Webucator is a weekly publication produced by the Tacoma Public Schools for district staff Feb. 6, 2009
members. To submit story ideas or inquire about a published story, contact Pam
Thompson at email@example.com or the Public Information Office at
253.571.1015. Images of the week
Dates to remember
Feb. 10: Southside Safety Summit, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Feb. 10: Sherman E.S. Academic Standards Parent Night, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 12: Abraham Lincoln‘s birthday
Feb. 16: Presidents‘ Day
Feb. 16: African-American Legislative Day
Feb. 21– 28: National FFA Week
Feb. 22: George Washington‘s birthday
March 2: Read Across America Day; Dr. Seuss‘ birthday
March 7: Pt. Defiance E.S. auction, 6 to 9 p.m.
News and updates
Kindergarten registration to be held March 2–27
Kindergarten registration dates are set for March 2–27, and elementary schools will
conduct on-site registration between these dates.
Remind families that to enroll a child in kindergarten, the parents or guardians must Darrick Hartman, president of the
have: Tacoma UniServ Council, presents
A birth certificate or other document such as a baptismal certificate, hospital or Gault M.S. with more than 80
college T-shirts and sweatshirts in
insurance record. Schools will not enroll any child who will not be five years old support of the school’s program to
by Aug. 31, 2009. motivate students to plan to attend
Certificate of immunization status form. This form must be signed to be college.
considered valid. Unless the child is considered homeless, he/she may not
attend the first day of school without verification of complete immunizations.
Note: A complete health form from a physician is recommended but not required.
If a student is enrolled in a district preschool program, his/her family does not need to
complete another Student Information and Enrollment form for kindergarten registration.
Preschool teachers will give each of their families a Student Information Verification
form, which parents/guardians will update and sign. This form will take the place of an
enrollment form for kindergarten registration. If you have a preschool program (Head
Start, ECEAP, Special Education, Title I or community-based) in your building, please
ensure your preschool teachers have this Student Information Verification form for all
Assistant Superintendent Michael
Children must turn five years of age between Sept. 1 and Oct. 31 to qualify for early Power accepts the donation of five
entrance to kindergarten. For further information, please refer interested parents to copies of the “Forgotten Patriots”
from Beverly Bills, Daughters of the
Phyllis Mjorud, Office of K-12 Support, at 253.571.1036. American Revolution Mary Ball
Chapter. Each comprehensive high
Share March 10 bond information school will receive a copy that lists
more than 6,000 African-American
To learn more about the March 10 capital improvement bond proposal, go to the district and American Indian patriots of the
Web site at www.tacomaschools.org or call the Public Information Office at Revolutionary War.
253.571.1015. Please serve as a key communicator and share bond information with
families, friends and community members.
McIlvaigh seeks memories and old photos
McIlvaigh Middle School students on the yearbook staff are seeking McIlvaigh alumni
who may have photographs they would be willing to share. In the final edition of the
McIlvaigh yearbook, the staff would like to include memories and photos from the history
While McIlvaigh does have some very old photos in its vault, the yearbook staff would
like photos from parents and grandparents and other community members who may be
McIlvaigh alumni. If you can help with this project, please contact Julie Berggren-
Northey at 253.571.2080.
Desmond Trufant of Wilson High
DAR donates minority patriots book to school libraries School signs a letter of intent to
The Mary Ball Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) donated a play football for the University of
copy of the recently published book, "Forgotten Patriots: African-American and Washington. His family and friends
surround him at Wilson.
American Indian Patriots in the Revolutionary War," for each of Tacoma‘s five
comprehensive high schools.
DAR Honorary Vice President General Beverly G. Bills purchased the books for Tacoma
schools. The book lists more than 6,600 African-American and American Indian patriots
of the Revolutionary War in some 850 pages, and the research took nearly 10 years.
Founded in 1890, the DAR is a volunteer service organization dedicated to promoting
patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America‘s future through better
education for children. The local Mary Ball Chapter was named for George Washington‘s
mother, using her maiden name.
Bills is also a member of the Mayflower Descendents, the Associated Daughters of New Foss H.S. football player Allen
England Witches, the Friends of the Fort Lewis Military Museum, Lakewood Historical Brown signs a letter of intent for a
full scholarship at Eastern
Society and Historic Fort Steilacoom. She is a commercial artist whose avocations are Washington University.
history and genealogy. Bills is always willing to share her expertise with classrooms and
organizations. Contact Bills at 253.588.5054 for more information on the DAR or to
arrange a speaking engagement.
Persuasive papers encourage legislators to support park project
They are persuasion papers with a purpose. ―That purpose is to tell the legislators why
they should fund a grant proposal for the McCarver Park project and a spray pool at
Wright Park, the bookend parks of the Hilltop,‖ said Carol Ramm-Gramenz, McCarver
McCarver E.S. students talk with
Elementary School counselor. ―Fifth graders in Sheila Haase‘s class at McCarver will be government representatives about
going to Olympia to present their letters to the legislators.‖ why they feel strongly about the
McCarver park project.
Recently Speaker of the House Frank Chopp, Rep. Dennis Flannigan and Lauren
Walker of the Tacoma City Council came to Haase‘s class to talk about the process of
getting grants funded. The city of Tacoma is helping fund the grant proposal. Metro
Parks Foundation is another partner in the proposal. An aide from the governor‘s office
also talked about Gov. Chris Gregoire‘s support for the McCarver Park project.
After the representatives of the various organizations talked about their part in the
proposal, the students told the visitors what McCarver Park, in memory of Zina Linnik,
would mean to them. ―It was very amazing to hear the interchange and see how the
students expressed their feelings to the visitors,‖ said Ramm-Gramenz. ―It was very
moving for our visitors. The kids were so honest and heartfelt.‖ Wainwright E.S. students display
their projects at the school’s recent
Hartman presents Gault with college shirts
Darrick Hartman, president of the Tacoma UniServ Council, presented Gault Middle
School with 80+ college sweatshirts and T-shirts to support Gault‘s college T-shirt
program and its goal of inspiring all kids to pursue post-secondary education.
Community outreach dues of $1 per month paid by TEA, TAEOP and TAPSPTE
members were used to purchase the college shirts. These dues, split equally between
Washington Education Association and the local educations associations, are used to
support community projects.
―When this program came before the Executive Council, we knew we wanted to be a
part of inspiring kids,‖ explained Hartman. ―Students and staff are the hub from which all
our work generates. Our guiding questions always are ‗How does this benefit our
teachers and students?‘ and ‗How can we be visible and support our community of
learners so teachers feel our presence and support?‘ ‖
Southside Safety Summit to be held Feb. 10
The Southside Safety Summit will be held Tuesday, Feb. 10, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at
Edison Elementary School, 5830 S. Pine St., Tacoma. The summit sessions will cover:
Community mobilization with Safe Streets
Gang awareness education
Harassment, intimidation and bullying awareness
Various community organizations will be available to provide information and services.
Interpreters will be available for Spanish- and Russian-speaking families.
The summit event will include free dinner, free child care with activities for children ages
three and up, and a raffle that will include restaurant gift certificates and flower
The summit is co-sponsored by Safe Streets, Tacoma Police Department and the
Tacoma Public Schools. Contact Lindsay Whiteman at 253.571.1339 or e-mail her at
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Read Across America is March 2
The National Education Association's (NEA) Read Across America Day is an annual
reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community
to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children's author Dr. Seuss.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating
lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and
spend more time reading do better in school.
In May 1997, a small reading task force at NEA came up with a big idea. "Let's create a
day to celebrate reading," the group decided. "We hold pep rallies to get kids excited
about football. We assemble to remember that Character Counts. Why don't we do
something to get kids excited about reading? We'll call it 'NEA's Read Across America'
and we'll celebrate it on Dr. Seuss's birthday." And so was born on March 2, 1998, the
largest celebration of reading this country has ever seen, according to the NEA Web
What are your schools doing to celebrate Read Across America and Dr. Seuss‘
birthday? Contact the Public Information Office at 253.571.1015 to share your
Pt. Defiance to hold annual auction March 7
The Pt. Defiance Elementary School PTA is sponsoring its 11th annual auction on
Saturday, March 7, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the gym. The Truman Middle School jazz band
will be the entertainment for the evening.
―Community members have donated wonderful items, including lunch with
Superintendent Art Jarvis,‖ said Leah McBeath, Pt. Defiance PTA auction committee
From the top floor of the Central
Call Pt. Defiance Elementary School at 253.571.2265 if you have any questions or Administration Building to the
would like to donate auction items. To view the items donated to date, check the school bottom, staff members wear red on
Web site. Feb. 6 to support women’s heart
Stadium to stage “Working” March 12 to 14
The musical ―Working,‖ based on Studs Terkel's book, will be presented at Stadium High
School (SHS) on March 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. and March 14 at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
This show was previously produced at SHS in 1999 and 2003, and it is hoped that many
alumni from these other productions will attend.
―Working‖ is a musical "documentary," telling the story of 25 people at work through
monologues, songs and dances. ―It has a special meaning this time around, since Studs
Terkel, the famous Chicago journalist, passed away last year. And, in this time, work
and our attitude towards it is even more important and precious,‖ said Suzy Willhoft,
theater teacher and director. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for
students/seniors/military, and will be available at the door.
Contact Suzy Willhoft at 253.571.3019 for more information. Sheridan E.S. staff members wear
red to support women’s heart
health day on Feb. 6.
NAC Architecture receives design award for Wilson H. S.
NAC Architecture of Seattle recently received a third place award for the design of
Phase I of Wilson High School in the second annual International Design Awards (IDA)
competition in the Architecture, Institutional Design category.
The first place winner in this category was a fire station in Mexico and the second place
winner was a school in Great Britain. For more details, go to the IDA Web site.
IDA exists to recognize, celebrate and promote legendary design visionaries and to
uncover emerging talent in architecture and interior, fashion, product, graphic and
fashion design. Birney E.S. staff members sport
red on Feb. 6 for women’s heart
The Poetry Out Loud recitation contest returns to Stadium health.
Classroom competitions were held recently at Stadium High School for the Poetry Out
Loud contest. Four students participated in the school final competition on Jan. 30, each
presenting two memorized poems in front of four judges. The students were Mike
McGrath, Laura Abando, Marisa Matteson and Olivia Seward. Seward went on to
represent Stadium at the regional competition on Feb. 5. She was a state winner in
Hunt science fair winners named
Hunt Middle School recently held a schoolwide science fair. Science teachers Antrue
Phillips, Victoria Dorsey and Therese Hogan did an excellent job preparing Hunt
students for the final presentation. The results in the sixth-grade category were first
place, Trevor Anderson; second place, Brianna Jones and Cassandra Jimenez; and
third place, Jimmy Van and Christian Matthews. Honorable mention went to Marilyn
Thai, James Dutton and Kiet Nguyen.
The seventh-grade results were first place, Hailey Viehmann and Nicole Condon;
second place, Alena Shevchuk; and third place, Wesley Sperry. Honorable mentions
went to Zachary Merritt, Eric DeRusha, Khang Nguyen, Victor Eisenmenger and An
The results in eighth grade were first place, Julie Van and Pearle Kahle; second place,
Austin Piercy; and third place, Helena Laubach. Honorable mentions went to Jenny
Brisson, Marcus Chambers, Carlmisha Jives and Kuammesha Moore.
Special thanks to the Hunt judges who came from Wilson High School.—Dawn
Baughman, Hunt M.S.
National Board application on TPS and TEA Web sites Students from Birney E.S., Baker
The Tacoma National Board application is now posted on the Professional Development M.S., Mt. Tahoma H.S. and Tacoma
Web site at www.tacomaschools.org and Tacoma Education Association (TEA) Web site School of the Arts gather at Birney
to make gingerbread houses out of
at www.tacomaeducationassociation.org. graham crackers, candy and
frosting. The event was supposed
to take place in December but was
TPS paraeducators, teachers can apply for Lesley degrees snowed out. The candy used had a
Bachelor‘s degree/teacher preparation programs and master's degree programs for in- Valentine’s Day theme.
service teachers through Lesley University are open to Tacoma Public Schools
paraeducators and teachers.
Lesley University is currently accepting applications for two bachelor‘s degrees designed
for those interested in becoming a teacher:
American Studies Major with Elementary Education Minor leading to Residency Quick Links
Certification in Elementary Education. Target start date is June 2009.
Human Development Major with Special Education Minor Leading to Residency Event Calendar
Certification in Special Education. Target start date is January 2010. Job openings
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Students will attend Lesley University classes at Tacoma Community College one night Photo Gallery
a week and one weekend a month to complete the program in just two years. Applicants
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must hold an associate‘s degree or greater.
Lesley University also offers local M.Ed. programs for in-service teachers: Staff classifieds
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Technology in Education
Literacy: Language, Reading, and Writing
For more information, contact Carla Borovicka, Northwest regional director for Lesley
University, by e-mail at email@example.com or call her at 866.600.3245. Check the
Web sites at www.lesley.edu/washington and www.lesley.edu/info/meetings for
SIOP workshop to be held in May
A Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) equity workshop will be held May
12 –14. Click here for more information.
How to clean your laptop screen
Kevin Medford demonstrates how to maintain the exterior of a laptop. Also, he shows
what to use for deep cleaning of the LCD panel and keyboard. View the video here.
The Sound Partnership
TPS staff support national Wear Red Day
Many Tacoma Public Schools (TPS) staff members wore red on Friday, Feb. 6, in
support of national Wear Red Day that is a simple, powerful way to raise awareness of
heart disease and stroke.
Heart disease is not just a man's disease. Heart attack, stroke and other cardiovascular
diseases are devastating to women, too. In fact, coronary heart disease, which causes
heart attack, is the leading cause of death for American women. Many women believe
that cancer is more of a threat, but they are wrong. Nearly twice as many women in the
United States die of heart disease, stroke and other cardiovascular diseases as from all
forms of cancer, including breast cancer.
The American Heart Association has identified several factors that increase the risk of
heart disease and stroke. The more risk factors a woman has, the greater her risk
of having a heart attack or stroke. Some of these risk factors you cannot control, such as
increasing age, family health history, and race and gender. But you can modify, treat or
control most risk factors to lower your risk.
Retirement fair to be held Feb. 12
The Tacoma School District retirement fair will be held Thursday, Feb. 12, from 4 to 8:10
p.m. at the Professional Development Center, 6501 N. 23 St.
Seminar on financial planning to be held Feb. 26
A seminar on making financial planning easy will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, from, 4
to 7:30 p.m. in the Central Administration Building board room on the fourth floor. Space
is limited to first 40 employees who register.
Apply for Washington Imagination award
Calling all public elementary schools in Washington state that encourage and
incorporate imaginative thinking. Apply now for the first annual Washington Imagination
Award—your school could win $5,000 and other prizes. The deadline to apply is Feb.
27. For information and application forms, go to the Web site at
The Lincoln Center Institute (LCI), a national leader in arts and education, is partnering
with Governor Chris Gregoire and community leaders across Washington to create an
Imagination Award for this state. The 2009 award will be presented to a public
elementary school that encourages and incorporates imaginative thinking across the
curriculum, from art to English to the natural sciences.
LCI has developed, as guidelines for encouraging creativity, a set of nine ―Capacities‖
for imaginative learning: noticing deeply; embodying; questioning; identifying patterns;
making connections; exhibiting empathy; creating meaning; taking action; and
reflecting/assessing. The award seeks to recognize schools which show evidence that
elements contained in—but not limited to—these ―Capacities‖ are present in their work
across the curriculum.
The winning school will receive a check for $5,000, along with a certificate and banner
for the school; scholarships, including airfare and lodging, for two teachers to attend
Lincoln Center Institute professional development workshops in New York City; plus LCI
merchandise for all teachers in the school.
Detailed information about the award, including the application form and instructions,
and more about LCI and the Capacities, is available online at www.creativitymatters.net.
E-mail additional questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Book signing at Wheelock Feb. 11
Linda Fortune, a former TPS counselor, will give a talk, "To Fall in Love with a Feline,"
and sign books on Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 7 p.m. at Wheelock Library, 3722 N. 26th St.
The doors will open at 6:30, and space is limited. The talk and book signing are being
sponsored by the Tacoma Public Library and the Humane Society of Tacoma and Pierce
The library‘s Web site says, "In unprecedented numbers, people are awakening to the
fact that like us, animals experience emotions. In her book, ‗Regal: An Intimate View of
One Magnificent Feline,‘ Linda Fortune shares engaging episodes from Regal's life that
illustrate her diversity of feelings. Learning from her feline teacher, Linda shares how
she developed a special kind of animal listening that broadened her understanding and
awakened her compassion as she cared for her cat, Regal.‖ Check the library‘s Web site
at www.tpl.lib.wa.us for more information.
Save the Sound: Build a rain garden
Please join Puget Creek Restoration Society (PCRS) for a free, hands-on classroom
workshop on rain garden design and construction. PCRS has scheduled several classes
throughout Pierce County beginning Feb. 5 in Orting. A rain garden consists of native
trees, shrubs, herbs and grasses planted in composted-amended soils in a shallow
depression and strategically placed to effectively capture rainwater and slowly infiltrate it
into the ground.
Rain gardens work like native forests by capturing and infiltrating storm water from
rooftops, driveways and other hard surfaces. Rain gardens reduce localized flooding;
help recharge groundwater aquifers; provide beneficial wildlife habitat; and filter oil,
grease and toxic materials before they can pollute local waterways.
Workshop participants will receive a rain garden handbook and other useful materials.
They will also be invited to participate in several full scale rain garden installation
workshops scheduled later in the spring and summer. Classes will be held from 6:30 to
Rain garden class schedule:
Thursday, Feb. 5: Orting, Orting Library
Thursday, Feb. 19: Tacoma, Snake Lake Nature Center
Thursday, March 5: Buckley, Multi Purpose Center
Thursday, March 19: Lakewood, Lakewood Water District HQ
Monday, April 20: University Place, City Hall
Thursday, April 30: Edgewood, Edgewood City Hall
Workshops are free and registration is required. Participants will be sent site-
assessment instructions in advance to help maximize their learning at the workshops.
Contact Pierce Stream Team at 253.845.2973 or e-mail email@example.com
to register. Visit the Web site at www.piercecountycd.org/stnews.html for more details on
Life Center to hold Single Moms Makeover Feb. 14
Life Center, 1717 S. Union Ave., Tacoma, will hold a free Single Moms Makeover on
Saturday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Life Center foyer. To register for this
free event, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 253.879.9704.
Child care will be provided for children ages 12 and under. The event includes a free
lunch, workshops, pampering, car wash and give-aways.
Free event on connecting with your money Feb. 28
The Pierce County Asset-Building Coalition will offer a free event, ―Connect with Your
Money: Financial answers for families struggling in today‘s economy,‖ on Saturday, Feb.
28, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Evergreen State College—Tacoma.
Contact, Leigh Barrick, Coalition to End Homelessness assistant, City of Tacoma
Human Rights and Human Services, at 253.591.5062 or e-mail her at
Humane Society seeks dedicated teen volunteers
The Humane Society for Tacoma and Pierce County is working hard to build a
compassionate community and prevent the euthanasia of healthy, adoptable pets,
according to Monica Wylie, events and volunteer manager. ―It will require a community
team effort to reach this goal,‖ she said. ―Our youth can play a large role in this
campaign. And, many schools have a community service requirement. We embrace our
teens and they have opportunities with the Humane Society not necessarily available
elsewhere due to age constraints.‖
Humane Society volunteers must be at least 16 years old and ready to make a
commitment of six hours per month for six months. Students must complete all the
training and the time requirements. The general orientation schedule for 2009 is:
Sunday, April 5, 10 a.m.
Sunday, June 7, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m.
Sunday, Oct. 4, 10 a.m.
Seating is limited to the first 100 participants. Interested students are asked to RSVP at
Check the Humane Society‘s Web site at www.thehumanesociety.org for more
information about the organization and how it helps animals. Contact Monica Wylie at
253.284.5808 if you have any questions about the programs for teen and adult
Apply for Habitat for Humanity house
If you want to own your own home, are able to pay 30 percent of your monthly income
for housing, can spend 500 hours of sweat equity to build your home and other Habitat
for Humanity homes, and have lived or worked in Pierce County for at least one year,
you may qualify for a house through Habitat for Humanity. Call 253.627.5626 if you have
Tacoma School District complies with all federal and state laws and regulations and
does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual
orientation, national origin, or ancestry, the presence of any sensory, mental or
physical disability or use of a trained guide dog or service animal by a person with a
disability, age, familial or marital status, honorably discharged veteran or military status. This applies to all
educational programs and extra-curricular activities. Inquiries regarding the application of the above should be
directed to Dr. Da Verne S. Bell, coordinator, equity and diversity, telephone 253.571.1292. Inquiries regarding
the application of Title IX should be directed to Dr. Da Verne S. Bell, coordinator, equity and diversity, telephone
253.571.1292. Inquiries regarding the application of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (concerning students
with disabilities who are not eligible for special education) should be directed to Chris Backman, coordinator of
guidance and counseling, telephone 253.571.1182. Inquiries regarding accommodations for disabled employees
and the public should be directed to Leslie Nohr, disability accommodation officer, telephone, 253.571.1021.
These individuals may be contacted by mail at P.O. Box 1357, Tacoma, WA 98401-1357.