Show & Tell: Schools and students in the news

Washington State PTA wins national award

The Washington State PTA received the Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award and the President’s Exceptional Business Practices Award at the National PTA Convention recently in Austin, Texas.

The Jan Harp Domene Diversity and Inclusion Award recognizes only one state, council, district, or local PTA, nationwide, that works diligently to understand and embrace the diversity of all individuals, understands the differences yet commonalities in their communities, and to work to foster outstanding achievement in the areas of diversity and inclusion.

The National PTA President’s Exceptional Business Practices Award is not an award that is solicited for by state PTAs, but is given in acknowledgement of what has been seen and witnessed by National PTA.

Students from Tacoma, Kentridge win awards

Two local students recently won awards at the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference. Industry leaders from more than 600 businesses, corporations, trade associations and unions recognized the students for their demonstrated excellence in 99 hands-on occupational and leadership contests, such as robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking.

Evelyn Jones of Kentridge High School was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in advertising design. Lance Pickett, from Tacoma and a student at Pierce County Skills Center, was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in T-Shirt Design.

More than 6,000 students from every state in the nation competed in the SkillsUSA Championships this week.


School district shuffles administrative staff members

The Tacoma School District has announced staff changes for the 2014-15 school year.

Mark Kilcup is a new assistant principal at First Creek Middle School. He was recently assistant principal at Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way. He replaces assistant principal Kim Hildebrandt, who is now assistant principal at Mann Elementary School

Shaun Martin, a former assistant principal at Kentwood High School in the Kent School District, it the principal for Gray Middle School. Martin replaces Brenda McBrayer, who retired.

Hannah Gbenro is the new assistant principal at Meeker Middle School. Previously she was the dean of students and principal designee at Olympic View Elementary School in Federal Way.

2 youth leaders heading to computer summit

Two youth leaders from the Computer Clubhouse of Tacoma are joining nearly 200 other young people for the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network’s 2014 Teen Summit in Boston. Jade Hicks and Alliyah Peoples, Stadium High School, were chosen for their peer leadership and efforts to give back to their community. The summit is July 29-August 3, where students from 18 countries including India, Jordan, Israel, Ireland, South Africa, New Zealand, Brazil, and the United States will be exploring the use of technology to make positive change and stand up for youth rights in issues such as education, environment, freedom and safety, health, and speech and expression.

Clover Park

School Board cancels July 28 meeting

The Clover Park School District Board of Directors has canceled its meeting scheduled for July 28. The next scheduled meeting is 6 p.m. Aug. 11 in Room 4 of the Student Services Center, 10903 Gravelly Lake Drive SW, Lakewood. For more information, call 253-583-5190.