View Elementary, you missed more than a chance to play games and support good causes … you missed talented local kids showing their stuff! Above, the Seattle Derby Brats showed off their skills on wheels, and promoted their upcoming weekly camp days in August (one for girls 8-11, one for girls 12-17, more info on both at seattlederbybrats.com). Below, young artists from SANCA – the School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts:

Big crowd was there when we stopped by about midway through the carnival. P.S. June 17th is this year’s last day of school – one week from Tuesday.

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Tonight: Cheer for local student filmmakers from Cascade Middle School!

April 15th, 2014 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

Something awesome to do tonight, to support students from White Center AND one of WC’s special natural spots:

I’m a science teacher at Cascade Middle School who also helps run an after school science club for girls called STARS. STARS stands for Students Tackling Authentic and Relevant Science, and aims to provide a space for middle and high school girls to use science to investigate and solve real problems in their community. The ladies chose to focus on the health of Hicklin Lake (which neighbors our school) for their project this year. This is our first year as a club, and we have students from Cascade and the neighboring Evergreen High school as members. A few students from Mount Rainier High School help us out, as well. STARS is run as a joint effort between Cascade (Anna Kramer, science teacher), HS3/Evergreen (Liz Savage, science teacher), and the University of Washington (Sara Hagenah, doctoral student).

(Tonight) we are hosting a film event at the Highline Performing Arts Center. We are premiering a documentary that our students made that showcases what we have learned about the lake, as well as what the ladies are doing about it.

Who: Everyone is invited!
What: The premiere of the first STARS documentary, focused on the issues that currently exist at Hicklin Lake and how we are tackling this problem with our science knowledge
When: Tuesday, April 15th at 6:30 pm
Where: Highline Performing Arts Center, Highline High School, 401 S 152nd St, Burien, WA 98148
Why: Join us in order to:
*Support local students as their share a year of learning and action with you
*Learn more about what’s wrong with Hicklin Lake and what you can do to help
*Support the idea that girls and women have powerful voices in science and in their communities
*Other info: Event is free, and refreshments will be provided. STARS members will be recognized individually, the documentary will be shown, and there will be a short Q & A session. Spanish and (we hope) Arabic interpreters will be available with headsets.

For more information, email anna.kramer@highlineschools.org.

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Reminder: Guardian One coming to White Center Heights this afternoon

March 13th, 2014 Tracy Posted in Helicopter, King County Sheriff's Office, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

One more reminde – as first noted here last week, White Center Heights Elementary is due for a special visit by the King County Sheriff’s Office helicopter Guardian One around 1:25 this afternoon, as part of a special project kindergarteners have been working on. The North Highline Fire Department will be there too. WC Heights is at 6th SW and SW 100th.

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Video: White Center Heights Elementary students tell their ‘True Stories’ at Dubsea Coffee

November 13th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off

After regional coverage of its academic success, White Center Heights Elementary had a fun followup last night – with the third-graders of Community Room 145 taking centerstage at Dubsea Coffee in Greenbridge, telling the “True Stories” they’ve been writing. We were there to capture it on video:

White Center Heights student storytellers from West Seattle Blog on Vimeo.

If you missed the recent Seattle Times (WCN partner) story about WCH’s test-score improvements – read it here.

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Open house tonight at West Seattle Montessori

November 7th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news 2 Comments »

Tonight’s your chance to tour West Seattle Montessori School, which is at 11215 15th SW in White Center – it’s the fall open house, 6 pm-7:30 pm. Here’s the official flyer.

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School’s out today

October 11th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off

It’s a teacher-training day, and that means no classes in Highline Public Schools (to the north, same goes for Seattle Public Schools) today.

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Governor Inslee, Superintendent Dorn to visit White Center’s Cascade Middle School tomorrow

October 3rd, 2013 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off

Big day tomorrow for Cascade Middle School in White Center. Governor Inslee and state Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn will visit for an event described in a media advisory as follows:

Governor Jay Inslee, State Superintendent Randy Dorn and invited guests will appear at 12:30 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4, at Cascade Middle School in (White Center) to speak about the Next Generation Science Standards.

It is important that every Washington student is prepared with the strong science skills they need for the future. Science education is pivotal in growing Washington’s innovation economy and preparing our kids for a lifetime of opportunity and success.

Not a public event, but we’re planning to be there; we’re checking to see if it will be shown live on TVW. Meantime, you can read more about the science standards by going here.

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Happy first day of school! 2013-2014 year begins

September 4th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off

It’s the first day of school for most students in the area, though some went back yesterday (which was Day 1 at Holy Family). Highline Public Schools is chronicling the day through tweets, including photos, and you can follow along here:


In addition to Highline Public Schools, today is also the first day for West Seattle Montessori School in White Center.

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Local students’ pet-food drive ‘an overwhelming success’

May 11th, 2013 Tracy Posted in Pets, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

The recent pet-food donation drive by White Center-headquartered West Seattle Montessori/West Seattle Academy brought in 2,471 pounds of food! Heather Aquino shares photos and a report:

The West Seattle Academy’s 7th graders collected more than a ton of dog, cat, and even bird food for their school-wide pet food drive. The drive lasted three weeks and was a spirited contest between all of the classes in West Seattle Montessori and West Seattle Academy. The Yellow Room donated the most food, with a whopping 724 lbs donated to the cause. They were treated to an ice-cream party hosted by the 7th graders on Thursday, May 9th.

The report continues:

On Friday, May 3rd the 7th graders loaded up the school van with all of the large bags of dog and cat food and headed to the Humane Society of Seattle to drop it all off, take a tour of their facilities, and learn about how their donations help local families, senior pet owners on limited incomes, and people with terminal illnesses lacking the essential resources needed to tend for their furry companions.

With the bulk of the collected food being donated to the Humane Society, there is still a substantial amount that will be dispersed to smaller, local animal shelters in our community. The drive was an overwhelmingly huge success. Thank you to the Yellow Room and all of the students of West Seattle Montessori and Academy for an amazing experience that benefited not only the Humane Society, but that also inspired the giving spirit of our 7th graders.

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Middle- and high-school parents: Your public-school district needs to hear from you!

March 19th, 2013 Tracy Posted in How to Help, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

From Highline Public Schools:

Parents of middle and high school students are needed to help shape a plan that will guide schools for the next three years. It is part of a community effort to create a new three-year strategic plan.

The core planning team responsible for designing the plan is seeking ideas from Highline families and community members. The upcoming public input session will focus on ideas that can shape students’ middle school and high school experience.

“We are working toward very ambitious and necessary goals, to achieve better outcomes and broaden the opportunities for all students, and to better prepare them for their adult, working lives,” said Stacia Jenkins, a member of the core planning team and mother of a student at Pacific Middle School.

All parents are welcome, but middle school and high school parents are especially encouraged to join other families and community members for a meal and a conversation about what we want for our children and our community.

“We have heard exciting ideas from families and community members around the district,” said Susan Enfield, Superintendent. “However, we want additional input about how we can do a better job of educating all students. The middle school and high school years are so vital to student success, and our three-year plan must include strategies that work well for secondary students and schools.”

What: Highline Public Schools Community Strategic Planning Session

Date and Time: Wednesday, April 3, 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.

Location: Highline High School cafeteria, 225 South 152nd Street, Burien, WA 98148

Details: Interpretation, dinner, and child care will be provided free of charge.

Please RSVP for interpretation, child care, and dinner: Individuals who need an interpreter or childcare, or if you are coming to dinner, please call 206-277-5922 so that we can plan for you.

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‘Exciting times are ahead': Superintendent on federal grant announcement

December 12th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Education, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

Highline Public Schools is among the regional districts that joined forces to seek – and win – a big federal grant. Here’s what our partners at The Seattle Times are reporting about it; here’s the reaction of HPS Superintendent Dr. Susan Enfield, per district e-mail to media:

As many of you know, Highline joined with several South King County school districts to apply for a federal Race to the Top grant. I am thrilled to announce that our proposal has been granted full funding of $40 million. We are one of just two applications across the country to receive the full $40 million.

I want to thank Alan Spicciati and other members of the Highline team who contributed to developing our application. This was a regional team effort, and I am so proud to be part of the coalition that put together this successful application. Most importantly, this grant will give us the opportunity to make a significant difference for the children of Highline and the South King County Region. … Exciting times are ahead!

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New family-run tree lot benefiting Holy Family Parish School

December 10th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Holidays, Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

(Photos by Katie Meyer for WCN)
If you haven’t already noticed: White Center has a new Christmas-tree lot this season – at Holy Family, benefiting HF’s Parish School. It’s being run by HF parishioners the Calderons: Carlos, Tracy, and kids Andres and Tahlia, who are in our photo, and Marco (who was off at a sports practice when we stopped by).

Carlos says the idea came up at a Holy Family School board meeting – fundraising ideas were being brainstormed, and Carlos suggested a Christmas tree lot, recalling one run by an acquaintance in South King County. The idea was enthusiastically approved. Carlos was put in charge. He and his family bought the tree inventory, added fencing to the lot at 18th and Roxbury, built the wooden framework for the trees, and opened within days.

The Calderons are helping tree-shoppers in Spanish as well as English, and they’re open long hours – 9 am till 10 pm. P.S. Delivery’s available.

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Spaghetti for dinner on Saturday! Holy Family fundraiser

September 21st, 2012 Tracy Posted in Holy Family, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

You’ve been invited to dinner on Saturday, 5-8 pm at Holy Family School:

Bring the family for a spaghetti dinner and raffle at Holy Family School in White Center (9615 20th Ave SW). Adults $12, children 11 and under are $5. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread, and ice cream. Seating from 5:00 until 8:00pm. Live entertainment will feature local celebrities, and the raffle will include crafts and gift certificates from local establishments. All proceeds will benefit tuition assistance for eligible boys and girls at Holy Family School.

Holy Family is at Roxbury/20th.

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White Center Heights Elementary to offer dual-language program next year

September 6th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Education, Highline School District, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

From Highline Public Schools:

More Highline Kindergarteners will learn a second language at school starting next fall. Highline will open new dual language programs at White Center Heights and Madrona elementary schools. Each school will have two dual-language Kindergarten classes starting in fall 2013.

Madrona will offer Spanish immersion. At White Center Heights, there will be one Vietnamese immersion and one Spanish immersion class. Half of the students in each program are native English speakers and half are native speakers of the other language. Students spend 50 percent of every day learning in English and the other 50% learning in the second language.

Each year, the schools will add a grade level as students progress through each grade and new Kindergarteners enter the program every fall.

Hilltop and Mount View elementary schools were the first two schools in the district to offer Spanish dual language programs. The first cohort at Hilltop will enter 7th grade in 2015. Highline plans to expand dual language to middle school at that time.

Demand for dual language classrooms in growing in Highline. “We anticipate expanding to other elementary schools in the next three to five years,” said Bernard Koontz, Director of Language and Cultural Arts.

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First day at Holy Family School: New dual-language program debuts

September 4th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Education, Holy Family, Religion, Schools, White Center news 1 Comment »

Big smile from Holy Family Parish School principal Frank Cantwell – it’s the first day of school and the first day of a new program that will continue growing over the years. Holy Family is debuting its dual-language program. The principal explains, “We have hired seven bilingual teachers from Mexico, South America and Spain. Our Pre-School, Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten students will be learning half their subjects in Spanish and half in English. Each year, we will include the next grade up. For now, all the students in Grades 1 through 8 will be taught in English, but learning Spanish in the more traditional approach.” One of the new teachers is Flori Muñoz from Argentina:

Here’s her kindergarten classroom from another angle:

Assistant principal Anca Wilson was conducting parent orientation:

Also happening this week at Holy Family – the annual Street Fair is coming up Saturday and Sunday (September 8-9). Principal Cantwell says, “We will be having Mexican, Filipino and Vietnamese foods, as well as hot dogs and hamburgers. We will have pony rides again this year, and we have built a water slide that I am sure will be a big hit with the kids. We will also be having a variety of ethnic music and dancing. We expect it to be bigger and better than ever.”

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3 for Saturday: Pancakes, plants, and the Jubilee Days gala

May 4th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Gardening, Schools, White Center Jubilee Days, White Center news Comments Off

Three events you won’t want to miss on Saturday:

MCLENDON HARDWARE PANCAKE BREAKFAST: The tasty tradition arrives at the store again on Saturday morning. 7:30-10 am, free.

WEST SEATTLE MONTESSORI PLANT SALE: 9 am-3 pm, at the campus (11215 15th SW) – with a bake sale, organic soil, student vegetable starts, plants from Village Green Perennial Nursery, and more – read about it on the school’s website.

WHITE CENTER JUBILEE DAYS GALA: Saturday’s the night, Youngstown Cultural Arts Center (4408 Delridge Way SW in West Seattle) is the place, 6:30 pm – the ticket link and more details are on the Jubilee Days website.

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White Center school, parks get helping hand(s) from Starbucks volunteers

April 28th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Parks, Schools, White Center news Comments Off

(Photos by WCN’s Patrick Sand)
Notice people in bright-green shirts around White Center at midday today? Those were the Starbucks workers whose second annual Month of Service volunteerism brought them today to Mount View Elementary, Lakewood Park, and White Center Heights Park (the latter is where we caught up with them).

The White Center work was in conjunction with SeattleWorks.

According to the announcement we received in advance, on behalf of Starbucks, the company has a lofty April volunteerism goal: “This year we’re aiming to beat 200,000 community-service hours – that’s the equivalent of nearly 100 people working 9-5 for a year!”

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Brand-new student in the family? Kindergarten info night Thursday at Mount View Elementary

April 24th, 2012 Tracy Posted in Schools, White Center news Comments Off

White Center’s Mount View Elementary invites families of incoming kindergarteners to Information Night this Thursday, 6-7:30 pm:

The school’s at 10811 12th SW. Here’s a full-size version of the flyer.

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