Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Learn about future Sumner bond proposal

The Sumner School District is conducting a survey soliciting public feedback about a future school bond proposal.

The school board is considering a $145 million bond measure that would be on the ballot in February 2016. But district officials want to hear from the public now about how much information they need on proposed bond projects.

The bond money, if approved, would help the school district prepare for the 2,000 additional students projected to enroll over the next 10 years, according to the district. It would also provide additional classrooms for full-time kindergarten and lower elementary class sizes.

Among the projects identified by a district advisory committee are a new elementary school in the district’s south region, replacement of Emerald Hills Elementary, renovation and expansion of Sumner High School, enhancements at Bonney Lake High School, an addition to Mountain View Middle School and other improvements.

To participate in the survey and learn more, visit the school district website at

Back to school dates for Clover Park schools

The first day of school in the Clover Park School District is Sept. 2. The district in Lakewood has opened a new early learning program at the former Southgate Elementary School, but those preschool programs won’t open Sept. 2.

The first day of school for Clover Park Head Start preschool is Sept. 17 and district ECEAP preschool starts Sept. 21.

Fun and school supplies at Tacoma event

A community back-to-school event will be held at Hope Church, 158 S. 46th St., Tacoma, from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday. It will feature school supplies, Safe Streets Child ID kits, a bounce house, hot dog lunch, games, crafts and local fire and police vehicle visits. The event is open to all South End community families.

Steilacoom teacher honored

Eric Garrett of Steilacoom High School was named STEM Teacher of the Year by the McChord Field Chapter of the Air Force Association. He teaches math and calculus at Steilacoom High School.

Puyallup parents can download mobile app

Parents of Puyallup School District students can stay up-to-date on student attendance, class work, grades and more through the eSchoolPLUS Family application available for phones, tablets and other mobile devices.

Starting Aug. 31, parents who have a Home Access Center account with the school district can download the free app. More information will be available on the district website at

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers