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Stopping the Summer Slide

Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it's also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the "summer slide," and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.

Here are some ideas to keep your child(ren) mentally active this summer:

Elementary and Middle School Students

High School Students

  • Summer can be the perfect time for high school-aged children to prepare for college, and setting aside at least one day a week to keep math and science skills fresh is an excellent way to start off the summer. Local libraries are an excellent plance to find books full of practice problems -- and they're quiet and often air-conditioned too!
  • Summer is also a good time to sit down and discuss financial aid and other expenses. The Office of Federal Student Aid has prepared checklists to help you at geared toward students of all ages.
  • Many high school students might also want to take the time to start developing their professional resumes. Finding a part-time job can help students gain valuable experience and line their pockets with a bit of extra cash. Visit for more information.
  • Volunteering is also an option. Youth-oriented summer camps, local museums, animal shelters and, of course, libraries are often looking for extra help during warmer months. This experience is not only valuable for personal and professional development, but it often looks good on college application. Find opportunities at

469 district students earned their high school diploma on June 7
On June 7, 469 graduates from Franklin Pierce High School, Washington High School, GATES High School, New Pathways, and Open Doors walked across the stage to accept their high school diploma. The three ceremonies -- all held at the Washington State Fairgrounds -- were each attended by hundreds of family and friends.

Photos from all three graduation ceremonies will be available for purchase soon at

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!


You are invited to the 6th annual Parkland Pace or Race


New student registration assistance available during summer

This summer, Franklin Pierce Schools will add an extra resource to assist parents who need to register their child(ren) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Computers and a dedicated staff person will be available in the Rainier Room of the Jo Anne Matson Administrative Center (315 129th Street South) from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 18 through August 9. Directions can be found HERE.


Franklin Pierce Schools hosts four summer lunch sites

Franklin Pierce Schools will be hosting four summer lunch sites for children 18 years old and younger.  The lunches are free, and will be available Monday through Friday, June 23rd through August 8th (with the exception of July 4th).

This free service is available at the following four sites:

Brookdale Elementary School

611 132nd St. S.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


James Sales Elementary School

11213 Sheridan Ave. S.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Harvard Elementary School

1709 85th St. E.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Tahoma View Apartments

11208 1st Ave. Ct. E.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Patriots boys tennis brings home state doubles championship title

Washington High School’s Josh Rasmus and Jonathan Yu dominated Sehome’s Max Shmolotohka and Reece Gilbert, 6-1, 6-0, on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington. The win awarded Rasmus and Yu with the Washington State 2A Doubles Championship title.

Rasmus and Yu – both graduating seniors – have had outstanding high school tennis careers. Yu finished 80-8; Rasmus 90-5. Both  have college lined up, too. Yu will graduate with his AA, and will enroll at the University of Washington  in Seattle this fall. Rasmus will play tennis for and study at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The WHS girls tennis doubles team also competed at the state championship, tying for 9th place. Players Jazmine Ortiz and Marijo Manaois comprised the first WHS girls doubles team to win a match at the state championship in 25 years.

Both the boys and girls doubles team s were voted earlier this season as the South Puget Sound League’s (SPSL’s) Most Valuable Players (MVPs).

Congrats to all four and their coach, WHS teacher Earle McWright!

State doubles champions (L to R) Jonathan Yu, Coach Earle McWright,
and Joshua Rasmus.

Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings visits Keithley Middle

On Friday, May 30th, Isaiah Thomas from the Sacremento Kings dropped by Keithley Middle School for a visit. Isaiah, who attended Curtis High School and the University of Washington before being drafted by the Sacramento Kings, met with a group of twenty-five student athletes and discussed the importance of academics, avoiding negative influences, the process of being scouted by colleges, and his experience playing in the NBA. Most of the discussion was conducted in a question and answer format, with students asking many thoughtful and meaningful questions. Following their discussion, Isaiah signed autographs and took pictures with each of the students. The students involved were beyond thrilled to meet  Isaiah and several are planning on attending his summer training camps held in Tacoma this June and July.

L to R: Isaiah Thomas and KMS 7th grade student Faith Brantley

JROTC wins 2014 Distinguished Unit Award


For the sixth time in the last seven years, Washington High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC squadron earned the Distinguished Unit Award. This award is presented to the top 20 percent of nearly 850 units around the world. Two of the six awards were actually Distinguished Unit Awards with Merit because they were earned in years when the squadron received an “exceeds standards” rating on its tri-annual headquarters inspection. The criteria used to determine award winners includes on-time submission of unit reports and attainment of annual goals. The goals—normally six of them—are selected by cadets early in October and completed towards the end of the academic year. The six goals are broken down into three categories: cadet, squadron and community. Goal achievement alone is not enough to earn a distinguished designation. Just as important is having viable and rigorous goals. Squadron leaders draft their goals the week before school starts and refine them until submission in mid-October. Over the course of the academic year, senior cadets monitor the goals and brief their progress at weekly staff meetings. Along with a streamer for the squadron colors, each cadet receives a Distinguished Unit Award ribbon. On behalf of the entire squadron, its commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Stouffer received the award certificate at the annual awards dinner on Saturday, May 17th. 



L to R: Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Christopher Stouffer and

Senior Aerospace Science Instructor Mr. John R. Pardo, Jr., Col, USAF (Ret)



 2014-2015 New Student Registration
Online Registration for 2014-2015 New Students

 Superintendent's Corner

As Superintendent, I have the opportunity, along with the responsibility, to visit all of our schools and observe the condition of teaching and learning taking place in the classrooms within each of them. Making my rounds to our 14 schools and Head Start/ECEAP Program this spring, I visited over 340 classrooms in action.
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