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The Ballard High School drama department will be performing "Grease" as its spring musical beginning March 12.

The show begins at 7 p.m. March 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21. Tickets are $12.

Click the above photo for more images from a dress rehearsal of the musical.

Photo credit: 
Michael Harthorne

Sandy (Marit Murry) and Danny (Joe Westling) belt it out at Rydell High during a dress rehearsal for Ballard High School's upcoming performances of "Grease."

One new sport and four new coaches for the Beavers

The sports landscape this spring at Ballard High School is going to look very different from 2008. Four teams have new head coaches and one senior took it upon herself to found girls lacrosse at Ballard.

Senior Krista Nelson decided to form a lacrosse team at the school for her senior project because the project is supposed to be something the student is passionate about, she said.

Along with a few other Ballard students, Nelson played high school lacrosse at Roosevelt until this season.

Nelson said there seemed to be a lot of interest at the school, and 25 girls showed up for the first team meeting.

Coach Lise Martin has 14 years of playing experience and more than seven years of coaching experience. Ballard is the fourth brand new team she has been involved in founding.

Martin said she is not surprised there was such a showing of interest at Ballard because lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the counry.

There is a lot of experience and work ethic on the team, and being new can help the team, she said.

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Michael Harthorne

The Ballard High School girls lacrosse team prepares for its debut season this spring.

Seattle Public Schools will hold its quarterly community meetings to discuss updates on the district's Strategic Plan, high school math materials adoption, Student Assignment Plan, and other issues.

The community meetings will provide updates on progress of the Strategic Plan and an opportunity to discuss key topics with the community. Included will be updates on high school math materials adoption and development of the new Student Assignment Plan.

All staff, families and community members are welcome. Interpreters will be available. Dates, times and locations are as follows:

Saturday, March 21, from 10 a.m. to noon
, John Stanford Center, Auditorium
, 2445 3rd Ave. S.

Tuesday, March 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Urban Impact, Main Office, 
7728 Rainier Ave. S.

Thursday, March 26, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
 Ballard High School, Library
1418 N.W. 65th St.

Presentations, handouts, feedback and other information from previous community meetings are available under the Engagement section of the Strategic Plan Web page.


Thursday, March 12 the Chief Sealth High School Parent Teacher Student Association will host a "Multicultural Night," with doors opening at 5:45 p.m.

President Leslie Menstell made the announcement recently and said the event will include a buffet-style dinner of "ethnic dishes"

Some groups scheduled to perform are breakdancing, Filipino, krump/stomp, Latino Dance, poetry, Polynesian, Mariachi, Vietnamese. There will be a silent auction and cash raffle.

Native or cultural attire is suggested. Also, learn about international programs for students. 

Tickets are $7 per person and free for Chief Sealth students, families and children under 7. Tickets are limited and cost $10 at the door.

Chief Sealth is located at 5950 Delridge Way S.W.

Call the ticket hotline at 1-800-838-3006. For more information email


Both Concord Elementary School and Denny Middle School celebrated their diverse student bodies and new international curriculum at Concord this morning.

At 10 a.m. first grade students, both native Spanish-speakers and those new to the language, took a math class entirely taught in Spanish, as a part of the school’s dual-language immersion program. Meanwhile, upstairs in Concord’s media center elementary students enjoyed watching Denny Middle School’s steel drum band and saw their own class mates perform a native Cuban dance.

Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson and West Seattle School Board director Steve Sundquist were on hand to offer their congratulations to both Denny and Concord.

“We are committed to making ‘Excellence for All’ the standard across the district,” said Goodloe-Johnson. “It is important to understand cultural diversity so that our students might graduate to be competitive globally.”

Denny and Concord will both see changes in their curriculum this fall.

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Rose Egge

Concord students perform a traditional Cuban dance as the elementary program celebrates its new status as an International School.

Design Teams being formed to ease closure transitions

After the Seattle School Board voted to approve the final recommendations for capacity management and effectively close schools across the city, design teams are now being formed as part of the next steps of the district's Capacity Management Plan.

A Programmatic Design Team is being formed for each site directly impacted by the proposed closures and program relocations. Additional teams will support the students and staff at the programs that are discontinued.

In West Seattle this includes Cooper Elementary School, which will be closed, and Pathfinder K-8, which will be relocated to the Cooper building.

The school district began to address imbalances in classroom capacity across the city as it faced a $24 million deficit.


Third graders at Westside Elementary School have been carving this totem since September.

Celina DeJong (pictured above), and her classmates have been studying Native American culture with Teacher Joe Tutch, and the totem was designed to reflect the traditional Northwest Native American story “Raven Steals the Sun.” The artwork will be sold at Westside’s Annual auction on March 7 to benefit the school.

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Photo curtousy of Taryn Brooke

Celina DeJong and her classmates have been studying Native American culture.

Ballard High School sophomore Taylor Sterns placed 10th all-around at the Washington state individual gymnastics meet Feb. 20.

It was the second year in a row Stern has qualified for the state meet.

“She’s very talented,” said coach Stephanie Gundel.

She finished sixth on the vault with a 9.35 score and 10th on the floor with a score of 9.45.

Her scores qualified her to compete in the Feb. 21 state championships in those events. Stern was one of only four girls to qualify for the second day who wasn’t from Woodinville High School, Gundel said.

In the championships, Stern finished ninth on the floor and tied for seventh on the vault.

She also placed in the top 10 in every event during the district meet.

Gundel said one of Stern’s greatest assets is that she is a quick learner. Stern can try a routine a few times and have it ready for competition, she said.

She said Stern debuted a brand-new routine on the bars Feb. 20 and placed 11th overall, barely missing qualifying for the championships in that event, despite not having worked with the routine much.

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Kathy Bowen

Ballard High School sophomore Taylor Stern competes on the floor event Feb. 20 at the state gymnastics meet.

The first African American astronaut to walk in space will stop by Madison Middle School this Friday at about 8 a.m.

Harris will talk with students about his professional experiences as well as discuss reaching their own personal potential through problem-solving skills they learn in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The visit includes an interactive program by Harris as well as a demonstration on space.

Seattle is Harris’ first stop of his national 2009 “Dream Tour,” which will visit numerous cities across America.

Madison Middle School is located at 3429 45th Ave. S.W.


The City of Seattle Department of Neighborhoods recently awarded young artists from Ballard at a recent celebration at Rainier Community Center.

Area winners included, Samara Haq, 3rd grader, West Woodland, Maia Sebek, 9th grader, a home schooled Greenwood resident, Elise Morris, 3rd grader, West Woodland, and Ellery Haak, also a 3rd grader at West Woodland.

Mayor Greg Nickels presented during the 15th annual “Neighborhood Appreciation Day’ contest.

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Steve Shay

The mayor recently awarded young artists at a recent celebration at Rainier Community Center. From left to right, Samara Haq, 3rd grader, West Woodland, Maia Sebek, 9th grader, a home schooled Greenwood resident, Elise Morris, 3rd grader, West Woodland, and Ellery Haak, also a 3rd grader at West Woodland.

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