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Sumner School District launches Chromebook initiative next fall
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 4, 2016

The time for heavy textbooks and clunky computer carts may be coming to an end in the Sumner School District.

At the beginning of the 2016 school year, every student from the sixth grade and up will be receiving their own Chromebook to use at school and take home.

"Using the Chromebooks will allow students to have access to technology in order to be able to collaborate electronically and really have access to the tools that they need that they'll be using in jobs in the future," said Michelle Lewis, the district's instructional services officer. "They'll really have the opportunity to engage in an assignment where they will utilize 21st century skills."

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Sumner students to receive technology upgrades to their education
The News Tribune
April 27, 2016

Secondary students in the Sumner School District are about to get 21st century upgrades to their education.

In 2014, voters in Sumner passed a tech levy to help purchase Chromebooks for all secondary students to utilize during the school year, at home and at school. Starting in the 2016-2017 school year, each student will be issued a Chromebook to use through the entire school year.

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Sumner FFA group overcomes major obstacles to find success
The News Tribune
April 27, 2016

The Sumner High School Future Farmers of America chapter dominated at the Washington State Spring Fair.

Of the eight classes of hog competition at the Northwest Junior Livestock show, Sumner FFA students won all eight classes. Four students won second place in their class.

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Sumner High School Principle moves up to Assistant Superintendent | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
April 25, 2016

The Sumner School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Gaines, current Principal at Sumner High School, to Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services effective July 1, 2016.

Gaines will replace Deb Barlow who will retire at the end of the 2015-16 School Year. Gaines will join current Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Marc Brouillet.

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Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
April 25, 2016

The Washington Achievement Award winners for 2015 were recently named by the State Superintendent of Instruction and the State Board of Education. The award, given this year to 258 schools, is based on statewide assessment data for the three previous years. Schools are recognized in seven categories that include improvement in test scores, graduation rates and closing the achievement gaps between groups of students.

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Six Pierce County high schools ranks among nation’s best
The News Tribune
April 19, 2016

Six Pierce County high schools have been ranked among Washington state’s and the nation’s best by U.S. News & World Report.

The publication evaluated data from 21,500 public high schools to identify schools that, in the opinion of the evaluators, are best preparing students for college and careers.

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Sumner School district students look forward to taking home Chromebooks for school | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
April 12, 2016

Beginning in the 2016-17 School Year, all middle and high school students in the Sumner School District will be assigned a Chromebook for instructional purposes to use at school and home.

Like a textbook, the device will be checked out to students at the beginning of the school year.  Students will be given an orientation on the device and expectations for use at school and at home.

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Spartan Special Olympics team nabs state basketball title
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 17, 2016

For the second consecutive year the Bonney Lake and Sumner Special Olympics basketball team celebrated taking state, bringing up their total state championships to four.

The Spartans went undefeated throughout the eight subdistrict, district and championship games, and lost only one nonleague Pack the Gym game to Franklin Pierce.

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New school chickenpox vaccine requirement for all highschoolers
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 8, 2016

Starting this fall, area high school students must have received their two doses of chickenpox vaccine before they start classes.

This will mark the end of a nine-year Washington State Department of Health chickenpox vaccine implementation plan that started requiring kindergarten students to get their second chickenpox vaccine dose in the 2008-2009 school year.

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Honors for students in FFA chapters
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald
March 3, 2016

A handful of FFA students from White River, Sumner and Enumclaw high schools fared well during subdistrict competition and advanced to the district level.

The subdistrict contest took place Feb. 24 at Sumner High and the district competition is set for March 23 at Yelm High School.

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Panther culinary to cook in nationals
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
March 2, 2016

Bonney Lake brought the heat to this year’s ProStart Invitational state culinary competition, placing first among 14 schools and earning the right to cook at the national competition in April.

The Panther team consisted of Dolton Workman, Breanna English, Asaiah Berden and team captain Conor Lees.

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Sumner Benefit Night to honor beloved Tiny Sparts Teacher
The News Tribune
February 24, 2016

December 9, 2015 is a day forever engrained in Lisa Joyce Nelson’s mind.

It was the day the Sumner High School Tiny Sparts teacher was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Nelson moved to Sumner 13 years ago to raise her three children, now two sophomores at SHS and a second-grader at Maple Lawn Elementary. Six years ago, she started working as the Tiny Sparts teacher at the childcare center at Sumner High.

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School bonds pass the test | Special Election
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
February 15, 2016

Having gained landslide support from voters, three local school districts can launch ambitious construction projects.

When votes were tallied Feb. 9, bond measures proposed by the Sumner, White River and Carbonado school district had passed comfortably.Additionally, voters turned out in healthy numbers, meaning there is no problem validating the elections.

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Eight of nine Pierce County school tax measures ahead in early returns
The News Tribune
February 9, 2016

School tax measures in eight of nine Pierce County school districts appeared to be passing, based on early election returns Tuesday night.

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WCD to replace Narrows, SPSL 3A with two new leagues
King5 News
February 2, 2016

After much shuffling and debate, the West Central District has nailed down two Class 3A leagues for the upcoming 2016-2020 cycle.

The leagues are based loosely on geography, with one league comprised mostly of Pierce County schools, and the second league made up of Thurston and Mason County and several Kitsap Peninsula schools.

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Pierce County League will return: West Central District 3A schools agree on two 8-team leagues
The News Tribune
February 2, 2016

Lakes vs. Lincoln football comes to mind.

How about the Bonney Lake, Bethel and Tacoma schools in dual-meet wrestling?

And the travel should be a bit easier for all schools, too.

No more Narrows League. No more Class 3A South Puget Sound League. Sixteen schools, mostly comprised of those two leagues, decided Tuesday to form two separate 3A leagues in the West Central District 3 beginning in the 2016-17 school year, including eight schools that agreed to be called the Pierce County League.

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Staff members, students see lack of space at Sumner High School
The News Tribune
February 2, 2016

The bell rings for lunch at Sumner High School. As students enter the commons, there’s not enough lunch tables. Some students plop down on the floor to eat, others step outside to eat their lunches.

The school was built in 1954 originally for 1,200 students. With more than 1,900 students enrolled at SHS, school officials have had to get creative when it comes to finding room for 700 kids.

“It works because of the culture here,” said Principal Bill Gaines. “The students do a really nice job dealing with a lack of space.”

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White River, Carbonado and Sumner school bonds up for vote
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
January 26, 2016

Ballots were mailed to voters in the Sumner,White River and Carbonado school districtslast week, each asking for millions of dollarsand containing promises of improvededucational facilities.

Also included in each package was a voters’pamphlet, explaining what each district plansto do with the money, should the bondmeasures be approved. Ballots are to bereturned by Election Day, Feb. 9.

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Sumner School District goes through reclassification
The News Tribune
January 21, 2016

There’s going to be a bit of change coming Sumner School District athletics as both Sumner and Bonney Lake high schools will be joining new leagues next year.

After recent enrollment numbers were revealed, many schools have chosen to opt-up to the 4A classification. One of those schools was Sumner, which will move up as the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association projected its student body’s annual size to be 1,356.86.

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Sumner School District sees early learning center as remedy to overcrowding
The News Tribune
January 21, 2016

As the Sumner School District is in the midst of figuring out solutions to remedy the possibility of nearly 2,000 new students entering the district in the next 10 years, a $145.6 million capital facility bond is listed on ballots headed to voters’ mailboxes Jan. 22.

One of the projects the district hope to accomplish if the Feb. 9 bond measure passes is the construction of an early learning center for preschoolers and kindergartners in the Sumner Valley, which would be completed in the fall of 2018.

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Support Bethel and Sumner bond measures
The News Tribune
January 20, 2016

Thousands of new students are projected to pour into the Bethel and Sumner school districts in the next 10 years. But those districts are straining to serve the students they already have, sometimes in portables, sometimes in facilities that are old and failing.

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Pierce school districts head to polls with funding requests
The News Tribune
January 20, 2016

Nine Pierce County school districts will be asking local voters for money in a Feb. 9 election.

If voters approve, the taxes collected will keep schools running, build new schools or facilities and renovate others.

Ballots and voters’ pamphlets will be mailed to registered voters Thursday (Jan. 21) and Friday (Jan. 22.)

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Spartans grow into to SPSL4A; Bonney Lake, Enumclaw remain in 3A, White River in 2A
The Enumclaw Courier-Herald
January 12, 2016

Local athletic leagues are undergoing dramatic change, as schools have completed the classification dance. And, while the many moving parts spent days swirling through the region, nothing was to be absolutely, positively final until today, Wednesday.

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Bonney Lake passes resolution supporting Sumner School District Bond proposal | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 14, 2015

On Wednesday, December 8, 2015, the Bonney Lake City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Sumner School District Capital Projects Bond.

The comprehensive $145.6 million school bond would fund critical capital facility needs identified by a Facility Planning Committee and unanimously approved by the School Board on November 18, 2015.

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Sumner School District recognizes national board certified teachers | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 14, 2015

Every year, the Sumner School District recognizes and honors teachers who have 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. District wide nearly 100 teachers have earned certification through this rigorous program; reflecting approximately 25% of our teaching staff.

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Bridging the generation gap via smart devices
The News Tribune
December 10, 2015

“What’s an app?” a senior asked last week at the Sumner Senior Center.

Thankfully, a team of high school students from Sumner High were there to answer his and any other senior’s questions.

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Sumner elementary students bundle up with new warm coats
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
December 9, 2015

Nothing says happy like a warm coat in the winter.

That’s why East Pierce Fire and Rescue teamed up with the Coats for Kids Foundation for the third year in a row to help out with Operation Warm, an annual program devoted to providing new winter coats to children in the community who otherwise could not afford one.

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Sumner High students host Community Dinner on Saturday
The News Tribune
December 8, 2015

A team of 200 Sumner High School leadership students are in the midst of preparing for Sumner’s Community Dinner, an annual service-based event held at the high school.

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Sumner School District Board of Directors unanimously approve bond election
The News Tribune
November 30, 2015

At the Nov. 18 school board meeting, the Sumner School District Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a bond election in February.

The proposition to be set before voters would authorize the district to build, expand and improve school facilities through $145.6 million in bonds. Passage of this proposition would allow the district to build a new elementary school and early learning center, replace Emerald Hills Elementary, expand and modernize Sumner High School, expand Bonney Lake High School and Mountain View Middle School, and make middle school field and district-wide safety and security improvements.

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Smiles abound at The Community Big Give
The News Tribune
November 23, 2015

For the last five years, Open Life Church Sumner Campus pastor Brent Osburn and a team of volunteers and other organizations have stepped up to give those in need a Thanksgiving meal at The Community Big Give in Sumner and Bonney Lake.

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Sumner School District works to keep students fed all day
The News Tribune
October 21, 2015

With Liberty Ridge Elementary hovering at 56 percent of students on free or reduced-price lunch and Daffodil Valley Elementary at 68 percent, the Sumner School District is continuing its free supper program at the schools that need it most.

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Sumner students duck, cover and hold
The News Tribune
October 20, 2015

With the 6.8 magnitude Nisqually Earthquake occurring nearly 14 years ago, elementary and secondary students have yet to live through an earthquake in their lifetime. In an effort to prepare those students should an earthquake ever strike, the Sumner School District wants its students to be ready.

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Sumner School District to host informational open houses on upcoming bond projects
The News Tribune
October 14, 2015

The Sumner School District will host four informational open houses to address specific capital facility projects being considered for a February 2016 bond measure. The four open houses are in response to the District Bond Communications survey conducted Aug. 10 to Sept. 4, where survey participants requested more information as to why these are critical capital facility needs.

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Open house sessions on new bond | Sumner School District
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 12, 2015

The Sumner School District will host four informational open houses to address specific capital facility projects being considered for a February 2016 bond measure. The four open houses are in response to the District Bond Communications survey conducted August 10 – September 4, 2015, wherein survey participants requested more information as to why these are critical capital facility needs.

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Local area produces plenty of fair winners | Washington State Fair
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 10, 2015

Area residents were highlighted in a wide variety of divisions - from raising a paint brush to raising a herd of cattle - during competitions at the 2015 Washington State Fair in Puyallup.

The fair, one of the largest of its kind in the U.S., concluded a 17-day run Sept. 27.

A handful of local photographers were among the winners during the Washington State Photography Exhibition at the state fair.

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Sumner School District’s hard climb to top five
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
October 6, 2015

As many hikers and climbers know, the last stretch is the toughest.

That is something Sumner School District Superintendent Sara Johnson expected when she and her team of teachers and administrators decided to make the climb to become one of the top five school districts in Washington state in five years.

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Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
September 14, 2015

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recently announced the names of semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Program. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to finalist level. These local students achieved semifinalist status.

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Sumner School District officials hopeful $145 million bond will pass
The News Tribune
September 2, 2015

For students at Sumner High School, their gym is so small that the entire school can’t come together for assemblies.

However, Sumner School District officials are hopeful that a February 2016 bond measure will help solve some of the district’s challenges when it comes to a quickly-growing student population.

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Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
September 1, 2015

Back to school resource fair in Sumner this week

Calvary Community Church is hosting Sumner/Bonney Lake Family Center Student and Family Resource Fair from 3-6 p.m. Friday. The fair is serving students at Bonney Lake, Crestwood, Daffodil Valley, Donald Eismann, Emerald Hills, Liberty Ridge, Maple Lawn and Victor Falls elementary schools; Lakeridge, Mountain View and Sumner middle schools and Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools. School supplies, backpacks, haircuts, immunizations and sports physicals will be available plus a resource fair for the families. It’s being held at the church, 15116 Gary St. E., Sumner.

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Back to school resource fair brings hope
The News Tribune
August 27, 2015

For families on a tight budget, school supply shopping often means choosing between a tank of gas or buying new folders and pencils.

“The average cost of back to school costs $100 per student buying all brand-new items,” said Joannie Hill, Sumner Bonney Lake Family Center coordinator. “For students who reuse supplies from previous years, the cost is estimated to still be $20 to $30 per student.”

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Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
August 24, 2015

Learn about future Sumner bond proposal

The Sumner School District is conducting a survey soliciting public feedback about a future school bond proposal.

The school board is considering a $145 million bond measure that would be on the ballot in February 2016. But district officials want to hear from the public now about how much information they need on proposed bond projects.

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Sumner School District middle, high school students will have special start times on the first day of school
The News Tribune
August 21, 2015

There will be special start times on the first day of school, Sept. 9, for middle and high school students in the Sumner School District.

Sixth- and ninth-graders will be picked up according to their regular weekly bus schedule, not on the Wednesday late start schedule. They will have a full school day schedule. School start time on Sept. 9 for students in grades six and nine is 7:25 a.m.

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Sumner School District seeks community feedback via online survey
The News Tribune
August 21, 2015

The Sumner School District is inviting community members to participate in a survey designed to help align communication between the district and the public about a future bond referendum.

The district is considering a $145 million bond proposal for the Feb. 2016 elections to address a number of projects that have been identified by the facilities committee concerning the capacity needs and quality of the district’s learning environments.

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Special school start times for Sumner School District students
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
August 20, 2015

The Sumner School District will have special school start times for Wednesday, September 9, for middle and high school students only.

Sixth and ninth grade students will be picked up according to regular weekday bus schedule (not the Wednesday late start schedule) for a full school day schedule. School start time for students in grades 6 and 9 is at 7:25 a.m., on September 9. Students in grades 1-5 will start on the Wednesday late start schedule; there are no kindergarten classes. The first day of kindergarten is September 14.

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Sumner School District releases bond survey
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
August 19, 2015

The Sumner School District is conducting a survey soliciting feedback on public needs for information to better align communications as it relates to a future bond referendum.

The Sumner School District School Board is considering a bond proposal for the February 2016 election and projects have been identified by the Facilities Committee that address capacity needs and the quality of learning environments.

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Show and Tell: Schools and youths in the news
The News Tribune
August 17, 2015

Sumner board meeting will move to Lakeridge

The Sumner School District has moved its board meeting to a new location. It will begin at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Lakeridge Middle School’s sixth-grade commons.

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