Each year the graduating eighth grade class of Our Lady of Guadalupe follows the tradition of prior graduating classes and presents a gift to the school as a thank you for the years of education they received. This year's class of 2009 wanted to do something that was a gift to the school, the parish, and the community.
They decided to create a beautiful and inviting entrance for their school and church.
Through bingo games and other fund raisers they saved up $1,571 for their project. There are two parts to their gift. One was replacing unattractive grass and a some scraggly trees with beautiful new landscaping.
The second part of the gift was to construct a 30 square foot handmade tile mosaic sign that proudly identifies their parish and school. In addition to stating the name of Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish and School, the sign also includes a mosaic image of Mary (Our Lady of Guadalupe) and Juan Diego's tilma cloak with roses tumbling out of it.
Holy Rosary School will say goodbye to Kris Brown, its principal for the past 23 years, in a special celebration event tonight.
Parents, students, parishioners and alumni are invited to the school's Lanigan Hall at 7 p.m. to "toast and roast the one with the most."
Brown announced in early April that she will be leaving to lead St. Catherine School in Maple Leaf.
Brown has been at Holy Rosary for 25 years, teaching third and fourth grade her first two years and leading the school as principal for 23 years.
While the principal was not actively looking for a new job, the opportunity at St. Catherine intrigued her. The school is just two miles from Brown's home and half the size of Holy Rosary.
"It's been the hardest decision I've made in my life," said Brown. "But through change comes new life and new energy and I feel that for Holy Rosary and for myself."
Holy Rosary, a Catholic K-8 school, has grown and changed significantly under Brown's leadership. The student body has doubled with two classes at each grade level and the faculty has nearly tripled.
Seattle Lutheran High School closed at noon today as a precaution against the H1N1 virus, now commonly known as swine flu.
One of the school's students reported having come in contact with a student from outside the school who has been confirmed to have swine flu. However, no students from Seattle Lutheran High School are known to have the virus at this time.
All students are currently dismissed from school as a precaution. Seattle Lutheran High School is scheduled to open again on June 1.
Parents can contact Seattle Lutheran High School if they have any concerns at (206) 937-7722.
As of today, the King County Health Department reports that there are 414 confirmed cases of H1N1 Influenza A.
H1N1 influenza is a virus that can spread from people who are infected to others through coughs and sneezes. When people cough or sneeze, they spread germs through the air or onto surfaces that other people may touch. H1N1 virus is not transmitted from pigs to humans or from eating pork products.
They live eight blocks apart, on either side of California Avenue --- the private-schooled sixth-grader and the Madison Middle School eighth-grader. When the dust had settled on the 21st annual Washington Geographic Bee at Stadium High School in Tacoma last Friday, these two West Seattle students had claimed two of the top seven places in the whole state.
Newcomer Mark Mockett placed fourth, while five-time veteran Sean Keller finished seventh.
Keller's total of five appearances in the state-level competition, beginning as a fourth-grader, is uncommon. At the earliest, his feat will not be matched again until 2011, and the most recent instance was 2003 or prior. The Bee is open only to grades four through eight.
The competition began with 101 students, separated into five groups. Alphabetically, they had come from Anacortes to Yakima, and from many places in between: from tiny Royal City, from distant Nine Mile Falls.
When Seattle Lutheran High School students Grace Puffert and Mary Griffin were asked to complete a senior project they wanted to come up with an idea that would utilize their interests and benefit the community in a way that's meaningful to them.
What they came up with was a fashion show to benefit the Providence Mount Saint Vincent Nursing Home where both girls volunteer.
The two have a strong connection to the nursing home; Griffin attended preschool at the center and Puffert's grandmother lives there.
"I love it there," says Puffert. "I've made some really great relationships."
The two were inspired by the way the Mount brings different generations together and thought that a fashion show celebrating different eras would be an appropriate benefit.
“Fashion Through the Ages” will feature dresses from 1900 to present day fashion, modeled primarily by Seattle Lutheran students.
"Fashion is timeless, and I feel like it's a common ground that connects every generation," says Puffert.
Mayor Greg Nickels announced today the 26 "outstanding" middle school students, including one from Ballard, who have earned this year’s scholar awards for service to their schools and communities.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the mayor’s Scholars Awards and in celebration, all 189 past award recipients will be honored.
Each of this year’s students will receive $500 that can be used for education or donated to a charity. Criteria for selection include overcoming obstacles or meeting challenges, giving back to the community, and maintaining good academic standing.
“With this award, we recognize Seattle’s next generation of leaders,” Nickels said in a statement. “Service to others is the foundation of a strong community, and I’m glad we can help these promising young people with their education and service goals.”
Students wrote short essays about how they contribute to their community and how they would use a $500 cash award. In addition, students were required to provide several recommendations from adults familiar with the students’ service work.
Ballard area award recipients include:
Sidney Axtell, Salmon Bay School, 8th grade