Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news

Tacoma students pursue college and career pathways

Tacoma Public Schools will host a variety of free activities to spark interest in college and career pathways to students in every grade in the district.

SAT School Day, for students in grades 8 through 12, will give students the opportunity to take the SAT and PSAT, the nation’s most widely used tools for college preparedness and admission, for free. The tests will be offered Wednesday during the school day.

A College and Career Fair will be held Thursday at the University of Puget Sound Tennis Pavilion, North 11th Street and Union Avenue. Students and families can learn about more than 150 colleges and universities at the fair. There will be financial aid and essay information workshops as well. The fair runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Schools will present Discover U, a program that features classroom activities for students in every grade to help them think about their future. Some classes may take tours of colleges online, play “College Knowledge Jeopardy” and take career interest surveys. Discover U takes place Friday throughout the district.

Annie Wright Schools host preview day

Annie Wright Schools will host a Lower School morning preview at 9:30 a.m. Thursday. The program is for students and families of children from preschool to grade 5. To learn more about the program and to register, go to or contact Joy Phelps at 253-284-8602.

Lakewood principal gets national kudos

The National Association of Elementary School Principals has named Taj Jensen, principal of Tyee Park Elementary School in Lakewood, one of its 2015 National Distinguished Principals. The recognition is for setting high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staff. Jensen earlier received the Association of Washington School Principals’ principal of the year award.