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FMS bands score superior rating at league band contest

Both seventh and eighth grade bands of Ford Middle scored superior ratings at this year’s Mountain League Band Contest at Liberty Middle School on April 22.

The seventh grade band performed a rousing Spanish flavored piece entitled, “Plaza de Toros” by Mark Williams. They also performed “Etowah,” written by Brian Balmages, which is a song that pays homage to the Cherokee and Creek nations that once thrived in Georgia.

The eighth grade band performed John Edmondson’s “Kentucky Pride,” a tribute to the state of Kentucky that features the theme of  “My Old Kentucky Home.” The band also played a classic Robert W. Smith composition entitled, “Encanto.”


FREE youth sports clinic hosted by PLU on May 3 for students in grades 1 through 6

Pacific Lutheran Athletics will host a free Youth Sports Clinic on Saturday, May 3 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m in Olson Auditorium. The clinic is available to youth in grades first through sixth and will feature five breakout sessions that highlight a specific sport. In each session, PLU student-athletes will lead campers through a variety of practice drills and exercises.

The overall goal of the event is to uplift living a healthy, active lifestyle. At the conclusion of the clinic, participants will hear our student-athletes speak on the benefits of staying active and nourishing your body properly. Lunch will be included in addition to a t-shirt and jump rope. Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Olson Auditorium lobby (PLU Bldg. 40).

All participants must complete an online application. Follow this link to register. Further questions can be directed toward Sarah Hebel at or Jennifer Childress at


FPHS students participating in FBLA perform strongly in Seattle

Franklin Pierce High's Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) chapter went to Seattle to compete against the top students from around the state. 

Rebekah Collins and Jinny Chin finalled (top 15) in Business Ethics, where they presented on the ethical dilemma of the U.S. Government pirating software. 

Hara Chin, Hannah Park, and Kyongmin So placed 5th in Community Service.  They presented their project on implementing a Sports Day at James Sales Elementary earlier this year. 

L to R: Jinny Chin, Rebekah Collins, Kyongmin So, Hannah Park

This week in sports, April 21 through April 26


Please click on the following links to view sports schedules for each school:

FPHS Cardinals

WHS Patriots

FMS T-Birds


Six schools recognized as 2013 Washington Achievement Award winners


Six district schools – Brookdale Elementary, Central Avenue Elementary, Christensen Elementary, Elmhurst Elementary, Franklin Pierce High, and Washington High – have been recognized as Washington Achievement Award winners for 2013. A total of 413 schools in the state of Washington were named.


The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Waiver.


“It is important that we use the revised Achievement Index to not only provide feedback to schools and districts on their progress, but also to identify schools with exemplary student performance,” said State Board of Education Chair Dr. Kristina Mayer. “These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington.”


Schools are recognized as top performers in one or more of six categories:


  • Overall Excellence
  • High Progress
  • Reading Growth
  • Math Growth
  • Extended Graduation Rate (awarded to high schools and comprehensive schools only)
  • English Language Acquisition


More information about the award categories and the Washington Achievement Awards can be found at:


The district’s honorees were recognized in the following categories:


Brookdale Elementary: High Progress


Central Avenue Elementary: English Language Acquisition


Christensen Elementary: Reading Growth and Mathematics Growth and English Language Acquisition


Elmhurst Elementary: English Language Acquisition


Franklin Pierce High: High Progress


Washington High: High Progress



Superintendent Hewins was pleased to learn of the announcement. “This is yet another recognition we’ve recently received about our schools from an outside organization that indicates we are on a path of continuous improvement,” said Hewins. “We will always have more work to do, but we should also take time to celebrate the great work by staff and students that earn these prestigious recognitions.”


The award-winning schools will be honored at a ceremony on April 24 at Timberline High School in Lacey.


Washington High students selected as 2014 Washington Scholars


Three graduating Washington High students were recognized by the Washington Student Achievement Council as being among the top students in the 29th Legislative District and the state of Washington. Olivia E. Moore and Jari David Rozo L. Tamayo were selected as 2014 Washington Scholars, and Mariah Sora Strange was selected as an alternate. Annually, only 147 students are selected as Washington Scholars; 49 additional students are selected as alternates.


The 1981 Legislature enacted the Washington Scholars program to honor the accomplishments of three high school seniors, plus one alternate, from each of the state’s 49 legislative districts.


The Washington Scholars award represents the highest academic honor conferred to high school students graduating in the state of Washington. Recognition as a Washington Scholar includes no monetary scholarship benefit at this time.


High school principals nominate the top one percent of their graduating senior classes for Washington Scholars consideration on the basis of academic achievement, leadership, and community service. A 33-member selection committee, comprised of representatives from public and private high schools, state educational agencies, and public and private four-year colleges and universities, then winnows the list.


Congratulations to Olivia, Jari, and Mariah!


Keithley marching band performs in Junior Daffodil Parade

Keithley's marching band performed at the 53rd Annual Junior Daffodil Parade in the Proctor District of Tacoma on Saturday, April 12.




Keithley students visit Washington, D.C. and New York City during Spring Break

During spring break, six 8th grade Keithley Middle School students traveled to Washington, D.C. and New York City. The Keithley group joined two other schools, one from Los Angeles and one from Houston. The purpose of the trip was to expose students to living history, giving them an opportunity to experience the actual locations of stories they’ve read about in American Literature.

The trip began in Washington, D.C. where the students visited the Smithsonian Museums, Capitol Hill, historical memorials, and the White House. The trip ended in New York City where the students visited Ellis Island, the Statue of Liberty, Empire State Building, and took in a production on Broadway.

The trip was open to all interested 8th grade students that were in good academic standing and have maintained good behavior at school. Students and parents paid for the trip with a combination of gifts, fundraisers, and out-of-pocket payments. Payment plans were also available. The trip’s advisor, KMS teacher Alicia Mendez, hopes to make this opportunity an annual event.

L to R: Brianna Heaton, Tammy Bigelow, Cayla Bigelow, Zach Grondahl, Cissy Ramoie, Kaitlyn Ramoie, Ariyanna Pyles, Dixie Pyles, Josh Adamson, and Jonathan Bazail.


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