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Hello TSD Community,

We are writing to provide an update and outline the next steps regarding the Tukwila superintendent role.

Last year the board made the decision, due in part to the constricted timeframe, to work with the PSESD on interviewing and hiring an Interim Superintendent who had the skills and experience to see Tukwila School District through this significant time of transition. What we didn’t know at the time was the full extent of the work ahead in regards, mostly, to the financial health of our district. We could not have asked for a better person for this time than Dr. Concie Pedroza. 

When we began our interim superintendent search, we sought input from the school community to understand the qualities most desired in a superintendent. Consistency, visibility, and a commitment to student and community engagement emerged as key themes. Dr. Pedroza exemplifies these qualities and more, making her the ideal leader to guide us through the tough decisions and actions required to stabilize our district's finances.

Our district is currently facing a significant budget deficit and is under binding conditions for at least two years. During this time, we must take decisive action to address our financial challenges. Dr. Pedroza has already demonstrated her dedication to putting students first and implementing strategies to move us forward. Here are just a few of the highlights: 

  • Established the first Superintendent Student Advisory Group
  • All Staff Kick 0ff - Prioritizing anti-racist actions as a district and in schools 
  • Increasing collaboration and communication across the district through: 
    • Attending school staff meetings
    • Weekly staff updates
    • Ongoing 1:1’s with members of cabinet with the intention of creating clearer goals and alignment across departments
  • Visibility in community and schools
    • Attended parent groups, visible at many school events, 
    • Participates in or is present at community board meetings  (TCF, Still Water, Rotary, etc)
  • Has increased and continues to embed equity and anti-racist practices into all facets of the organization - including more intentional and aligned PD for school leaders


The Board has determined that it is in the best interest of the district, based on feedback and input expressed by students, staff and families, and the current work over the next two years necessary for the sustainability and longevity of our district, to bring forward a resolution appointing  Dr. Concie Pedroza as our Superintendent. Superintendent contracts are typically signed for a three-year term to allow leaders to make a meaningful impact. At the end of year two, we will engage extensively with our district community to consider the potential extension of the Superintendent's contract.

We remain committed to transparency and accountability, ensuring that the voices of those most impacted by our decisions are heard. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

The Tukwila School District Board of Directors

Carlee Hoover (they/them), President, District 1
Charley Simpson, Vice President, District 4
Terrence Proctor, District 3
Dave Larson, Legislative Rep, District 5

tsdboard@tukwila.wednet.edu
 

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At Tukwila Elementary, Mrs. Kodis-Fisher's 3rd-grade class embarked on an exhilarating adventure into the captivating world of animals. Over the past month, these eager learners immersed themselves in research, writing, and creative expression, resulting in an enriching and memorable animal project.

Guided by their curiosity and Mrs. Kodis-Fisher's expert guidance, students selected animals to study. With enthusiasm and dedication, they delved into the lives and habitats of their chosen creatures, gathering information and insights to shape their understanding. Their efforts culminated in detailed 8-paragraph reports, adorned with photos and personalized glossaries—a testament to their hard work and commitment to learning.

But the exploration didn't end there. In Mrs. Kodis-Fisher's class, students delved deeper into the complex relationship between humans and animals. Through thought-provoking discussions, they examined how human actions can impact animal environments, sparking conversations about conservation, habitat preservation, and environmental stewardship.

To further reinforce learning and strengthen the home-school connection, students engaged in a hands-on activity: the creation of animal dioramas. These imaginative displays brought their research to life, showcasing their understanding of animal habitats and the organisms that inhabit them.

The culmination of their efforts was celebrated at Tukwila Elementary's classroom zoo event. Families, administrators, and community members were invited to explore the diverse array of animals through captivating presentations prepared by the students themselves. It was a joyous celebration of learning, creativity, and collaboration—a testament to the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Kodis-Fisher's class.

As the project came to a close, students engaged in self-reflection, evaluating their performance and considering what they had learned. They also shared suggestions for future classes, offering insights to enhance future projects and learning experiences.

The animal project at Tukwila Elementary exemplifies the power of hands-on, inquiry-based learning to engage students, foster curiosity, and inspire creativity. It is a testament to the dedication of teachers like Mrs. Kodis-Fisher and the boundless potential of our students to explore, learn, and grow.

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We are delighted to share the resounding success of our recent Parent Education Series event, where families had the opportunity to explore the intricacies of navigating the Skyward Technology platform with expert guidance. This event was a testament to our commitment to supporting families in their educational journey and empowering them with the tools and resources they need to thrive.

The Parent Education Series event was designed to provide families with comprehensive insights into the Skyward Technology platform, a vital tool for staying connected and engaged with their child's academic progress. From accessing grades and assignments to communicating with teachers, Skyward plays a crucial role in facilitating parent-school collaboration and enhancing student success.

At the heart of this event were our dedicated Community Liaisons, whose tireless efforts ensured a fantastic turnout and provided invaluable assistance to numerous families. Their passion for serving our community and commitment to fostering strong parent-school partnerships were evident throughout the event.

Through informative presentations, hands-on demonstrations, and interactive Q&A sessions, families gained a deeper understanding of the Skyward platform's features and functionalities. They learned how to navigate the system with ease, leverage its resources effectively, and make the most of its capabilities to support their child's academic journey.

The event also served as a platform for families to connect with one another, share experiences, and build a supportive network within our school community. By coming together to learn and collaborate, families reaffirmed their commitment to their child's education and demonstrated the power of collective engagement.

As we reflect on the success of the Parent Education Series event, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to our Community Liaisons for their unwavering dedication and exemplary service. Their leadership and guidance were instrumental in making this event a meaningful and impactful experience for all involved.

Moving forward, we remain committed to providing ongoing support and resources to empower families in navigating the ever-evolving landscape of education technology. Together, we will continue to strengthen our partnership between home and school, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to thrive and succeed.

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In a stirring tribute to Black History Month, students from Showalter Middle School and Rainier Beach High School embarked on a poignant journey through the Northwest African American Museum (NAAM), accompanied by Seattle Seahawks player, Matt Gotel. This meaningful field trip not only celebrated the rich tapestry of African American heritage but also provided a profound opportunity for reflection, education, and cultural exchange.

The museum's exhibits offered a window into the diverse experiences and contributions of African Americans throughout history. In the words of the museum:

"In 'Freedom of Expression,' the Northwest African American Museum features a variety of rotating talented artists. This exhibit showcases the strength and range of visual artistic expression produced by artists of African descent residing in the Pacific Northwest."

"In 'Positive Frequencies,' artists delve deeper into the profound impact of music on our lives. Through these intricate mixed media pieces, they aim to capture the essence of different musical genres, representing the diverse array of emotions and experiences they evoke."

"Making a Way: The Jacob Lawrence and the Northwest Black Experience" offers a compelling journey through pivotal moments in Black history, as reflected in the classic work of Jacob Lawrence.

Accompanied by Matt Gotel, students engaged in meaningful dialogue and reflection, drawing inspiration from his personal journey and experiences.

As the field trip coincided with the start of Black History Month, it served as a poignant reminder of the ongoing quest for justice, equality, and inclusion. Through education, dialogue, and shared experiences, students were empowered to become agents of change in their communities and beyond.

As we continue to honor Black History Month beyond the month of February, let us reaffirm our commitment to celebrating the richness and diversity of African American culture. May this catalyze meaningful conversations, transformative learning experiences, and a renewed dedication to building a more equitable and inclusive society.

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We are thrilled to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Preston Hopp, a senior at Foster High School, for his outstanding achievement in making it to the prestigious Washington Music Educators Association (WMEA) All-State Wind Symphony this year!

Over President’s Day Weekend, Preston had the incredible opportunity to join a select group of talented musicians from across Washington State. Under the guidance of Dr. Kaitlin Bove from Diablo Valley College, the Wind Symphony delivered breathtaking performances, showcasing a diverse repertoire that included a Suite of Squamish Music.

Preston's dedication and musical prowess shone brightly as he secured the 1st chair position in his section, among eleven exceptionally talented young musicians. His remarkable talent even earned him a small solo during the performance!

Reflecting on his experience, Preston shared, "I had a great experience. It was a lot of fun to play with such a big band and get to know people from all over the state. I wore my cross-country sweatshirt and met some people that run for other schools. This was such a cool experience, and I'm really glad I chose to audition. I wish I had done it sooner."

Preston's journey to the All-State Wind Symphony not only exemplifies his musical excellence but also highlights the power of stepping out of one's comfort zone and embracing new opportunities. His enthusiasm and dedication serve as an inspiration to his peers and the entire community.

As a district, we take immense pride in Preston's achievement and commend him for his hard work, talent, and commitment to excellence. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to Preston and wish him continued success in all his future endeavors.

Let's join together in celebrating Preston Hopp's remarkable accomplishment and in recognizing the importance of supporting and nurturing the arts within our schools and communities.

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Let's give a resounding cheer for the Foster High School Cheer Team as they showcase their unparalleled talent and spirit at the State Competition in February! ūüď£ūüí™

With their dynamic and innovative "Stomp & Shake" style, the Foster HS Cheer Team dazzled on the competition floor, capturing the attention and admiration of all in attendance. Their unique approach not only set them apart but also exemplified their dedication to pushing the boundaries of traditional cheerleading.

A special round of applause goes to the Co-Ed team for adding that extra flair and bringing their A-game to the competition! ūüĆü Their synchronized routines, infectious energy, and unwavering teamwork truly showcased the strength and unity of the Foster HS Cheer program.

In the face of intense competition, the Foster HS Cheer Team exemplified resilience, determination, and sportsmanship, embodying the true spirit of champions. Their commitment to excellence and passion for their craft serve as an inspiration to us all.

As a district, we couldn't be prouder of the Foster HS Cheer Team for their outstanding performance and representation of our school community. Their hard work, dedication, and countless hours of practice have undoubtedly paid off, and they deserve every accolade they receive.

Let's continue to show our support and appreciation for the incredible achievements of our Foster HS Cheer Team! Congratulations on a job well done! ūüéČūüĎŹ

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In the heart of our district, a beacon of hope shines brightly through Still Waters Services, a vital organization dedicated to supporting families in transition. Founded in 2016, Still Waters emerged from humble origins in a church to address the pressing need for sustenance among students transitioning from the foster care system. At its core, Still Waters strives to ensure every child is nourished and prepared for the challenges of learning.

Abigail, the dedicated Executive Director and parent to two Tukwila Elementary students, embodies the spirit of advocacy and compassion that defines Still Waters. Her personal journey, rooted in the Philippines where she taught and experienced constant transition, fuels her passion for serving those in need. Recognizing the struggles of students in transition housing, Abigail saw a gap in access to basic nutrition and sprung into action.

The Tukwila Weekend Snack Pack Program, a cornerstone of Still Waters' initiatives, brings much-needed sustenance to our students. Designed to fill the hunger gap during weekends and holidays, these snack packs are carefully curated to offer nutritional value and cultural alignment. From elementary to middle school, students benefit from these packs, which have expanded beyond their original scope to ensure no child goes hungry.

But the impact of Still Waters extends far beyond the contents of these packs. Families express profound gratitude for the support, noting the essential role these snacks play in supplementing their meals. Students, too, find solace in knowing they are seen and heard, fostering a sense of belonging within our community.

Central to the success of Still Waters are the volunteers who selflessly dedicate their time and effort. Every Wednesday morning, a team of volunteers converges to prepare and distribute over 5000 items to families in need. From stocking shelves to delivering packs to classrooms, these volunteers form the backbone of Still Waters, ensuring its mission is realized.

Yet, Still Waters' commitment to uplifting students’ voices sets it apart. Through innovative initiatives like the Viking Pantry at Showalter Middle School, students are empowered to make choices and voice their needs. Middle school volunteers and high school athletes from Foster Football actively engage with the organization, amplifying student representation and leadership.

Community involvement stands as a pillar of sustainability for Still Waters. Partnerships with local businesses and organizations, like Westfield and BECU, bolster their efforts through donations and volunteerism. Yet, there is always room for more support and engagement, as Still Waters continues to serve as a beacon of hope for our community.

As we reflect on the profound impact of Still Waters, let us reaffirm our commitment to supporting and uplifting one another. Together, we can nourish the hearts and minds of our students, empowering them to thrive and succeed. Join us in our mission to make a difference and create a brighter future for all.
 

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Dear Tukwila School District Community,

I am writing to you with great enthusiasm and a deep sense of commitment as the newly appointed Principal of Foster High School. I am honored to serve this vibrant community I hold dear to my heart.

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is LaTanya Parker, and I come to this role as a highly collaborative, equity-driven leader of color. As a mother of three sons and a wife, family is at the core of my values. I am a proud graduate of the University of Washington's Danforth Educational Leadership Program, and my journey in education spans over 16 years. During this time, I have had the privilege of serving scholars and families in K-8, elementary, and high schools within the Southeast Seattle communities.

Having been a former resident of Tukwila, I intimately understand the special and unique qualities that define this diverse community. This understanding has been a driving force behind my decision to serve here for the past three years, first as the assistant principal and now as the principal of Foster High School.

My passion and dedication revolve around ensuring that all scholars, especially those furthest from educational justice, receive an enjoyable and equitable learning experience. I am committed to highlighting the genius and brilliance of our scholars and families in the classroom and woven throughout the district in our instruction, curriculum, decisions, and actions.

As a first-generation college graduate, I deeply understand the significance of how representation, identity, sense of belonging, and belief from educators play a crucial role in determining whether scholars show up to school, contribute their genius, and feel genuinely seen, which can impact their academic success.

My vision for every scholar who graduates from Foster High School is for them to feel confident in their abilities and equipped with the knowledge and skills needed to implement their post-secondary plans. I want them to leave Foster not as mere student ID numbers, grades, or transcripts but as change agents, knowing that regardless of how they entered Foster, our educators genuinely care and believe in their ability to succeed in life.

I envision every Foster Bulldog walking with purpose, heads held high, and entering their next phase of life reflecting on the empowering words of James Baldwin, "Your crown has been bought and paid for. Put it on your head and wear it."

In partnership with you, the families, and the Foster High School community, I look forward to fostering an environment where each scholar's potential is recognized, celebrated, and nourished.

Thank you for your warm welcome, and I am excited to continue this journey with you.

Principal LaTanya Parker

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In the spirit of fostering unity and celebrating diversity, Showalter Middle School commenced the new year with a powerful event - the Week of Solidarity in January. This impactful celebration not only ignited inspiring visions for a just world but also seamlessly transitioned into a heartfelt observance of Black History Month.

Showalter Middle School recognizes the invaluable contributions of our students, who serve as architects of positive change. Their diverse perspectives weave a rich tapestry that defines the essence of our community. The Week of Solidarity stood as a poignant reminder of our steadfast commitment to nurturing inclusivity and acknowledging the strength inherent in our differences.

As we delve into Black History Month, we take a moment to pay homage to the past, acknowledging the remarkable contributions of Black leaders who paved the way for positive change. Our students, with their distinct visions and voices, embody the spirit of future leaders poised to shape a world marked by equality, understanding, and unity.

Join us in celebrating the spirit of solidarity at Showalter Middle School. As we honor Black History Month, let's collectively champion a future where every voice is heard, every perspective is valued, and positive change becomes our shared legacy.

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Earlier this month, Thorndyke Elementary School buzzed with excitement as the community gathered for the grand opening of their new playground. The vibrant structure, made possible by a voter-approved bond, replaced a decaying play area that was no longer safe for the Eagles, as the students are fondly known.

Laughter and joy filled the air as students explored the colorful slides and swings. The highlight of the day was a special student who, with a beaming smile, cut the ribbon, officially inaugurating the playground. It was a symbolic moment, marking a commitment to the safety and well-being of the Eagles.

The event showcased the power of community unity, with parents, teachers, and community members celebrating together. The new playground wasn't just a recreational space; it was a testament to the resilience of a community dedicated to providing the best for its students.

In the weeks following, the sounds of laughter echo daily as children enjoyed their new play area. Thorndyke Elementary's playground standa as a symbol of transformation, a beacon of joy, and a testament to the positive impact that can result from collective community efforts.

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In a dazzling display of cultural richness and unity, Foster High School recently hosted a Multicultural Assembly, providing students with a platform to showcase their diverse talents. The event, held in December, brought together a tapestry of traditions, highlighting the unique cultural heritage within our school community.

The assembly was a testament to the vibrant tapestry that makes up the Foster High School family. From captivating dance performances to soul-stirring musical renditions, students poured their hearts into sharing the beauty of their backgrounds. This celebration not only honored the diverse roots of our student body but also fostered a deeper sense of understanding and appreciation among peers.

Beyond the colorful performances, the Multicultural Assembly served as a reminder that our differences are a source of strength, contributing to the rich fabric of our school community. As we look back on this event, we celebrate the talents, traditions, and the unity that define Foster High School, where every voice is heard, and every culture is embraced.

This multicultural showcase not only added a burst of energy and joy to our school halls but also reinforced the importance of fostering an inclusive environment where every student feels seen and celebrated. We look forward to more events that celebrate our diversity and strengthen the bonds that make Foster High School a truly special place.

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This Giving Tuesday, Thorndyke Elementary experienced a heartwarming collaboration that brought smiles and warmth to its students. Operation Warm, a nonprofit dedicated to providing winter coats to children in need, partnered with Nordstrom to ensure that each student, including those from the large refugee community, received a brand new coat.

Aside from me organizing Operation Warm at Thorndyke, Nordstrom also donated 50 boxes of brand new children's socks and clothes that our district's own Julie Herdt and Kimberly Goodman were able to link with the Tukwila Children's Clothing Bank. The Tukwila Children's Clothing Bank provides clothing to all of our district families in need.

The Eagles, as the students are affectionately known, eagerly embraced the thoughtful gesture, especially with Seattle experiencing below-freezing temperatures. For many students, including those who have recently arrived in the community, this initiative provided not only physical warmth but also a sense of comfort and inclusion during the holiday season.

Nordstrom's volunteers worked tirelessly alongside Operation Warm to make the day extra special. The collaboration between the nonprofit and the retail giant exemplified the positive impact that corporate social responsibility can have on the lives of students, particularly those from diverse backgrounds. Beyond the practicality of the coats, the initiative fostered a spirit of togetherness, compassion, and a shared sense of belonging for all students.

As the students proudly showcased their new coats, the act of generosity extended far beyond protection from the cold. It symbolized a moment of collective kindness and care that will resonate within the school community, particularly among families who have recently resettled.

This heartening event serves as a shining example of the positive change that can occur when organizations unite for a common cause. Operation Warm and Nordstrom, through their collaboration, not only provided warmth but also shared joy and gratitude with the Thorndyke Elementary community, creating a meaningful impact for students, especially those who may be navigating the challenges of adjusting to a new community.

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We are thrilled to share a momentous occasion that not only celebrates individual achievements but also serves as a source of inspiration for our entire community. Foster High School takes immense pride in announcing the induction of one of our distinguished alumni, Mycal Ford, into the esteemed Wall of Fame.

Event Details:

  • Date: December 7th
  • Time: 5:00 pm
  • Venue: Foster High School

Mycal Ford's journey from the halls of Foster High to making meaningful contributions to our community and beyond is a testament to the power of dedication, resilience, and the pursuit of excellence. His achievements exemplify the impact that individuals from our area can have on the wider world.

This event is not just about honoring past achievements; it's about fostering inspiration among our current students. Seeing the community gather in support of one of their own sends a powerful message about the values we hold dear in Tukwila.

We extend a warm invitation to all members of the Tukwila community to join us in this celebration. Your presence will not only enrich this event but also reaffirm our commitment to nurturing and celebrating the achievements of those who have their roots in our community.

As we come together on December 7th, let's make this evening memorable for Mycal Ford and create an inspiring experience for everyone in attendance. This is more than a ceremony; it's a celebration of our shared values and the heights we can achieve together.

We express our gratitude to everyone who has been part of our community's journey towards excellence. Your support is invaluable, and we look forward to celebrating this special occasion with you.

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We are thrilled to share the outstanding success of our recent Tukwila School District Resource Fair held at Showalter Middle School. The event, dedicated to connecting families with valuable resources, exceeded expectations, fostering a sense of community support and engagement.

On November 21st, the fair brought together families, district staff, and more than 20 community organizations, creating a vibrant atmosphere of collaboration. Attendees explored various informational booths, connected with service providers, and participated in interactive activities.

One of the highlights of the evening was the turkey giveaway, where more than 40 turkeys were distributed to families in need, ensuring everyone left with something special for their Thanksgiving celebrations.

In addition to the turkey giveaway, the event featured an exciting gift card raffle, including Gas cards and Walmart cards, adding an element of anticipation and fun for participants. Lucky winners left with these valuable prizes, contributing to the overall festive spirit of the evening.

A special thank you goes to the organizers of the event, Quality Family Engagement Specialists Maryan Abdow and Julie Herdt, who dedicated many hours coordinating the event and ensuring its success. Their commitment to community engagement and resource accessibility was evident throughout the planning and execution of the fair.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to the numerous volunteers who generously contributed their time and effort to support the event. Your dedication and enthusiasm were instrumental in making the Resource Fair a positive and impactful experience for all.

With more than 20 community organizations in attendance, the fair showcased the strength of our collaborative efforts, demonstrating the unity within our community to support one another. The engagement of these organizations enriched the event and highlighted the valuable services they provide.

As we reflect on the Resource Fair's success, we are inspired by the unity and collaboration evident throughout the evening. The event provided essential resources and strengthened the bonds within our community, fostering a shared commitment to the well-being of our students and families.

We look forward to building on this success in future events, continuing to create opportunities for connection, support, and community growth. Thank you to everyone who made the Resource Fair a resounding success – your efforts truly make a difference in the lives of our Tukwila School District community.

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Due to a national milk carton supply shortage, Nutrition Services is making changes based on current milk availability.    Beginning tomorrow, 11/7, we will be switching to white milk being served during breakfast and juice and water being offered at lunch. These challenges are expected to persist into mid-week, with the potential for a complete absence of milk by that time.  Please be aware that our priority will be to reserve milk for breakfast service for as long as possible. Currently, it is estimated that this shortage could last anywhere from 4-6 months.

In response, we're taking prompt measures, including introducing additional water stations in cafeterias and providing water bottles when feasible. We're actively investigating alternative milk distribution solutions. To ensure everyone is informed, we will post this information on our website and communicate it to district staff as soon as possible.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation during this challenging period.

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Our recent Newcomer Family Night at Showalter Middle School was an unforgettable evening filled with warm welcomes, connections, and support. Newcomer families were introduced to our community with open arms, delicious food, and a chance to meet fellow students, parents, and staff. We provided books and clothing to meet essential needs, and families received guidance on our district's systems, processes, and software, ensuring a smooth transition into their educational journey. A special shoutout to our Multilingual Learners (MLL) team for their dedication. This night was a celebration of new beginnings, unity, and the strength of diversity in our community. We look forward to witnessing our newcomer families thrive and become an integral part of our vibrant district. Thank you to everyone who made this night truly special. Your presence and enthusiasm were a testament to the strength of our inclusive community. Together, we are creating a brighter future for our newcomer families, ensuring they have all the support and resources they need to succeed. Our commitment to fostering an environment where every student feels valued, supported, and welcomed is unwavering. We're excited about the bright future ahead, and we're here to help our newcomers embrace it with open arms.

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Leave your bags at home, Foster High School students are taking a trip around the world to explore diverse cultures and cuisines with celebrity chefs right from the comfort of the school cafeteria.

Tukwila, WA — October 2023– For many students, the school cafeteria is their first opportunity to taste and learn about foods from cultures beyond their own family's recipes. In partnership with food service provider Chartwells K12, Foster High School has introduced an exciting new program, "Global Eats," designed to bring the world's flavors to the cafeteria. The program offers students an educational and culinary journey through countries like China, India, Italy, and Mexico.

On October 17th, Global Eats landed in the school cafeteria, offering students a unique opportunity to explore the rich and authentic tastes of Indian cuisine. This experience allowed them to broaden their cultural horizons and savor India's magical flavors, all within their school's familiar setting. Students delighted in sampling a refreshing mango lassi smoothie and flavorful basil-curried chickpeas. These mouthwatering dishes, created in collaboration with renowned celebrity Chef Aarti Sequeira, winner of the sixth season of The Next Food Network Star, left a lasting impression on the students.

"Growing up in Dubai, all my friends were from all over the world, which meant when I went over to their homes for dinner, I got to learn and understand their culture and heritage in an active, fun, and delicious way! I'm so excited about Global Eats! We get to offer that same experience to the next generation, which is vital because I firmly believe that when we break bread together, we knit our spirits together too," said Chef Aarti Sequeira.

We are looking forward to visiting more countries this school year through our Global Eats program.

About Chartwells K12: Chartwells K12 is committed to enhancing the school dining experience and promoting healthy, diverse, and exciting food options for students. With years of culinary and educational expertise, Chartwells K12 delivers customized dining programs to all sizes and types of schools.

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Dear Families,

We hope this message finds you well. In today's digital age, social media is an integral part of our students' lives. While it offers numerous benefits, it also presents certain challenges, particularly regarding the safety and well-being of our children.

We are writing to request your partnership in monitoring and ensuring safe social media use by your students. It is crucial that we work together to maintain a healthy online environment for our students and to address any concerns promptly.

Encourage Open Communication:

We urge you to have open and critical conversations with your children about safe and responsible social media use. Please emphasize the importance of talking to a trusted adult when they experience anything that makes them feel uncomfortable, threatened, or unsafe. Creating a culture of open communication is essential.

Immediate Lockdown Protocol:

In the event we receive credible threats during the school day, we will implement an immediate lockdown to ensure the safety of all students and staff. Safety is our top priority, and we are prepared to act swiftly in such situations.

Threat Assessment Outside School Hours:

When threats come to our attention outside of school hours, we will conduct a thorough threat assessment. We will then communicate with families to share information and next steps. Your support and understanding during these times are invaluable.

In Case of Student Pickup During an Emergency:

In case of a situation that requires the parent or guardian to pick up students, we kindly request you not come to the school. Please wait for District Communications to instruct you on where and how to do so.

 

National Resource Links:

To assist you in guiding your children towards responsible social media use and to provide additional support, we have compiled a list of national resources. These organizations offer information, guidance, and tools to help you navigate the challenges of online safety:

  1. National Online Safety (NOS)- National Online Safe Homepage

  2. Common Sense Media- Keep Your Students (and Yourself) Safe on Social Media: A Checklist

  3. Cyberbullying Research Center- Cyberbullying Research Center Homepage

  4. Connect Safely- Connect Safely Parent Guides

  5. StopBullying.gov- Stop Bullying Homepage

 

We are committed to the safety and well-being of all our students, and your partnership in this endeavor is crucial. Please know that we are here to support you and your children in navigating the digital world safely.

Thank you for your attention and cooperation in this important matter. Together, we can create a safer online environment for our students.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Concie Pedroza

Interim Superintendent

Tukwila School District

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On September 29th, students from various high schools attended the Green Jobs Green Futures Summit, an eye-opening event held at the Fremont Foundry in Seattle. This unique summit was hosted by King County and featured a Green Industry Showcase that allowed students to explore the promising world of green economy industry sectors.

The Green Industry Showcase was a highlight of the event, featuring immersive and interactive demo stations where students could get hands-on experience with cutting-edge technologies. They engaged in various activities and had the opportunity to meet with industry professionals to learn about future career prospects and to ask questions.

One delightful surprise of the day was the availability of free ice cream, adding to the fun and excitement of the summit. The event saw a significant turnout, with Foster High School (FHS) being the largest group in attendance, bringing a total of 51 enthusiastic students.

Apart from the valuable experiences gained, students walked away with gift bags and business cards, building connections with professionals in the field. This event provided our students with a new perspective on green jobs and the exciting opportunities available in our region's growing green economy.

We extend our gratitude to all who made this field trip a success, giving our students a chance to explore, learn, and connect in the dynamic world of green jobs and industries.

Exciting News from Tukwila Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program!
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Last spring, our very own dedicated teacher, Maria Cruz, had the incredible honor of being invited to participate in a video highlighting the significance of dual language learning. This video, produced by the Department of Children, Youth, and Families, is a testament to the expertise and dedication that Maria Cruz brings to our program.

Maria Cruz, with her deep understanding of early childhood education and her commitment to supporting the development of young minds, made a significant contribution to this important video.

Dual language learning is a critical aspect of our program, and we are proud to have a teacher of Maria Cruz's caliber representing us in this initiative.

We invite you to watch the video and learn more about the importance of dual language learning and the valuable contributions of our educators. Check the Video Out Now! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHxWk4iSsOI (Spanish) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEQBYd1NmhU (English).

Congratulations to Maria Cruz on this well-deserved recognition, and thank you for your dedication to the success of our students and the broader community. We are proud to have you as a part of our team!

Stay tuned for more updates and exciting news from Tukwila Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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We are delighted to announce the launch of our 2023-24 Parent Education Series, a comprehensive program designed to empower parents and caregivers with valuable knowledge and resources to support their children's educational journey. Organized by our dedicated team of Community & Family Liaisons, this series promises an array of informative sessions throughout the school year.

What to Expect:

Our Parent Education Series is tailored to address a wide range of topics that matter most to our parents and guardians. From understanding special education rights to fostering healthy study habits, our sessions will cover subjects essential to the holistic development of our students.

Why Attend:

By participating in these sessions, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Gain insights from experts and professionals in various fields.
  • Connect with fellow parents and caregivers, fostering a supportive community. 
  • Access valuable resources and tools to enhance your child's educational experience.
  • Strengthen your partnership with our school district to ensure your child's success.

Dates, Times, Locations, and Topics:

We've scheduled these sessions at convenient times and locations to accommodate your busy schedules. Each session will focus on a specific topic relevant to your child's education. Please refer to the flyer for details regarding dates, times, locations, and specific subjects covered in each installment.

We are committed to providing you with the tools you need to be actively engaged in your child's education. Join us for our Parent Education Series and be part of a community that values the education and well-being of every student.

We look forward to learning and growing together throughout this exciting journey. See you at the first session, "Special Education: Parent Rights," on October 26th!

Foster High School Science Teacher Receives Yale Educator Award
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Mr. Tim Renz of Foster High School has been recognized by the Yale Office of Undergraduate Admissions as a recipient of the 2023 Yale Educator Award.

The Yale Educator Recognition Program recognizes outstanding educators from around the world who support and inspire their students to perform at high levels and to achieve excellence. Of this year's 385 nominees, who represent 43 states and 28 countries, 80 teachers and 32 counselors were selected to receive the award. Matriculating students were invited to nominate high school educators, and a committee of Yale admissions officers reviewed each nomination individually and selected recipients. In September, the winners were sent their awards with congratulatory letters, and administrators of the high schools were notified of their achievement.

The Yale Admissions Office attributes the exceptional quality of the Yale student body to educators like these recipients of the 2023 Yale Educator Award, who shape their students long before they attend Yale. The Admissions Office is proud to thank Mr. Renz and all educators for their ongoing efforts in motivating and supporting their students.

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On August 31, 2023 Tukwila School District celebrated the launch of our Dual Language Program with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at Cascade View Elementary School. Planning for this program has been several years in the making and we are so grateful for the many staff, students, and families who have been a part of bringing this opportunity to the Tukwila School District. Bilingualism and biliteracy are valuable assets and our dual language program aims to provide all students with the opportunity to develop proficiency in two languages (Spanish and English) while also promoting academic achievement, cultural understanding, and a positive self-identity. The program launches with a group of Kindergarten students this year with one grade level being added each year through high school.

For more information about Tukwila School District's Dual Language Program, please visit our website.

Program Vision Statement

Our vision for the Tukwila School District Dual Language Program is to educate globally focused and multilingual citizens equipped with the linguistic and sociocultural competence necessary to succeed in a diverse world.

Nuestra visión para el Programa Bilingüe del Distrito Escolar de Tukwila es educar una comunidad de ciudadanos con una mentalidad global y multilingües que están preparados con las habilidades lingüísticas y socioculturales necesarias para tener éxito en un mundo diverso.

Program Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower students to become proficient bilingual, biliterate, and bicultural individuals who thrive in a multilingual and multicultural society. We strive to engage and prepare our students for academic, personal, and professional success through rigorous academic instruction and meaningful cross-cultural interactions.

Nuestra misión es empoderar a los estudiantes para que se conviertan en personas capacitadas bilingües, biletradas y biculturales preparadas para desarrollarse en una sociedad multilingüe y multicultural. Nos esforzamos para involucrar y preparar a nuestros estudiantes para el éxito académico, personal y profesional a través de una instrucción académica rigurosa, e interacciones interculturales significativas.

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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 2023-2024 school year:

The first day of school for K-12 is Tuesday, September 5.

  • 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
School Supplies for the 2023-2024 School Year
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Hello Tukwila Families,

The Tukwila School District will be providing the following school supplies for all students:

K-5

  • Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Notebooks
  • Glue sticks
  • Erasers
  • Scissors
  • Pencil pouch

6-12

  • Pencils
  • Color pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pens- black and blue
  • Composition notebooks
  • Erasers
  • Dividers
  • Notebook paper
  • 3 ring binder

Please reach out to your student's school with questions.

Message from Dr. Concie Pedroza
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Hello Tukwila Families,

I am thrilled to be here in Tukwila School District.  Although this is the end of my first week, I have started to get to know many staff members and have begun the process of relationship building. I am going out to schools, observing summer programming and will continue to do so throughout the summer.  I will be meeting with staff, the Board and community members over the next few weeks to learn about the amazing work they have done in support of students. 

I am looking forward to spending this time getting to know the heart of this community and I am excited to be serving in this role for the 23-24 school year. I look forward to spending time in the buildings when students come back in the fall. Have a great summer and we'll see everyone back in school on September 5!

Dr. Concie Pedroza
Interim Superintendent
Tukwila School District
pedrozac@tukwila.wednet.edu
District Office Phone: 206-901-8000

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Everyone is invited to attend our upcoming Community Budget Forums where you can learn details about our current financial situation, including ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) funding. Please reach out to Chief Financial Officer Veronica Birdsong (birdsongv@tukwila.wednet.edu) with questions.

Wednesday, July 12, 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Library (14380 Tukwila International Blvd.)

Wednesday, July 26, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Church by the Side of the Road (3455 S. 148th Street)

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The TSD Board of Directors is pleased to announce the selection of our new interim superintendent, Dr. Concie Pedroza. Dr. Pedroza began her career as a teacher over 25 years ago and later served as an elementary, K-8 and high school principal including Seattle World School, a newly established high school for immigrant, refugees and bilingual students. Under her leadership, they held their first graduation and high school accreditation. She was also recognized for her work with families and community partners. 

Dr. Pedroza earned her Master’s and Doctorate in Education Leadership & Policy Studies from the University of Washington. She has served in various leadership roles including the Director of Leadership Development for Equity and Chief of Student Support Services. Dr. Pedroza currently serves as the Associate Superintendent for Seattle Public Schools, overseeing the divisions of Schools & Continuous Improvement, Student Services, Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment. Dr. Pedroza has served on several state and national work groups and previously served as the Chair of the Bilingual Education Advisory Committee for OPSI.

Dr. Pedroza says, “I am honored to support and serve the community of Tukwila School District. I value equity, social justice, and service in everything I do for students, families, and staff. I believe these values are aligned to Tukwila’s commitment to academic excellence. I am excited to learn from the entire community as we begin our work together.”

Dr. Pedroza’s first day will be July 10. We’re so excited to have her join our staff as the interim superintendent for the 2023-2024 school year and bring her dynamic and compassionate leadership to our community.

Sincerely,

The Tukwila School District Board of Directors

Carlee Hoover, Board President
Dave Larson, Board Vice President
Pastor Jan Bolerjack
Edna Morris

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Congratulations to Thorndyke 4th grade teacher, Duane Meyer, for being chosen as a TSD Superstar!

"Duane is an amazing 4th grade teacher, he is very supportive of the 4th grade team, both teachers are early career teachers. He is always willing to listen and give advice and shares his wealth of knowledge with his colleagues."

-Dita Ellermeier

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Congratulations to Athletic Director, Gabe Gutierrez, for being chosen as a TSD Superstar!

"Gabe has simply done a great job in his first full year as AD. He puts his full effort into everything he does. It is a hard job communicating with the vast number of administrators, coaches, parents and everyone else involved. But he has been amazingly communicative and responsive whenever I or others have had questions. He started an after school sports program for the elementary students this year, which I'm sure has been a lot more work, and something he really didn't have to do. He just thought it would be great to give more access to our students, many of whom got to play on their first organized sports team ever this year. He would show up to all the games to make sure everything was organized and help referee. Everyone who was at those games saw how much the students enjoyed it. He even helped the CV Dance Crew get t-shirts for their performance at a Foster basketball game. He has just gone above and beyond in so many ways. He deserves to be recognized for his good work."

-Anonymous

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Please congratulate Stephanie Aragon, 5th grade teacher at Cascade View, for being honored as a TSD Superstar!

 Stephanie is a caring, compassionate teacher who creates a warm and welcoming classroom for all her students. She works diligently to incorporate science practices into her classroom, making concepts interesting and accessible to students of all language and academic levels. Stephanie has taken a leadership role at Cascade View, spearheading the Race and Equity Group at CV and instituting Community Walks to help our larger community connect and get to know each other better. Stephanie approaches situations and challenges with an open mind and a sense of curiosity to gain a deeper understanding of any situation. Stephanie has helped me develop a wider perspective on ways to approach broader solutions in our community. She truly makes Cascade View a better place to teach and learn.

- Kristy Johnson

Stephanie is an incredible 5th grade teacher, Race & Equity leader, advocate for students, and friend to all. She is always going the extra mile to ensure their success in and out of the classroom. I frequently see her around our school meeting with parents, gathering people together to go on community walks for R&E, taking science lessons to the outdoors to be hands-on, and more. She inspires me every day to be a kinder, more patient and more engaged educator!

- Estelle Kim

Teacher Aragon always goes above and beyond to educate her students and is always thoughtful and inclusive. She will always advocate on behalf of the students and willing to collaborate however is needed to ensure their needs are met both in and out of the classroom. It has been amazing to witness the impact she has on her students and the connections made each year. Not only does she show up for the students but as staff, we can always count on her greeting us with a big smile in the hallways or for an occasional stop by with words of encouragement to help us through the week.

- Tyrell Laury

Stephanie attended Tukwila Elementary School and graduated from Foster High School and remains involved in the Tukwila community. She leads the CV Race & Equity Team and is a member of the Leadership Team at Cascade View. Stephanie has organized several field trips for our 5th grade classes including the Sea Mar Museum of Chicano/a & Latino/a Culture and the Northwest African American Museum. Stephanie is an advocate for social justice in our school and the Tukwila Community. She is a collaborative colleague and strives to learn and grow as an educator.

- Stephanie Motsch

Stephanie is what TSD is all about. She joined us at Cascade View 2 years ago eager and ready. As a graduate of Tukwila Elementary, Showalter Middle School, and Foster High School, Teacher Aragon has given back to the community that raised her in so many ways. She has revamped our CV Race and Equity team by ensuring that families and members of the community have a place at the table. Teacher Aragon is a fierce advocate for her students, ensuring that all of them are welcome. I have been so fortunate to learn from Teacher Aragon myself, and I am a better teacher because of it.

- Natalie Reeder

Stephanie Aragon goes out of her way to support her students and collaborate with colleagues. She greets every students, and embraces their cultural and linguistic diversity through translanguaging, teaching to their unique identities, and sharing diverse literature and perspectives. She has the brightest and most welcoming room in our building. When you walk through her ivy-decked door, you can see a space that's full of student work and voice, as well as fun places to read and work. She has brought in community members to share about their unique careers and how they got there. She is always coming up with creative new ways to deliver and integrate instruction, including and especially science and social studies. Her effective science teaching contributed to SBA science scores that were higher than the state average. She was the Race and Equity Lead this year and organized monthly community walks to bring our school into the community and all the places our students love and spend time. She focuses on positive behavior interventions. For example, she will validate a student's strong emotions and give them space to calm down, but she holds them accountable for their actions as well by holding restorative talks. She loves her community that she grew up in so much that she wanted to give back to it by teaching here, and she loves our students and she loves our school. She has so much earnest and genuine enthusiasm for teaching and her students and I am so grateful I get to call her my colleague. She inspires me to do more and be more both as a teacher and as an advocate for students.

- Carlin Salisbury

Stephanie is an outstanding teacher who goes above and to reach each individual student to meet their individual academic and social emotional needs. She has been an excellent advocate/leader on the Race and Equity team, thoughtfully including families and scheduling "Community Walks" so we can learn more about our surrounding Tukwila community. Students and families have also joined on these walks. Stephanie really listens to her students and shows them respect, and in turn they respect her and think very highly of her. When some of her students have shown behavior issues, she does everything she can to help problem advocate and support their needs. Stephanie is a great co-worker, always a team player, friendly and equally thoughtful to co-workers.

- Tammy Tauiliili

I cannot say enough about Stephanie Aragon. She is one of my 5th grade teacher colleagues at Cascade View. She has been a wonderful asset to our 5th grade team. Last year was her first year and when I first stepped into her classroom it looked like I was in a beautiful clearing in the middle of a forest ecosystem. There were “grass” covered areas with vines on some of the walls giving the appearance of trees. There were lights all around giving the appearance of stars on the ceiling. Everything she put into the classroom was put there with intention and purpose and provided an engaging environment that was also calming to her students and anyone who comes into the room.

Stephanie also has an air purifier in the classroom and when we had the forest fires last year and I was having trouble breathing due to the smoke in the air, I was invited into her room to get a moment to literally breathe in some refreshing air.

This year Stephanie has brought many engaging activities to our whole 5th grade team to share. She had several field trip ideas that would enhance our social studies topics for the year and engage our students in learning about the cultures we are studying.

Stephanie is a Social Justice Advocate who has been an important influence on my learning and teaching through a social justice lens. She has taken on being the Race and Equity team lead for our school and through this has been providing Community Walks for anyone in our school and community to join one Wednesday each month. She also advocates for her students and shows the utmost kindness to their individual needs which includes our LGBTQ+ students and their families.

Stephanie grew up in Tukwila attending our schools starting at Tukwila Elementary and graduating from Foster High School. She has shown me how invested she is in our district and community. I truly appreciate all that she does and who she is as a person. I am a better person because of Stephanie and the values she emulates. Thank you, Stephanie.

- Jennifer Tison

MLL Quilt
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Showalter teacher Minh Royer worked with MLL students to create a quilt square that shows their family, culture, hobbies, and who they are and where they come from. The students were excited to share their stories through artwork.

Ms. Royer then took these beautiful pieces of art and connected their stories to display as a community within Showalter. This idea came from Ms. Royer, who then spent her time and energy crafting this amazing piece of work. She is so talented. We are so lucky to have her on the Showalter team!

Foster High School Environmental Internship Symposium
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Join Foster High School environmental science students as they share their experiences from internships they completed during the 22/23 school year. The second annual Environmental Internship Symposium will be held on Wednesday May 31 from 6:30 - 7:30pm at the Tukwila Community Center. Students will also lead a panel discussion about the FHS + Elementary school 5th grade field trip collaboration. Food is provided to all attendees. Please RSVP using the link below. The total number of hours completed and stipends received for all students will be revealed at the end of the night- you do not want to miss this!

RSVP here

Foster High School STEAM Fair
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You are invited to visit the Foster High School STEAM Fair on May 24th, from 4pm to 7pm, hosted by the Robotics Club and Key Club, where we will celebrate and showcase our students' innovative projects and exciting research in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). The fair will take place in the Commons and will be open to all members of our school community, including students, staff, families, and members of the wider community. It will feature exhibits from a wide range of classes and clubs, with lots of fun and interactive activities. You can attend for as long as you like and leave any time.

We hope you can join us to witness the hard work and dedication of our students throughout the school year and participate in exciting STEAM activities. Food will be provided and cooked in front of you by the culinary class, making it an event that's not to be missed! This event is hosted by the CTE Department.

Please RSVP to confirm your attendance! We look forward to seeing you there!

High School/Preschool Environmental Science Field Trip
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Ms. Cruz's preschool class joined FHS environmental science students on a field trip to the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands. High school students taught preschoolers how to use their senses to explore the garden. One preschool student said, "I'm eating veggies!" A big thank you to Mr. Camacho and Ms. Cruz for providing this opportunity!

Interim Superintendent Feedback Meeting
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Join us for a special Board meeting to review the interim superintendent survey data that we've received and to listen to feedback from the community about our next leader. Food will be provided. If you'd like to attend virtually, please use this link: https://tukwila-wednet-edu.zoom.us/j/85472909574

Saturday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | TSD Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th Street

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Please congratulate our March TSD Superstar Winners!

 

Dr. Tenesha Fremstad, Principal of Cascade View Elementary

 “Dr. Fremstad is a champion for her students, parents, staff and community. She is always smiling with an amazing attitude. Her passion for learning and leading is evident in the smiling children I see.” -  Veronica Birdsong

“Since day the first day she started as Principal at Cascade View, Dr. Fremstad let the staff know she was all about five F’s: Faith, Family, Football, Food and Fun which she clearly demonstrates each day. In the context of Faith, Dr. Fremstad expresses her faith in our students, staff and community. She lets our students know she believes in them, she loves working for them and has confidence that they will be the best that they can be. When it comes to family, Dr. Fremstad always encourages us to take care of ourselves and our families. Over and over, when a family emergency occurs, she is the first to inquire about how we are, what can she do and reminds us to take care of our family needs. If it is a Monday morning quarterback conversation you want, Dr. Fremstad will gladly talk about any football game that occurred over the weekend--just make sure you know you will walk away with nothing but accolades when it comes to the Huskies and Seahawks! If you should happen to be at Cascade View on a day Dr. Fremstad arranges for food to be in the staff room, come in hungry. Fruit bowls, salads, bread, sandwiches abound with Chick Fil-A and Panera Bread Company being the most popular menu items. This year the coffee table at Cascade View has become a full-fledged coffee bar with a continuous variety of K-cups, creamers, syrups and even a frother! Fun comes in a variety of forms, this month it take the form of a rubber duck. All staff were given a rubber duck with a number on the bottom. Numbers are drawn each week with prizes for the staff that range from taking over a recess duty, gift cards, snacks etc… For all these reasons, Dr. Fremstad should be one of Tukwila’s shining stars for the month of April.” - Cindy Golston

“Dr. Fremstad is not just an amazing principal but a truly phenomenal person. She truly cares for the students, staff and families at Cascade View and is a strong advocate for our learning community. From keeping our campus safe to making sure the teachers have everything they need to ensure student success, she works everyday to make sure that Cascade View is truly the Home of Joyful Teaching and Learning. Each decision she makes is always for the benefit of the students, because they are the reason we are here. On any given day, you can walk into Cascade View and find us laughing and having fun with students, staff and families. The care and compassion that Dr. Fremstad has for our entire learning community is what makes Cascade View a very special place for everyone. Dr. Fremstad is the heart and soul of the school and I feel very honored to work with her.” - Angela Meyer

Hsian-Yu Kuo, Director of Information Technology and Theren Hayes, Instructional Technology Specialist

 “Hsian-Yu works tirelessly all year long to keep our network running. He may be "behind the scenes", but as soon as the internet goes down, he is the one who gets called. Hsian-Yu is responsive to staff needs and questions. Hsian-Yu is patient and has to wear "many hats" in terms of how he supports student and staff technology needs. I appreciate his diligence and responsiveness so much! I don't know what we would do without him.” - Erica Cieslikowski

“Theren is such a valuable and knowledgeable resource to us all. Possessing experience as a previous classroom teacher gives him an even keener eye as to what is beneficial for staff and students alike. Theren is always helpful with providing needed training in a way that I can always understand. He is encouraging and always so enthusiastic which is always contagious. Thank you Theren for all that do in front and behind the scenes!” - Jill Quy

“Tech has an overabundance of surplus much of the time. Theren pushed to get it out of the way, and with cooperation from Scottie, Lenny, and Hsian Yu, got it all out of the Service Centre. It involved a lot of heavy lifting and a lot of work moving it all, and they did it before I was even aware it had been cleared out. Thanks for your magnificent efforts!” - Jason Wilke-Nguyen

Happy School Social Work Week!
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We appreciate our wonderful Social Workers! They do so much for our students and families and we really couldn't function without them.

Veronica Chea, Social Worker at Tukwila Elementary

 

Kimberly Goodman, Social Worker at Thorndyke Elementary

 

Iris Guzman, Social Worker at Showalter Middle School

 

Lori Sanchez, Social Worker at Foster High School 

 

Tammy Tauiliili, Social Worker at Cascade View Elementary

CTE Month - Business Classes
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In Career Choices, students work on identifying and evaluating their personal goals, priorities, aptitudes, and interests with the goal of helping them make informed decisions about their future work/career. 

In Digitools, students are learning about online safety and privacy, digital wallets, online banking, and Google Workspace. They also create a business card, learn to use PowerPoint, and use a template in Word to make their own resume. 

Business Law introduces the learner to the legal and ethical framework of business. The students also gain an understanding of law and discuss court cases.

Personal Money Management is about financial knowledge and skills they need to make sound decisions as consumers, workers, business owners, savers, and investors.

CTE Month - Environmental Science
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The environmental science classes are preparing for the annual Envirothon Competition. This year two teams from FHS will be competing to bring home the 1st place trophy! The first signs of spring are popping up in the garden with daffodils bringing a pop of color to the classroom. Students have landed internships with EarthGen, King County Department of Natural Resources, The Common Acre, Duwamish Valley Youth Corps, and one of our students, Ella Thorng has been chosen to serve as the student representative for the City of Tukwila's Parks Commission. In Environmental Science 1, Students are working hard in class discussing which bag type is best and we'll begin work in the Foster High School Learning garden in the next few weeks. The Garden Club also finished a months-long project of making a picnic table from scratch. With the help of Mr. Shaman and our garden volunteer Ms. Doellefeld (and her family), the garden club members measured and cut pieces of cedar and sanded and painted the picnic table to perfection. It will debut in the garden during CTE night!

Outside of FHS: Additionally there are some field trips on the horizon- this week students will be visiting a fish hatchery in Issaquah to learn more about the fish we will be raising in the aquaponics garden at Showalter Middle School. Students in Environmental Science 2 are working on hosting an Earth Day Celebration at FHS for all 5th grade students in addition to 3 off campus field trips to various locations around Puget Sound. The newly formed Environmental Science and Studies club successfully hosted the first of a three part learning series at the Tukwila Community Center in January. The first course focused all around trees in our neighborhoods. The next sessions will focus on water and wildlife. 

Guest Speakers Galore: Representatives from EarthCorps and IRC's Youth Roots program will be coming to our classes to talk with students about internship opportunities and work that they can do to better the community. Port Commissioner Hasegawa will be visiting FHS to talk more about what the Port of Seattle is doing to combat climate change later this May. 

Making Real Change: Three of our FHS students, Alex Vicuna Perez, Jada Nazarene, and Dennis Nguyen have served on King County's Climate Equity Community Task Force for almost a year and have completed some great projects including working with youth in Skyway to learn more about environmental justice, hosting a heat mitigation information session at FHS, and Jada will be interviewing candidates for the new Climate Director for King County. Jose Vaca Martinez is an 11th grader who is the first student to enroll in the independent study environmental science course. Jose has been granted approval to pilot a lunch time composting program at FHS. He has been diligently working on gathering student interest as well as meeting with stakeholders such as the Ms. Cardenas and Principal Blanton to make sure that this program has a genuine impact.

Visit the Environmental Science and Studies Club website for more information.

CTE Month - Manufacturing, Computer Aided Design, Mechatronics, and Robotics
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Manufacturing Fundamentals learned layout, drilling, and solid riveting techniques from the aerospace industry to make aluminum phone stands.

Computer Aided Design (CAD) class is working on designing children’s toys to 3D print for children of all sizes in their family.

The Mechatronics class is finishing up creating their first remote control robots and will race tomorrow.

Pre-apprenticeship skills is training in shop safety and preparing to cut out parts for folding benches for use in Environmental Science Classes.

The Robotics team is finished with a 1st draft CAD design of their robot for this year’s competition and has completed building most subsystems in real life. The programming team is learning how to program robots in Java to run the robot, and create code for vision processing and route planning. We are planning a Red Robin Family spirit night and a donation campaign to fund travel to the First Robotics Championships in Spokane in early April.

Partnership with Y.E.T.I. at Cascade View
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Thanks to Mr. Dalton Rockwell, Cascade View Elementary now has a partnership with Y.E.T.I. (Youth Experiential Training Institute)! This means that CV students will now have opportunities to go on outdoor field trips. Here's a picture of the group on their first hike of the year:

We're so glad this partnership has begun and look forward to many more great adventures! 

CTE Month - Skills USA
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The Skills USA club at Foster High School held its first photo contest for Skills USA. The contest theme was saying Welcome/Goodbye to Foster High School. We focused on landscape photography. Students were asked to take photos, edit and then give a short presentation about their process. The regional winner for South Puget Sound was Senior Mary Hser. An extraordinary photographer who also happens to be the Co Editor-in-Chief of the yearbook this year.

Photo credit: Mary Hser

 

Photo credit: Mary Hser

 

Photo credit: Mary Hser

 

CTE Month - Digital Arts
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The Yearbook and PhotoJournalism classes took field trips to the Museum of Pop Art and Culture at the Seattle Center this year. We went for an immersive learning experience and were able to tour an exhibit that featured the photography of 90's hip hop, specifically contact sheets that really exposed the fun and social justice awareness within the hip hop culture of the 90's. We also got to see the costumes from the movie Black Panther, play instruments in a recording booth and see the space needle. 

Photo credit: Otis Williams

 

Photo credit: Sharif Crawford

 

Photo credit: Sharif Crawford

 

Photo credit: Emma Filipo

 

Photo credit: Mary Hser

 

Photo credit: Mirabelle Cruz

 

Photo credit: Mirabelle Cruz

 

Photo credit: Mirabelle Cruz

CTE Month - Culinary Arts
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Happy CTE Month! Our Culinary Arts program at Foster participated in the FCCLA (Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America) Regional Competitive Event last weekend. We had seven students participate, and the following students received gold and silvers stars, with gold star winners advancing to state:

Category: Public Policy Advocate
Tackling Poverty in Tukwila - Arista Alejandro, Saleena Bista, Victoria Veth (Gold)

Category: Entrepreneurship
The Multicultural Cafe Business Proposal - Mahelat Alamerew, Thang Awi, Miranda Garcia Santos (Gold)

Category: Focus of the Child
One Small Act of Hope - Hailey Gurrero (Silver)

Congratulations to all our Culinary Arts students!

GEAR UP Parent Academy
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Gear Up is getting ready to host our first Parent Academy here at Foster High School for our 10th and 11th grade students and families! The purpose of this academy is to create community and learn how we can work together to support our scholars on their educational journey. 

The Parent Academy will be a six week long program where we will discuss the college application process, financial aid, high school success, and pathways to higher education. We will meet every Wednesday from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. in the FHS Library starting on February 22 and ending with a celebration on the March 29. Dinner will be provided during each session.

Please use this link to RSVP: https://bit.ly/FosterParentAcad. Please reach out to Glendal Tautua (correag@tukwila.wednet.edu) if you have any questions.

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Tukwila Schools’ inclusive community welcomes everyone with experienced educators and culturally responsive programs. We’re ready to engage and encourage every child! If your student will be 5 by August 31, we encourage you to enroll. For more information, please visit our enrollment page: https://www.tukwilaschools.org/about-our-district/enrollment

Natural Learning Series - Trees
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Saturday, January 21 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S.)

Hosted by the Foster High School Environmental Science and Studies Club (ESSC) the Natural Learning Series is a multipart engagement and learning session to build connection between people and the natural world. The first session is about trees - learn about tree anatomy, types of trees, and our interactions with trees!

COVID Test Distribution Event
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On December 28th and 29th, free iHealth COVID tests will be available for pick up in the Administration Building. Families and staff are encouraged to access this resource. Please see Aracely Montufar at the front desk if you would like some.

Wednesday, December 28 and Thursday, December 29

9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Tukwila School District Administration Building (4640 S. 144th St)

Surplus Sale - New Date
TSD Communications

The Tukwila School District will be holding a Surplus Sale on Thursday, January 5 in the Showalter Middle School Commons (4628 S. 144th St).

This one-day sale is open to staff and students from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. and will be open to the general public from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

We will be selling books, technology items, furniture and more. Prices will vary and delivery is not available. All items are sold "AS IS" and all sales are final.

Dual Language Advisory Team
TSD Communications

In Fall 2023 Tukwila School District will welcome Kindergarten students into our Dual Language Program at Cascade View Elementary. This is the result of a years’ long effort to support our students and families. To that end we will convene a Dual Language Advisory Team. During monthly meetings, the TSD Dual Language Advisory Team will provide feedback and input on the implementation of Dual Language programming using the Center for Applied Linguistics’ Guiding Principles for Dual Language Education. We are looking for staff, students, families, and community members to participate on this important team.

The Dual Language Advisory Team will meet at the district office from 5pm – 6:30pm on the following dates:

  • January 12, 2023
  • February 9, 2023
  • March 9, 2023
  • April 13, 2023
  • May 11, 2023
  • June 8, 2023

If you have questions or are interested in joining the advisory team please email Silvia Dicus Mora at dicusmoras@tukwila.wednet.edu or via phone by calling 206-901-8028.  

snowflake
TSD Communications

Our wonderful Quality Engagement Specialists, Maryan Abdow and Julie Herdt helped to plan and host our annual Spirit of Giving Event on Saturday, December 10 at the Tukwila Community Center. The Quality Engagement Specialists, TSD Elementary School Social Workers, TSD Somali Family Liaison and Tukwila Community Center staff were able to serve over 135 Families (300 students) needing assistance with basic need items, toys and grocery store cards for winter break.

 

Our Fine Arts Department is Looking for Donations!
TSD Communications

We have wonderful creative programs that are serving all children from K-12. We have strengthened the Theatre program to reach more students in grades 6-12 and are boosting the technical aspects of the performing arts, which means students can help build sets and work on lighting and sound for productions. As you look around your home, please consider donating these items to the Fine Arts Program in Tukwila Schools!

Theatre Program Wish List

Drop off these items in the Foster High School front office (4242 S. 144th St)

  • Bar clamp
  • Bench brush
  • C-clamp
  • Carpenter square
  • Claw hammers
  • Combination square
  • Cordless or electric drill
  • Crescent wrenches
  • Drill press
  • Ear protectors
  • Framing square
  • Level
  • Mat knife
  • Metal yardstick
  • Pliers (all types needed)
  • Quick release clamps
  • Safety goggles
  • Sandpaper
  • Screwdrivers
  • Socket set (US gauge)
  • Staple gun and staples
  • Tape measures
  • Vice grips

Elementary Visual Arts Wish List

Drop off these items in the Thorndyke Elementary front office (4415 S. 150th St)

  • Tagboard
  • Low fire glazes for ceramics
  • Rolling carts to load with ceramics and move around items at schools
  • Yarn
  • Q-tips
  • 12" x 18" drawing paper
  • Beads, buttons, sequins, googly eyes, etc.
Amphibians in the City
TSD Communications

Join Green Tukwila to learn about urban amphibian (frog and salamander) diversity living around us in Western Washington, including the unique species that live alongside us in our cities and suburbs. We’ll discuss the threats these critters face and how we are helping them out.

Wednesday, December 7 from 5:45 - 7:00 p.m. at the Tukwila Community Center (12424 42nd Ave S.) and on Zoom. Registration is required: www.Tukwilawa.gov/greentukwila 

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TSD Communications

Please join us for a childhood vaccine clinic provided by Stepping Stone Pediatrics and hosted by Tukwila School District. All childhood vaccines and immunizations will be offered as well as COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for parents and guardians. No appointment needed!

  • Wednesday, December 7:  3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Tukwila Elementary (5939 S. 149th Street)
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TSD Communications

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:

  • Must live in District 3 in Tukwila (link to District boundary map) **The District boundaries have been changed, so please look at the District boundary map to verify that you live in District 3**

  • Must be a United States citizen

  • Must be an Eligible Voter

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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Tukwila School District (District) is seeking qualified proposals with the intent to apply for funding under the Universal Service Administrative Company Schools and Libraries E­-Rate Program (E­Rate) for Funding Year 2023 (FY2023). The E­Rate Funding Year 2023 will commence July 1, 2023 and end June 30 , 2024.  Approved contracts resulting from valid responses to the Request for Proposal (RFP) will be in effect from July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2024. Should an extension be permitted by E­Rate, the subsequent contract may be extended accordingly.  Successful provider(s) must agree to cooperate fully and in a timely manner with any and all requests for information that Tukwila School District needs to secure the E-rate discounts.

Project Title: TSD WiFi-6 Updates 2023-2024

Proposal Due Date: December 22, 2022

Sealed Proposals Must Be Delivered To:

Tukwila School District Technology Services
RE: TSD WiFi-6 Updates 2023-2024
4640 S. 144th Street
Tukwila, WA 98168

Faxed proposals will not be accepted.

RFP for WiFi 6 Updates 2023-2024 Full Document

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TSD Communications

The Tukwila School District, 4640 S. 144th St., Tukwila, WA 98168, is calling for Bids for its K-12 Extended Learning Opportunities for tutoring and developing the whole child through social and emotional development.

Project Title: Extended Learning Opportunities

Proposal Due Date: November 30, 2022

Estimated Contract Period: January 4, 2023 - August 1, 2023

Vendors Eligibility: This procurement is open to those Vendors that satisfy the minimum qualifications stated herein and that are available for work in Washington State.

Submit Proposal To:

Dr. Millicent Borishade
Chief Academic Officer
4640 S. 144th Street
Tukwila, WA 98168
borishadem@tukwila.wednet.edu

Faxed proposals will not be accepted.

RFP for Extended Learning Opportunities Full Document

RFP Score Card

2 vaccines
TSD Communications

Please join us for two childhood vaccine clinics provided by Stepping Stone Pediatrics and hosted by Tukwila School District. All childhood vaccines and immunizations will be offered as well as COVID-19 vaccines and boosters for parents and guardians. No appointment needed!

  • Wednesday, November 9: 3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Tukwila Elementary (5939 S. 149th Street)
  • Wednesday, December 7:  3:00 - 6:00 p.m., Tukwila Elementary (5939 S. 149th Street)
Proposed Revisions to Director Districts
TSD Communications

Because of population changes reflected on the 2020 census, Tukwila Schools are proposing changes to the geographic boundaries of our director districts.

The Tukwila School District is divided into five geographic districts, one for each board seat. Candidates for the school board must run for the seat of the district they live in. By creating five equal director districts, geographic diversity is ensured on the school board. 

These boundaries are completely unrelated to school attendance boundaries; this process will not change any neighborhood school boundaries.

In October 2022, the District contracted with Sammamish Data Systems to develop a proposal for new director district boundaries based on the latest census data. The proposed new director district boundaries would balance the populations in all districts so that each would have roughly the same number of residents.

A public hearing on this proposal will be held on Monday, November 7 from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. virtually and in-person | Tukwila School District Administration Building, 4640 S. 144th St | Zoom link

Current Director District Map

Current Director District Boundaries Legal Description

Proposed Director District Map

Proposed Director District Boundaries Legal Description

Strategic Plan Feedback Meeting
TSD Communications

Tukwila Families and Community,

Please join us for a Strategic Plan Feedback Meeting on Wednesday, October 26 from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at Showalter Middle School. We need to hear your feedback about our upcoming Strategic Plan. Food will be provided and interpreters will be available.

Please RSVP here: https://www.tukwilaschools.org/surveys/strategic-plan-feedback-meeting-rsvp

 

Safety & Inclusion Task Force Invitation
TSD Communications

Tukwila students, families, community members, and staff are invited to apply to join the Safety and Inclusion Task Force! The goal of this group is to understand the current practices in our schools around safety and inclusion, the effectiveness of those practices related to current Tukwila School District policies, and to ensure the district has comprehensive and accessible programs in the following areas:

1. A procedure and protocol to effectively respond to reported incidents of alleged‚Äč ‚Äčsexual harassment, including sexual assault/violence and sexual misconduct,‚Äč ‚Äčthat complies with state, and federal regulations, which also considers‚Äč ‚Äčdevelopmentally appropriate supports and due process rights for all parties‚Äč ‚Äčinvolved‚Äč.‚Äč
2. A developmentally appropriate and responsive educational and outreach‚Äč ‚Äčcomponent for the‚Äč ‚Äčawareness and prevention of gender based discrimination and‚Äč ‚Äčharassment‚Äč.‚Äč

‚ÄčIf you're interested in being a part of this group, please fill out this application before Friday, October 7: 

Link to Task Force Application

If selected, you will receive an email notification no later than October 21.

Questions? Please contact Tukwila School Board President Carlee Hoover (hooverc@tukwila.wednet.edu)‚Äč

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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TSD Communications
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
road work sign
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!
TSD Communications

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
TSD Communications

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
TSD Communications

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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TSD Communications

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

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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

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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
TSD Communications

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
TSD Communications

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
TSD Communication

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.