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Stopping the Summer Slide

Summer is the perfect time for students of all ages to relax, but it's also a time when summer learning loss can occur. This learning loss is called the "summer slide," and happens when children do not engage in educational activities during the summer months.

Here are some ideas to keep your child(ren) mentally active this summer:

Elementary and Middle School Students

High School Students

  • Summer can be the perfect time for high school-aged children to prepare for college, and setting aside at least one day a week to keep math and science skills fresh is an excellent way to start off the summer. Local libraries are an excellent plance to find books full of practice problems -- and they're quiet and often air-conditioned too!
  • Summer is also a good time to sit down and discuss financial aid and other expenses. The Office of Federal Student Aid has prepared checklists to help you at geared toward students of all ages.
  • Many high school students might also want to take the time to start developing their professional resumes. Finding a part-time job can help students gain valuable experience and line their pockets with a bit of extra cash. Visit for more information.
  • Volunteering is also an option. Youth-oriented summer camps, local museums, animal shelters and, of course, libraries are often looking for extra help during warmer months. This experience is not only valuable for personal and professional development, but it often looks good on college application. Find opportunities at

469 district students earned their high school diploma on June 7
On June 7, 469 graduates from Franklin Pierce High School, Washington High School, GATES High School, New Pathways, and Open Doors walked across the stage to accept their high school diploma. The three ceremonies -- all held at the Washington State Fairgrounds -- were each attended by hundreds of family and friends.

Photos from all three graduation ceremonies will be available for purchase soon at

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!


You are invited to the 6th annual Parkland Pace or Race


New student registration assistance available during summer

This summer, Franklin Pierce Schools will add an extra resource to assist parents who need to register their child(ren) for the 2014-2015 school year.

Computers and a dedicated staff person will be available in the main office of the Jo Anne Matson Administrative Center (315 129th Street South) from 9:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 18 through August 9. Directions can be found HERE.

Once the online registration process is finished, parents will still need to arrange to come into their child's school to complete the registration in late August.


Franklin Pierce Schools hosts four summer lunch sites

Franklin Pierce Schools will be hosting four summer lunch sites for children 18 years old and younger.  The lunches are free, and will be available Monday through Friday, June 23rd through August 8th (with the exception of July 4th).

This free service is available at the following four sites:

Brookdale Elementary School

611 132nd St. S.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


James Sales Elementary School

11213 Sheridan Ave. S.

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.


Harvard Elementary School

1709 85th St. E.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


Tahoma View Apartments

11208 1st Ave. Ct. E.

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.


Patriots boys tennis brings home state doubles championship title

Washington High School’s Josh Rasmus and Jonathan Yu dominated Sehome’s Max Shmolotohka and Reece Gilbert, 6-1, 6-0, on Saturday at the Nordstrom Tennis Center at the University of Washington. The win awarded Rasmus and Yu with the Washington State 2A Doubles Championship title.

Rasmus and Yu – both graduating seniors – have had outstanding high school tennis careers. Yu finished 80-8; Rasmus 90-5. Both  have college lined up, too. Yu will graduate with his AA, and will enroll at the University of Washington  in Seattle this fall. Rasmus will play tennis for and study at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The WHS girls tennis doubles team also competed at the state championship, tying for 9th place. Players Jazmine Ortiz and Marijo Manaois comprised the first WHS girls doubles team to win a match at the state championship in 25 years.

Both the boys and girls doubles team s were voted earlier this season as the South Puget Sound League’s (SPSL’s) Most Valuable Players (MVPs).

Congrats to all four and their coach, WHS teacher Earle McWright!

State doubles champions (L to R) Jonathan Yu, Coach Earle McWright,
and Joshua Rasmus.

Washington High School AFJROTC Performs at Mariners Game

Cadets from Washington High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC squadron presented the colors at the Mariners-Royals game on Sunday, May 11. This was the first of three color guards the unit will perform this season. The color guard members were cadets Jeffrey Snyder, Christopher Stouffer, Sofia Young, and Adam Matthews. Along with the thrill of presenting the colors before 20,000+ fans, members received free tickets to the game and a parking pass for SAFECO Field’s parking garage.

If you would like to catch one of the teams performing at a game, plan to attend either the June 1 game against Detroit or the September 14 game versus Oakland. Both games are on Sundays and are currently scheduled for 1:10 p.m. starts.

(Photo credit: James Siscel)


 2014-2015 New Student Registration
Online Registration for 2014-2015 New Students

 Superintendent's Corner

As Superintendent, I have the opportunity, along with the responsibility, to visit all of our schools and observe the condition of teaching and learning taking place in the classrooms within each of them. Making my rounds to our 14 schools and Head Start/ECEAP Program this spring, I visited over 340 classrooms in action.
 Quarterly Newsletter
Download 2014 Spring Views

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