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New principals at Clover Park schools

Clover Park School District has announced staff changes for the 2016-17 school year:

Kevin Rupprecht is the new principal at Harrison Preparatory School and replaces Lisa Boyd, who accepted a position as a principal in Tacoma. Rupprecht was formerly an assistant principal at Clover Park High School.

Cindy Adams is the principal at Hudtloff Middle School. She was an assistant principal at Lakes High School.

Greg Wilson is the new principal at Lochburn Middle School. He was principal of Hudtloff Middle School. He replaces Josh Zarling, who accepted a position as a principal in Tacoma Public Schools.

Sean Schoenfeldt is the new principal at Tyee Park Elementary. He was at Muckleshoot Tribal School in Auburn. He replaces Taj Jensen, who accepted a position as a principal in Tacoma Public Schools.

Spectrum youth chorus performs in Italy

Spectrum Choral Academy, a community children’s and youth chorus program in Gig Harbor, recently had 19 singers return from an 11-day performance tour in Italy. The group performed in venues throughout Italy, including St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice, Basilica Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and Teatro Bibiene in Mantova.

The choral company accepts singers in grades K-12. For more information, go to

Young Entrepreneurs Academy taking applications

The Young Entrepreneurs Academy of Tacoma is accepting application for the 2016-17 school year. The program is open to students in grades 6-12 and includes three hours of instruction per week from November through May.

The program instruction includes learning how to brainstorm ideas, write a business plan, interact with business professionals and other business skills. Learn about the application process at

Local schools get fitness grants

The National Foundation for Governor’s Fitness Councils has named two Pierce County schools as National Fitness Champions. Jason Lee Middle School in the Tacoma School District and Keithley Middle School in the Franklin Pierce School District are recipients of the award, which recognizes elementary and middle schools for demonstrating innovative ways of introducing physical activity and wellness into their curriculum.

Each school will receive a fitness center funded by a $100,000 grant.

Tacoma charter school offer tours, sign-ups

Tacoma’s three charter schools are offering tours and opportunities to enroll new students. Tours are scheduled July 28 at the following times and locations:

▪ 5:30-6 p.m.: SOAR Academy, 2136 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Tacoma.

▪ 6:30-7 p.m.: Summit Olympus High School, 409 Puyallup Ave., Tacoma.

▪ 7:30-8 p.m.: Destiny Charter Middle School, 1301 E 34th St., Tacoma.

More information:

Compiled by Mary Anderson and Debbie Cafazzo, staff writers