Providing opportunities for Tukwila students | Interim Superintendent Judith Berry

Tukwila Schools’ interim superintendent discusses about the importance of serving students.

Judith Berry

Judith Berry

The center of attention in the Tukwila School District is the learning and development of all students, and the engagement of families in this process is of vital importance. Families’ influence cannot be ignored because it helps to inform, complement, reinforce and accelerate our efforts to educate the whole child. Strategic and continuous connections between families and educators ensure that students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, challenged and growing. The district’s commitment to families is to provide effective access to school-related information and resources such as their children’s curricula, grades, disciplinary action and supplemental programming. Because of the vast diverse student body in the district, we work deliberately to maintain effective lines of communication with teachers, parents and support specialists. For the first time this year, we have two quality engagement specialists for students and families that join a team of four parent and community liaisons to assist in providing or identifying comprehensive services available to families such as behavioral, educational, mental health screenings for children, home visitation programs, coordination of community service programs to directly support families, family literacy programming, parenting education and much more.

Specific programs in the district that families may want to take advantage of are translator language services, special transportation services for the homeless, preschool to kindergarten programming at two of the three elementary schools, afterschool tutoring and recreational programs, advanced placement courses at the high school, comprehensive special education programming at all schools, ELL (English Language Learner) services and college and career readiness courses. There are many organizations that students may want to join, including, but not limited to, the afterschool Robotics Club, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), organizations related to students’ ethnicity and dual-enrollment programs at the college level and at the Puget Sound Career and Technical Center.

Some of the new district programs that parents will want more information about are the Tukwila Online School for students who want a different way of learning and the project-based learning environment through our new Creative Learning Labs, where students are able to explore guided pathways while enhancing their academic skills of reading, writing, speaking and critical thinking. For example, if a student is interested in a career as an engineer, he or she may explore the work of an engineer in the Creative Learning Lab. How about the student who is interested in the construction industry? Creative Learning Labs allow for that exploration, too. Budding scientists have the ability to hone their skills as a team of researchers in the Creative Learning Labs available at the three elementaries and middle school.

Where do families find out more information about services and programs available to them in the Tukwila School District? Talk with your child’s teachers, office managers, building administration, quality engagement specialists, or parent and community liaisons. We are pleased to introduce the quality engagement specialists and parent and community liaisons in this month’s school pages in the Tukwila Reporter. We appreciate and value their support of our families.

Interim Tukwila School Superintendent Judith Berry can be reached at 206-901-8037 or at berryj@tukwila.wednet.edu.

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