Second-graders wield shovels at Wainwright groundbreaking
The Tacoma school district is hosting a groundbreaking for the new Wainwright Intermediate School at 130 Alameda Ave., Fircrest. Second-graders from Whittier Elementary School will participate in the ceremony at 3:45 p.m. Wednesday. Wainwright Elementary School will be replaced with a fourth- through eighth-grade intermediate school in 2016. Whittier Elementary will shift to a preschool through third-grade school to pair with the new Wainwright.
Spicciati is new Auburn superintendent
The Auburn School District Board of Directors recently named Alan Spicciati as the new superintendent to replace Kip Herren who is retiring June 30.
Spicciati is currently the chief accountability officer at Highline Public Schools and is a graduate of the University of Rochester’s Eastman School of Music in New York. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Washington’s Danforth Educational Leadership Program and his superintendent certification and doctor of education at Seattle Pacific University. He has served as a teacher, principal and administrator at Highline Public Schools and in New York.
Fundraiser for Auburn High
The Auburn Public Schools Foundation is hosting a party from 4-7 p.m. Saturday in the old Auburn High School gymnasium, 800 Fourth St. NE, to help connect alumni and community members. It will feature live music, light appetizers, a raffle and other activities. There is a suggested donation of $5 at the door. The old gym will be demolished in Phase 3 of the Auburn High School project scheduled for this summer. For more information, email Lisa Connors, email@example.com
Leadership award for Steilacoom School Board chair
Sam Scott, chair of the Steilacoom Historical School District Board of Directors, was awarded the Pierce County/Washington Association of School Administrators Community Leadership Award. This award is presented to individuals who make significant contributions to both schools and communities. Scott is recognized for his leadership in technology changes in the district and capital projects, including renovation of the high school and the building of a new middle school in DuPont.
Student art chosen for library cards
The Pierce County Library System has announced the winners of the community online vote for students’ artwork to appear on new library cards. Winners are Greta Jaecklein, Tacoma, and Karly Dammel, Puyallup. They were chosen from a pool of 200 artists who submitted designs for the contest. The designs will appear on new library cards in fall 2015.
Puyallup High to award diploma to 88-year-old veteran
Edward LaCrosse, who left high school in 1944 at age 17 to join the Navy, will receive his high school diploma at this year’s senior class awards night at Puyallup High School. After leaving high school, LaCrosse took classes to complete his high school graduation requirements and paid for his diploma but never received it. He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington, a master’s degree from Western Washington College of Education and a doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University.
The awards night begins at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the school auditorium at 105 Seventh St. W., Puyallup.
Tacoma students earn history essay honors
The American History Essay state contest winners were recently announced by the Washington State Daughters of the American Revolution. The contest topic was “A Child’s Journey through Ellis Island.” Two Tacoma students, Rylie Luhring of Truman Middle School and April Hope Fraser of Annie Wright Schools, were selected from more than 400 students statewide who participated in the contest.
Lakewood students chosen as aerospace summer scholars
Harrison Preparatory School’s Ryne Bustamante and Amber Beck have been selected to participate in a Washington Aerospace Scholars Summer Residency where they will spend six days working with the aerospace industry. The two completed online academic coursework to qualify for the program.
Former NFL player to speak in Tacoma on achievement
Robert Watts, a former member of the Oakland Raiders, will talk about his childhood struggles with illiteracy and his subsequent life as an author, professor and coach when he speaks at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Mount Tahoma High School, 4634 S. 74th St., Tacoma.
The community is invited to this free event, organized by Communities in Schools of Tacoma and Tacoma Public Schools.
His presentation will focus on community engagement, social responsibility, community empowerment and personal responsibility.
Public meetings on two new school proposals in Tacoma
The Tacoma School Board seeks public feedback on ideas for two new proposed innovative schools in Tacoma. The Healthy, Nurturing, Training-Minds Academy is a combined middle and high school that would focus on healthful nutrition and fitness. The iDEAschool, a small high school, would focus on industrial design, engineering and art.
On June 25, the board intends to vote whether or not to approve the proposals. Learn details at two meetings:
• June 8 at First Creek Middle School; Vietnamese-translated meeting 5-6 p.m.; English-speaking meeting 6-7 p.m.
• June 17 at Baker Middle School; English-speaking meeting 5-6 p.m.; Spanish-translated meeting 6-7 p.m.
Elementary track meet in Puyallup
The community is invited to cheer on more than 1,000 students from elementary schools throughout the Puyallup School District and Chief Leschi School at the annual Lloyd Morgan Invitational Elementary District Track Meet at Sparks Stadium, 601 Seventh Ave. SW in Puyallup.
The event, which features competitors in grades four through six, begins with opening ceremonies at 12:45 p.m. Tuesday at Sparks Stadium.
Fundraising run/walk in Puyallup
Walkers and runners of all ages are invited to raise money for students in need at this year’s “Annie B. 2-Miler” fun run/walk, which will be held Wednesday from 3-5 p.m. at Clarks Creek Park South, 1700 12th Ave. SW, Puyallup.
Participants will walk approximately 2.2 miles along sidewalks throughout the area. The Philanthropic Educational Organization in Puyallup is helping to organize this year’s event, which is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Daffodil Valley.
No registrations is necessary this year; rather, there will be a sign-in sheet at the start of the walk. Donations will be accepted at the event for InvestED, a foundation which makes funds available to the Puyallup School District to support the needs of homeless and low-income junior high and high school students. The funds pay for items such as shoes, coats, glasses, sports equipment and academic fees.
The event was organized in 2010 to honor long-time teacher, counselor and former district student Annie Boulet, who died unexpectedly in December 2009.
Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers