Lakewood principal earns state honor
The Association of Washington School Principals has named Taj Jensen, principal of Tyee Park Elementary School in Lakewood, as the Washington State Elementary Principal of the Year.
Jensen began working in the Clover Park School District in 2009 as principal of Tillicum Elementary School. He became the principal of Tyee Park in 2014.
“Under Taj’s leadership, Tillicum was named a School of Distinction for two years in a row,” district Superintendent Debbie LeBeau said.
Jensen competed with 18 regional winners.
New school officials announced in Puyallup
Several administrative assignments have been approved by the Puyallup School Board for the 2015-16 school year. The assignments will take effect July 1 unless otherwise noted.
• Kevin Hampton will become principal at Emerald Ridge High School. He is principal at Edgemont Junior High.
• Karey Howell, principal at Emerald Ridge, will become assistant principal at Stahl Junior High. Howell will replace Conchita Oliver-Moore, who is retiring.
• Eric Molver will become principal at Edgemont Junior High. He is principal at Mountain View Elementary.
• Brian Curtis, assistant principal at Brouillet Elementary, will become principal at Mountain View Elementary.
• Melayne Jones will become principal at Fruitland Elementary. She is assistant principal at Carson Elementary. Jones will replace Laurie Orheim, who is retiring.
Stadium student earns first in poetry contest
Daylen Nguyen, a student at Stadium High School in Tacoma, recently was honored with first place in the Highline College 2015 Student Poetry Contest.
Nguyen was one of 43 writers who submitted poems. He won with the “Dreams of Blue.” He received a $125 prize. The winning poets will be honored with a reception at 1:30 p.m. April 8 at Highline College Library Exhibits and Art Gallery.
Puyallup kids give back with ‘March Gladness’
Thousands of students in all grade levels in the Puyallup School District are giving back to their community as part of the annual “March Gladness” community service program coordinated by Communities In Schools of Puyallup.
More than 60 service projects have been registered among the district’s 32 schools. Students have coordinated service projects ranging from penny drives for cancer research to preparing food for and feeding the homeless in Puyallup.
This year’s March Gladness theme, “A Decade of Service,” celebrates the program’s 10th anniversary.
A complete list of projects and money raised to date is on the organization’s website, which is linked from the Puyallup School District website at www.puyallup.k12.wa.us.
Public budget meeting for Clover Park district
The Clover Park School District will hold a public meeting to share the 2015-16 draft budget beginning at 6 p.m. Wednesday. The forum will feature preliminary revenues and enrollment for the school year. It’s at the Student Services Center, Room 6A, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood. For more information, contact Kristy Magyar at 253-583-5021.
Fundraiser for Palmer Scholars coming up
The Palmer Scholars Stand Up and Cheer fundraising luncheon will feature Eric Boles, president of The Game Changers Inc.
The luncheon will be April 28 at the Hotel Murano, Tacoma, with proceeds benefiting the scholarships, mentoring, training and professional development opportunities.
Reservations must be received by April 13; call 253-572-9008.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers