April 19, 2018
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Levy failure: Cuts would affect admin, each building, department
As of Thursday, 8,092 ballots have been cast in the April 24 special election on the proposed Educational Programs & Operations levy. Nearly 18,000 registered voters have not yet returned ballots.

In recent weeks, the district hosted three levy information meetings to share facts, answer questions and hear from a panel of varied staff members who shared specific details about how they help lead, teach and care for Tahoma students. Anyone who was unable to attend one of the information meetings may click here for videos. 

The proposed levy measure is a replacement for the levy that is ending in 2018, which costs about $2.84 per $1,000 assessed property value. The new measure, if approved, would cost $1.50 per $1,000. The collections would be capped at $10.7 million in 2019 and $11.8 million in 2020 (a cap prevents the district from collecting additional money, even if the total assessed value in the district as a whole increases).

The levy helps cover the cost of many staff positions and programs that are not funded by state and federal dollars. Without those funds, the district will have a shortfall of about $3.5 million in the 2018-19 school year, and about $12 million in the 2019-2020 school year. Cuts in order to balance the budget would include sports; most extracurricular activities; the Math Assistance Program (MAP); elementary STEM, art and music classes; all field trips that are not funded by PTA/PTO or boosters; instructional coaches who support teachers and enhance student success in the classroom and more. In the second year, the board would ask an ad-hoc committee to make recommendations about what to cut. Options include cutting about 40 certificated positions and 20-25 classified positions, the Reading Assistance Program, the elimination of the 8-period schedule at the high school, the English Language Learners program, building secretaries, $2.5 million of supplemented Special Education services, two assistant principals and four deans. Further details are available here: https://sites.google.com/view/tahomalevyinformation/home

"We've tried to make sure we would spread the impact across the system," Morrow said at a recent board meeting, explaining that cuts would hit administrators, the district office, and every building and department.

School Board President Mary Jane Glaser said a levy failure will directly affect students. "Without the levy funds, student choice for selecting classes and programs to align with their interests and meet their needs for preparation of their future career paths will be severely limited," she said. "We are committed to excellence in our course offerings because our students, your kids, deserve a better-than-basic education."

Glaser said the levy supports staffing and programs that help Tahoma students as they become future ready. Those efforts have also elevated Tahoma's standing as one of the top school districts in the state.

"For Tahoma to be truly one of the best districts, our belief is that we must offer our students a comprehensive program beyond basic education: math, language arts, social studies, arts and science," she said. "Well-rounded students who experience extracurricular programs, such as sports, robotics, music, art, drama and career and technical education, gain not only knowledge but the attributes of relationships and teamwork."

While Morrow and district leaders have said there will not be a need for cuts if the levy passes, the district will still face a significant long-term funding problem created by the fact that Tahoma cannot collect the same total amount of money that other districts can, because the Maple Valley area does not have the same type of commercial tax base. As an example, if Tahoma passes the levy, it would collect about $500 less per pupil per year than Snoqualmie Valley School District, a similarly sized school system with a more robust commercial tax base. Per year, that means Tahoma would collect about $4 million less than Snoqualmie. The reason this is a problem is because Tahoma wants to retain its quality teachers and staff members, and that requires comparable pay compared to surrounding districts.

Many community members have asked why the district can't simply spend its reserves to cover some of the funding gap. The district's current reserves would not cover the estimated two-year budget shortfall. It's also the goal of district administrators to maintain a reserve of at least 8 percent to deal with any unanticipated expenses, a common and fiscally prudent practice.

Glaser said she looks forward to working with the community to find solutions.
"It doesn't come easy. It requires teamwork. Students, plus teachers, plus parents, plus community equals Tahoma," she said. "We need the support of our entire team, now more than ever, to keep Tahoma in excellent standing and provide a quality learning environment."

Parents and voters have asked for additional details about the ways the district uses levy funds. Many of those answers are on the levy facts website and were presented at the community levy meetings. However, here is further information on some of the categories:


Athletics and activities
The estimated revenue shortfall in sports and extracurricular activities if the levy fails is $1.36 million. This total includes money spent on transportation to and from sports and activities, coaches' salaries, and more.

These levy-supported programs are used by many students. Here are estimates, by school (these are not "unique users," as some students play more than one sport or are in two activities, etc.):
Tahoma High School sports
Fall, 584; Winter, 224; Spring, 431.
Total: 1,239

Tahoma High School activities
Yearbook, 70; Journalism, 48; Band program, 165; Drama, 150; Choir, 300; We the People, 23; Art, 18; Sports Medicine, 200; Speech and Debate, 34; Robotics, 62
Total: 1,060

Summit Trail Middle School sports & activities
Football, 58; Volleyball, 26; Boys basketball, 24; Dance, 24; Wrestling, 31; Girls basketball, 24; Sixth grade volleyball, 48; Sixth grade basketball, 33; Sixth grade badminton, 29; Robotics, 24; Drama (play) 35; Drama (musical) 74; Jazz band, 18; Green team, 5.
Total: 453*
*Does not include spring sports

Maple View Middle School sports & activities
Seventh/Eighth grade sports, 316; Sixth grade sports, 171*; Robotics, 52 including competitive team and the spring club; Drama, 53 participants including the fall play and spring musical; Jazz band, 30; Green Team, 6.
Total: 618
*Does not include spring sports


Learning support
The district pays for the Math Assistance Program (MAP) entirely out of levy funds. The estimated revenue shortfall is $424,000. The program provides small-group math instruction for students who are working below grade level. It served about 300 students from all six elementary students this year, and another 205 students were recommended for support between March and June. When students participate in the MAP program, the groups don't take the place of the student's classroom math instruction, but instead provide struggling students with a "double dose" of math. Students receive extra time working on core math concepts and math fluency in a pre-teach/ reteach model.

The district uses levy dollars (estimated shortfall $182,000) to supplement the Reading Assistance Program, which provides small group instruction for students reading below grade level who are not served in special education. The program is partly funded through Title I and Learning Assistance Program dollars from the state. About 490 students are being served in kindergarten through fifth grade.


Special Education
Estimated revenue shortfall: $2.5 million
The Special Education department serves 1,060 students from birth through age 21. Funding is used to purchase direct instruction by staff members to teach special education students to address academic and behavioral needs, to provide therapy from Speech Language Pathologists, Audiologists, Teachers of the Deaf, Teachers of the Visually Impaired, and Occupational and Physical Therapists. Funding is also used to purchase outside services to provide intense behavioral support, consultation for communication or Autism needs, or out-of-district placements as Individual Education Plans require. Paraeducators support health, safety, and instructional needs of students under the supervision of special education teachers at all schools in the district.


Transportation
Estimated revenue shortfall: $506,876
Changes to the transportation budget could include:
  • Cutting the fuel budget by $250,000. The last several years, fuel prices have been fairly stable. If prices increase dramatically, the difference would need to be covered out of the district reserves rather than from the transportation budget.
  • Eliminating middle school and high school activity buses, for a savings of about $50,000. Students are currently able to stay after school for sports or homework center and then receive a ride home.
  • Combining high school and middle school routes where possible to reduce the number of routes (The transportation department is already running very lean, but may be able to combine routes in some areas, such as Ravensdale).
  • No longer drive into neighborhoods for stops, but rather consolidate neighborhood stops and have students walk to a main entrance area.
  • Bus maintenance: Reduce spending on parts, lubricants and oil. Do more maintenance in house rather than sending them to be worked on outside the district. This will slow the rate of maintenance and repairs.

Custodial/maintenance
Estimated revenue shortfall: $470,000 in 2018-19 and $460,000 in 2019-2020
Throughout the district, levels of cleaning and maintenance would be reduced. For example:
  • Vacuuming is currently done on an every other day rotation at the middle schools and high school. That schedule would be reduced. At the elementary level, kindergarten classrooms and special education classrooms are currently vacuumed every day, and that would be reduced.
  • (Garbage collection and cleaning of the nurse's rooms and kitchens would still continue).
  • Cleaning after special events such as PTA events, popcorn day, outdoor events such as fire drills, field trips, anything that increases the amount of mud and grass tracked in, etc., would put a high strain on the department because the number of staff will be decreased.
  • Maintenance such as upkeep of sports fields, turf fields, monthly inspection of fields, etc.
  • Stadium monitors would be eliminated: At Maple View Middle School and Tahoma High School, stadium monitors have custodial duties on the weekends and also handle community events at the building and the stadium, for 10 hours each weekend day.
  • Student helpers would be eliminated. The district hires 30 student helpers each summer: Two for each building to help custodians move classrooms, deep clean, etc.; and many helpers for other departments such as Technology (processing equipment, software and preparing for the year ahead), Teaching and Learning (processing new materials such as the science kits), Maintenance.


Community invited to meet new superintendent finalistsCommunityInvited
Finalists for the Tahoma Superintendent of Schools position will have a busy day on Monday, May 21. That is when as many as three candidates for the job will be interviewed by panels of staff, students, and community members as well as the School Board. Candidates also will tour the school district and meet with the public as part of a day-long process that is designed to select the next Tahoma Superintendent.

The School Board discussed the interview process during a special meeting on April 17. Though some details remain to be worked out, the board is tentatively arranging an interview schedule that would begin at 8 a.m. and end that evening when the public is invited to meet the candidates during an informal gathering at Tahoma High School. The complete schedule will be published following approval by the School Board.

The deadline for applications is April 26. Board President Mary Jane Glaser said 29 applications have been received and more are expected. The board and the consulting firm hired to facilitate the process, McPherson and Jacobson, will select a group of semi-finalists and invite them to be interviewed by the School Board on Saturday, May 19. The board then will select as many as three finalists who will participate in the day-long interview process on May 21. The School Board has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, May 24 to decide which candidate to hire.

The new superintendent will begin working for Tahoma on July 1, following the retirement of current Superintendent Rob Morrow.
Bear Metal competes in Houston this weekBearMetal
Bear Metal teammates
Members of the Tahoma High School Bear Metal robotics team wait for their plane on the way to Houston to compete in the FIRST championship.  
The event brings together about 30,000 students on 1,400 teams from more than 80 countries. Bear Metal members are testing the mettle of this year's robot, "Ursa Origin" against the innovations of other students from across the country and the globe.  
"FIRST" is an acronym: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology. To learn more about the event, visit https://www.firstchampionship.org/  
For further details about the team, check out their blog at http://tahomarobotics.org/


Tahoma Elementary PTO receives large giftTahomaElementary
Tahoma Elementary PTO board members Shelly Cline and Jason Aubry accept a ceremonial check from Andrea Woods, who works for the Gates Foundation and was able to gift the PTO with a large donation because she hit her 10-year anniversary with the foundation.

When one Tahoma Elementary School parent reached a milestone anniversary at work recently, she had the opportunity to gift $10,000 to the cause of her choice. In this case, her choice was the Parent Teacher Organization at TES, also known as the Cub Club.

Parent Andrea Woods, who works as a senior specialist for grants and contracts at the Gates Foundation, celebrated her 10-year anniversary with the foundation. At 5, 10, 15 or 20 years of service, employees are offered the chance to gift a total of $1,000 for each year of employment to any nonprofit organization.

"We believe this new approach is a wonderful way to celebrate employee tenure through a community-oriented philanthropic experience that benefits the regions where we work, and gives employees the chance to make a personal and meaningful donation ..." Chief Business Operations Officer Connie Collingsworth said in an email.

While the donation is significant, the PTO will still need to continue its fundraising efforts to support all the programs that members want to help fund, President Shelly Cline said. "In general, we've been really cautious with how we're spending money this year," Cline said. The group's major expenditures include scholarships, Camp Casey, the science fair, assemblies, Missoula Children's Theater. Their operating budget is about $110,000.

The donation from the Gates Foundation, via Woods, will be used for general fund needs and to award classroom grants, said Cline and Jason Aubrey, vice president of fundraising.

Woods said that there were many organizations she wanted to give the money to, but that she ultimately settled on the PTO.

"It's really fun to give away somebody else's money," Woods said, smiling.

Principal Jerry Gaston said he is continually overwhelmed by the support the school receives from TES families. "Mrs. Woods is one amazing example, and there are so many others every day as well," Gaston said. "(We) are fortunate and eternally grateful for the partnerships and generosity."

Actors to swing through the jungle in "Tarzan," opening soonTarzan
Madelyn Fickel, left, plays Jane, and Will Chadek plays Tarzan.
Things are about to get a little wild in the performing arts center at Tahoma High School. That's because the stage is being transformed into a jungle, and student actors have been studying up on the behaviors of apes and other animals as they prepare to put on the high school drama program's first musical in the new venue, "Tarzan."

In what is sure to be one of the most exciting elements of the production, some characters will use the PAC's fly system to swing from "vines" while suspended.

"It's amazing what we can do in the new space," Director Melissa Bean said. "It's actually been quite a challenge to direct in this new incredible space after a decade of designing shows for the TMS stage, but it's a really cool challenge to have!"

The directors selected "Tarzan" because they wanted something that was visually stunning, that made full use of the capabilities of the stage, and that was family-friendly.

Bean and Musical Director Ken Riggs both said they're thrilled to have a true orchestra pit, and that the sound quality in the space is fantastic.

Sophomore Madelyn Fickel, who plays "Jane," said she is nervous but excited to use the fly system. Her favorite part of the show so far is the number "Strangers Like Me," and she noted that one of the most difficult parts is maintaining a British accent for the whole play.

In addition to the main cast of THS students, the production also features younger students from Glacier Park Elementary, Rock Creek Elementary, Cedar River Elementary and Summit Trail Middle School.

Senior Tyler Bocock, who plays the part of "Terk," said he has been working diligently on staying in character as an ape.

"It's a really fun play because you get to be an animal and do things you can't do as a human," Bocock said.

The play is physically demanding for many of the actors, some of whom spend a majority of the production on their hands and knees. Flying in the harnesses is also tough. Students and choreographer Indeah Harris came up with some specific workouts to help the actors prepare.

Sophomore Lexie Love, who plays Tarzan's adoptive mother, the ape "Kala," said she has enjoyed learning about the ways that apes interact with one another. Adapting to playing a non-human has been a great challenge, she added.

"The thing I love most about this role is that it aligns with my personality and how I strive to be, heartwarming, nurturing and comforting," Love said.
Freshman Kate Walker, who plays an ape in the ensemble, said that she loves the challenge of the fast, intricate dances, and noted that dancing while singing well at the same time is particularly difficult.

"I am immensely proud of this production," Walker said.

Riggs said that the play includes many different percussion instruments, played by three percussionists. In the auditorium at TMS, the sound would have been overwhelming, but they are able to make it work in the new PAC.

"This is a fun, family-friendly show with a remarkably talented cast," Riggs said. "It is worth your time to come see!"

The production opens May 4, and tickets are on sale now at tahomatarzan.brownpapertickets.com. Shows are at 7 p.m. May 4, 5, 10, 11 and 12, as well as at 2 p.m. on May 5 and 12. Tickets are $10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors, and $5 for children 5 and younger.

The cast includes Will Chadek as Tarzan, Madelyn Fickel as Jane, Lexie Love as Kala, Joel Thompson as Kerchak, Tyler Bocock as Terk, Jonathan Zosel as Porter, Jake Bennett as Clayton, Tayte Erickson as Young Tarzan, Josh Miller as Young Terk, Ethan Buck as Father, Esther Oosterhout as Mother, Gabriel Weisenburger as Snipes and Josselyn Short as Leopard.

The ensemble includes Morgan Adkins, Jessica Barajas, Emery Barkdull, Joshua Baker, Brooklyn Bean, Porter Buck, Alyssa Burkhead, Kekoa Cerbana, Jack Duggan, Rylan Ellis, Theo Fuller, Marisol Gonzalez, Amy Grinzel, Lindsay Harmon, Sophia Heinz, Teran Hembry, Masyn King, Mina Klein, Rylan Korpi, Elsa Miller, Maddie Nielsen, Allie Orozco, Katrina Paige, Allie Palmer, Kalani Pinter, Kassarah Pollert, Aidan Sweet, Devan Toomey, Amy Velasco, Kate Walker and Gabriel Weisenburger

Lexie Love, left, plays Kala, and Joel Thompson plays Kerchak.
Spotlight on art studentsSpotlightOnArt
The Maple Valley Parks Department this week hung art created by Tahoma students all along the construction fencing around the beach house area at Lake Wilderness Park. Parks Director Dave Johnson said he reached out to the schools to offer the chance for them to create art that the department could use to beautify the construction site until the work is completed in about July.
Students from several Tahoma schools worked on the pieces, which will remain on display during the Fishing Derby, Maple Valley Days and other events between now and July.
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Jazz combo hits the airwaves
Members of the Tahoma Five Jazz Combo perform in the KNKX radio studio recently with Bobby Medina, professional jazz trumpet player.
Five Tahoma High School musicians brought their jazz sound to listeners of Seattle radio station KNKX recently as part of the station's School of Jazz, a community outreach program that showcases middle school, high school, and college musicians.

The Tahoma Five Jazz Combo performed on live radio with professional jazz trumpet player Bobby Medina. Medina visited Tahoma High and rehearsed with the students a few days prior to the radio show.

The Tahoma Five include: Haylee Frame, alto/tenor sax; Lizzy Burt, piano; Zach Ceccato, guitar; Trevor Lind, upright/electric bass; and Caleb Hays, drums. They are led by Tahoma band director, Matthew Cole.


The students played three songs on the air and were interviewed by the radio host. To listen, click here: http://knkx.org/post/tahoma-five-jazz-combo-mentor-bobby-medina



Shadow Lake students, staff protect the environment
The Shadow Lake Elementary green team reports that they have achieved 100 percent on the recommended actions to improve environmental efforts at their school. The district contracts with McKinstry for energy savings. As part of that service, the green team at each building works on challenges that help reduce energy consumption and increase other efforts such as recycling, composting, etc. The "take action" challenge has five types of tasks that students can complete to help the school, the community and the environment: Ignite, Power Down, Impact Earth, Don't Waste It and Pollution Solution.

Each school has a dashboard reporting progress and efforts. To check out your child's school, visit www.peoplepowerplanet.com and then search for the school name.

Shadow Lake Principal Mike Hanson and green team leader Danielle Boyles report that the school's team has nearly completed all tasks, and conducted 29 "Power Patrols" last week, checking for how much power each office or classroom is using, and recommending ways to conserve more energy.



Summit Trail student competes on German version of "The Voice"
Seventh grade student Benicio Bryant, who attends Summit Trail Middle School, recently returned from competing on the German version of the vocal competition "The Voice."

To hear more about the path of Benicio, check out this article in the Maple Valley Reporter, http://www.maplevalleyreporter.com/life/maple-valley-teen-makes-it-on-the-voice-kids-in-germany/
and KING 5 report: http://www.king5.com/article/news/local/take-5/take-5-maple-valley-teen-competes-on-the-voice-kids-in-germany/281-542944487



Graphic art students' work in national contest



Community members are invited to check out the entries in the running for a national farmers market poster contest. Two of Tahoma High School teacher Jennifer McCoy's students from Advanced Placement 2D digital graphics, Tyler Pond and Josh Jackson, have posters up for consideration in the contest.

If you would like to vote for either student, follow this link and scroll to find the two posters that say "Maple Valley," then click on the poster and "like" it.
Tahoma ranked among best districts in state
Two recent independent surveys rank Tahoma schools as being among the best in the state.
Online research companies Niche and Background Checks published surveys this month that evaluate schools and districts on criteria that includes math and reading test scores, dropout rates, percentage of free or reduced lunch recipients, funding, and evaluations or comments from the public.

In comparison to the state's 295 public school districts, Niche ranked Tahoma 11th best in the state while Background Checks ranked Tahoma 9th best in the state. Though schools and school districts are ranked by a variety of organizations, there is no official comparative ranking for overall school quality or performance.

Here are the rankings, along with web links:

1. Mercer Island School District
2. Lake Washington School District
3. Snoqualmie Valley School District
4. Bellevue School District
5. Camas School District
6. Issaquah School District
7. Bainbridge Island School District
8. Northshore School District
9. Tahoma School District
10. Tumwater School District

1. Bellevue School District
2. Mercer Island School District
3. Lake Washington School District
4. Issaquah School District
5. Bainbridge Island School District
6. Camas School District
7. Northshore School District
8. University Place School District
9. Seattle Public Schools
10. Shoreline School District
11. Tahoma School District

News BriefsNewsBriefs
Middle school musical, "Oz," opens tomorrow
Ozians
Photo courtesy of Daedre Perez
The Ozians, shown here, worked with costume designer Daedre Perez to create their own hats

The "Wizard of Oz," starring students from both Summit Trail and Maple View middle schools, will run April 20-28.

Directed by Cheri Ayres-Graves, the play's musical direction is by Annalise Sansburn, and choreography is by Camille Long. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors; $10 for general admission. Follow the yellow brick road to Maple View Middle School, where performances will be at 7 p.m. on April 20, 21, 27 and 28. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee on April 21 and 28.

The play is double-cast. To see which cast performs at which shows, or for more information, click here .



Teaching Jedi take on Harlem Wizards Friday in basketball battle
Harlem Wizards
Members of the Harlem Wizards warm up with students prior to the game two years ago.

March Madness may be over, but hoops hysteria is a certainty when the Harlem Wizards take on the Tahoma Teaching Jedi squad Friday night at Tahoma High School gym. Tickets are available online at https://www.harlemwizards.com/ or at the door. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the game starts at 7 p.m. The game is sponsored by the Tahoma Schools Foundation, with support from Maple Valley Lions Club and Tahoma PTA/PTO organizations. 

The game will feature a new roster of Harlem Wizards, which promises excellent action and a different show from years past. We're also introducing a Fan Fest experience before the game, with fun, carnival-type activities for kids! Members of the high school and middle school PTA groups will be selling Wizard souvenirs and concessions; and elementary PTA/PTO groups are hosting the fun pre-game activities. If you haven't seen the amazing gym at the new high school, this is a great chance to come check it out.

The doors will open to the public for Fan Fest starting at 5:30 p.m., and for students with special needs at 5 p.m. Tipoff is at 7 p.m.

This year's roster for the Tahoma Teaching Jedi includes Cailan McCutchan, Scott Mitchell, Keri Heggenes, Sean Cassidy, Dan Kelley, Brandon Betlach, Robert Bernard, Haley Moser, Megan Krise and Adam Galgano.



Kindergarten assessments begin soon
Kindergarten assessments for students entering the Tahoma School District in the fall of 2018 will happen April 30-May 10 at the Central Services Center, 25720 Maple Valley-Black Diamond Rd. S.E. Families that already registered their child should have received an invitation to sign up for a 30-minute assessment, which will assist in classroom placement and also helps to identify students for the district's summer kindergarten camp.

If you have already registered your child for kindergarten but still need to sign up for an assessment day and time, go to https://goo.gl/TJBjgw

If you still need to register your child for kindergarten, please visit your child's school to obtain your registration packet. Any parent who is uncertain which elementary school their child will attend may visit the following link and select the top map, then input the home address: https://goo.gl/szJbYw

As a part of the kindergarten registration process, you will need to provide proof of residence (utility bill, home purchase/lease agreement), proof of birth date (must be 5 on or before August 31), and immunizations.

Questions can be directed to the registrar at your child's school.


Students invited to read with animals
Families of students in first through fifth grade are invited to read to rescue animals at an event sponsored by the Tahoma High School Interact Club from 1-4 p.m. Saturday, April 28, at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center.

During the "Reading to a Rescue" event, local rescue groups will bring in rescue animals and each student who attends will receive a grade-appropriate book to read to a rescue animal. After students participate, they can choose a book to take home with them.

Interact club members will also collect pet food to help support the rescue organizations, as well as provide snacks and crafts. Parents must remain at the event with their child; siblings are welcome.


Wildlife will be focus of last "Lifting Literacy" event
Families of students in kindergarten through fifth grade are invited to the final "Lifting Literacy" event of the year from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 5 at the Maple Valley Library. Those who attend will have the chance to learn more about animals such as coyotes, beavers, skunks and deer with KidsQuest Children's Museum's "Northwest Animal Wildlife" program.

In addition to the wildlife program, kids will be able to participate in a scavenger hunt, reading games, book swap (bring up to five good-condition elementary level books and trade them in for some "new-to-you" titles). Tahoma reading specialists will be at the event to confer with parents, and treats and prizes will also be provided. Students also go home with a free book, thanks to Maple Valley Rotary.



Robotics camp will be offered this summer
Bear Metal Robotics will offer three sessions of summer camp this year, for campers ages 8 to 14. During the camp, student counselors will teach attendees how to build a robot in groups using VEX robotics parts and programming. Participants will be given a game to play with specific tasks to score points much like what members of Bear Metal do during the year, but on a smaller scale. On the fifth day of camp, campers will compete against each other in a small competition that family and friends are invited to watch.

Sign-up forms for each camp available here:
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FRIDAY , April 20
Harlem Wizards vs. Tahoma Jedi, 5:30 Fan Fest, 7 p.m. tipoff, THS
"Wizard of Oz" middle schools play, 7 p.m., Maple View Middle School

SATURDAY, April 21
"Wizard of Oz" middle schools play, 2 and 7 p.m., Maple View Middle School

FRIDAY
, April 27
Cedar River PTO Family Movie Night, 6 p.m., CRES

MONDAY, April 30
Rock Creek PTO Book Fair, April 30-March 4, RCES

SATURDAY, May 5
Lifting Literacy, families of students K-5, 10 a.m. to noon, Maple Valley Library

For more from the district events calendar, click here.
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Title IX Officer
Director of Human Resources
25720 Maple Valley Highway
Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-413-3400
ADA Coordinator
Director of Human Resources
25720 Maple Valley Highway
Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-413-3400
Section 504 Coordinator
Director of Special Services
25720 Maple Valley Highway
Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-413-3400
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