Volume 3, Issue 6 • June 2006
FROM GREG THOMAS, EDGEMONT PTSA CO-PRESIDENT
Eagle News is a
publication of the It’s hard to believe, but this is the last newsletter for the 2005-2006 school year! I have really
enjoyed writing about things that we (your PTSA) think are important. This year, we have covered
Association in topics such as gun safety and education, the choking game, huffing and community service groups
partnership with that are out there waiting for us to help out. I really appreciate the feedback and support.
Edgemont Junior Your PTSA has done some tremendous work this year. We were able to raise money (thanks
High. parents!) to fund all of our teacher grants and still offer our scholarship to an Edgemont student
moving on to college. We are economically solvent, which means we are spending YOUR money
Unit No. 5.7.90 wisely and responsibly and within budget. I cannot speak highly enough about the team of
concerned parents who are the doers of the PTSA. I don’t know where they get the energy, creativity
2300 110th Ave. E. and drive to give so much of themselves to your school and your kids. We are all very lucky to have
Edgewood, WA them.
We are looking forward to some great new adventures next year. We are going to sponsor some
guest speakers and programs to entertain, educate and stimulate you and your children. We are
going to sponsor several adult events, and our overall goal is to make a tighter, more responsive team
of volunteers focused on serving our children, our school and our community. We are also targeting
100 percent faculty membership.
2005-2006 Please welcome our executive board members for 2006-2007: Co-Presidents: Tina and Greg
PTSA Executive Thomas; Vice President: Ann Kelley; Secretary: Jana White; and Co-Treasurers: Sandy Johnson
Committee and Diane Thomas-Hart.
We also have a very effective group of committee chairs returning and some that are new to the
Greg and Tina positions. We still have many positions to fill, so please call us at 863-1716 or e-mail
Thomas firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know that you would like to be a part of our EJH PTSA.
Co-Presidents I still have a goal of involving more men in PTSA, but I have to admit I do enjoy being in the
company of so many exceptional moms.
Ann Kelley Thank you for supporting the PTSA at Edgemont.See you in the fall.
Jana White PLEASE CONSIDER SERVING. Committee positions available for next year: Newsletter
Editor, Hospitality/Staff Appreciation, and more! If you're interested, please call Tina Thomas at
FUCHSIA BASKET PICKUP REMINDER!! Please be sure to pick up your fuchsia basket
after school on Monday, June 5. You can pick them up as late as 7 p.m.
Newsletter Editor Ninth Grade Recognition and Reception
Thursday, June 15, 2006
6:30 - 8:15 p.m. • EJH Commons
From the EJH Athletic Coordinator Musical Notes...
Pick-up Policy for EJH Athletes
The concern experienced by every athletic team coach Orchestra Large Group Competition
this school year has been the delay in student athletes being Saturday, June 3
“picked up” after practices and or contests. The length of
time between the end of practices or games and the last North Hill Elementary Instrumental Concert
student athlete being safely picked up by family members Tuesday, June 6, 7 p.m.
has put a burden on the athletic coaches. Hilltop, Mt. View, Northwood band and orchestra students
Coaches are required to ensure all their student athletes
are safely off campus before they may leave the campus. The Spring Concert No. 1 • Thursday, June 8
amount of time coaches are spending waiting for student Beginning, Cadet, Intermediate Bands, Girls Chorus,
athletes to be picked up is becoming unreasonable. We Boys Chorus
understand special circumstances warrant a delay in the
arrival of parents at times. However, the delays are becoming Spring Concert No. 2 • Tuesday, June 13, 7 p.m.
more consistent and longer. Orchestra, Fiddlers, Advanced Girls Choir, Chamber Choir,
I will meet with the PTSA to begin discussions about Concert Band, Jazz Band
how to solve this concern. We all want our student athletes
to be safe while in our charge. If you have ideas or
suggestions about how to have student athletes picked up Choir News
after practices and contests in a timely fashion, please Mrs. Whalen is excited to announce that both the Boys
contact me at school. By the fall, we hope to have a policy in Chorus and the Advanced Girls Choir presented outstanding
place that meets the needs of all concerned. performances on Saturday, May 13, during the Valley
Region Large Group Vocal Contest.
Mike Schick, EJH Athletic Coordinator The Boys were awarded a rating of Excellent, and the
Advanced Girls Choir received a Superior rating.
In other choir news... Mrs. Whalen is very proud to
Reception for Stephanie Hyink report that nine of her ninth grade choir ladies have been
asked to join Valkyries, the audition-only, advanced girls
Please join us as we honor longtime Mt. View Elementary choir at PHS. The nine ladies joining this choir are: Jessie
teacher Stephanie Hyink, who is retiring at the end of this Belk, Michelle Borst, Amanda Hess, Tina Johnson, Jessica
year. An open house in Stephanie’s honor will be held McKenna, Natalie Patricelli, Alex Schwartz, Andrea Steiner
Thursday, June 8, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. in the Mt. View and Amy Self.
Elementary School gym. Also, making history (so to speak), will be Cameron
Benoit, Erik Sanchez and Charlie Ward. These three ninth
grade boys auditioned for the PHS Advanced Concert Choir
END-OF-YEAR, ALL- and were asked to join the group. They will be the first
sophomore boys in over 10 years to sing with the PHS
SCHOOL EVENT! Concert Choir!
Mrs. Whalen is also very excited to announce that 8th
Friday, June 16 grader, Mandy Kelley, auditioned for the Tacoma Youth
Chorus (TYC) and was chosen to join the upper division
The fun begins after school Friday, choir! (TYC is a privately funded organization, but it is
June 16. This all-school event will in- open to anyone by audition.)
clude indoor/outdoor games, a BBQ and
a showing of "The Pink Panther."
At 9 p.m., 7th and 8th graders will go REMEMBER
home, and the 9th graders will remain
the rest of the night for the annual 9th TO REGISTER
grade "lock-in!" More details to come. TO VOTE.
Approximate cost: $20.
Forms available in the main office.
JUNE DATES TO NOTE
DATE EVENT TIME
Thursday, June 1 Honor Society Trip to Seattle 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday, June 2 Lunch Bunch
Track Conference @ Sparks 3:15 p.m.
Saturday, June 3 Orchestra Large Group Competition @ Aylen
Monday, June 5 Lunch Bunch
HANGING BASKET PICKUP 2-7 P.M.
Games Club, Rm. 139 (last) 2:20 p.m.
Track Picnic 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 6 Bead Club 2:20 p.m.
North Hill Elementary Instrumental Concert @ EJH 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 7 Early Release 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, June 8 Reception for Stephanie Hyink @ Mt. View Elementary 3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
MUSIC PROGRAM: Beginning Band, Cadet Band,
Intermediate Band, Girls Chorus, Boys Chorus 7 p.m.
Friday, June 9 Lunch Bunch
Monday, June 12 Lunch Bunch
Tuesday, June 13 Bead Club (last) 2:20 p.m.
MUSIC PROGRAM: Concert Band, Jazz Band,
Orchestra, Fiddlers, Advanced Girls Choir, Chamber Choir 7 p.m.
Wednesday, June 14 Early Release 1:15 p.m.
Talent Show Rehearsal 2 p.m.
Thursday, June 15 9th Grade Reception 6:30 p.m.
Friday, June 16 Lunch Bunch (last)
End-of-Year Activity Event 2:30 p.m.
9th Grade Lock In (tentative)
Sunday, June 18 Father's Day
Tuesday, June 20 Talent Show 8:30 a.m.
9th Grade Dance @ Puyallup Fairgrounds 8 p.m.
Wednesday, June 21 Last Day of School • Early Dismissal 11 a.m.
Friday, June 30 Report Cards Mailed Home
PTSA News Diane Thomas-Hart, Ann Kelley, Jennifer Barkhurst, Jane Miller,
Patricia Krawczyk, Andrea Barber, Diane Cain, Shannon
Kimbrough, Teresa Robbins, Laura Rhoades, Terri Walsh, Mary
EJH PTSA Alumni Scholarship Awarded. Edgemont PTSA
Faber, Karen Gustafson and Kate Wright for all your donations to
offers a $500 scholarship to be awarded to a Puyallup School
the taco salad bar that we provided to the staff in May. Our
District graduating senior who will continue their post secondary
volunteers are great, and we love our staff! We will be making
education in either a four-year or two-year university/college or
strawberry shortcake in June. Thank you in advance for all of you
vocational technical institution. Guidelines for this scholarship
who will be helping! And thank you so much, Kathy, for all the
include the following: Must have attended Edgemont for at least
coordinating and e-mailing to help us set things up, and to Karen
two years, at least a 2.5 GPA, submit two letters of
for all the dish washing!
recommendation and a transcript. Other considerations include:
financial need, community service/involvement and extra
I Scream, You Scream... At the April PTSA meeting we talked
about wanting to do a little something for the students “just
The 2006 Scholarship Committee consisted of seven PTSA
because” and as a way of showing our appreciation to them for
members. The process of review for each application was made as
their (and their parent’s) support and participation in the
impartial as possible. Therefore, personal information was removed
fundraisers we have had this year. After discussing different ideas, it
from all application materials before being given to Committee
was decided that PTSA would offer an ice cream treat. On
Monday, June 12, PTSA volunteers will offer the ice cream treat
Nine applications were received, and the Committee met on
during both lunches with our compliments and thanks.
April 29 to reach a decision on which applicant would be
recognized with the PTSA scholarship. This was no easy task as
Treasurer's Report. Current balance: $13,676.85.
each applicant was outstanding in their scholarship and activities.
Thank you for supporting our PTSA fundraisers — Pass the
After much deliberation, the Committee came to a decision and
Hat: $570; Butterbraid: $1758; Hanging Baskets: $700 (estimate);
awarded the 2006 EJH PTSA Alumni Scholarship to Carly Olson.
Vino Aquino Parent Night Out: $380.
Carly attended Mt. View Elementary and Edgemont. She will
Your generosity went towards: pianist for concerts, staff
further her education at University of Southern California and will
appreciation, 9th grade honor plaques, newsletter, phone directory,
pursue a degree in business administration/management,
library boooks, college scholarship for EJH student, teacher
economics or finance. Edgemont PTSA congratulates Carly as our
classroom requests, and much, much more!
scholarship recipient, and we wish her the very best of luck as she
continues her education.
2006-2007 Executive Committee
Thank you, Volunteers! Edgemont PTSA would not be a
successful organization without our volunteers. Many calls have Elections for the PTSA Executive Committee positions were
gone out over the year requesting volunteer help in one area or held during the regularly scheduled April 18 general PTSA
another. Whether it was help with Picture Day, Health Screening meeting. Officers for the 2006-7 school year are:
Day, providing food for different events, or any of a number of Co-Presidents: Greg and Tina Thomas
activities that PTSA participates in, our volunteers have given their Vice President: Ann Kelley
time to help. Secretary: Jana White
Most recently, volunteers helped with turn-in day for the Treasurer: Sandy Johnson & Diane Thomas-Hart
hanging basket fundraiser and packaged snacks for students taking
the WASL. Thanks go out to Ann Kelley, Danna Malkuch, Denise
Smithhisler, Tina Thomas, Jana White and Kate Wright for
helping with the fundraiser. Those that helped with the WASL
snacks were Diane Dixon, Sandy Johnson, Denise Smithhisler,
Tina Thomas, Jana White and Kate Wright.
Thank you to our many volunteers who have helped PTSA SUMMER is just around the corner, and Albertsons has
remain a productive and successful part of life at Edgemont this everything for your graduation, backyard BBQ, wedding, and
year. Your help is invaluable. Thank you, thank you, thank you! family reunion celebrations. So enjoy your summer and stock
up at Albertsons. As a Community Partners supporter, not
Staff Appreciation. In April, the staff enjoyed fresh fruit with only will you have everything you need for all your summer-
chocolate fondue, caramel and marshmallow dip provided by time activities, but you will also earn money for
PTSA. Thank you to Ronda Buchanan for donating the Edgemont...simply by shopping!
strawberries. Also, thank you to Sandy Johnson, Ronda Buchanan, Cheryl Kindel, Albertsons Chair
Wow! This is the final Counselor’s Corner for the 2005-2006 opportunities, and you can be assured that the staff at Edgemont
school year. How can it be?? Wasn’t it just yesterday that we will continue to work with our students so they will be prepared to
welcomed our new 7th graders? Wasn’t it just the other day the the best level that they desire. They will not be without
football season started? Another incredible year at Edgemont is opportunities.
about to wrap up. And what a year it has been! Not only is this a time to reflect and to plan, it is a time to say
It is a time to look back at our accomplishments as well as a good-bye to our 9th graders. We have watched them transition
time to look forward to what we need to do to help our students from 7th graders who were unsure of themselves to young adults
achieve even more success. This past year has been one of several who are very capable of accomplishing many things. It is with some
accomplishments. Coming into the year our students have made regret that they will be leaving us, but it is time. We certainly wish
significant progress on our WASL tests. The 7th graders have them all the best in their future adventures.
successfully piloted a brand new math curriculum. Our 7th and 8th We want to thank everyone for your support of the activities
graders worked hard this year taking the WASL. Our sports teams and events at Edgemont this past year and strongly encourage you
had a blast this year. We feel our students' behaviors have to remain involved in your child’s education (in spite of what they
improved significantly this year. There is ongoing positive tell you.) You are a strong and important influence in your child’s
interaction between students and staff, which has added to an life and their success.
overall positive school climate. Hey, enjoy your summer!
This past year has also helped us to identify those areas in
which we need to do a better job. Based on student surveys, we
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we offer in the classroom, we also need to offer students
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Helping Kids Become Online Savvy. Online communities such as http://www.myspace.com/ and student blogs
have created more and more issues for schools. Parents/Guardians, students and school staff need help in dealing with
the concerns these activities can raise. The National Crime Prevention Council, suggests ideas to help kids become
online savvy and avoid cyber bullies. One idea: “Set up e-mail and instant messenger accounts with your kids. Make
sure they do not to put their name, age, and address or phone number in their profile.” Read more tips at: http://
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Edgemont Junior High School
2300 110th Avenue East
Edgewood, WA 98372
EDGEMONT JUNIOR HIGH Key Dates for 2006-2007
2300 110th Ave. E.
Edgewood, WA 98372 September 6, 2006
(253) 841-8727 First Student Day
Fax: (253) 840-8883
November 23-24, 2006
December 18, 2006 - January 1, 2007
Principal .............................. Sandra Jacobson
Counselors ................................. Shawn Adgie
February 19 - 20, 2007
Bev Showacy Mid-Winter Break
Office Manager.......................... Kathy Kissner
April 2 - 6, 2007
Attendance Secretary ........... Karen Murakami Spring Break
Data Processor ........................ Sherry Roland June 20, 2007
Last Day of School
Security ..................................... Shelley Smith