Sept. 12, 2019
In this issue:
Staff members warmly welcome students on first day
Tech plan moves forward as board explores funding
New teacher aims to pick up where mentor left off
Custom Tahoma app ready for free download now
Tahoma School Board approves new dress code
Renovations at Shadow Lake increase security
2019-2020 operating budget uses $4.9 million in reserves
Cinderella Project helps high students sparkle
Kindergarten Camp boosts 180 students districtwide
Backpack Buddies' summer food program a success
District kudos
News briefs
Coming up in Bear Country
What's for lunch?


Staff members warmly welcome students on first day
Two Polar Bears hold hands on the way to class on the first day of school at Glacier Park Elementary.
Kindergarten teacher Kristine Collins welcomes a new student to her class at Rock Creek Elementary.
Above: Tahoma Elementary School Dean of Students Nicole Blankenship high-fives students in welcome on the first day of the new school year.

Superintendent Tony Giurado sent a welcome message to all families in the district. In case you missed it in your email, click here to read it on our website.

Giurado will be continuing his series of "Talk with Tony" meetings at varying Tahoma schools this year. The next session is from 8-9 a.m. on Oct. 1 at Maple View Middle School (parents from all schools and community members are welcome).

Designed to be a less formal opportunity to chat with Giurado, last year's meetings were held at Glacier Park, Summit Trail and Tahoma Elementary. This year's lineup will also include evening options for parents and community members who work.
Tech plan moves forward as board explores funding
Last year's Technology Model Review committee adopted this graphic, suggested by a student on the committee and called the "Circuitree," to illustrate the relationship and importance of providing equity, access and sustainability for classroom technology in support of the district's Future Ready learning goals.
A year after work began to analyze classroom technology status and needs, the Tahoma School Board is reviewing a proposed plan and how to pay for it.

The review, which began at a July 30 School Board meeting, is being led by Dawn Wakeley, executive director of Teaching and Learning, She described the work done last school year by a task force of parents, staff and students to design a technology model and by a separate technology committee to draft a usage plan. Wakeley said the district has a clear vision for classroom technology’s role in supporting empowered learning strategies that fit within Tahoma’s Future Ready initiative.

“We truly think this is what we need for our students to be competitive,” she said.

The technology model and usage plan were developed in the wake of a failed technology levy in 2018. The district is using fund-balance reserves to maintain existing classroom technology, but has reduced support staffing and suspended purchases of new equipment and software.

With a classroom technology model and operating plan in place, the School Board now must decide how to pay for the district’s classroom technology vision. The board reviewed initial cost estimates, along with proposed alternatives designed to reduce the number of dollars needed from a technology levy.

Cost reductions are grouped into four areas:
• Purchase less expensive equipment or rethink the strategy;
• One-time costs that could be paid for from the district’s fund-balance reserve;
• One-time costs that could be considered capital projects, which could be paid from the capital projects fund;
• Use the general fund for a limited number of ongoing expenses.

The recommended changes would reduce the estimated amount of a proposed four-year technology levy from $22.1 million to $13.9 million. Among the major cost shifts would be replacement of old computers and purchase of 515 additional computers to increase science and math access by using $3.5 million from the fund balance reserve, though it is not a sustainable funding source.

The Board discussed when funds would be available if voters approve a 2020 technology levy. Funds would not be collected until spring of 2021 if the levy is approved in 2020, which prompted discussion of whether the district could borrow from its fund-balance reserve to begin implementing the technology plan at the start of the 2020-2021 school year. More discussion is planned.
New teacher aims to pick up where mentor left off
60 certificated employees hired to refresh Tahoma's ranks
It’s always a challenge to follow a retired teacher who is synonymous with the subject and the school. But it helps if that teacher was also your mentor.

Tahoma High School alum Reni Jenks has stepped into the animal science classroom of her former teacher and community treasure, Marie Page. Jenks, who grew up showing animals, enrolled at Washington State University to study animal science, but it wasn’t until her now-husband, Tyler, decided to earn a teaching degree that she started to seriously consider a career in education.

“I had people telling me, ‘You should be a teacher!’” she recalled. Their instincts turned out to be right. Jenks taught animal science at South Kitsap High School last year, then found out that Page was leaving her longtime position at THS. Expecting their first son, Tyler and Reni decided to move back to Maple Valley to be close to family, although Tyler (also a Tahoma alum) commutes nearly two hours each way to teach animal science at North Mason High School.

“I’m very excited to be in Tahoma and back in this community,” Jenks said. “I definitely want to continue to build on what Marie has built. … It’s exciting and intimidating at the same time.”

In addition to the current animal science classes, she hopes to be able to offer advanced level classes, as well as add some opportunities in the FFA club for career development events, leadership development events, public speaking and more.

“As Reni replaces Marie Page, she brings not only all she learned as a student at Tahoma, but also what she has learned in her time in WSU’s Agriculture program and teaching in South Kitsap HS,” said Martin Barber, the director of Career and Technical Education for THS. “Our students are fortunate to have such an amazing person who understands the culture of Tahoma and our Agriculture Program.”

In her free time, Jenks said she enjoys hiking, being outdoors and raising and showing French Lop and Netherland Dwarf rabbits. 

Tahoma hired more than 60 new certificated employees. For the full list, click here. Each year, the district hires employees to replace those who retire or move. This year, officials also added new positions to meet growth, reduce classroom sizes and increase support.
Custom Tahoma app ready for free download now
Families, students and community members who want to read the latest news from individual schools and the district may now download the custom Tahoma School District 409 app for free. Features include school information, news, staff directory, and calendars as well as links to menus, bus information, district social media and online payments. The new app doesn’t replace other sources of information such as the website and email, but rather supplements those sources for individuals who prefer to use an app.

Created by SchoolMessenger, the app is part of the communication package that the district pays for, which also includes the website and the service that allows us to email, call and text parents and guardians according to their preferences. Those who download the app may select which schools to follow; for example, someone who has a child at Shadow Lake Elementary and the high school might choose to receive information about those two schools. District-level information is included as a default setting.

The app also includes the option for the district to send push notifications to inform families about school-related emergencies, closures or other timely issues.

The news feed will include articles and postings from the district as well as the schools a user selects under “settings.” Some of the buttons in the app, such as Skyward and Board Docs, are links to other websites.

To get the app, visit Apple’s App Store or Android’s Google Play page and search “Tahoma.” After download, open the app and select which schools you would like to receive information about (you can adjust these at any time under the “settings” button inside the app).
Tahoma School Board approves new dress code
The Tahoma School District has completed revisions to the school district’s student dress code, which was approved by the School Board Aug. 27.

The update of district policy and procedure 3224 revised the student dress code that was in effect since 2007. The changes were developed by a committee of school principals and a district administrator. A survey of more than 3,000 district parents and students about the dress code was used by the principals in their work, along with a review of policies from other school districts and applicable state law.
The policy applies to students at all grade levels and is gender neutral. It is intended to establish standards that allow for self-expression while preserving school order and safety. The policy places limits on clothing deemed to be a health or safety hazard, could damage school property, or that creates a “material or substantial disruption of the educational process.”

The procedure, which lists specific applications of the policy, prohibits messages on clothing that are lewd, sexual in nature, drug related, tobacco related, or alcohol related. Gang apparel and hate messages also are prohibited. The procedure also states that non-transparent clothing must cover private areas, including the midsection of the torso, front and back. 

The School Board reviewed policy and procedure proposals from the principals’ committee, listened to parent and staff comment, and discussed at length how to craft the changes to ensure that the code meets student needs in an equitable, fair manner and is enforceable. 

According to the policy: “Students have the right to be treated equitably. This policy will not create disparities, reinforce or increase marginalization of any group, nor will it be more strictly enforced against students because of racial identity, ethnicity, gender identity, gender expression, gender nonconformity, sexual orientation, cultural or religious identity, household income, body size/type, or body maturity. Staff will use reasonable efforts to avoid applying this policy in a way that singles out or embarrasses a student in front of other students.”

The policy and procedure are attached here or can be viewed in the BoardDocs section of the Tahoma website. Questions about the dress code should be directed to school principals.



Renovations at Shadow Lake increase security
Shadow Lake Elementary is more secure after the second phase of improvements that were paid for using funds from the 2013 construction and remodeling bond measure. Phase one included a new playground and playfield, which opened last school year. The second phase focused on safety and security improvements, as well as adding a classroom and reconfiguring kindergarten classrooms into a kindergarten wing. Construction costs were about $2.4 million, said Cindy Darcy, project manager for the district.

On the wall facing visitors who enter the office hangs a print by former Shadow Lake student and professional artist Iris Scott, featuring a large tiger. Hanson is planning an art project for students at the school and has invited Scott to attend and participate. As staff greet families and guests, soft light shines from new fixtures that don’t have traditional light bulbs -- instead, the lampshade piece itself emits the light. 

The school, built in 1967 and remodeled 20 years ago, will celebrate the most recent improvements as part of its annual open house event on Sept. 26.

The work this summer concluded a 2-½ year project, and included:

  • Reconfigured the main office to move the entrance and create a secure vestibule
  • Installed 28 video cameras around the site, including cameras that allow staff to see the entire perimeter and cameras throughout the campus and hallways
  • Improved visibility for safety
  • Installed electric doors with secure badge access and single-touch lockdown
  • Installed a new fire panel as well as new strobes, pulse stations and monitoring system
  • New touches throughout the buildings such as new carpet, paint and tile (with colors themed by building; for example, the 100 building is orange). Classrooms also received new back counters and tackable surfaces on columns.
  • Adding a classroom and creating a kindergarten wing including new restrooms
  • A larger, more efficient workspace in the workroom instead of two awkward rooms
  • Changes in the library that resulted in a more usable space
  • Signage

Similar security improvements were previously completed at each other school building.
2019-2020 operating budget uses $4.9 million in reserves
The Tahoma School District will use fund-balance reserves to supplement the operating budget for the 2019-2020 school year. The budget was approved by the School Board on a 5-0 vote Aug. 6. 

It will collect $127,062,371 in state, local, and federal funds; it spends $130,560,892 plus an additional $1,389,674 for loan payments and technology. The spending is $4,888,195 more than anticipated revenue, and the difference will be paid from the fund-balance reserve. Budget details can be found on the Tahoma website: www.tahomasd.us in the News & Announcements section.

Most of the district’s $106,782,194 in state revenue is based on student enrollment. Federal revenue is $2,638,967 and is mostly special education funding. Local revenue is $17,641,210, including $10,761,082 from the Educational Programs and Operations Levy.

Like other school districts in the state, most of Tahoma’s general fund spending, 82%, is for salaries and benefits. The remainder is for materials, supplies and other costs (MSOCS). The budget spends $18,320,146 more than the 2018-2019 budget. Most of the increased spending is for salary and benefit increases to teaching and support staff, along with hiring additional staff to reduce class sizes in grades kindergarten-3 and to meet anticipated enrollment growth.

As part of new state budgeting requirements, Tahoma must issue a three-year budget forecast beyond the 2019-2020 budget document. The School Board discussed whether to include anticipated revenue from local levies in the forecast but decided not to do so, since it is not known whether voters will approve future levies. Board members said they want the budget to be accurate and the process to be transparent so that the community can trust the numbers.

The budget forecasts show that if Tahoma continues to rely on reserve funds to balance the budget, the fund balance would be exhausted by 2021-2022 and result in a deficit unless spending or revenue is adjusted.
Cinderella Project helps high school students sparkle
Photo courtesy of THS PTA
A selection of dresses included in the Cinderella Project last year.
The dressing rooms at Tahoma High School are about to be filled with colors and sparkles. That’s because for the next several weeks, they’ll be home to the THS PTA’s Cinderella Project, which offers a large variety of dresses to students to borrow for free. 

“This program is really for everybody,” said Jennifer Walker, who is chairing the project with Laurie Willis. “You’re going to get a really beautiful, one-of-a-kind dress. I like to say, ‘Why not just come look? If you walk away with nothing, it didn’t cost you anything.’”

Designed to offer free dresses to any student who wants to participate, the program has been run by the PTA for at least six years, Walker said. Some of the dresses are new with tags, and some are like-new.

“Every single dress is different. We have all different sizes,” she said. “I tell the girls that they’re going to go to the dance in a dress that is different from everybody.”

The dresses will be available during Power Hour Sept. 17, 18, 24 and 25 in the performing arts center dressing rooms. (They were also available before this newsletter was published). Students who are interested should look for a mannequin in a dress that will be on display in the commons to help advertise the days the dresses are available.

Volunteers with the PTA maintain the collection, sorting through carefully after each event to retire any dresses that are beyond repair. They also keep separate collections for homecoming and prom, with each dress stored in separate garment bags.

“Each year we get donations. We are a little choosy about what we keep, so that we have a variety of sizes and pieces that are really classic and really beautiful,” Walker said. “I have one dress in the prom section that is really ’80s. I hold onto it because there will be that one girl who will come in and really rock it.”

In prior years there has been a stigma attached to the program that it was only for girls who couldn’t afford a dress, Walker said. “That’s not what it’s all about. Who can’t afford to save $100 or $200? They can then spend their money on nails and hair.”

The program also has a budget, which PTA members use to shop after homecoming and prom season to fill in gaps in the collection for sizes or styles. In addition to dresses, they have a limited selection of shoes. The program does not currently offer suits.

Anyone who would like to donate to the program can bring good-condition dresses to the high school front office.
Kindergarten Camp boosts 180 students districtwide
Britney Robinson reads "The Kissing Hand" to children attending Kindergarten Camp at Lake Wilderness Elementary School in August.
One morning several weeks before the new school year started, excited voices could be heard in the kindergarten wing at Lake Wilderness Elementary. Inside Britney Robinson’s classroom, a group of young soon-to-be kindergartners was eating a snack together and getting ready to move on to the next activity of the day. As part of the district’s Kindergarten Camp, some incoming students are invited to participate in a voluntary week of preparation designed to increase kindergarten readiness before classes start.

After snack, Robinson’s group gathered together on the rug for a “brain break” video to help them get their wiggles out before storytime. Next, they were asked to take a seat to listen to storytime. Robinson sat at the front of the class, holding a stuffed animal raccoon, and reminded her class that her “friend,” Chester the raccoon would be looking for students using good listening skills to sit with for part of the story. She opened the book “The Kissing Hand,” and began to read about the young raccoon in the story who goes off to night school for the first time. 

As is often the case with 5-year-old scholars, it wasn’t long before one student had to use the restroom. Robinson paused to remind the boy of a quiet sign he could use to ask to use the restroom without interrupting the rest of the class. The story resumed but soon the raccoon had chosen a student who was sitting still, intently listening, to sit with. As Robinson handed Chester to the student, she reminded the rest of the class that her friend was still watching and waiting for someone else to sit with next.

“The purpose of K Camp is to help students and families transition into the school environment. Students are learning how to ‘do school’ through literacy-based activities while experiencing the rules, routines and procedures of a typical kindergarten day. Students develop a familiarity with staff and peers, preparing them for their entrance into elementary school,” said Christine Thurston, Early Learning Coordinator for the district. “Kindergarten Camp actually helps both those that attend, and indirectly those that don’t. Teachers find that students who have attended camp often step forward and act as leaders in modeling routines and procedures that the other students then quickly pick up. In this way, the whole class gets a quicker, more supported start to school.”

This year’s Kindergarten Camp served 180 incoming kindergarten students from throughout the district. In most cases, students attend at their own school building; however this year Shadow Lake did not host a camp session due to ongoing construction. The program began in the summer of 2016, and has been funded in cooperation with the Tahoma Schools Foundation, which has an emphasis on kindergarten readiness. Students are invited to participate after kindergarten assessments are completed; a balance of students who can use a boost and peer students. 
 
“Kindergarten Camp is an extra boost for those students who need it either academically or socially. This extra four days allows these children to gain confidence, experience expectations, and set them on the right path on the first day of kindergarten and beyond,” Krissy Riggs said in an earlier interview. Riggs teaches kindergarten at Rock Creek and during Kindergarten Camp. “For those students who might have otherwise begun kindergarten unsure, a bit behind and nervous, instead this extra small-class time, scaffolded to support their needs, gives them a lift that lasts throughout kindergarten. Without this extra time, students who are struggling take much more time to catch up, and feel less confident as learners.”
 
Research shows when students start behind, they most often stay behind, Thurston said. “Students can start kindergarten with skills at a 3-year-old level to skills at an 8-year-old level. We want to provide opportunities for students to start on a level playing field,” she added.

The Tahoma District has invested in other supporting events leading up to a more successful first day of school (READY! for Kindergarten* parent workshops, Kindergarten Kickoff, Kindergarten Game Night, Kindergarten Assessments, Kindergarten Camp and Family Connections). Each of these in different ways, support students and families’ transition into school, easing anxiety and answering questions families may have about the start of the year. These events help students become familiar with staff, the building, their peers, routines and procedures as well as giving them the chance to practice their kindergarten readiness skills. Additionally, they help parents become aware of the kindergarten readiness skills and identify their child’s strengths and growth areas. The Kindergarten Camp experience is one piece of this big picture.  

After finishing up storytime with their stuffed animal raccoon friend, Robinson’s class headed out to recess, as another break -- and also to learn what to expect in that part of their school day.


*READY! for Kindergarten: For those who are interested, this year’s parent workshops will take place Wednesday, Jan. 15, March 4, and April 1. Registration will open at the end of the month.

Backpack Buddies' summer food program a success
This summer, Backpack Buddies of Maple Valley introduced a new service to help make sure kids had enough to eat. During the school year, Backpack Buddies provides a bag of food for students in need to take home over the weekend so that they come back to school on Monday nourished and ready to learn. But last February when the snowstorm hit just before mid-winter break, organizers began thinking about the fact that some families were without the extra food for two weeks.

“That really made us think about the summer, and the gap in service,” said Mindy Gamble, president of Backpack Buddies. “That is what has always driven us: There’s a need? Let’s meet it!”

Backpack Buddies is a nonprofit organization run by a board of volunteers and supported by community members who offer their time to pack and deliver the bags to the schools each week. From there, counselors distribute the bags to students whose parents have opted into the program. Bags contain easy-to-prepare or ready-to-eat foods such as fresh fruit, granola bars, juice, macaroni and cheese, oatmeal, etc. For the summer bags, the fresh fruit was replaced with a coupon for fresh fruit from Foley’s.

For the new summer service, families in need signed up to receive 65 bags per week. Because school wasn’t in session, organizers offered to pack the bags and have them available at a secure location for a 12-hour pick-up window each week. Estimating because the summer service was new, Gamble said she and her team expected that perhaps 30 bags per week would be picked up. Instead an average of 45 bags were collected each week during the summer (and the service extends into September in an effort to eliminate any lapse in service).

“There was still a significant amount of kiddos in need of those bags,” Gamble said. “Overall I think (the summer service) has been positive."

In general, the school-year program was serving about 165 students throughout the Tahoma School District last year, she said. The costs of the program are covered through donations and fundraisers. On Sept. 28, Grocery Outlet will host a food drive for Backpack Buddies, and customers interested in participating may purchase foods with a “Backpack Buddies approved” tag to donate. A Bunco fundraiser is also in the planning stages. 

Information about how to donate or become a sponsor is available on the organization’s new website at backpackbuddiesofmaplevalley.org and families in need may also submit a secure application for food support via the website. Sign-ups for volunteers will also be available on the website.
DISTRICT KUDOS
Benicio Bryant shines on AGT; livestream event planned
Tahoma High School student Benicio Bryant was selected to perform in the finals of the popular show, “America’s Got Talent” on Sept. 17.

Bryant is a singer-songwriter and, in his first performance on the national competition, sang “The Joke” by Brandi Carlile, a former Tahoma student. In the following shows, he performed original songs. 

The high school ASB is hosting a livestream viewing party in the PAC at the school, with the doors opening at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 17. The event begins at 8 and is open to students and community members.

For more about our Tahoma star, click here for his YouTube or here for his Twitter account.


Abbey Nardella wins bronze in Peru
Congratulations to Tahoma High School student Abbey Nardella, who recently won a bronze medal and had personal best times in four events at the ParaPan American Games in Lima, Peru.

Nardella swims on several local teams and was recently featured in The Covington Reporter. For the article, click here: https://www.maplevalleyreporter.com/news/local-athlete-takes-bronze-at-para-pan-american-games/


Tahoma among top school districts in latest web ranking
The Niche website recently listed Tahoma among the top school districts in the region, in their “Best School Districts in the Seattle Area” for 2020.

The organization rates schools based on academics, teachers, clubs and activities, diversity, college prep and health and safety. Tahoma was rated 9th in the Seattle area and 13th in the state of Washington.



Jeff Brady wins national coaching award
Track and field coach Jeff Brady was selected as the Girls High School Coach of the Year for the state of Washington by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for the 2019 track and field season.

“This honor is based upon the performance of the Tahoma High School team throughout the 2019 season and is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of the student athletes, the coaching staff and the administration of the school,” said Sam Seemes, CEO of the association.

The organization represents more than 9,000 coaching members encompassing NCAA track and field and cross country programs.

NEWS BRIEFS
Housing Committee will examine enrollment impacts
Work begins this fall to look closely at Tahoma School District’s current and future enrollment to determine how best to house students.

Tahoma School Board has directed district staff to create an ad hoc committee to advise the board about immediate and long-term student housing needs. A subcommittee of the group will meet first to look at immediate needs and the full group will begin meeting later in the school year to develop long-range solutions.

Members of the group will be selected from a pool of Tahoma parents who responded to a call for volunteers at the end of the 2018-2019 school year. The group will use current enrollment and facilities data provided by the school district and projected enrollment data generated by a demographer hired by the district. The long-term goal is to create a 10-year housing plan that will assist the School Board and administration in meeting the district’s growth and student-housing needs.

The group will begin meeting in early October and will conclude its work in April.


Community invited to fire station open house
Question: Where can you see an extrication demonstration, bounce in a bouncy house, check out the Guardian One helicopter and meet Sparky the Fire Dog?

Answer: At Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority's open house event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 14 at Station 81, 22225 S.E. 231st St., Maple Valley. The free event offers demonstrations and activities for kids of all ages, including a firefighter challenge, fire trucks and other vehicles to check out, and a sprinkler demonstration.

For more information, call 253-856-4483, email dmaher@pugetsoundfire.org or visit pugetsoundfire.org.


Calendar highlights for next school year shared
Here are important dates for the 2020-2021 school year. Once the full calendar is created including these dates, it will be posted online along with our other calendars.

  • First day of school: Sept. 1
  • First day of kindergarten: Sept. 4
  • Labor Day: Sept. 7
  • Winter break: Dec. 21-Jan. 1
  • Mid-winter Break: Feb. 15-19
  • Spring Break: April 5-9
  • Last day of school: June 18


New OSPI report card released for Tahoma
The state Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction has released the latest school report card for all districts, including Tahoma.

The report card shares information such as enrollment data, student performance and engagement, finances and more. One of the pieces of data pulls from the state assessments, which show that for Tahoma students, 74.6 percent are meeting grade-level standards in English Language Arts; 66.5 percent are meeting standards in math and nearly 70 percent are meeting standards in science.

By comparison, the statewide average shows: 60 percent of students are meeting standards for ELA, 49 percent in math, and 47 percent in science.

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal said that Washington's scores overall are remaining stable.

"Stability can be a double-edged sword," Reykdal said in a statement. "On one hand, it means our educational system is maintaining the gains we have made. On the other, it means achievement gaps between student groups are continuing to persist."



Homecoming celebration will include fireworks
The Tahoma High School homecoming game will be on the evening of Oct. 4, with the Bears taking on Todd Beamer High School. District and high school staff want to let the community know that there will be fireworks at halftime and after touchdowns.

The loud “signal” that used to be sounded at the end of the game was removed last year, and will remain that way this year as well.

Additional information about Homecoming will be available on the high school website in coming weeks.


Frequently asked questions & answers
School is back in session, but we know families are sometimes still seeking answers and looking for information. We compiled answers to questions such as “How can I keep in touch with the district and find out the latest news?” “How can I apply for free or reduced lunch?” “How can I make online payments?” and more.

For the answers to those and other questions, click here: http://bit.ly/TSDbackToSchoolFAQs19-20


Bus ridership count approaches
The Transportation Department is preparing for its annual official count of student riders on district buses, which happens in early October.

The beginning of the school year is always busy for bus drivers and the Transportation Department, and this year is no different. For several high-volume routes, Transportation staff are examining whether some riders can be shifted to other routes.

School administrators would like to remind students and parents that OSPI rules state that students should sit in a seat they can fit in (for example, while four kindergartners may be able to sit safely in one seat, middle school and high school students should not try to squeeze into a seat where there isn’t room). It is not allowed to sit on the floor of the bus.

If any student is having trouble finding a seat, they should ask the bus driver for help.

COMING UP IN BEAR COUNTRY
FRIDAY, Sept. 13
First early release Friday of the school year. Dismissal times are 90 minutes prior to each building's usual end time.

SATURDAY, Sept. 14
Puget Sound Regional Fire Authority open house, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Station 81, 22225 S.E. 231st St. (See brief above).

TUESDAY, Sept. 17
Tahoma School Board meeting, 7:30 p.m., Central Services Center

THURSDAY, Sept. 19
Lake Wilderness Elementary back-to-school night, 6-7 p.m., LWES

TUESDAY, Sept. 24
Tahoma School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Central Services Center

MONDAY, Sept. 23
Shadow Lake Elementary Book Fair, Sept. 23-27, SLES

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 25
Tahoma High School Open House, 6:30-9 p.m., THS

THURSDAY, Sept. 26
Shadow Lake Elementary open house, 6 p.m., SLES


What's for lunch?
The Tahoma School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of a trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination:
Title IX Officer
Director of Human Resources
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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
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Maple Valley, WA 98038
425-413-3400
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