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Please congratulate our three winners of the new Tukwila Superstar Award! These staff members were nominated by their colleagues for their outstanding service and the talents they bring to their school communities.

Joe Camacho - CTE Teacher at Foster High School

Joe Camacho, May Tukwila Superstar winner

“Mr Camacho is a consistent beacon of positivity and joy in the school. His tireless collaboration with teachers, work with students, and organizing for clubs and extracurricular activities (garden club!) spreads an infectious love for engaging with learning and helps to build a positive, supportive community here at Foster.” 

-Oisin Gunning

Ivan Kistol, Head Custodian at Cascade View

Ivan Kistol, May Tukwila Superstar winner

 “Ivan is always upbeat and positive whenever you see him. Very jovial and always up to talk about his interests as well as ask you about yourself. He interacts well with the staff as well as the students. And whenever you ask him for help he is willing and finds the time very promptly even though he always has many things to do for his day to day schedule. He took a well deserved vacation recently and though the staff that filled in did a good job it quickly became apparent there was something different while he was away. He provides a consistent presence that everyone can depend upon and we are very lucky to have him!”

-Dalton Rockwell

Sreymom Serey, 3rd Grade Teacher at Cascade View

Sreymom Serey, May Tukwila Superstar winner

“Sreymom is doing an excellent job at being the site coordinator for the Highly Capable testing. She has been making sure to provide the staff with all of the materials and reminders to check our technology and tools. She checks in with us to make sure we have everything we need. Also, she is an excellent teacher. She is always in contact with her student families, building relationships with them that last for years. And she shows her students and their families that they are important by checking in with them and helping them whenever they need anything.”

-Jennifer Tison

 

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A message from the Tukwila School District Board of Directors:

To our District Community, 

We are writing to inform you of some action steps that we have and will continue to take as a district to more firmly align us with our vision for an inclusive and equitable school system. 

The purpose of the Tukwila School District (TSD) is to nurture each student so that they are well equipped for a world of infinite possibilities. We are committed to creating and sustaining great schools where every student—without exception—feels seen, heard, honored, and valued. The book Belonging Through a Culture of Dignity describes dignity as “the innate, equal worth of each human being simply because that person is human.” We, the Tukwila School Board, believe that dignity, worthiness, value and belonging are the birthrights of every human being. Our shared belief in the dignity of all who learn, work or visit Tukwila is why we as leaders continue to strive to build a better community for our district and the Tukwila Community.

Over the course of the next few months we will be working at implementing long standing policies, at the school building and administrative levels, to ensure our district is honoring the dignity and rights of transgender, non-binary and gender expansive people throughout our community. This will include steps to create a stronger infrastructure of safety and support through:

  • expanded professional development

  • education for staff and students

  • examination and shift of our language and physical environments to be inclusive of all genders

  • developing a strong system of accountability. 

The first of these action steps is taking place at Foster High school with the opening of gender neutral restrooms. This action not only aligns with the values of the Tukwila School District, it ensures compliance of our legal obligations to ensure the rights of every student and staff are met.

As our district moves forward in this work we understand that this may bring up questions, uncertainty and discomfort. We want to honor the differences of perspective, understanding, and comfort, while adhering to our shared belief and responsibility to ensure the dignity of everyone within Tukwila School District. We invite you to participate, learn, and grow with us as we continue to build the best learning environment for all our students.


For questions please contact school board at tsdboard@tukwila.wednet.edu or Superintendent Herndon at herndonf@tukwila.wednet.edu.

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The Tukwila School District is seeking to fill a vacancy for our Board of Directors. This position represents District Area 3 (three). Any citizen residing in District Area 3 who meets the following qualifications is eligible to apply:

Please visit the Board of Directors application page on the Tukwila School District website for more information and to fill out the application:

tukwilaschools.org/about-our-district/board-of-directors/board-of-directors-application

Please consider applying if you are interested in serving the students and families of Tukwila. We are a unique school district serving a vibrant community and we would love to hear from you if you are passionate about leading the District in providing high quality education for all students.

Please contact Deborah Kohr with questions at kohrd@tukwila.wednet.edu or 206-901-8006.

All applications are due by May 30, 2022 at 5:00 p.m.

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Will your student be 3 years old by August 31? If so, they're eligible to enroll in preschool.

Will your student be 5 years old by August 31? If so, they're eligible to enroll in Kindergarten.

Join us for a registration event on May 18 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Tukwila School District Administration Building (4640 S. 144th St.) Interpreters will be available.

Documents Needed:

  • Student's birth certificate, passport, US Visa, or I94
  • Copy of 2021 Tax Return or recent paystub
  • Utility bills, mortgage statement, or verification of residency form.
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Cascade View Families,

Over the past two weeks, there has been a rise in cases at Cascade View Elementary. At this time, the increase is not as large as that of the Omicron surge we experienced in January. To prevent the further spread of the virus, we strongly encourage students and staff wear a well-fitting mask throughout the day. We have masks available at school if needed. We would also like to remind you that both PCR and rapid antigen tests are available throughout the district - please visit your school’s health room if you would like one.

We are closely monitoring this situation. In accordance with King County Public Health guidelines and recommendations, a possible mass testing event and 2-week mask mandate may occur at Cascade View if case numbers continue to rise. We will continue to keep you informed about this situation.

Please contact Hannah Maestro, District Nurse (maestroh@tukwila.wednet.edu) with questions.

Thank you for your continued understanding and dedication to promoting the health of our school district.

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To the Tukwila Community,

We’re writing to communicate changes in the Tukwila School District Board of Directors. Director Bridgette Agpaoa-Ryder (District 3) has made the difficult decision to resign from her position on the Board. Her leadership and vision has led to strengthened community voice and infusing racial equity in our discussions and decisions.  We wish to thank her for her strong leadership and passionate advocacy for our students and community members. She will be missed.

At the Board meeting on April 26, 2022 Director Carlee Hoover (District 1) was unanimously elected President and Director Dave Larson (District 5) was unanimously elected Vice President.

The Board will need to appoint a new Director for District 3. The application and information about requirements for being a Director can be found here: www.tukwilaschools.org/about-our-district/board-of-directors/board-of-directors-application. Applications are due by May 30 at 5:00 p.m. and then we will review applicants and set up interviews. Please reach out to us with questions you may have about this process.

Thank you all for your input and support.

In service,

Carlee Hoover, President

Dave Larson, Vice President

Reverend Jan Bolerjack

Edna Morris

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Join our Gender Inclusive Practices Advisory Group! 

Over the course of the next few months we will be working at a policy, building and administrative level to ensure our district is honoring the dignity and basic rights of trans, non-binary and gender nonconforming folks throughout our district and community.

We are seeking individuals who would like to support this work as a part of a small advisory group of staff, students and interested community members. This advisory group will support listening sessions, policy revisions and other aspects of this work as they come.

Overarching goals: 

  • Increase inclusionary practices across the Tukwila School District Community

  • Invest in ongoing staff PD and Student education (can’t just be a one and done)

  • Create strong accountability structures for harassment, bullying or belittment of individuals based on gender and sexuality 

  • Long term: Invest in the development and implementation of LGBTQ+ History Curriculum

  • Long term: Review ALL current policies and update to reflect non gendered language

What we hope to do:

  • Understanding what is currently happening throughout our schools district community

  • Review current policy and identify areas of priority for policy and procedure updates/accountability

  • Increase awareness of gender in regards to history, current statistics, etc.

If you or others you know would be interested in joining this group, please complete this short form.

Interest Form

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Please congratulate a group of Tukwila students who were featured on the front page of a local Vietnamese newspaper. The event they were participating in was to remember and celebrate one of the first Vietnamese kings, Hung Vuong.

Vietnamese Community Liaison Tuan Duong and FHS Chemistry teacher Khanh Vy Le worked hard to coordinate this event so our students could participate.

The students who attended were:

  • Hoang Phat Nguyen (FHS)
  • Viet Nguyen (FHS)
  • Khang Tran (FHS)
  • Feria Sang Ngoc Nguyen (FHS)
  • Saleena Bista (FHS)
  • Mehakdeep Buttar (FHS)
  • Dennis Nguyen (FHS)
  • Thanh Tran (FHS)
  • Gursimrat Buttar (Showalter)
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Join us for a Dual Language Experiential Event on Tuesday, May 3 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.

In this session you will experience what it feels like to learn language and content simultaneously while cooking comida casera. It's all FREE! We even supply you with the groceries. It's a fun way to engage with the Tukwila community and learn at the same time.

Register here

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Please join us for a virtual Parent Advisory Committee Meeting on Wednesday, April 27 from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. This committee will be ongoing and will address issues that the committee feels are important and advise the District on policies. Parent voices are extremely important in helping shape our schools and being part of this committee provides a crucial platform for parent-school communication.

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Virtual Event - Thursday, April 28 at 3:00 p.m.

For teens and adults.

Hear local refugee and immigrant youth read poems from their new anthology. The Voice of My Heart: Unforgettable Memories in an Unforgettable Year is the latest from the Stories of Arrival Poetry Project.

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In-Person Book Launch - Thursday, May 19 at 6:00 p.m. Spice Bridge

 

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Thorndyke Elementary School is choosing a new mascot! The current students at Thorndyke will be coming up with mascot ideas in their classes, but we'd also like to hear from former students, family members, community members, and staff. Please fill out the form below to share your thoughts about what our new mascot should be. Please respond by Friday, April 29.

The students will be voting to choose their new mascot in the beginning of June.

Link to mascot suggestion form

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Join us for a Parent Engagement Class on Thursday, April 21 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Our family engagement team will help the parents learn about the Xello College and Career Readiness online platform, that our district, K-12 will be using. We will share how we will be using Xello in Tukwila and how to support children at home to explore and plan for their futures.

Zoom link: https://tukwila-wednet-edu.zoom.us/j/82346593070

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The Tukwila School District is happy to begin a more formal relationship with the UW Secondary Teacher Education Program (STEP).  The UW program starts in March and begins with a placement in the middle school. We are excited to host this group of student teachers as they grow through their education program.  As their program progresses, they will eventually visit high school classrooms. Eventually, they will be looking for their primary student teaching placements either in the high school or the middle school. This connection with the UW helps to highlight the awesome teachers and students in our district and helps our recruiting efforts to bring the best future teachers into our district. Our hope is that we can forge a similar relationship with the Elementary Program too. This group includes Foster alumnus Daniel Humkey.

A special shoutout to our cooperating teachers: Adi Sanchez, Dai Phan, Haley, Durslag, Sue Hamilton, Emma Wohl, Erin Herda, Erica Cieslikowski, Cindy Lewis, Claudia VanCleemput, Thu Tran, and Brian Kluender.

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The Spanish Heritage Language Class encourages and strengthens the development and maintenance of the home language and community. Two languages are better than one!

When? During Summer School, June 27 - July 29

Where? Location has not yet been determined.

Who can participate? Children in 2nd - 4th grade who:

  • Have been raised in a family where English is not spoken or is the second language;
  • Can comprehend and speak their heritage language and are bilingual in English and their heritage language.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Ramirez: 206-901-7734 | ramirezt@tukwila.wednet.edu

 

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Congratulate the Foster High School "Wormies" for winning 1st place at the Northwest Regional Envirothon Competition on March 24! They showed their knowledge about environmental topics including, aquatic ecosystems, wildlife, forestry, and soils. Next, they will compete in the Washington State Envirothon competition in May in Ellensburg. Way to go!

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We are excited to announce the Tukwila School District is in the process of updating our strategic plan.  The new five-year plan will define the actions and measures needed to guide us into the future and ensure success for all students.  We would like you to be an important part of this process by providing your thoughts and insights into the strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities of Tukwila’s schools. 

Specifically, we invite you to participate in our Parent/Families virtual focus group scheduled for Thursday, April 7th at 5:00 p.m.  You will be able to join other parents and families across the district and bring your perspective to the planning process.  To participate, please use the following link Zoom Link.

We look forward to joining us and being a part of this important process for the future of our students.

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PHSKC (Public Health Seattle King County) is hosting a Virtual Q&A session for the Pacific Islander community on Thursday, March 31st from 6-7PM. Topic will include COVID vaccines, omicron variant, mental health, bible and vaccines, and keeping our families safe & healthy in the time of COVID. Panelists are:

  • Pastor Ofa Langi, MDiv  Auburn City Church- Seventh Day Adventist
  • Scarlett Ekeroma, MA, LMFT, CHP  Elevate Healing, LLC
  • Dr. Malik Fuimaono- Chief Hospitalist at Skagit Valley Hospital

To join the event, please click the link on the flyer. Questions can be emailed in advance to Veronica.Lue@kingcounty.gov

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The City of Tukwila and Waste Management are partnering again to offer a Video, Photo, Art Contest for students K-12 who live in, or go to school in, Tukwila.  Students are invited to demonstrate how they re-think, reduce, reuse, or recycle by creating a short video (sixty seconds or less), photograph, drawing, or recycled art project. Examples could include video of actions that reduce waste, showing creative examples of reuse, or reminding others which items are recyclable per the City’s guide at wmnorthwest.com/Tukwila.

Prizes will be awarded by two age categories - Elementary students (K-5th grade) and Secondary students (grades 6-12.)  The top finalist in each category will receive $350, 2nd place -- $200, and 3rd place -- $100.  Teachers can win prizes too! Teachers who incorporate projects into their classwork will be recognized and the teacher with the most students submitting contest entries will win $400 for class supplies.  Students may also enter independently of a class; it is not required that their teacher participate.

Top finalists and some participants will be showcased on City of Tukwila and WM websites and social media platforms. No experience is necessary to enter the contest.  Students of all ages and abilities are welcomed to participate.  Fun and creativity are encouraged.  Videos can be shot on cell phones, tablets, or cameras.  City of Tukwila and WM will be judging submissions on creativity, relevance to the waste reduction/recycling theme, quality, and effort.

Submissions are due Friday, April 8, 2022, by 5 pm. Finalists will be announced on April 21, the day before Earth Day, 2022.

For more information or to receive the entry form with complete rules, visit WMNorthwest.com/Tukwila or email recyclenw@wm.com.

Mask Requirements Ending
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Greetings Tukwila,

Following Department of Health guidelines, as well as considering input from students, families and staff, masks will not be required in Tukwila schools or Tukwila School District buildings after March 11th, 2022. Students and staff may choose to continue to wear a mask at school and we expect that choice to be respected by everyone for whatever the reason may be.

What does this mean for you and your student?

  • Your student is no longer required to wear a mask when attending school. This includes the classroom and school buildings, indoors and outdoors. 

  • Students will not be required to wear masks on school buses.

  • Students and staff who have symptoms of COVID-19 are required to stay home and follow isolation guidelines. 

  • People who have been potentially exposed to COVID-19 should consider wearing a well-fitted mask following Department of Health guidelines.

For more information, please visit the Tukwila School District COVID-19 webpage.

We encourage students, staff, and families to continue a layered approach to protection from COVID-19 including vaccination as possible, hygiene and hand washing, and social distancing. Masks will continue to be provided to students and staff who request them.

Throughout this pandemic, we have followed guidelines set by King County Public Health to support the health and wellbeing of our students, their families, and our staff while focusing on access to education and learning for all students. Thank you for your ability this school year to shift quickly. We appreciate your patience. 

Sincerely, 

Flip Herndon, Superintendent

Tukwila School District

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Greetings Tukwila Community,

The Tukwila School District Board of Directors has updated their public comment process to make it more accessible for everyone and increase transparency. The Board of Directors page on the TSD website has been updated to reflect this information: https://www.tukwilaschools.org/about-our-district/board-of-directors/public-comment

Members of the public can still submit public comments via email that will be read at a Board meeting. To do so, email your written comment to public_comments@tukwila.wednet.edu.  Your email will be sent to all Board members as well as Superintendent Herndon. You will receive email confirmation that your public comment was received and will be read at the next Board meeting.

You can also submit public comments using a form which is on the public comment page, on the left-hand side, under the email instructions. These submissions are visible to the Communications team.  You will receive email confirmation that your public comment was received and will be read at the next Board meeting.

If you'd like to sign up to read your public comment at a Board meeting, a form is available on the public comment page on the right-hand side. If you need translation services, please fill this out at least 24 hours before the start of the Board meeting. You will receive an email confirmation that your name has been added to the speakers list.

Please write to communications@tukwila.wednet.edu with questions or comments.

 

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Will your student be 3 years old by August 31? If so, they're eligible to enroll in preschool.

Will your student be 5 years old by August 31? If so, they're eligible to enroll in Kindergarten.

Join us for a registration event on March 30 from 2:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Tukwila School District Administration Building (4640 S. 144th St.) Interpreters will be available.

Documents Needed:

  • Student's birth certificate, passport, US Visa, or I94
  • Copy of 2021 Tax Return or recent paystub
  • Utility bills, mortgage statement, or verification of residency form.
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Yesterday, Governor Jay Inslee announced that the statewide indoor mask requirement for Washington state, including in our K–12 schools, is scheduled to end on March 21, 2022. Masks are still required in all schools and district buildings and on school buses at this time. Masks will continue to be provided for those who do not have them, and students who will not wear masks will be sent home.

The Governor’s announcement included the information that local health jurisdictions may still require masks and the final decision for lifting the mask requirement in the Tukwila Schools District has not been made yet. We will continue to follow guidance set by the Department of Health King County. 

Our focus is on supporting student learning while ensuring student and staff health, wellbeing, and safety. We are actively listening to our school community and will be in conversation with public health officials and our local community over the next few weeks. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available. 

Click here to see Governor Inslee’s full press conference.

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Multilingual families, we want to hear from you! Learn about TSD's Dual Language program and advise the Teaching & Learning department on how the program can best meet the needs of our students.

We're holding two virtual meetings: Tuesday, March 1 and Tuesday, April 5 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

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Questions? Please contact Stephanie Chen: chens@tukwila.wednet.edu or 206-901-8019.

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The Tukwila School District is inviting community members, parents, students, and all district staff to join us for a virtual meeting on Tuesday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m. The Capital Projects team will be presenting information on upcoming district bond projects and would like your feedback.  Your input is vital in this process. 

Information on the following projects will be presented:

  1. Showalter Kitchen Remodel
  2. Foster PAC Remodel
  3. Neudorf Stadium Security Fence
  4. Community Pathway at Showalter Middle School

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Date:    Tuesday, February 15, 2022

Time:    6:00 – 6:30 p.m.

 Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83888702508?pwd=ckZIODZUTFVlUnBFNnNwbnEwTjZZQT09

Webinar ID: 838 8870 2508

Join by Phone: 253 215 8782

We hope to see you there.  

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In collaboration with the King County Department of Health, Somali Health Board of Seattle, and Othello Station Pharmacy, Tukwila School District will be hosting a vaccination clinic.

What:

  • Pediatric Dose 1 or 2 of Pfizer
  • Moderna Boosters for 18+
  • Pfizer Boosters for 12+

Date: Wednesday, February 9th - 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Location: Thorndyke Elementary School - 4415 S. 150th Street, Tukwila

Access to registration has been simplified. Scan the QR Code and follow the prompts. Walk-ins will also be served.

See flyer for QR Code and additional information.

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  • Vaccination

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