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Show & Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
January 26, 2015

Sumner kindergarten readiness classes begin in February

Sumner School District’s Ready for Kindergarten program will start its winter class sessions in February. The program provides parents and caregivers of children (ages newborn to 5) a readiness program that gives kids a head start before they begin school. It is offered free to families residing in the Sumner School District. Out-of-district families will be charged $60 per class. Classes begin Feb. 3 and continue at various locations through Feb. 26. To register, go to

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Sumner School District teachers selected as PSESD Teacher Leaders
The Puyallup Herald
January 15, 2015

In an effort to ensure that all students are college and career ready, Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) has expanded its Teacher Leader program to add 15 new teacher leaders to the 10 returning teacher leaders for 2015.

PSESD believes teacher leaders are essential in order to make large-scale systemic changes in education. Officials say the organization’s goal is to bring all the initiatives including the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, the English Language Proficiency Standards and the Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program together and see them as necessary, interrelated components.

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Sumner district students to sing with national choir
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
January 5, 2015

The American Choral Directors Association was founded in 1959 and holds a annual national conference.

This year 308 girls were selected to the national honor choir and will travel to Salt Lake City in late February.

Selected to participate in the four-day conference are a pair of eighth graders from Mountain View Middle School and a ninth grade student from Bonney Lake High School.

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Sumner School District K-12 STEM Fair & Art Show
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 17, 2014

The Sumner School District has transformed the traditional science fair into a STEM Fair – showcasing Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Math activities, technology and engineering projects will be featured along withscience fair projects at this annual event, and held in conjunction with the District Art Show.

See an explosion of creative talent in this all-district science, technology, engineering, math and art event featuring science and art projects by students of all ages at the STEM Fair!

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Sumner School District celebrates 2014 National Board Certified Teachers
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 9, 2014

This year, twelve teachers in the Sumner School District earned national board certification, a nationally accepted sign of quality in the teaching profession. This certification program offers a nationwide standard for evaluating and encouraging quality teaching.

Districtwide 96 teachers have earned certification through this rigorous program; this number reflects approximately 25% of our teaching staff.

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Cyber-Safety Parent Informational Night | Bonney Lake
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 5, 2014

Lakeridge Middle School will host an information session for parents regarding Social Media and Cyber-Safety on December 11, 2014. Cyber-bullying is becoming one of the  biggest challenges youth and schools are facing with the advancement of technology. This behavior peaks in late middle school although it occurs into high school and well after. Learn how to protect your child from becoming a victim as well as the consequences of taking part in this behavior.

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Free holiday community dinner | Sumner
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 22, 2014

Sumner High School is hosting a Free Holiday Community Dinner on Saturday, December 13th 2014 at the Sumner High School Main Gym from 12:00 – 4:00 pm. The event includes:

- Free holiday themed hot meal and activities;

- Sit on Santa’s lap and get your picture taken as Santa’s elves give each child a toy

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Sunset Festival of Bands now airing on Pierce County TV
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 15, 2014

The Sunset Festival of Bands is being televised for the first time in its six-year history, thanks to Pierce County TV.

The high school marching band demonstration was held Oct. 25 at Sumner High School’s Sunset Stadium. Hosted by Sumner High, the nine participating bands each performed twice before a panel of judges. Blue Thunder, the high-energy drum line that performs at Seattle Seahawks games, entertained as a special guest.

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Maple Lawn Trick-or-Treats for UNICEF
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 10, 2014

Maple Lawn elementary students did more than just Trick-or-Treat for candy on Halloween; they also raised more than $1,200 for the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund or UNICEF.

Maple Lawn student Ilee and her classmates read in a Time for Kid’s article about UNICEF during class last October. Ilee and her classmate Emmett did some research on UNICEF and presented their information to their class.

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Students prepare for life after high school | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
November 5, 2014

The Sumner School District will be hosting Beyond High School Night from 5:30 to 7:30 on Thursday, Nov. 6 at Bonney Lake High School.

This event will provide an opportunity to research local colleges and universities in addition to providing information on scholarships and financial aid.

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Bonney Lake High School culinary class hosts Chef Dinner
The Puyallup Herald
October 28, 2014 

When the culinary students at Bonney Lake High school were brainstorming ingredients for their fifth Chef Dinner, it was clear one thing had to make the cut.

"It was a class discussion," said Kahale Ahina, Bonney Lake’s culinary arts instructor. "They really wanted bacon-wrapped shrimp."

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Culinary arts students to host chef dinner at Bonney Lake High School
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 25, 2014

The following is a press release from the Sumner School District:

A three-course Chef Dinner will be prepared and served by Bonney Lake High School students and teacher Kahale Ahina, working alongside professional chef Shaun Ferguson in a special event on October 30.

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Sumner School District to host KNOW HIV/STD Prevention curriculum
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 25, 2014

The following is a press release from the Sumner School District:

Families of middle school and high school students may preview HIV/STD prevention curriculum for students in grades 6-12, and health and human development materials for students in grades 4 and 5.

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Sunset Festival of Bands continues alumnus’ vision
Eryn Akers, Puyallup Herald
October 21, 2014

Sumner High School 2010 alumnus and drum line member Mason Longnecker had no idea his senior project, founding the school’s Sunset Festival of Bands, would have such a long-lasting effect.

"It’s just been really great to see it grow and to see the appreciation that he students have for it each year," Longnecker said. "As well as to see it continue and do more for our band program."

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Students practice walking to school safely
Ray Still, Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 20, 2014

In recognition of International Walk to School Day, more than 50 Daffodil Elementary students walked to their school with East Pierce Fire and Rescue clowns and the Sumner Police Department squad cars leading the way.

Walking to school is a great way for kids to get exercise and reduce traffic congestion near schools,” said East Pierce Fire Chief Jerry Thorson. “We are making every effort to raise awareness of pedestrian hazards and provide leadership and resources to keep kids safe and improve the quality of life in our communities.”

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High school marching bands compete at Tacoma Dome
Rob Carson, The News Tribune
October 18, 2014

For high school marching bands, Saturday was the big time.

Nineteen bands from three states — nearly 2,500 musicians in all — competed in the cavernous Tacoma Dome for the Bands of America Regional Championship.

“It’s not a place for beginners,” said Joe Carl, director of the 185-member Sumner High School Band. “We’ve been working all year for this.”

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Sumner School District welcomes new assistant superintendent
Eryn Akers, Puyallup Herald
October 14, 2014

The Sumner School District started its school year with a new assistant superintendent of instructional services, Laurie Dent, who has been in the district for 17 years and feels right at home.

"Being here has been great," Dent said. "You have that institutional knowledge, whereas if you were brand new it would take you years to learn."

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Interlocal recreation department signs on for another two years
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 13, 2014

The Recreation Department of Bonney Lake and Sumner announced the completion of a two-year agreement with the Sumner School Board, extending after school and summer recreation programs for children, adults and families through 2016.

The announcement was made Oct. 7 at the Bonney Lake City Council.

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Sumner School District participates in the Great Washington Shakeout | Sumner
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 11, 2014

Sumner School District is an official participant in the Washington State earthquake drill occurring October 16, 2014. This is the district’s 3rd year participating in the statewide drill which is an annual opportunity for students and staff to practice how to be safe during a big earthquake.

The Sumner School District works in partnership with local law enforcement, public safety and county emergency management to prepare for emergency conditions in our schools.

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Sumner to send 18 students to national FFA convention
Puyallup Herald
October 7, 2014

Eighteen Future Farmers of America (FFA) students from Sumner High School have qualified for the FFA National Convention in Louisville based on research projects and formal presentation they completed during the last year. The group is hosting a dinner and auction at 6 p.m. Friday (Oct. 10) at the Sumner High School gymnasium.

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Bonney Lake student nominated for prestigious medical event
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 6, 2014

Stephanie Gaskill, a senior at Bonney Lake High School, will be joining nearly two thousand of her peers as she attends the Congress of Future Medical Leaders this November in Washington D.C.

"I'm super interested in the medical field. I don't know exactly what I want to do yet, but I am leaning towards psychology," Gaskill said. Even though she is enrolled in Bonney Lake High School, Gaskill is in the running start program and takes evening classes at Pierce College, where her minor is psychology. Gaskill said that her main interest lies in child developmental psychology, "What makes us think what we do, or feel what we do."

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Sumner opens for Seahawks
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
September 4, 2014

Soundgarden, Pharrell Williams…the Sumner High School Marching Band?  Sumner’s own band is participating in the NFL Kickoff Show at CenturyLink Field before the Seahawks’–and the NFL’s–season opener on Thursday, September 4.  No wonder they have been practicing through the streets lately!

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Sumner High band, cheerleaders on in prime time
Puyallup Herald
September 3, 2014

NFL fans across the world will be glued to their televisions Thursday night as the league kicks of its 2014 season.

Fans in the Puget Sound area should watch closely during the opening ceremonies on the field for Sumner High School’s purple and yellow colors.

Sumner’s band and cheerleaders have been invited to participate in the pregame ceremonies at CenturyLink Field in Seattle for the Seattle Seahawks‘ season-opening game against the Green Bay Packers on Thursday night.

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Spartan ASB officers kick off school year at Rotary
Sumner News Index
September 2, 2014

Sumner High School ASB President Jaron Scarbrough made his first appearance of the year at Sumner Rotary's weekly meeting today. For years, Spartan ASB presidents have been attending weekly Rotary meetings to fill the club in on activities at the school.

Joining Scarbrough today were Public Relations Officer Hashwinder Singh and ASB Spirit Coordinator Kaitlyn Meath.

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Sumner grad elected Student Body President for Zags
Ray Still, Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
August 29, 2014

Conner House, a Sumner High School alum, was elected Student Body President at Gonzaga University last spring.

House, 21, said he starting thinking about student government in high school. He played football for three years at Sumner High School, but decided to run for Associated Student Body in his senior year.

“I found a calling through ASB that I didn’t have on the field,” House said. “It was a better way to build myself up.”

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