Tukwila School District gears up for 2018

Staff plans for second semester, summer school and next school year.

Judith Berry

Judith Berry

The new year is in full swing, and the Tukwila School District staff wishes you a wonderful and prosperous year for attaining your goals. Mid-school year in a district is the time we start planning for the second semester, summer school and fall semester. Important dates have been set for students and families to ensure all students are registered for classes that will assist in their continuous academic growth.

Here are key dates to keep in mind:

• Second semester registration: Opened Jan. 2. The second semester begins Feb. 5.

• Kindergarten registration: Begins Jan. 17. Registration packets are available at each elementary school and the district office. An in-person registration event with interpretation assistance will be from 2 to 7 p.m. March 14 at Showalter Middle School.

• Fall semester registration: Students can register anytime, with particular emphasis in August.

• Summer school: The district is planning a robust summer school from July 9 through Aug. 2. Please mark the dates on your calendar and ask for further information at each of the offices in all five school buildings.

Update on bond projects

Cascade View Elementary renovations have been completed and the new carpet, expanded cafeteria, office area and new roof look great. The transportation building will be finished by the middle of February and will house the bus drivers and transportation staff at the bus barn. The high school stadium is completed, and residents have the opportunity to enjoy the new field and track.

The Board of Directors made the important decision to add two new module classrooms to each of the elementary school buildings to accommodate preschool students at each of the buildings instead of constructing a birth through kindergarten center. Programming wise, fifth-graders will be housed in the module classrooms and existing classrooms will be renovated to accommodate the early learners. Early learning specialists are excited about this decision as it aids in less disruption for students who will now be able to attend the same school from preschool through fifth grade. Work will begin this summer on renovations at each of the elementary buildings for the early learning program. Because of this decision, architecture drawings for Foster will be modified. Ball fields will be updated, but not moved. Tennis courts will remain where they are located. This change will also allow the district to install air conditioning at the high school, which means all five schools will have air conditioning when the renovations for Foster High School are completed in early 2020. Students and staff are excited about this change because our school year is getting longer and many students want to attend programs held during the warmer months and want inside temperatures that are comfortable for learning. The district and school board appreciates district staff and residents who shared ideas of how to adjust for the changing demographics, higher construction costs, and wiser programming for birth to kindergarten students during the past several months. We appreciate the bond committee for being prudent and keeping a watchful eye on fiscal implications that affect bond objectives that were determined almost four years ago. The district strongly believes that we are continuing the early learning objectives with the community’s best interest in mind.

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

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