Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Life Christian welcomes student, parent visitors

Life Christian Academy will host a visit day for all middle and high school students currently attending other schools on Friday (Oct. 9). Each visiting student will be accompanied by a Life Christian Academy student and will attend classes, chapel, student assembly, tour the campus and meet principal Jon Kellett and ASB students. The visitation is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. on the school’s campus, 1717 S. Union Ave., Tacoma.

Parents of any age student, preschool through grade 12, are also welcome to schedule a personal tour or student half-day visit on any day at their convenience. For more information and to register for the visit day, contact Mark Lovelady, 253-756-2425 or by email;

Seabury sponsors talk by gifted education expert

The Seabury School Speaker Series will come to the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, 1500 Broadway, Tacoma. It will feature Dr. James Webb, a nationally recognized psychologist whose focus is children with high intellectual potential. The author and founder of SENG (Supporting the Emotional Needs of the Gifted) will speak on the subject “11 key parenting concerns for families of gifted children.” The free presentation is at 7 p.m. Oct. 13. For more information go to

Stadium High adds three alums to its wall of recognition

Three alumni will be added to the Stadium High School wall of recognition during a public ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday (Oct. 9) in the Stadium Theater.

The three honorees:


▪ Carol Berry Milgard, class of 1955: Milgard, who died in 2007, touched many lives through her charity and philanthropy, including work for the Boys & Girls Clubs, Charles Wright Academy, the University of Washington Tacoma, Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital and other organizations. Her work continues through the Gary Milgard Family Foundation.


▪ Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl, class of 1990: She was ordained as a rabbi in 2001 by the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. She is the first woman and the first Asian American to hold the post of senior rabbi at Central Synagogue in New York City, with more than 6,000 members. In December 2014, she led prayers at the White House Hannukkah celebration.


▪ Linda Federico Pearn, class of 1962: She began her teaching career at Sheridan Elementary. In 1976, she was the first woman and first elementary teacher to be elected president of the local teachers union, then called the Tacoma Association of Classroom Teachers. Under her leadership, teachers negotiated class size limits, pay for women’s team coaches and other breakthroughs. During her 30 years with Tacoma Public Schools, she held leadership positions in two organizations devoted to promoting literacy.

The wall of recognition honors graduates of the Tacoma high school who have had exemplary lives and/or careers.

Pierce County parents appointed to state panel

Angelica Gonzalez and Kirsten Anderson are among the 17 parents appointed to the Washington State Department of Early Learning parent advisory group. They will represent Pierce County on the panel.

The group will serve as a sounding board for decisions and ideas that will shape early learning programs around the state. For more information, visit and search for parent advisory group.

Phone calls will alert Tacoma parents of dropping grades

Tacoma Public Schools parents will have a new way to learn how their middle and high school students are doing in school starting in October.

If a student's grade in a class drops below a C — meaning a C-minus or below — it will trigger an automatic phone call to parents. Parents can then log on to the online Home Access Center on the district website to learn which course or courses are affected. In the center, they can find a link to the appropriate teacher's e-mail so they can learn what the student needs to do to raise the low grade.

Library programs focus on STREAMing

The Puyallup Public Library will be offering a fall series of programs aimed at elementary school age children. The free program brings basic STEM concepts and includes science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math through a variety of activities to make learning fun and exciting. The program is offered at 4 p.m. Thursday (Oct. 8), 6 p.m. Oct. 27, 4 p.m. Nov. 5 and 6 p.m. Nov. 17.

Registration is required and space is limited. To get more information and to sign up call the library at 253-841-5454 or register in person at the children’s desk in the library.