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Vaccine Clinics - 9/22 and 10/13
TSD Communications

The Tukwila School District is hosting two vaccine clinics for students, families, and community members at Tukwila Elementary (5939 S. 149th St) on Thursday, September 22 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. and Thursday, October 13 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The following vaccines will be offered:

  • COVID-19
  • Flu
  • Other childhood vaccines

Please register for an appointment here: https://form.jotform.com/222486485288975

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Dr. Flip Herndon

Welcome to the 2022-23 School Year. I know there is a lot of excitement, optimism, anxiety and concern as we enter into this school year. We recognize this and staff in all positions share many of these same emotions and are (mostly) ready for the year to begin and welcome our students to Day 1 on September 1! The last few years have been incredibly challenging and difficult, but I am extremely hopeful that the health emergencies we have been faced with are subsiding even though they are not entirely gone. While we may still have some of those concerns, we know we have students who are eager to learn and experience a welcoming and positive environment. This will look different to students, families and staff and I am hopeful that we will continue to find ways to make meaningful connections within our community and with our staff.

In the coming weeks, we continue to work on the Tukwila School District Strategic Plan and will be inviting people to comment and participate in establishing some of the SMART goals that will demonstrate our progress in becoming an even more effective learning organization. Our main areas of focus are around High expectations for all our students. Equity and empathy in how we interact with our students, families and colleagues. Relationships that continue to foster trust and collaboration on a daily basis. Engaged learners who can see themselves in their education and have opportunities for input and feedback. There are many ways that we can accomplish this together and we look forward to hearing from our various stakeholders.

Finally, I’d like to make just a few virtual introductions. We have a few new people and people in new positions that will help us continue to be better at meeting the needs of our students, families, and staff. Dr. Borishade is our new Chief Academic Officer who will be leading our teaching and learning efforts. Ms. Hani Nur is the new Principal at Tukwila Elementary and Mr. Michael Croyle is the new Principal at Thorndyke Elementary. We also have new staff in all of our buildings who are either coming back to Tukwila from other places or are new to Tukwila. Please welcome them as we all work together in this new school year.

Thank you Tukwila students, families, and community for your continuing support of our school district and staff! I’m looking forward to a great 2022-2023 school year!

Welcome to the 2022-2023 School Year!
TSD Communications

Thursday, September 1 is the first day of school! We're so excited to see your students. Please see below for important information about the beginning of the year:

  • Foster and Showalter begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 2:30 p.m.
  • All elementary schools begin at 8:50 a.m. and end at 3:10 p.m.
  • Kindergarten will be released at 12:40 p.m.
  • Please see our Transportation Department page for information about bus routes.
  • The Tukwila School District is providing free school supplies to all students. They will be distributed during the first week of school. Please see our supplies page for supply lists.
  • All first meals will be free for students! There will be a charge if a student chooses to have a second meal.
  • Please visit our COVID-19 page for updated information about safety procedures in our schools.

Please read our most recent Family Newsletter for information about upcoming events and programs:

TSD Family Newsletter (8/31 - 9/15)

Champions Before and After School Program
TSD Communications

Champions is looking forward to bringing their accredited Before and After School program to your child's school this year. Our team of leaders and teachers are truly excited to meet you and learn more about you and your children.

In the Champions Program the children will benefit from a daily curriculum developed to help them become problem solvers and lifelong learners. Our teachers will create a rich classroom environment; providing hands-on activities to support your child’s academic, social, emotional, and physical development. The children will also have opportunities to create, play, pretend, express themselves, and make new friends!

This program is District funded and is provided at no cost to you, however registration is required to participate (registration fees are waived as well.) Space is limited.

This program is being offered at all three elementary schools; 7:00 - 8:50 a.m. and after school until 6:00 p.m. Space is limited so apply now!

Provided below are the steps to successfully complete your enrollment:

  1. Visit www.discoverchampions.com
  2. Click “Create an Account”
  3. After you enter the required information, a system-generated email will be sent from ChampionsHelp@KC-Education.com to your email account with your temporary password
  4. Log into your Champions account using the temporary password sent to you
  5. Select “Enroll Now”
  6. Add the name of your child/ren and click “continue”
  7. Complete the multi-step enrollment process
  8. Contact Family Support 1-800-246-2154 if you have questions or challenges
  9. You will receive a system-generated email to confirm your registration
  10. Print and sign your enrollment forms- you will need to bring them to your Champions location on your child’s first day

Thank you in advance for completing your child’s registration promptly. We look forward to connecting with you over the next several weeks to share additional information and to prepare you and your child for a successful start in Champions!

Kind regards,

Your Champions at Tukwila School District Team

Trish Frazier, Area Manager (tfrazier@discoverchampions.com)

Kindergarten Open House at Tukwila Elementary
TSD Communications

Tukwila Elementary Kindergarten Families, you are invited to meet Kindergarten teachers on Tuesday, August 30 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Tukwila Elementary. This will be a time to ask questions and hear what Kindergarten will be like for your child. We will also learn about bus safety and get a tour of the school. Please plan on attending. We are excited to met out Kindergarten families!

Multilingual Family Event - 8/27/22
TSD Communications

Please join us for a Multilingual Family Event on Saturday, August 27 from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Sullivan Center in the Tukwila Village (14350 Tukwila International Blvd.) We'll be serving food and drinks and this will be a great opportunity to meet our teachers, District leaders, and learn about services that are available to our community.

Guests will include:

  • King County Library System
  • City of Tukwila
  • Page Ahead
  • Spice Bridge
  • Champions Before/After School Program
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TSD Communications

Please be aware that there is road work happening on S. 144th Street, in between Foster and Showalter. Construction is in progress between 7 a.m. – 6 p.m. Please plan accordingly as there will be alternating one way traffic, heavily impacting the Foster student parking entrance, entrance to Showalter Middle School, and Administration Building. Foster and Showalter families are highly encouraged to have their students ride the school buses. For more information on this project visit: https://www.tukwilawa.gov/departments/public-works/construction-projects-and-transportation-impacts/annual-overlay-and-repair-program/

In addition, there is construction taking place south of the Cascade View playfields, so please use the designated walking trail.

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TSD Communications

We hope you had a wonderful summer and we're so excited for school to start! Here's some important information for the beginning of the school year:

  • The first day of school for K-12 is Thursday, September 1
  • Showalter and Foster hours are 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Elementary hours are 8:50 a.m. - 3:10 p.m.
  • All students will be getting free school supplies during the first week of school. Please see our school supplies page for more information.
  • All first meals will be free again this year! There will be a charge if a student chooses to have a second breakfast or lunch.
  • Please reach out to your student's school with questions:
    • Cascade View Elementary: 206-901-7700
    • Thorndyke Elementary: 206-901-7600
    • Tukwila Elementary: 206-901-7500
    • Showalter Middle School: 206-901-7800
    • Foster High School: 206-901-7900
Welcome Our New Student Representative the School Board!
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Join us in welcoming Dennis Nguyen as our new Junior Representative to the Tukwila School District Board of Directors! Dennis has been a student in Tukwila since fifth grade and says, "I really wanted to become a Student Representative because I felt like there needed to be more communication between the School Board at the students of our schools. I have a lot of friends and acquaintances here at Foster that have told me some of their opinions about how their experience and education at the school can be improved, so I wanted to be the bridge and help make that possible." 

Dennis' favorite thing about Tukwila is the sense of community and how many people know each other. Dennis is very interested in helping TSD offer more educational and recreational opportunities to its students.

We're so excited to have such wonderful Student Representatives!

6-12 Enrollment Event
TSD Communications

If you would like to enroll your 6-12 grade student in the Tukwila Schools, please join us for an enrollment event on Tuesday, August 23 from 8 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m. at Foster High School (4242 S. 144th St. 98168).

Current students in the Tukwila School District do not need to re-enroll. 


Registration packet is available at https://www.tukwilaschools.org/about-our-district/enrollment

Completed forms can also be emailed to:
schenckb@tukwila.wednet.edu or dicusmoras@tukwila.wednet.edu

  • Students must be registered by their parent or legal guardian (documentation required if not parent); parent/guardian ID required.
  • Birth certificate or other government issued proof of birth, immunization records, and address verification* must accompany a complete registration packet.
  • Out of district families must also provide: 2021/22 attendance, discipline, and transcript (or report card for 9th grade), as well as immunization records for screening purposes.
  • Out of district families need to complete a Choice Transfer form online at https://eds.ospi.k12.wa.us/ChoiceTransferRequest. Completing this online form does not mean you have been approved. Administrators will review all out of district registration packet.

*Acceptable proof of address in parent/guardian’s name (only one required):

  • Mortgage Statement
  • Apartment Rental or Lease Agreement
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • Seattle City Light
  • Waste Management
  • Republic Services/Allied Waste
  • Recology Cleanscapes
  • City of Tukwila Utilities Water or other Water District

Out of District Registrations:

Please do not withdraw your student from the home district until enrollment at Foster is confirmed.

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TSD Communications

If you have a student going into preschool - 8th grade that you'd like to enroll in Tukwila Schools, please join us for an enrollment event on Wednesday, August 17 from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. in the Tukwila School District Administration Building (4640 S. 144th St).

Interpreters will be available (Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Burmese, Nepali, and Hindi) as well as members of our Health Team, Transportation and Food Service.

Please bring proof of residency and proof of student's age.

Whether you live in Tukwila or in the surrounding area, your student is welcome here!

Please reach out with questions: communications@tukwila.wednet.edu, 206-901-8000.

Community Budget Forums
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Please join our Chief Financial Officer, Veronica Birdsong, for Community Budget Forums scheduled in August. These meetings are an opportunity for staff, families, and community members to get information about Tukwila Schools' budget process and to give input and feedback on our budget.

  • Thursday, August 11, 7:00 - 7:45 p.m. (Zoom link)
  • Wednesday, August 17, 6:30 - 7:15 p.m. (Zoom link)

Please reach out to Veronica Birdsong (birdsongv@tukwila.wednet.edu) with questions.

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TSD Communications

The Tukwila School District is hosting a vaccine and routine immunization clinic on Wednesday, August 17 from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. in the Showalter Middle School library (4628 S. 144th St).

The following vaccines will be offered:

  • DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) for children 6 years and younger -- also offered in a combination with Polio as (DTaP-Polio)
  • Polio 
  • Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis for sixth graders and older) -- for children 6 years and older
  • HPV 
  • Meningococcal ACWY 
  • Meningococcal B
  • Hepatitis A
  • Hepatitis B
  • MMR -- also offered in a combination with Varicella as MMR-Varicella
  • Varicella -- also offered in a combination with MMR as MMR-Varicella
  • COVID-19 vaccines for all ages

Please register for an appointment here: https://form.jotform.com/222180617694964

Please reach out to our Health Team with questions: healthteam@tukwila.wednet.edu

 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics - July 2022
TSD Communications

The Tukwila School District is hosting a COVID-19 vaccine clinic on July 27. We'll be offering Pfizer and Moderna vaccines for ages 6 months and older.

Appointments are recommended, so please reserve a time using the registration links below.


Wednesday, July 27, 2022 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Thorndyke Elementary School (4415 S. 150th Street)

Appointment registration link for 7/27/2022 for ages 6 months - 4 years

Appointment registration link for 7/27/2022 for ages 5 and up

Champions Summer Camp: 8/1/22 - 8/12/22
TSD Communications

Champions is accepting enrollment applications for the second session of their elementary summer camp! Please scan the QR codes below to enroll your student.

Dates: August 1, 2022 - August 12, 2022

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Location: Tukwila Elementary

Ages: Elementary students

Consent to Release and Exchange Information Form

Emergency Contact List Form

Terms and Conditions

COVID-19 Update 7/18/2022
TSD Communications

Hello Tukwila Families,

I am emailing in regards to the increase in COVID cases throughout King County. The DOH currently lists King County in the "medium" community level. The level is determined by several factors: total cases per 100,000 individuals in the past seven days, total hospital admissions per 100,000 in the past seven days, and percentage of inpatient hospital beds occupied by COVID-19 patients. However, the CDC has listed King County in the "high" community level, as their criteria includes patients who test positive for COVID while being hospitalized due to unrelated conditions. Neither numbers are reflective of cases that are unreported due to the widespread availability of rapid tests.

During a media briefing last week, officials from the King County Department of Health expressed that they are actively considering reinstating the indoor mask mandate. With that being said, while there is no current masking requirement, the Tukwila School District continues to strongly encourage mask usage when indoors, regardless of vaccination status. Our district continues to offer both children- and adult-sized disposable face masks, as well as adult KN95 and N95 masks. As a reminder, I am attaching the CDC's guidelines outlining proper mask usage, as well as the different types of masks and respirators.

Respectfully,
Hannah Maestro, RN, BSN

District Nurse | Tukwila School District

budget
TSD Communications

Join us for a hybrid Budget Adoption Public Hearing on Tuesday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Tukwila School District Administration Building (4640 S. 144th St Tukwila 98168) | Zoom link


The hearing is called for the purpose of fixing and adopting the budget of the District for the ensuing 2022-2023 fiscal year. Prior to adoption of the 2022-2023 budget, the Board will hold a virtual hearing on July 12, 2022, commencing at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of receiving written comments from the public on the 2022-2023 budget. Any person may attend the virtual hearing and be heard for or against any part of the 2022-2023 budget, the four-year budget plan, or any proposed changes to the uses of enrichment funding under RCW 28A.505.240.

To submit a written comment on the 2022-2023 Budget, the four-year budget plan or any proposed changes to the uses of enrichment funding under RCW 28A505.240, please follow these guidelines:

  • Prepare a written statement that will be attached to the Public Comments Agenda Item. 
  • Please identify yourself and the subject matter (a title) for your statement. Please include your name, phone number, and address. 
  • Submit your written statement via email to public_comments@tukwila.wednet.edu no later than noon on the day of the Board Meeting/Public Hearing. Statements submitted after the deadline will not be considered at this session.
  • You may read your public comment during a meeting.  If attending virtually, please raise your virtual hand and type your name in chat during the public comment period. If you are attending in person, please write your name on the Public Comment sheet.
  • Statements should be no more than 300-500 words or up to 2 pages double spaced. Please limit your written statement to this guideline.
  • Submitted statements will be read out loud during the public comment period.

At the August 23, 2022 regular Board Meeting, the Board shall fix and determine the appropriation from each fund contained in the 2022-2023 budget and shall, by resolution, adopt the 2022-2023 budget, the four-year budget plan summary, and the four-year enrollment projection.

Click here to view the 2022-2023 Draft Budget

SRO Program Feedback and Survey
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SRO Program Survey

Please consider giving general feedback about the SRO program in Tukwila Schools, if you haven't already.

Link to survey

Learning Lab Program

We appreciate all the feedback from Tukwila Families to help us examine our SRO program, which is a partnership between the City of Tukwila, Tukwila Police Department and Tukwila School District. We have received a good amount of feedback, but in our last session we were presented with an opportunity to conduct a learning lab with our facilitators, University of Washington/Harbor View.

This will entail:

  • Looking at the feedback received
  • Language in the current agreement
  • Other school district comparisons
  • Alternative approaches mentioned in the feedback.

It is estimated that the learning lab commitment would be 8-10 hours (1-1.5hr/session) over the next two months. All participants would be compensated at $50/hr. The group helping us has a grant to assist in this endeavor. This lab will include students, parents, staff and administrators. Total group size would be around 15. We would like to begin the learning lab in the last week of June and be done by the middle of August. If you have an interest in participating, please email me at herndonf@tukwila.wednet.edu.

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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.

Each winner received an Amazon gift card donated by Gesa Credit Union and a Tukwila Pool pass. Thank you to our Community Partners!

Megan Brusnighan - Literacy Intervention Teacher at Cascade View Elementary

Megan Brusnighan

 “Megan is Cascade View's literacy interventionist and assessment coordinator. She also coordinates our before and after school reading groups. She's extremely organized, focused, and energetic, working tirelessly to help both kids and teachers. She's always willing to squeeze in an extra session with new ELL students or help a teacher with a question. She trains and collaborates with the literacy ESPs to ensure everyone can work successfully with their small groups. She's a great support before and during iReady and SBA testing, doing practice sessions in classrooms, giving teachers practice materials and strategies, helping with technology issues, and making everyone want to do their best. When she takes on a task or project, you can be confident it will be done well. Her work is a huge factor in the growth made by my struggling readers. She's always advocating for our students on school committees and teams. In short, her strong positive leadership, dedication to student learning, and willingness to support her colleagues are terrific assets to our school culture. I'm so grateful to work with her.”

-Anne Huckins

“Megan goes above and beyond for all students and staff at Cascade View. She has taken on the heavy role of iReady and SBAC test coordinator. She has made sure that all the staff has adequate training, made brain break packets for the students, created schedules, and thought of every scenario with a solution. Megan has been there for my students with every step of their education and they are SUCH stronger readers because of her. Cascade View would not be the same without her hard work.”

-Natalie Reeder

“Megan is a dynamo. Her title is Literacy Interventionist, but she is the epitome of going above and beyond her job description. If you are ever in a common area around CV and it's not her instructional time you are bound to see Megan striding purposefully past you. And if you are there for more than a couple minutes you might see her multiple times. She helps coordinate I don't know how many different required tests at the school as well as 2 different after school reading programs. I doubt the reading programs would be running without her, which have been super impactful for the participating students. On top of that her communication about all these programs and logistics down to the smallest details to teachers, students, and parents is without fail. Somewhere in between she tracks more data than I think most of us know what to do with. And after all that she is constantly asking how she can help YOU? There are probably multiple things I'm missing because you will never hear her complaining about all she does or tooting her own horn. Who is she? Are there more than 1 of her? And if not, somebody get this woman a cape, because she is a superhero!”

-Anonymous Colleague

Katrice Cyphers - Graduation Specialist at Foster High School

Katrice Cyphers

 “Katrice has been a force in getting students and staff to think about their mental health and understand it as a key facet of their identity. Through the lens of RULER, Katrice has helped people be more self-aware, kind to others, and kind to themselves. Thank you, Katrice!”

-Sean Riley

Yasir Magsoosi - Office Manager at Showalter Middle School

Yasir Magsoosi

 “Mr. Magsoosi has jumped into the job of Showalter office manager with both feet! He brings his own style & talents to the position, and he brings them with everything he's got!

Some examples of how he goes above and beyond the job requirements:

  • Patiently listening to students with personal issues (when he has other work to get done).

  • Patiently working to understand a student who is new to speaking English.

  • Working through the entire school day. On most days he takes his lunch break after students go home.

  • Walking  students to class.

  • Helping teach staff processes that he's just learned himself

  • Finding answers to questions he cannot answer and then communicating them clearly to those who need to know.

What makes Mr. M so spectacular is that he does all that (and more) with such a humble and totally positive attitude! He truly is making Showalter a better place through his hard work and fantastic demeanor.”

-John Forsyth

Summer Meals
TSD Communications

The Tukwila School District will be providing meals to students during the summer! 

Summer Meal Service Times:

Breakfast will be offered between 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Lunch will be offered between 12:00 - 12:30 p.m.

Summer Meal Locations & Dates:

  • Thorndyke Elementary - 6/27/2022 - 7/28/2022 (M-Th)

  • Tukwila Elementary - 8/1/2022 - 8/11/2022 (M-Th)

  • Foster High School - 6/27/2022 - 7/28/2022 (M-Th)

Please see the Food Services page for more information.

SMS Virtual Family Night for Incoming 6th Graders
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Showalter Middle School will be hosting a virtual open house for all current 5th graders that will be attending Showalter Middle School in the fall. We will talk about the middle school transition, middle school classes as well as our after school program. The virtual open house will be on Wednesday June 8th at 6:00.

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

https://tukwila-wednet-edu.zoom.us/j/86966955966

 Join by Phone: 253 215 8782 

Webinar ID: 869 6695 5966

New Principal at Tukwila Elementary
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New Tukwila Elementary Principal Hani Nur

Please join us in extending an enthusiastic welcome to Ms. Hani Nur as she has accepted the position of Principal of Tukwila Elementary School! Pending approval by the Board of Directors on June 14, 2022 Ms. Nur’s first day will be July 1, 2022.

Ms. Nur has been an educator in the Tukwila School District for the last seven years, working as a kindergarten teacher, first grade teacher, and literacy interventionist at Thorndyke Elementary. She then moved into a leadership role as a teacher mentor and administrative intern.  

Ms. Nur writes, “I spent my entire teaching career in diverse school districts. This was intentional because I desire to serve the population that was representative of me. I also wanted to give back to my community and ensure that the students and parents I met had a different perspective of who is considered an educator and an administrator.” 

Tukwila Elementary chose Ms. Nur as their new principal because she understands our District and our students, is passionate about literacy and the importance of social-emotional learning, and is motivated to “bring opportunities for all of our families, but especially our families of color.”

Once again, please warmly welcome Ms. Nur in her new role in the Tukwila School District!

SRO Wrap-Up Summit
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Join us for the SRO Wrap-Up Summit! Tuesday, June 7 at 6:00. Zoom link: https://tukwila-wednet-edu.zoom.us/j/82379838035

The purpose of the meeting is to convene Tukwila students, parents, staff, police, and community members to (a) review findings from the Tukwila school community listening sessions about SRO programs that were held by Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center during the Winter and Spring and (b) hear from the Tukwila School Community about their thoughts surrounding school resource officers in Tukwila. Harborview Injury Prevention and Research Center will host the session.

Tukwila Police Chief Eric Drever, and Superintendent Flip Herndon will be in attendance to take questions and hear from community members.

FHS Environmental Internship Symposium
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On Wednesday June 1, 2022 from 6:30 - 7:30pm Foster High School will be hosting the first ever Environmental Internship Symposium in the FHS Commons. During the symposium, students will tell stories about internships they participated in during the 21/22 school year. Guests will hear about the highlights and the lessons they learned. Additionally, students will host a panel discussion about their efforts designing, planning, and implementing three environmental education day field trips for fifth graders at Cascade View and Thorndyke Elementary. Refreshments will be provided for guests.

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Tukwila Families, Staff, and Community Members,

As you may be aware, there was a fatal school shooting yesterday at an elementary school in Texas. Although this was in a different state and town, we know that this type of event has happened in too many places throughout the country. Words like ‘senseless’, ‘tragic’, and ‘heartbreaking’ come to mind and only partially describe the pain and anguish that those involved must feel. We also know that events like this can impact students, families and staff even when they don’t happen in the same community.

We want to reiterate that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We take measures to prevent a tragedy like this from happening, including:

  • Our schools practice lockdown drills on a regular basis.

  • We take all threats seriously, investigate and take appropriate precautions.

  • Each of our buildings has a security entrance that was newly installed last summer.

Additional resources that may be helpful:

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact your school principal. 

 

Dr. Flip Herndon

Superintendent

Strategic Plan Summit
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Join us for our virtual Strategic Plan Summit on Tuesday, May 31 from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. We'll share the feedback we've received from our focus groups and our current areas of focus. We want our community together to review the plan, listen to each other, and share your thoughts on whether these focus areas reflect what we collectively want for our schools.

Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7148552774?pwd=QW9i NpNjJFVHJx kFWeEphS2szUT09

Meeting ID: 714 855 2774

Passcode: WeGetData!

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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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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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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.

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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.

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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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