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 http://studentaid.ed.gov/prepare-for-college/checklists 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 http://www.wh.gov/youthjobs 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 http://volunteer.gov/
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 http://events.lifetouch.com.
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!
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 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.
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
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.
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
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)
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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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