March 29, 2019
In this issue:
Finance 101: Tahoma's revenue trails peers
School Board studies enrollment challenges
Teachers are "giddy" about new math textbooks
Yearbook staff creates 424-page masterpiece
Elementary day schedule will be adjusted next year
Spotlight on Rock Creek
News briefs
District kudos
Coming up in Bear Country
What's for lunch?

Finance 101: Tahoma's revenue trails peers
Tahoma Superintendent Tony Giurado, center right, talks with parents, community members and staff who attended the first session of Engage Tahoma about Finances and revenue.
Students in the Tahoma School District are in the same league, academically, as the highest-performing districts in the state, despite lagging far behind in funding. In fact, if Tahoma's students were magically transported to nearly any other district in King County, they would instantly have millions of dollars more available for their education.

Comparable school districts collect between $19 million and $47 million more per year than Tahoma. That's because our community's total assessed value is far below that of surrounding districts, which have more commercial development. This was one of the funding factors discussed with community members and staff who attended the first of two Engage Tahoma sessions about finance.

“We get really good bang for our buck here in Tahoma -- really good,” said Lori Cloud, assistant superintendent and director of finance. “It’s pretty amazing what we’re able to do with the resources we have.”

Here's a look at the assessed value (or the worth of all property and buildings in the district) of some of the districts in King County:
  • Tahoma School District: $7.2 billion
  • Bellevue School District: $72.4 billion
  • Lake Washington School District: $66 billion
  • Northshore School District: $33.7 billion
  • Issaquah School District: $33.8 billion
  • Snoqualmie Valley School District: $9.6 billion

Each of these is a district that Tahoma compares to academically and competes with for staff members. The assessed value figure is vitally important because it directly impacts the levy dollars that each district collects to supplement state and federal funds.

Finance was selected as the first topic for the district's new Engage Tahoma model, which is designed to offer parents and taxpayers an in-depth, transparent look at how a certain aspect of the district works -- and then discuss and take feedback about that topic from those who attend. District administrators and staff members are also available to talk with or to answer questions. The School Board created the new interactive engagement sessions, and asked that the first two topics covered be finance and technology. While these two finance sessions are focused on revenue, the district anticipates offering two sessions focused on expenditures in the fall.

School districts have four major funds: a General Fund, Capital Projects Fund, Transportation Vehicle Fund and an Associated Student Body (ASB) fund, Cloud explained:

  1. The ASB Fund is used for extracurricular clubs, athletics and activities and is controlled by the student body. 
  2. The transportation vehicle fund has money from the state bus depreciation schedule and the local levy. It can be used for the purchase of buses and major bus repairs; but not for any of the daily operations of the Transportation Department such as drivers, gas, tires, general maintenance. 
  3. The Capital Projects Fund has money from local levies and bonds, state matching money, impact fees and interest earned before the money is spent on projects. This fund is for spending on acquiring facilities, construction, equipment or major repairs; but not for regular maintenance or repairs, staffing, utilities or supplies.
  4. The General Fund is comprised of 86 percent state dollars, 12 percent local dollars (levy funds), and 2 percent federal dollars. 
  • Federal dollars go to specific programs, such as Special Education (68 percent), Food Service (15 percent), Title I (10 percent), Title II (5 percent), English Language Learners (1 percent) and Vocational programs (1 percent).
  • State dollars are determined by the number of students in classes. These funds are allocated by the state for Basic Education (80 percent), Special Education (10 percent), Transportation (5 percent), and smaller allotments such as the Highly Capable program, Food Service and more.
  • Local dollars come primarily from the Educational Programs and Operations (EPO) Levy, (80 percent), with 8 percent from the Extended Enrichment Program, 7 percent from Food Services and 5 percent from smaller local revenue streams such as course fees, facility use and interest.

Cloud also explained that the state uses what they have designated as a “prototypical model” for funding. Under this funding model (not to be confused with a staffing model), they pay Tahoma for 1.4 school nurses. Tahoma uses local levy funds to supplement so that it has 7.2 full time equivalent nursing positions for its 9 buildings. The funding model pays for 0 behavior specialists, while Tahoma uses levy dollars to fund 9 positions, one at each building because teachers, principals and administrators feel strongly that it benefits all students. The prototypical model pays for 2.6 FTE school safety positions, while Tahoma has 3.3; and, it funds 4.9 technology positions while Tahoma has 13.8 FTE.

Voters in the Tahoma School District last April approved a two-year EPO levy at $1.50 per $1,000 assessed value, which was estimated at $10.7 million in 2019 and $11.8 million in 2020 in the ballot measure.

One person who attended asked Cloud to talk more about the class size money that is included in the state’s education budget. It’s distributed to districts that meet the K-3 class size requirements; however for the past two years, the Legislature has granted waivers to allow districts to continue receiving the money. For Tahoma, that money equates to about $3 million. 

Before session 2 of “Finance 101,” Superintendent Tony Giurado asked attendees to think about what financial information it’s critical for the Tahoma community to know and how to enlist the community’s voice in advocacy for Tahoma students. The second session about finance/revenues will be from 6-7:30 p.m. on April 4 at the Central Services Center.

The next topic in the Engage Tahoma series this school year will be Technology. Those two sessions will follow a similar format: detailed information at the first meeting and small-group discussion with district staff and leaders at the second meeting. The technology sessions are from 6-7:30 p.m. on April 30 and May 20 at the Central Services Center. To sign up for the two technology sessions, click here.

School Board studies enrollment challenges
The Tahoma School Board will meet in a work-study session at 6 p.m. on April 2 at the Central Services Center to discuss rising enrollment and class-size reduction efforts that are creating housing challenges at the district’s six elementary schools.

The School Board heard a presentation about enrollment from district administrators at its March 26 meeting. Administrators told the board that the district continues to work toward achieving lower class sizes. Washington voters approved a class-size reduction initiative in 2014 that establishes average class sizes of 15-17 students per teacher in grades kindergarten-3 by the 2017-18 school year. Reducing class size in grades K-3 requires additional classrooms. Prior to that initiative, kindergarten moved to all-day classes statewide, which required 15 additional classrooms in Tahoma. 

Because so many districts were unable to meet the class-size target, the state extended the deadline to the current school year and another extension is possible for next year, if the Legislature approves.The class-size reduction initiative came one year after Tahoma voters approved a 2013 construction bond that built the new Tahoma High School and new Lake Wilderness Elementary. 

Tahoma has been working to reduce class sizes in grades K-3 but, unfortunately, rising enrollment makes that effort more difficult. Current class sizes average 23.8 students in grades K-3. Efforts to lower class sizes to 20 students per teacher next year would require 15 more classrooms across the district in grades K-3, which is prompting consideration of how to find more teaching spaces before the new school year begins next fall.

Superintendent Tony Giurado said decisions must be made soon regarding teacher hiring for next year. He said there is also a need to begin a new round of future facilities planning, since the district is completing its previous plan that was funded by the 2013 construction bond. He pledged to bring a long-range planning process proposal to the School Board that will examine anticipated growth and how the district can deal with it.

For now, the board will focus on immediate classroom needs. Among the options being considered are:
  • Adding modular (portable) classrooms at some of the schools;
  • Moving specialists, such as in music and art, to non-classroom spaces to make their classrooms available for general education;
  • Moving the Discovery Program from Lake Wilderness Elementary to Shadow Lake Elementary, where classrooms are available, to free up space for growth at Lake Wilderness;
  • Change attendance boundaries to balance enrollment among the elementary schools.
Teachers are "giddy" about new math textbooks
Shown above are the Algebra 1 resources from the EnVision line by Pearson, which includes textbooks for Geometry and Algebra 2. Tahoma School Board members recently approved the purchase of new books for all three classes, which will be in use beginning in the fall.
When students step into their algebra and geometry classes next year, they’ll have new textbooks from a program that teachers are “giddy” about. The School Board voted March 12 to adopt the enVision textbooks by Pearson for Algebra 1, Geometry and Algebra 2 to replace the existing books, which had been in use for almost a decade.

“The teachers are giddy with excitement,” said Dawn Wakeley, executive director of Teaching and Learning. “They recognize that Holt (publisher of the district’s current math books) is really out of date, and they are very excited about the real-world context that this new resource brings.”

The new books will cost about $300,300, plus an estimated 20 percent in tax and shipping charges (about $60,000). Textbooks have gone through a period of extraordinary price increases recently -- nearly tripling -- Wakeley told the board members. Also of note is the fact that the state apportionment has not gone up at the rate that the book prices have increased.

Published in 2018, EnVision was chosen after the conversation began about three years ago, and was selected because it aligns with Common Core State Standards (CCSS), meets identified student needs and fulfills criteria and needs identified by district math teachers.The committee of teachers and staff members evaluating the options collected asked students what wanted in a math textbook, and kept those comments at the center of the process, said Kathy Whylie, secondary math instructional coach for the district.Those on the committee started by reading independent reviews, then dove into assessing four options using a rubric to score them. The other choices evaluated included the Math Vision Project (2017); the Math TechBook/Discovery Ed (2017); and Agile Mind (2017).

Students told the members of the team that they would like to have resources they could use both in and out of class, such as video examples, access to homework help and the ability to check their homework and click on vocabulary. They also asked that the lessons be student-friendly and that teacher lessons would match the lessons in the book.

While these new texts are better aligned with Common Core and the Smarter Balanced Assessments, Wakeley noted that they don’t expect to see gains on tests until at least 2021, because the test is algebra-heavy and most 10th-graders won’t see the new algebra 2 text until the 2020-2021 school year. 

The existing books by Holt have been in use since 2010, since before Common Core State Standards were incorporated. The committee started looking for a program to replace the Holt books in the 2016-17 school year, but after looking at resources such as Springboard, CPM, Math Vision Project, Engage NY, Math Techbook and Carnegie, they couldn’t find anything that checked all the boxes. When they began to examine EnVision, however, there were many “wow” moments, Whylie said. Among the aspects they liked about the new resource were:

  • Gives students the opportunity to extend their thinking about math concepts by doing real-world problem solving.
  • Includes the opportunity for teachers to adapt and individualize the lessons for students.
  • Has excellent online components for teachers, parents and students. (Note: while some of these elements can be used immediately, others will be limited by the number of available computers, due to budget reductions resulting from failure of the technology levy in 2018.)
  • Videos and webinars are included.
  • Apps for phones and mobile devices are available.


The district is in the process of bidding and ordering the books now; staff members are working to determine how many consumable items are needed (such as workbooks) and how to be most cost-effective while also meeting student needs.

“I’m glad we waited, even though it was hard,” Whylie said, noting that one teacher at the high school couldn’t wait to begin and asked to start incorporating some of the methods from the sample books now. “The teachers are excited -- it’s palpable.”
Yearbook staff creates 424-page masterpiece
Junior Alyssa Olds works on a yearbook spread about P.E. during class on Wednesday.

Editor’s note: Each month of the school year, Tahoma asks its teachers and students to place special emphasis on one of the nine Future Ready Skills. Tahoma Matters features examples of how those skills are being taught in classrooms. This month, we’re highlighting Quality Producer (February’s skill) and giving a nod to Responsible Decision-Maker (March).



A yearbook takes nine months to create. With 424 pages of colorful photos and equally colorful copy, students on the Tahoma Yearbook staff work together to build a beautiful, memory-filled tome that they and their fellow Bears will enjoy in the decades ahead. It’s a lot of pressure, and a job they view as both serious and fun.

We’re taking a look at the students behind the camera, in this month’s feature about those who exemplify the Quality Producer skill. Each spring, the yearbook staff submits their finished book in April. Soon after they begin work on the next annual, compiling ideas for themes, features and other elements that make each edition unique. 

At the beginning of class this week, students shared out with the group what they would be tackling that day, then got right to work. Senior editor Jesseka Duncan said she and other editors focus on helping their classmates with design, tweaking and refining copy, and using their style guide to help make sure the pages are consistent throughout the book. On Wednesday, Duncan was working on a “Wow” spread, which is meant to add some variety to the book and doesn’t follow the template.

“I like to think that layout is my specialty,” she said. “I like directing people’s eyes in a certain way (through design) and adding infographics and other interesting tidbits.”

Duncan said she and other editors also focus in on the main photos in each spread, helping their classmates by editing pictures in Photoshop or helping them select another photo in some cases. After participating in yearbook since eighth grade and serving as an editor for three years, the 12th-grader said she enjoys helping out and keeping tabs on her peers. The editors also act as a bridge between the two yearbook classes, making sure there is enough communication.

Junior Genevieve Medeiros was working on two pages about Tolo. She said yearbook has taught her about making deadlines, how to conduct a successful interview and -- part of her contribution to quality control -- selecting only the most “captivating” responses to include so that the text is interesting and draws readers’ attention. 

“This is one of the few classes where I’m really excited to work on a big project because we know at the end it’s going to look really good,” Medeiros said. 

A new element this year was the option for students to select the hue of their yearbook cover when ordering.

“I like the fact that we get to choose the color of the cover so that it makes it more personalized to each person,” said senior Alyssa Olds, who was working on a spread about P.E.

Student buy-in is important to a polished finished product, agreed junior A Jhay Morales Casem. When he created a feature about sophomores, he said he wanted to make sure the finished photos of each student were high quality. “We wanted to make sure they liked it -- you just want to get a good shot,” he added.

The book is created by the two yearbook classes, from cover to cover, teacher Cavin Eggleston said. The 2019 Ki-Ah-Yu will have video enhancements, along with several “Easter Eggs,” or clues that direct the reader to hidden bonus content. 

“For the students on staff, I really admire their bravery. There’s no other class where the whole school sees your homework and judges it,” Eggleston said. The student commitment to creating a finished book that the whole school will enjoy is impressive.

“Having that experience is really cool for me. That’s why I enjoy teaching it.”


Responsible Decision-Maker
Five classes at Tahoma Elementary School will participate in “Financial Beginnings” sessions with their teachers and a guest speaker from Columbia Bank next week. The nonprofit financial literacy program teaches skills that help increase a person’s opportunities later in life for home ownership, attending higher education and securing retirement, according to their website. 

We’ll be attending several sessions next week to check out these Responsible Decision-Makers, and will share details in an upcoming district newsletter.
Junior A Jhay Morales Casem refines the copy for his pages about the THS basketball team.
Elementary day schedule will be adjusted next year
Elementary school students will see some changes in their daily schedules next year as a result of increased planning time for teachers that has created opportunities for complementary learning programs.

In a report to the Tahoma School Board, Shadow Lake Elementary Principal Mike Hanson and Glacier Park Elementary Principal Shelly Gaston explained the work of a committee that looked at how to incorporate additional planning time for teachers while preserving and enhancing learning opportunities for students.

As part of a new negotiated labor agreement between teachers and the school district that was approved prior to the start of the school year, elementary school teachers will have 15 minutes more per day for planning, which gives them an average of 45 minutes of planning time per day. A committee of district teachers, administrators, building managers, specialists and School Board representatives recommended ways to provide programs and staffing to cover the additional planning time.

Among the recommendations are to preserve at least an average of 30 minutes a week for music, art, and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and about 90 minutes a week for PE (60 minutes for kindergarten). Also recommended is the addition of a literacy or social/emotional learning specialist at each school in order to enhance learning opportunities in those areas. The specialist would work with students during teacher planning times.

Elementary principals, building managers, and the district Teaching and Learning Department will take the committee’s recommendations and begin crafting schedules and curriculum that can be used next year.

In other business at its March 26 meeting, the School Board:

  • Approved going ahead with renovation work at Shadow Lake Elementary School. The $2.6 million project will start when school is out June 20 and continue through the end of August. The existing kindergarten area will be reconfigured to create four classrooms instead of three by reorganizing office and storage space. The library will be reconfigured and new carpeting will be installed. The main entrance will be relocated to the southwest wall (facing the parking lot) and will feature a security vestibule in the area that is currently used as a meeting room adjacent to the main office. Portions of the main office will be reconfigured. Security cameras and improved access controls will be installed. Carpeting, counter tops, floor tile, and wall coverings will be replaced in some areas of the school, as needed. Painting will be done in certain areas of the school, as needed. New signage will be installed.

  • Accepted final completion of the new Lake Wilderness Elementary School. Forma Construction was the main contractor and TCF Architecture designed the school. The school opened in September 2017.
SPOTLIGHT ON ROCK CREEK ELEMENTARY
The Rock Creek Elementary PTO recently hosted its first International Fair, which was a great success, attendees and organizers said. Volunteers put together displays representing different countries, including foods to sample, information about common cultural practices and festivals, examples of artwork and products and more. Those who attended also had the chance to participate in activities and check out performances from the countries.

“Everyone loved it! Attendees seemed to appreciate all aspects of the fair,” said Laura Graham, who organized the event for the PTO. “Some really loved hopping from table to table talking about the countries. Some were floored by all the food. Some were touched by how proud the performers were to share their culture. Everyone had fun trying out the activities. The youngest performers were so adorable in their traditional clothes.”

Graham said she and other organizers were very happy that the Rock Creek community attended and had a great time. Her favorite part was seeing the joy of the kids who participated.

“They were excited to share their songs, music, games, fashion, dances with the crowd. And the crowd’s feedback was the best – cheering, taking pictures. The kid performers had a great time,” she added.

They hope to offer the fair again next year and that more volunteers representing additional countries will join the team. Countries at this event included Brazil, Canada, India, Jamaica, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, the Philippines, South Korea, Trinidad & Tobago, and the United States.

Photos courtesy of Rock Creek PTO

NEWS BRIEFS
“Cinderella” concludes this weekend
There are three showings of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at Maple View Middle School this weekend, featuring students from both Tahoma middle schools. Presented by the Tahoma Junior Drama Boosters, the play is a comedic twist on the original tale, and has several interesting features such as a living carriage, a transforming dress and a cadre of enchanted animals. 


“Cinderella” plays at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 29 and Saturday March 30, and also at 2 p.m. on March 30. Tickets are $7 for students and seniors or $10 general admission; cash and checks are accepted. There will be a photo opportunity with actors after the matinee for any young fans who would like to pose with Cinderella, Prince Christopher or other cast members.

Photo courtesy of Daedre Perez.


Incoming sixth-graders, parents invited to info nights
Summit Trail and Maple View middle school principals and staff members are eager to welcome next year's sixth-grade students during two upcoming information nights. Each evening will include tours, presentations, and the chance to hear about programs and options from staff members.

Future Grizzlies (STMS students) are invited to attend from 6:30-8 p.m. on Monday, April 1 at Summit Trail. For the invitation and welcome letter, click here.

Future Golden Bears (MVMS students) are invited to an information night at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at Maple View Middle School.  For more information, click here.


Sexual health curriculum nights planned
Parents and guardians are invited to attend sexual health curriculum nights by the following levels:
 
  • High School Sexual Health Curriculum Night: Wednesday, April 24, Tahoma High School Future Ready Center, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Middle School Sexual Health Curriculum Night: Monday, April 29, Central Services Center Board Room North Side, 6:30-7:30 p.m.


High school students invited to job fair
Tahoma High School will host a job fair from 2:20-4:20 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at THS. Students looking for part-time, summer, and full-time jobs (for seniors after graduation) are invited to attend with copies of their resume. Also, please dress professionally.

If you own a business and would like to participate, contact Lara Lindersmith at llinders@tahomasd.us, or 425-413-3468.

Check out some of the businesses that will be at the job fair: Johnsons Home and Garden, City of Maple Valley, Tahoma School District, Umpires Northwest, Wild Waves, White River Amphitheater, McDonald's, Arby's, Walgreens, KinderCare.


Students invited to read with animals on Saturday
The Tahoma High School Interact Club will host "Reading to a Rescue" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 30 at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center.

The event is drop-in style, and all students in grades 1-5 are invited to stop by to practice reading out loud to various rescue animals. Students will have the chance to read from a grade-level appropriate book to an animal, and then when they are done they may each select a free book to take home.
Snacks and crafts will also be available, and those who attend are invited to bring an item to donate to the pet food drive.


Maple View hosts belated Martin Luther King Jr assembly
Leadership students at Maple View Middle School organized a belated assembly held two weeks ago to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and also to recognize and celebrate the increasing diversity at the school. The assembly was postponed from earlier in the year due to a malfunctioning bleacher system.

Leadership adviser Kathryn Strojan said 100 choir students performed, singing “Up to the Mountain” and “Blackbird” under the direction of Jackie Meline.
 
“Students explained the meaning of each one and how they related to Martin Luther King,” Strojan said. “Kailalani A., our ASB Vice President, opened with this, ‘We all need to know that to really reach people and to get people to self-reflect and think, other than faking it, we have to reach their hearts. We all need to know that to really understand and connect with each other, we need to communicate in the real world, face real problems, and find real solutions together. Imagine if we did.’”  

Lillian P., the MVMS ASB Tech Rep, put together a slide show that showed Maple View students and incorporated information and tributes to MLK and some of the others who fought for civil rights.
 
As part of the assembly, 15 students spoke the phrase “I have a dream” starting with English and ASL and including Chamorro (Mariana islands), French, Hebrew, Kurdish and more. Two students from the SAILS program also held a sign with the same message.



Registration open now for Maple Valley Bear Run/Walk
Community members are invited to register for the 36th​ annual Maple Valley Bear Run/Walk 5K. It will be held at Lake Wilderness Park during Maple Valley Days on Sunday, June 9. 

The Bear Run/Walk is a fun community event that promotes health and fitness and also raises money for the Tahoma Cross Country team. Due to generous sponsors, kids 12 and younger do not need to pay the registration fee; however, there is a $2.50 handling fee. Children 8 and younger must be accompanied by a registered adult or participant who is 13 or older. Each participant who registers by May 31​ is guaranteed a T-shirt.  

The school with the most participants will have bragging rights and a big Bear Run stuffed bear to display through the next year! Sign up, get moving and have fun: http://www.maplevalleybearrun.com/  



DECA, Jersey Mike’s team up in tasty fundraiser
The Tahoma DECA marketing program is partnering with Jersey Mike’s of Maple Valley and Covington in a tasty fundraiser that can save you money and help DECA raise funds:

  1. You can purchase a $25 card that allows you to buy one regular sub and get one free.There is no limit. If you order six regular subs you scan your card three times and get three free. The card pays for itself after three purchases.
  2. The second card available is for $10. This card allows you to buy a regular sub for $5.
  3. The third option is a cookie card for $5. You can get a cookie once a day at no additional charge, using the card.

The cards are valid through June 30, 2019. All of the profits from this fundraiser go to Tahoma DECA.
Please email John Devlin at Tahoma High School if you are interested in buying one: Jdevlin@tahomasd.us or call 253-653-0233.


Bunco night will benefit Backpack Buddies
Community members are invited to attend an evening of bunco to support Backpack Buddies of Maple Valley, which is a nonprofit organization that helps provide food weekly to Tahoma students who would otherwise be hungry over the weekends. 

The event is at 5 p.m. on April 26 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church in Maple Valley, and includes an evening of bunco play, a catered dinner and dessert bar. Gift basket raffle tickets and wine tokens will be available for purchase. Tickets are $25, and are available at www.eventbrite.com (search “Backpack Buddies”).
DISTRICT KUDOS
Bear Metal wins in Spokane
The Tahoma High School Bear Metal Robotics team won the FIRST Robotics West Valley District Event last weekend. At the two-day event, Tahoma ranked first at the end of the qualification rounds against nearly 30 teams from around the Northwest, adviser Darren Collins said. Tahoma then went undefeated through the playoffs. 

The Bears also won the Chairman’s Award which is “The most prestigious award at FIRST, it honors the team that best represents a model for other teams to emulate and best embodies the purpose and goals of FIRST.” Bear Metal vice president Ryleigh Weston also advanced as a Dean’s List semi-finalist. Weston was nominated by the team’s mentors and moved forward through an interview process.
 
Bear Metal will compete this weekend at Auburn High School and then at the Pacific Northwest Championship in Tacoma the following weekend. If the team performs consistently at the upcoming events, they will qualify for the World Championship in Houston. 
 
To check out a short video of this year’s robot, created for the video announcements by the video production class, click here. Here’s an animation of this year’s challenge and a video of one of the team’s playoff matches (Bear Metal is team 2046).


Tahoma singers shine at contest
Vocalists from Tahoma High School competed recently in the regional Solo & Ensemble contest, against nine other high schools. 

“It was a good day for our Tahoma singers,” director Ken Riggs said.

Students who placed include: Allie Orozco, winner, soprano; Sophia Heinz, winner, soprano; Mina Klein, first alternate, soprano; Hannah Unruh, winner, alto; Abigail Selly, second alternate, alto.


Community Center awards THS teacher
Tahoma High School teacher and We the People adviser Gretchen Wulfing, center, with Greater Maple Valley Community Center Board member Jim Flynn, left, and longtime community center supporter and former Maple Valley-Black Diamond Chamber of Commerce CEO Sue VanRuff. Wulfing was chosen as a winner of the community center’s “Community First” Award last week. Also selected to win the award was Brad Johnson, owner of Johnson’s Home & Garden. The awards are presented each year at the Greater Maple Valley Community Center breakfast, to one individual and one business/organization for their outstanding community service.

Tigers run for fun to earn ASB funds
Shadow Lake Elementary Tigers wave to the camera during an ASB-hosted Fun Run on Thursday. The event was held to fundraise for programs and opportunities they provide throughout the year. "It was a great success," Dean of Students Scott Mitchell said. "We raised lots of money for our (ASB) so that we could fund programs like Zero Hour Robotics, art docents, field trip transportation, school dances and classroom projects. It was a great day to be a Tiger!"

COMING UP IN BEAR COUNTRY
FRIDAY, March 29
"Cinderella," performed by students from both middle schools, 7 p.m., MVMS

SATURDAY, March 30
  • Reading to a Rescue, presented by THS Interact Club, drop-in style, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Greater Maple Valley Community Center
  • "Cinderella," performed by students from both middle schools, 2 & 7 p.m., MVMS

SUNDAY, March 31
Tahoma Schools Foundation magic & illusion show, 3 p.m., Tahoma Elementary School (tickets on sale now; see email from district on March 12 for details)

TUESDAY, April 2
School Board Work-Study Session about enrollment, 6 p.m., Central Services Center

WEDNESDAY, April 3
Gabbing with Gaston, meeting with Glacier Park Elementary Principal Shelly Gaston for GPES parents, 5:30 p.m., GPES

THURSDAY, April 4
Session 2 of Finance Engage Tahoma, 6-7:30 p.m., Central Services Center

MONDAY, April 8
NO SCHOOL, districtwide for spring break April 8-12

TUESDAY, April 9
Tahoma School Board meeting, 6:30 p.m., Central Services Center



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