Tacoma Public Schools

School Board says 'No' to becoming charter school authorizer

Tacoma Public Schools will not apply this summer to become a charter school authorizer, the School Board decided this evening by a 4-0 vote.

The state Board of Education set a July deadline for school districts to file an application to become a charter school authorizer. A school district that becomes a charter school authorizer can issue a request for proposals from non-profit organizations that want to start charter schools. An authorizing district can set parameters and goals for the type of charter schools that it wants to see in its community.

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High School Graduates Could be Honored in a Bigger Way than a Diploma

There is a new effort in the works of a Education Wall of Honor to acknowledge the high school graduates who make Tacoma great.

There are a couple of proposals on the table, but it is "still a work in-progress," says Kim Golding, one of the project organizers. First, a small wall, possibly made out of wood, would be attached to every school building in Tacoma. Secondly, there could be one wall centrally located at Tacoma Public Schools Central Administration Office downtown.

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School Board buys three months to consider becoming a charter school authorizer

The Tacoma School Board voted 4-1 Thursday to file a letter of intent to become a charter school authorizer” with the State Board of Education before the April 1 deadline.

The decision does not commit Tacoma Public Schools or the School Board to becoming an authorizer of charter schools in Tacoma. However, it buys the board several more months to consider it as an option. If the board failed to file a letter of intent, it could not later decide to become an authorizer of charter schools.

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Tacoma Schools Kathleen Caspser Receives Golden Apple Award

Kathleen Casper, a Tacoma Public Schools highly capable teacher, will receive her Golden Apple Award at the 21st awards ceremony Friday, February 1, at the Playhouse at The Seattle Center.

KCTS 9 sponsors the annual Golden Apple Awards program which honors Excellence in Education. The awards include individual winners, programs and schools making a positive difference in Washington state education. 

Casper is a board member of Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted and writes and presents nationally on the topics regarding gifted education. 

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South Puget Sound High School Fair

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November 6, 2012 - 6:30pm to 8:30pm

Local public and private high schools with gather on Tuesday, November 6, for the second annual South Puget Sound High School Fair. The event will happen from 6:30-8:30 pm at Annie Wright Schools; 827 North Tacoma Avenue; Tacoma, WA 98403.

Middle school students and their parents are invited to learn about local high school programs. Representatives from the following schools will be present: Annie Wright Upper School; Bellarmine Preparatory School; Charles Wright Academy; Federal Way Public Academy; Foss High School; Life Christian Academy; Mouth Rainer Lutheran High School; and West Sound Academy. Each school will give a five-minute presentation. Attendees will then have the opportunity to visit with each of the school representatives to ask questions and learn more.

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Stadium High School selects new band director

​Adam Morrell will serve as the new band director at Stadium High School starting in September. Morrell brings youth and energy as well as proven experience in directing one of the top programs in the state, according to Principal Kevin Ikeda.   

Morrell has worked for the Tacoma Public Schools for five years—most recently as band director at Stewart Middle School. At Stewart, Morrell created a program that went from 20 students to more than 200. His bands now receive superior ratings at district band contests.  

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Board to vote on two-year school calendar-updated

The Tacoma Public Schools School Board will vote on a two-year school calendar for 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 during its April 12 board meeting. 
 
If the board adopts the proposed calendar with no changes, school will start this

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