The audience laughed heartily during Schmitz Park Elementary School's production of Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors, Thursday night, June 17. The performers, and director and other behind-the-scenes crew were from Craig Parsley's fifth grade class. In the play, a man and his slave become mistaken for another man and his slave as both are identical twins. The four meet at the end and the confusion is cleared up. While the slave-owner actors, Vincent Paddon and Ryan Kimsey resembled each other, their slaves are real-life twins, Anna and Lea Zuckerman, a nice dramatic touch.

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The sword fight scene plays out on Schmitz Park Elementary School's stage during Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors.

Highland Park Elementary School teachers were surprised by retiring fellow teachers, Debbie Richter and Marilyn Nelson, and administrative assistant, Margaret Young, with a party in the library, Wednesday afternoon, June 16.

Richter, a special education teacher, has taught 21 years at Highland Park.

"It's time to say goodbye, said Richter, a Bellevue resident. "I've seen many students come and go. I'm going to travel. I have a new grandchild. This is going to be the next phase in my life."

"I'm going shopping when the stores are empty, and traveling when it's not tourist season," effused Young, who lives near the school, and still has a graceful North Carolina lilt even though she moved here 40 years ago. She was an office assistant at Highland Park School for six years before she moved into the Administrative Assistant position which she has held for the last 22 years.

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L-R: Margaret Young, Marilyn Nelson, and Deborah (Debbie) Richter, threw their own surprise retirement party for their colleagues at Highland Park Elementary School.

Possibly the most diverse senior class in America will graduate on Friday, June 11, at 7 p.m., in Tukwila's Werner Neudorf Stadium.
The Foster High School Class of 2010 attended the most diverse school district in the nation, according to the New York Times. This class, of 173 students, comes from 36 different countries, and they speak over 30 languages.

This class, as a whole, has many accomplishments, and made huge contributions to their community.
Seniors in the Advanced Placement Literature class competed to have President Obama speak at their commencement ceremony. They produced a video that depicts the ethnicity of the senior class and sent it to the president.

Foster Senior Adrian Quichochoa, along with several other students, created a video on the 2010 Census. They felt that this was an extremely important project that merited the time spent to inform Foster students, and the Tukwila community, how critical this information is for future funding of education.

Quichochoa joined State Rep. Zack Hudgins in producing a video and shared it with the community.

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Tukwila students and their principal said they were excited to share their personal stories with conference attendees. From left: Amina Ali, Foster High Principal Jim Boyce, Songul Izzatova, Kevin Lim;, Michelle Tran, Carlos Vega, Donna Enguerra and Michael Fertakis.

Sweet Pea Cottage Preschool of the Arts opens this Fall in the Unitarian Church's new location, a former church on California Avenue at Othello. The church recently purchased the building as the West Seattle Herald was first to report, here:

Sweet Pea Cottage is currently accepting applications and scheduling tours.

According to their press release:

All teachers are professional artists.
The Founder and Artistic Director began the program nearly 17 years ago from her own home and, by popular demand, grew into what now has 125 families at the Queen Anne location.
Sweet Pea is a non-profit organization.
Children experience visual arts, theater, yoga, French, Spanish, nature walks, cooking, dance, music, sports/exercise every week.
Guest artists are brought in on a weekly basis to share their craft with the children.
The curriculum is multi-cultural, celebrating a different country each week by teaching the children about the culture, language, art forms, and food.

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Sweet Pea Cottage Pre-school to open in Westside Unitarian Church's new location this Fall.

Sabas O. Rousseau, Chief Sealth High School student, received a $5,000 scholarship called the Sun Life Rising Star Award given by Sun Life Financial June 10 in the Sealth lunchroom. Over the past four years, Sabas has participated in the full breadth of Treehouse Education and Enrichment programs. He brings his high school homework to the after-school Treehouse Learning Center three times a week to receive support from a tutor. He has volunteered for the United Indians' drug and alcohol prevention program and Latino Voices, an organization for Latino Americans. Treehouse strives to give foster children a future. Sunlife and Treehouse representatives were on hand to present.

Sabas will attend South Seattle Community College with the goal of transferring to a four-year college.

"To have a financial gift like this is really special," said the happily-stunned Sabas. "I grew up in Burien and West Seattle and went to high school here for three years. That I succeeded and that I'm following my dreams is really special. I'm very excited actually."

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Sabas O. Rousseau, Chief Sealth High School student, received a $5,000 scholarship called the Sun Life Rising Star Award given by Sun Life Financial June 10 in the Sealth lunchroom. Sun Life's Mark O'Connor, pictured, presented the check. Sealth Principal John Boyd, right rear, looks on.

The Ballard Rotary Club awarded 10 $1,000 scholarships to Ballard High School students on May 18 in its annual tradition.

The Rotary Club's Billy Rodgers said one of the club's focuses is on education, so it partners with Ballard High School counselors to provide educational opportunities for youth in the community.

"There is no better way for our club to partner with our local high school and encourage all students to continue their eduction," Rodgers said.

In order to earn the scholarship, students fill out applications and participate in interviews. Winners are selected based on a number of criteria, including community service and classroom performance.

The 10 Ballard High School students to receive Ballard Rotary Club scholarships are Jessica Gallardo, Stephanie Valerdi, Allison Thomasseau, Leah, Kane Leinbach, Sarah Boon, Nicole Bowns, Jacob Kutrakun, Anne-Lise Nilsen, Brendan Philip and C.J. Eldred.

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The Ballard Rotary Club awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 Ballard High School students for community service and classroom performance.

Chief Sealth High School’s auditorium became hip and hopping as members of the Thelonius Monk Institute of Jazz visited, including six musicians from Los Angeles County High School for the Arts, or the “LACHSA “ Jazz Sextet performed Satin Doll and others through improvisation to a packed house of students Wednesday, April 28.

They were joined by special musical guests including Thelonious Monk, Jr. as part of the “Peer-to-Peer” jazz education program in Seattle Public Schools April 26-30. Superintendent of Seattle Public Schools Dr. Maria Goodloe-Johnson said some words and then clapped her hands with the students.


Many of us have heard of jazz legend Thelonious Monk, who lived from 1917-1982. His son and other family members founded the institute in his honor. Monk, Jr. has made his own mark in the jazz world.

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Jazz drummer, Max D'Anda, 17, keeps a beat for the LACHSA Jazz Sextet, a band that played for a packed house of Chief Sealth students in their auditorium Wednesday, April 28. The band represented the Thelonious Moink Institute of Jazz. That icon's son, Thelonious Monk, Jr. founded the orgranization following the death of his father. He was on hand to speak to the audience and guide the students.

Lease options presented to School Board on Apr 21

Westside School at 10015 28th Ave. S.W. needs to move. The school has been operating in the space since the fall of 1993, and shares space with Explorer West, an independent private middle school. All the lease options for the inventoried Seattle Public School buildings were presented at the School Board meeting on April 21, and the vote will take place May 5.


Westside School has put in a proposal to lease the E.C. Hughes building on 7740 34th Ave SW, and hopes to start the 2010-2011 school year in this new location. It's looking likely this will happen, according to school officials. Westside has been growing since 2006, and has outgrown its current location.

Head of the school Jo Ann Yockey said, " We have had a strategic plan which we began in 2006 to add one section at each grade level, before that we were one section at each grade, preschool through 5th grade. We started by adding another kindergarten class and then another 1st (grade) and so this year we have two 3rds."

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Westside School and Explorer West share school facilities and it's a challenge because they are often at cross purposes, needing the same space. The result is that many activities such as music and art are taught in the same room.---

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On April 6th the playground at Lafayette Elementary School in Seattle looked suspiciously like an airport. There was a real airplane—a glider—parked out by the basketball hoops. But don’t worry; Sea-Tac isn’t trying to sneak in a fourth runway next to California Avenue. It was there as part of the curriculum for Greg Schroeder’s fourth-grade class.

The kids have been studying aviation—everything from hot air balloons to the space shuttle—and the glider gave them a chance to hop in the cockpit and get some hands-on experience working the controls.

Heinz Gehlhaar, Mark Nyberg, and Bruce Bulloch of Evergreen Soaring towed the glider down from its home at Arlington Municipal Airport and assembled it on the school grounds.

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A 13 Meter Glider was on display at Lafayette Elementary School on the April 6 courtesy of Evergreen Soaring.

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