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Tukwila Family News

March 2024

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Tukwila Families,


As March unfolds, we embark on a journey of celebration and recognition during Women's History Month. It's a time to honor the remarkable contributions of women throughout history and in our daily lives, highlighting their resilience and achievements across diverse fields.


Did you know that while about 3 out of 4 teachers across the country are women, only 27% of superintendents in the US are women? They work tirelessly to help our students succeed every day. Here in Tukwila, we are proud to have strong female leadership, including myself as superintendent, with over 50% of our district administration being women, and our union leadership too. I strongly believe female leadership in education is vital as it brings diverse perspectives, empathy, and a nurturing spirit to the educational space, nurturing the next generation of leaders.


We are also excited to recognize that March is also Classified Staff Month, so let's take a moment to express our gratitude to all staff members who tirelessly support our students' learning and growth. Your hard work and dedication are deeply appreciated and truly make a difference.


Thank you for being part of our Tukwila School District family as we continue to uplift and celebrate the achievements of women while expressing our heartfelt appreciation for our incredible staff members.


Warm regards,
Dr. Concie Pedroza
Interim Superintendent


Celebrating Student Achievements

A big shoutout to the Foster High School Cheer Team for their outstanding performance at the State Competition in February! Their unique "Stomp & Shake" style truly lit up the floor, setting them apart from the rest. Let's give a round of applause to the Co-Ed team for adding that extra flair!


 Upcoming Events 


Innovations in Education

As we honor the incredible women who have shaped history, let's also inspire the next generation of female leaders, innovators, and problem-solvers. March is Women's History Month, and it's the perfect time to encourage girls to explore the exciting world of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).


STEM isn't just about numbers and formulas; it's about curiosity, creativity, and making a difference in the world. When girls dive into STEM, they discover endless possibilities and unlock their potential to change the future.


Here are some fantastic resources to ignite girls' passion for STEM:

  • Girls Who Code: This organization offers free coding lessons, clubs, and summer programs to help girls learn valuable computer science skills.
  • STEMettes: With inspiring events, workshops, and mentorship programs, STEMettes empowers girls to pursue careers in STEM fields.
  • National Girls Collaborative Project: This network connects organizations that are committed to encouraging girls' participation in STEM activities and careers.
  • Techbridge Girls: Through hands-on projects and supportive programs, Techbridge Girls introduces girls to engineering, science, and technology in fun and engaging ways.
  • GoldieBlox: With their innovative toys and storybooks, GoldieBlox encourages girls to explore engineering concepts and problem-solving skills.

This Women's History Month, let's celebrate the achievements of women past and present while also nurturing the STEM leaders of tomorrow. By providing girls with opportunities to explore STEM fields, we're helping to build a future where every girl can thrive and succeed in any path she chooses.


Opportunities

Come Join Our Team! Drive a bus or van for Tukwila School District. Office with a view. Delightful customers. Summer, weekends and Holidays off. Paid CDL Training.  Part-time job with Full-time benefits. $29.52-$31.60. Call Gina Stevens 206-901-8053 or stevensr@tukwila.wednet.edu. Permanent and Substitute positions open now


Family Engagement

Volunteer Opportunities

Interested in volunteering at your student’s school?

The District recognizes the valuable contribution made to the total school program through the volunteer assistance of parents and other citizens; we appreciate your enthusiasm.

The safety of our students is our top priority. Those wishing to visit/volunteer (including chaperoning a field trip, eating in our cafeteria with your child, etc.), must apply and submit to a background check. The Tukwila School District has an all online volunteer clearance process. Paper applications are no longer accepted.

Please allow up to three (3) weeks for processing applications.

Start the application process here: https://tukwilavolunteers.myschooldata.net/


Community Connections

Stillwater Volunteering

Who is Still Water
In 2016, Still Waters Services for Families in Transition established the Tukwila Weekend Snack Pack Program to address food insecurities and promote educational equity in Tukwila Schools. This initiative ensures that all students have access to essential nutrition for focus, learning, and overall well-being, especially during periods when school meals are unavailable. The program delivers shelf-stable, kid-friendly meals to qualifying families in Tukwila, offering vital support in overcoming food insecurities.
 

Volunteer Tasks:

  • We prepare around 200 bags with meals, snacks, and water every week.
  • Unload a van carrying meals, snacks, and water.
  • Deliver to our Elementary schools: Cascade Elementary, Thorndyke Elementary, and Tukwila Elementary.

 

Join us every Wednesday at 9:30 am at Showalter Middle School. If this time doesn't work for you, we also welcome groups of students, student clubs, parents, or your school PTA on a different day. For additional details, contact Abigail Tabason, Executive Director/Parent of Tukwila Elementary, at stillwatersfamilyservices@gmail.com or (206) 650-7530.


District Reminders

Early Release Day

Wednesday, March 6

Early Release Day

Wednesday, March 13

 


Contact Information:

For any questions or additional information, please contact the district office at TSD Communications.

Thank you for your continued support and involvement in our educational community. We look forward to another month of growth, achievement, and collaboration.