G-K students honored for performing CPR
Two Graham-Kapowsin High School students received an award from their school district for performing CPR on a fellow student who collapsed in the school band room March 10.
Bethel Schools Superintendent Tom Seigel presented the Superintendent’s Lifesaving Award to John Joy and Nathan Chandler for their prompt actions, which doctors said helped save the student’s life.
Seigel also recognized guest teacher Hope Bales, school nurse Deborah Williamson, choir teacher Jason Saunders, Assistant Principal David Slagle, school resource officer Deputy Zach Bregel and Todd Jensen of Graham Fire & Rescue for their roles in responding to the medical emergency.
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Learn about WWII Japanese internment
During World War II, David Sakura’s family was among those Japanese-American families from Eatonville who were forcibly relocated to Camp Minidoka in Idaho. This week, Sakura returns to town to talk about his experiences and those of other families.
He will speak to Eatonville High School students, then he will speak Friday in a session open to the public. It is scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Eatonville High School Auditorium. Admission is $5, and proceeds benefit the Friends of Minidoka, a nonprofit group dedicated to preserving the historic Idaho site.
New superintendent for Federal Way schools
Tammy Campbell will be the next superintendent of Federal Way Public Schools, pending completion of contract negotiations.
Campbell is the assistant superintendent for learning and teaching in the Renton School District.
At a special board meeting March 31, the Federal Way School Board voted to offer the superintendent position to Campbell. She is scheduled to begin her new job July 1.
“Dr. Campbell is the unanimous choice of our board because of her vision, her knowledge and her passion,” said school board President Geoffery McAnalloy.
The school district is still working out details of the transition, but plans to have a reception for Campbell before the end of the school year.
SOAR Academy has first admissions lottery
SOAR Academy, a charter school scheduled to open this fall in Tacoma, recently had its first lottery drawing to determine which students will be able to enroll.
More than 200 families entered the lottery, according to SOAR founder Kristina Bellamy-McClain. They hoped to enroll their children in the school, which will open this fall with only two grades but will eventually be open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade.
This fall, the school has 62 spots for kindergartners and another 62 for first-graders. So SOAR was required by state law to conduct the lottery to ensure fairness for available seats.
SOAR is slated to open for its first day of school Aug. 17.
Two other charter schools, Green Dot Charter Middle School and Summit: Olympus High School, also are scheduled to open in Tacoma this fall.
Curtis High junior
wins volunteer award
Curtis High School junior Cedrice Howard is the recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, granted by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards on behalf of President Barack Obama. She received the award and a letter from the president in March.
Among her lengthy list of volunteer jobs: She’s been a junior camp leader for University Place Parks and Recreation, a YMCA Youth Camp leader, a youth counselor for Hope Worldwide Ministries and a volunteer with with Jack and Jill of America, a national youth organization founded by African-American mothers during the Great Depression.
Franklin Pierce district honored for grad rates
The Franklin Pierce School District has been recognized as a district of distinction for increasing its on-time graduation rate.
The recognition comes from District Administration magazine.
The district’s rate grew from 57 percent in 2009 to 81 percent in 2014, and substantial increases occurred across racial and ethnic groups.
A total of 72 percent of Franklin Pierce students qualify for free or reduced-price lunch, and more than 50 languages are spoken by students and their families.
To combat high dropout rates, the district focused on engaging students, developing high-quality instructors and expanding social supports such as mental health, drug, alcohol and gang intervention services. It also implemented an early warning and response system for students in danger of dropping out.
Franklin Pierce was one of 62 districts chosen for the magazine’s national recognition program.
Grant center to host auction for arts programs
Grant Center for the Expressive Arts will host its “For the Love of Art” auction and dinner fundraiser April 18 at Foss Waterway Seaport Museum.
The event begins at 5:30 p.m.
The auction raises money for the Tacoma Public Schools elementary school that focuses on integrating visual art, music, drama, dance and literature throughout the curriculum.
For more information or to purchase tickets, go to facebook.com/grantauction or email GrantPTA Auction@comcast.net.