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Bonney Lake High School principal recognized with leadership award
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
June 16, 2014

The 2014 Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award was recently presented to Bonney Lake High School Principal Linda Masteller.

Since Masteller became principal, Bonney Lake has received multiple awards in recognition of growth and leadership within the institution. The Washington State Innovative School Award was presented in 2011, the High Schools That Work Outstanding High School Award was presented in 2013 and just this year, the Washington Achievement Award was presented for growth in student performance over the past five years.

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Aerospace program picks local students
The News Tribune
June 9, 2014

The Washington Aerospace Scholars program has selected high school students to participate in one of four WAS Summer Residency sessions held in June and July at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.

These scholars are among the 160 students that qualified for the program from 308 students that applied. Students qualified for the residency program by spending five months studying a University of Washington- and NASA-designed online curriculum and were selected based on their academic performance.

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SUMNER: Two students attend White House fair
The News Tribune
June 9, 2014

Sumner High School students Ashlee Tarro and Celine Patrick attended the annual White House Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Fair in May.

The two won the Washington State Agriscience Fair and the National Agriscience Fair in their division in 2013. They were then selected, after being nominated by the National FFA, to attend the White House fair.

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The News Tribune's 2014 All-Star Grads
The News Tribune
June 7, 2014

They’ve come a long way. In 1996, the year most of them were born, President Bill Clinton was re-elected, the Seattle Supersonics lost to the Chicago Bulls in the NBA finals, Google was created as a research project, and “The Macarena” topped the radio charts.

The Twin Towers were five years from falling, and The News Tribune was two years from starting its All-Star graduate program.

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Future leaders born at Sumner High School
Andrew Fickes, Puyallup Herald
June 4, 2014

Instilling strong character into students is just as important as academics for teacher John Norlin

Austin Striplin, an all-state middle linebacker on the Sumner High School football team, is a towering six-foot-three. On the field, he is the team captain, and as a senior in the classroom, he is ASB president.

From the moment he became ASB president, Striplin made it his goal to learn as many names of students at the school as he could.

“Every person needs a friend, and names are important,” Striplin said. “When you’re greeting students, it’s cool to say their names.”

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2014 graduating seniors are already soaring
the Puyallup Herald
June 4, 2014

There are plenty of things to celebrate and be proud about in the Sumner School District. Namely, our students!

Many of our seniors are counting down the minutes before they fling the mortarboard and embark on a new journey. The high school years go by quickly and it’s always impressive to see what senior students have accomplished — and learn of what they will do next. We want them to soar as they exit high school.

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Sumner students honored at the White House
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
June 4, 2014

On May 27, the White House honored Celine Patrick and Ashlee Tarro of Sumner High School FFA at The White House Science Fair celebrating the student winners of a broad range of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) competitions across the country.

This year’s White House event focused on girls and women who have excelled in STEM and are an inspiration to future students.

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Bonney Lake principal awarded for most effective administrator
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
June 4, 2014

Bonney Lake High School Principal, Linda Masteller, received the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award for 2014.

Under Masteller’s leadership, Bonney Lake High School has become an award winning school. In 2011, they received the Washington State Innovative School Award and in 2013 they were the recipient of the High Schools That Work Outstanding High School Award.

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Sumner High School teacher wins leadership award
The News Tribune
June 2, 2014

Sumner High School teacher John Norlin has received the 2014 Washington Association of School Administrators Region III community leadership award. He is credited with launching youth councils, benefit nights, community dinners and programs that teach students to give back to their community.

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Bonney Lake principal receives administrator award
The News Tribune
June 2, 2014

Bonney Lake High School Principal Linda Masteller received the Robert J. Handy Most Effective Administrator Award for 2014.

Under Masteller’s leadership, Bonney Lake High School has become an award-winning school, earning recognition for innovation and growth in student performance on state tests.

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Two local young scientists hailed at White House event
The Auburn Reporter
May 29, 2014

When a serious infestation of aphids or plant lice recently threatened to gobble up the green in their school's greenhouse, Celine Patrick and Ashlee Tarro solved the problem without harsh pesticides.

For their work, a recent White House event for students who excel in science honored these two local members of the National FFA Organization.

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Bonney Lake seniors to be honored at school’s commons
The Puyallup Herald
May 28, 2014

The Sumner School District will honor 11 Bonney Lake High School seniors as part of the annual Senior Showcase at 7 p.m. on May 28 at the Bonney Lake High School commons.

Seniors were nominated by teachers for their accomplishments in academics, athletics and activities. Nominations also went to students who overcame hardships to achieve success. The school staff then voted on final recipients.

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Washington FFA members honored at White House
Carl Sampson, Capital Press
May 27, 2014

Greg Pile opened an email May 19. It was from the White House.

Two of his students, Celine Patrick and Ashlee Tarro, had been invited to present their national award-winning FFA agri-science project at the 2014 White House Science Fair and meet President Barack Obama.

Pile, a 37-year agri-science teacher and FFA adviser at Sumner High School in Washington state, told Jessica Treich, who also teaches agri-science and advises FFA students.

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Sumner High School teacher wins award
Bonney Lake Courier-Herald
May 27, 2014

The Sumner School District announced  Sumner High School teacher, John Norlin, is the recipient of the 2014 Washington Association of School Administrators (WASA) Region III Community Leadership Award.

The Award is presented to select WASA members who have provided leadership and innovation resulting in measurable growth in student achievement. The award was presented to John at the regional WASA meeting on May 16.

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Sumner High students compete at White House Science Fair
By Colleen O'Brien, MyNorthwest.com
May 27, 2014

On Tuesday, the White House will be filled with robots and other creations by high school students from around the country.

Students from around the country are descending on Washington, D.C. for the annual science fair. And this year, the president is honoring girls excelling in science technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Two of those girls are sophomores from Sumner High School.

"I'm really nervous because I've never been to Washington, D.C. before," says Celine Patrick.

"It's crazy. We had no idea it could even go this far. We were excited to compete in the state level and then are able to go to Washington, D.C. and it's really exciting, it's just really a blessing," says Ashlee Tarro.

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PLU will display winning teen writing, art work
The News Tribune
May 19, 2014

Teenage artists and writers demonstrated their creative skills recently in Pierce County Library System’s 18th annual teen writing and art contest, called Our Own Expressions. The winning work will be on display at a free public event at 7 p.m. May 28 at Pacific Lutheran University’s Lagerquist Concert Hall.

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Sumner High seniors to be honored at school’s performing arts center
Puyallup Herald
May 14, 2014 

The Sumner School District will honor 12 seniors as part of the annual Senior Showcase at 7 p.m. tonight at the Sumner High School Performing Arts Center.

Seniors represented in this showcase are selected by the district based on their ability to best exemplify the theme of the year. The Class of 2014’s theme was “Dare to Soar.” Students are nominated by their teachers and a council picks the top 12.

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Bonney Lake culinary team places fifth at nationals
by Theresa De Lay,  Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter 
May 12, 2014

After competing at the state ProStart Invitational for the eighth consecutive year, the Bonney Lake High School Culinary Arts team walked away as first place victors for the first time in March. The state champions then took their restaurant management and culinary arts skills to a national level May 3 at the National ProStart Invitational in Minnesota. They placed fifth in the competition.

The team is led by culinary teacher Kahale Ahina.

"Winning state is huge, but placing 5th in the nation is a feeling indescribable. It's been an amazing year for our Culinary Arts team and this is seriously the cherry on top," Ahina said.

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Sumner School District welcomes high school principal
by Theresa De Lay,  Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter 
May 12, 2014

A new principal will walk the halls of Bonney Lake High School for the 2014-15 school year. Cris Turner will begin the position as principal on July 1.

Turner has 17 years experience as an educator and counselor at the Franklin Pierce and Peninsula school districts. The last six years of his career have been spent as assistant principal at Franklin Pierce High School. A graduate of both the University of Puget Sound and Pacific Lutheran University, Turner's credentials include a Master of Education in school counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.

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Tacoma has most schools on state's lists for improvement
By Debbie Cafazzo, The News Tribune
May 7, 2014

Tacoma has more underperforming schools than any other district in the state, according to annual lists released by the state Tuesday.

But Tacoma Public Schools deputy superintendent Josh Garcia said the list is based on three-year averages of state test scores. So even schools showing recent progress in test scores might still land on the low-performance list, due to previous low scores.

“This is not a complete snapshot of achievement,” Garcia said. “The system does not recognize true growth.”

Schools were identified using three-year averages (school years 2010-11 through 2012-13) of reading and math scores from state tests and/or state-calculated graduation rates. A total of 284 schools statewide were labeled as either “priority” or “focus” schools. Seventeen are in Tacoma.

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Teen entrepreneur returns to head up local fundraiser
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
May 2, 2014

Houston Gunn returned to Bonney Lake this morning to speak at Bonney Lake Elementary School.

Gunn will be heading up a fundraiser that runs until Sunday, May 4 at the Puyallup Fairgrounds.

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Bonney Lake partners with school district and chamber of commerce for Family Fitness Fest
by Theresa De Lay, Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter 
April 28, 2014

It is beginning to feel more like summer as we see a rise in temperatures around the Pacific Northwest.

On May 3 you can “Spring Into Summer” at the third annual Family Fitness Fest held at Bonney Lake High School from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Fitness fest designed to educate and engage
Puyallup Herald
April 23, 2014

Bonney Lake A coordinated effort by the Sumner School District, the city of Bonney Lake and the Bonney Lake Chamber of Commerce will celebrate a third year of informing students and parents about what healthful activities and services are available in their community.

On Saturday, May 3, the Family Fitness Fest, with the theme “Spring into Summer,” will become the go-to resource for those seeking a healthier life, according to Loren Willson, the lead school district coordinator.

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Supreme court sets deadline | Education Funding
by Sarah Wehmann,  Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter 
April 21, 2014

The Washington Supreme Court is hoping to “foster dialogue and cooperation in reaching a goal shared by all Washingtonians” with the McCleary v. State ruling on Jan. 9.

In the ruling, it stated the legislature had the chance to take a step forward when they entered into a short session in 2014.

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Pierce County schools earn recognition from state for academics
By Debbie Cafazzo, The News Tribune
April 18, 2014

A number of Pierce County schools are the latest Washington Achievement Award winners. 

The Washington Achievement Award is sponsored by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education. Award winners are selected using the state’s Accountability Index and criteria used to calculate school progress under current federal rules.

 “These awards shine the light on what is working well in schools across Washington,” said State Board of Education Chairwoman Kristina Mayer.

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Prepare young children for kindergarten with free educational meeting
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 31, 2014

Sumner School District offers READY! for Kindergarten, kindergarten preparation classes for parents and caregivers of children 5 years old and younger who reside within the district.

The classes cover what early learning goals and skills children should strive for, prior to entering kindergarten. Parents who emphasize kindergarten targets before entering school, will witness their students "start ahead and stay ahead, year after year," according to the school district.

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Annual community summit discusses Bonney Lake, Sumner priorities
By Sarah Wehmann of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 31, 2014

The idea of keeping health, safety and the well being of children, youth and families in the Bonney Lake and Sumner area was the focus of the annual Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition summit.

About 275 people gathered on March 20 for a day full of pre-summit workshops, breakout sessions and dinner.

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High school offered heart screening for young adults
By Sarah Wehmann of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 31, 2014

In one way or another, statistics show everyone will be affected by cardiac arrest.

Sudden cardiac arrest happens without warning and unlike a heart attack, your heart stops beating altogether.  And the only way to save someone is with a shock from a defibrillator.

The range of those with the greatest risk of suffering from sudden cardiac arrests are 14 to 24 year olds.

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Student chefs raise money for national competition
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 31, 2014

Bonney Lake High School's Culinary Arts students will attend the 13th annual National ProStart Culinary Invitational in Minneapolis. The trip must be funded beforehand. A fundraising dinner will be held at the Bonney Lake High School Commons 6 p.m., April 4.

A three-course meal will be prepared and served by the students. All proceeds will benefit their trip to the national invitational. Last month, the group won first place at Prostart's state invitational and earned $25 thousand in scholarships. The opportunity to compete with other students from 43 states and territories could potentially result in full-ride scholarships to prestigious culinary schools.

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National qualification prompts Bonney Lake High fundraiser
The News Tribune
March 31, 2014

Bonney Lake High School culinary arts students recently competed in the state ProStart Culinary Invitational and placed first among 16 other high schools. Students will attend the National Invitational to compete in restaurant management and culinary arts.

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Summit 'serves big' | Message from Sumner's Mayor
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 27, 2014

Last Thursday, we gathered with the Sumner School District and the City of Bonney Lake for the Community Summit.  The theme was Serve Big, and that sure describes Sumner.

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Public invited to dance to jazz music for school ensembles
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
March 26, 2014

The Sumner High School jazz ensemble will compete next month at the Columbia Basin College Jazz Unlimited Competition in Pasco. But to get there, the band will need some financial assistance.

“We’re getting big enough that we’re having to spend more on travel,” said Joe Carl, Sumner High School’s band director.

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Heart screening event at Bonney Lake High for young adults
The News Tribune
March 24, 2014

Bonney Lake High School will host an on-site heart screening event on Friday for adolescents and young adults ages 14-24 through the Nick of Time Foundation.

The screenings are done to help identify adolescents and young adults with hidden heart conditions, and to raise cardiac awareness.

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Bonney Lake High School to host heart screening event
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
March 19, 2014

When Madison Murphy started her freshman year at Central Washington University in 2012, she was at the top of her volleyball game.

But on April 18, 2013, without warning, Murphy died of sudden cardiac arrest. She was 19.

In her memory, Jane Mack, a friend of Murphy’s family, connected with the Mill Creek-based Nick of Time Foundation to bring an on-site heart screening event to Bonney Lake High School.

Murphy graduated from Bonney Lake High School in 2012. The Nick of Time Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to prevent heart disease among children and young adults, expedited Mack’s request.

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Events around town this week in Bonney Lake and Sumner
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 18, 2014

The 21st annual community summit is happening from 3 - 8:15 p.m.

The theme this year is “Serve Big.”

Residents and organizations can come together to work on strengthening programs that serve the community.

This event is free but registration is required.

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Free youth heart screening scheduled at Bonney Lake High School
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 17, 2014

The Nick of Time Foundation, East Pierce Fire and Rescue, Franciscan Health and other healthcare professionals will provide free heart screening to student athletes at Bonney Lake High School on March 28.

The event is in memory of 2012 Bonney Lake graduate, Madison Murphy, who died of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) at the age of 19.

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Community Summit to support youth, families
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
March 12, 2014

The 21st annual Community Summit this month will highlight programs that exist to serve youth and families in Sumner and Bonney Lake.

The informational event will be held March 20 at Mountain View Middle School in Bonney Lake.

“This year we recognize the incredible collaboration between the communities and schools,” said Marilee Hill-Anderson, STARR Project director for the Sumner School District. “It’s a time to step back and give awareness to spotlight new events. We’d love our community to learn about how they can get involved.”

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Culinary team wins first place at invitational
By Sarah Wehmann of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
March 10, 2014

For the eighth year in a row, Bonney Lake High School culinary instructor Kahale Ahina took the Panthers culinary team to the ProStart Invitational.

But this year was different, the Panthers took home first place with a total score of 90.5 out of 105 possible points.

This was the first time Bonney Lake has won first place in Ahina’s eight years as instructor.

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Increased school impact fees approved
by Sarah Wehmann,  Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald Reporter 
March 3, 2014

As the city grows more homes are being built, which means more children and the need for more schools.

The City Council approved ordinance No. 1478 at the council meeting on Feb. 25.

This ordinance is a school impact fee for the Sumner School District, which will go into about April 2, according to Bonney Lake City Administrator Don Morrison said.

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Nominations for Unsung Hero awards due soon
The Puyallup Herald
February 26, 2014

The Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition is accepting nominations for the Community Impact/Unsung Hero Awards through Friday.

The nomination form is available at ci.sumner.wa.us/unsung-hero-awards.

Recipients will be honored at the annual Community Summit on March 20.

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Technology classes at Sumner Middle School
The Puyallup Herald
February 19, 2014

The Sumner School District will offer a second round of free technology classes for community members during its STEM fair on Saturday. The classes will be offered at Sumner Middle School.

Courses include Microsoft Word Beyond Basics, Using Excel, Google Drive and Google Apps. For descriptions or a schedule, visit www.sumnersd.org or call 253-891-6121.

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Talent show to benefit cancer patient
The Puyallup Herald
February 19, 2014

The Sumner High School ASB will host the eighth annual Benefit Night Talent Show at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Sumner High School Performing Arts Center.

A dinner auction will be held tonight at 6 p.m. in the Sumner High School commons.

It will include a catered event, silent and live auction. Tickets for the dinner are $20 and can be purchased at the school. Talent show tickets are $8 and will be available at the door.

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Sumner School District levies pass
By Sarah Wehmann of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
February 14, 2014

The Sumner School District had two levies on the ballot of the special election on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

On the night of the election, both levies were passing.

Proposition No. 1 with 4,784 yes votes and Proposition No. 2 with 4,548.

“The Sumner School District is pleased that our local community has renewed its commitment to the students in our district by passing our levy measures,” Superintendent Sara Johnson said. “With the current shortfall in funding at the state level, our local community support remains paramount, enabling us to continue to provide excellent instruction, every day, in every classroom, for every student for the upcoming 2015-18 school years.”

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Sumner High School fundraiser helps local coach
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
February 14, 2014

Fate has a way of throwing curve balls from time to time – life-threatening illness, house fires and other catastrophes occur daily. For local community member and soccer coach Darren Painter, several of those events collided into an approximate three-year time frame, culminating with a cancer diagnosis last June.

For eight years, the annual Sumner High School ASB Benefit Night Talent Show and Dinner Auction has donated 100 percent of its proceeds to support and uplift a local family in the midst of struggle. Painter is the recipient this year.

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Sumner School District levies earn strong approval
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
February 13, 2014

Sumner School District's two levies on the Feb. 11 ballot as of Thursday, Feb. 13, were both exceeding a 60 percent approval rating.

The two measures are a $20 million renewal of the the district's four-year maintenance and operations levy and a $2.5 million technology capital levy.

The maintenance and operations levy provides funding for 20 percent of the district's budget.

Without approval of the maintenance and operations levy, basic necessities like teachers and paraeducators in the classroom; student transportation; building maintenance; textbooks, classroom supplies and library materials, would need to be cut.

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Sumner and White River school district levies passing
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
February 11, 2014

Sumner SD No. 320 - Prop. 1
Yes     3,932     63.90 percent
No     2,221     36.10 percent
Over Votes     4
Under Votes     16

Sumner SD No. 320 - Prop. 2
Yes     3,748     61.01 percent
No     2,395     38.99 percent
Over Votes     1
Under Votes     29

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May 22-23 will be weather make-up days in Sumner district
The News Tribune
February 10, 2014

Two weather make-up days have been scheduled for the Sumner School District due to weather-related school closures. The added days are May 22 and 23.

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Sumner events will support Special Olympians
The News Tribune
February 10, 2014

The Sumner School District will sponsor two “Pack the Gym for Special Olympics” events this month to support basketball players from Sumner and Bonney Lake high schools. Players will compete in skills competition and play a full team game.

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First Citizen’s awards banquet honors best
The Puyallup Herald
January 29, 2014

The Sumner Downtown Association held its second annual First Citizen’s awards banquet on Jan. 23 at The Attic in downtown Sumner.

SDA Program Manager Laurie Miller said the evening acknowledges, honors and celebrates citizens and business owners who have contributed volunteer time and efforts.

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High school showcase events are scheduled
The Puyallup Herald
January 29, 2014

Eighth-grade students and their parents can attend one or both high school showcase events, which inform families about the choices of classes and graduation requirements at Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.

Orientation sessions will be held Feb. 6 and Feb. 11 at Sumner High and Bonney Lake High, respectively.

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Sumner schools expose technology to adult learners
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
January 29, 2014

The Sumner School District is working with its focus on technology to educate the parents and caregivers of children as well.

“We did this three years ago, and when we did it then, we knew there were many people retooling their skills,” said Sandy Maynard, the district’s chief technology officer. “The world of technology is moving so fast, (parents) are coming to us saying their kids are being exposed to tablets, and how do they use it?”

Maynard said the spectrum of what could be taught is broad.

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Eighth-graders can get to know Bonney Lake, Sumner high schools
The News Tribune
January 27, 2014

Eighth-grade students and their families can attend one or both high school showcase events to learn about their choices for classes and activities at Bonney Lake and Sumner high schools.

Information about attendance boundary open houses will also be available.

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Teaching technology for all ages
By Sarah Wehmann of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
January 27, 2014

When it comes to technology, we can always keep learning. Technology is an ever changing field that we all must keep up with because if we don’t, it may leave us in the dust.

For the first time, the Sumner School District hosted Technology Days where they offered free technology classes throughout the community.

The idea behind these Tech Days, Chief Technology Officer Sandy Maynard said, was that the district was hearing a lot of feedback from parents that they were unfamiliar with some of the programs their students were using.

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Sumner school district kindergarten enrollment
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
January 25, 2014

All children enrolling in kindergarten for the 2014-15 school year must be five years old by Aug. 31. When registering a child for school, families should bring: proof of child’s birth date (birth or hospital certificate, passport); immunization information and child’s health history; and names and phone numbers of parents, physician and emergency contact when the parent/guardian cannot be reached.

Early learning is a top priority in the Sumner School District. As such, the District is excited to offer free full-time kindergarten programs at all elementary schools for the 2014-15 school year. Beginning in the 2014-15 school year, the District will no longer offer a part-time (red or blue) kindergarten program.

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Sumner schools to place two levies on Feb. 11 ballot
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
January 22, 2014

Voters who live within the Sumner School District will be asked to approve a $20 million renewal of the four-year maintenance and operations levy and a $2.5 million technology capital levy on the Feb. 11 special election ballot.

Ballots will be mailed on Jan. 24, according to the Pierce County Auditor’s Office.

The maintenance and operations levy would continue to fund 20 percent of the district’s budget, according to district staff members. It provides funding for regular curriculum programs; teachers and para-educators, training and development; student transportation; building maintenance; textbooks, classroom supplies and library materials.

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Sumner School District offers Free Technology Classes for the Community
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
January 22, 2014

The Sumner School District will be hosting Technology Days today and Jan. 23 for the community. The District will offer free technology classes for the community who may need assistance on a variety of tools and resources.

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Tech levies: Digital age demands digital classrooms
The News Tribune
January 19, 2014

The technology levies on school district ballots this winter are stark proof that the Legislature has failed its constitutional duty to fully fund basic education.

The 21st century is saturated with electronic technology — yet school districts must beg local voters every few years to help upgrade their computers, software and Internet infrastructure. Technology today is part of basic education, but the state treats it as a luxury.

Eight Pierce County districts — Tacoma, Puyallup, University Place, Sumner, Bethel, Franklin Pierce, Dieringer and White River — have technology levies on the February ballots. All are designated “Proposition 2.”

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Sumner School District recognizes board members in month of January
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
January 18, 2014

January is School Board Recognition Month in the state of Washington, a declaration that coincides with a nationwide effort to honor and underscore the important role of elected school board members in public education and student achievement.

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Take technology learning courses with Sumner School District
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
January 18, 2014

The Sumner School District will be hosting Technology Days Jan. 21, 22, and 23 for the community. The District will offer free technology classes for the community who may need assistance on a variety of tools and resources.

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Sumner schools receive teaching grant
The Puyallup Herald
January 15, 2014

The Sumner School District has won the 2013 Innovative Teaching Grant from the Puyallup Valley branch of the American Association of University Women.

The grant will be used to purchase three digital microscopes for middle school classrooms in the school district. The use of the technology will enhance science education, an AAUW representative said.

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Sumner marching band makes memories at Disney World
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
December 25, 2013

The Sumner High School marching band got to perform at Disney World last month. On the day after Thanksgiving, more than 140 students from Sumner became the first West Coast marching band to perform as part of Disney World’s Thanksgiving Parade of Bands. A combined 400 students performed the “Mickey Mouse March,” a giant three-part melody of Star Wars tunes, as well as “Stars and Stripes Forever.”

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Sumner School District boasts 90 certified teachers
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
December 21, 2013

Washington has the nation’s largest group of newly-certified National Board Certified Teachers, according to numbers released last week by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards.

A total of 516 Washington teachers achieved their certification this year. Aside from leading the United States in newly-certified educators, Washington is fourth nationwide in the total number of NBCTs with 7,333.

Locally, the Sumner School District boasts 90 board certified teachers, according to the state’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.

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Free holiday dinner at Sumner High School
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
December 9, 2013

Members of the Bonney Lake and Sumner community are invited to the annual Holiday Community Dinner to enjoy free food, Santa photos, crafts, games and a movie.

Approximately 89 people were served by student volunteers when the tradition began nine years ago. The event has grown; about 850 community members participated last year.

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Consumer sciences educator in running for top award
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
December 4, 2013

Tricia Littlefield, a family and consumer sciences teacher at Bonney Lake High School, is considered a rock star in her field.

Littlefield will attend CareerTech VISION on Wednesday in Las Vegas, where she will be among five finalists for the Teacher of the Year award, presented by the Association of Career and Technical Education.

“I do feel honored,” Littlefield said. “In a profession where we don’t always get recognized, I am very grateful.”

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Big Give launches in Sumner
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
November 27, 2013

An army of volunteers quickly unloaded three 26-foot U-haul trucks in the early morning hours on Saturday outside Sumner High School. The trucks were full of turkeys, pies, potatoes and everything else that’s needed for Thanksgiving meals.

The items were quickly assembled into 600 individual meals for the inaugural Community Big Give, a collaborative program coordinated by the Sumner School District’s Sumner Family Center, St. Andrew Church’s Emmanuel Food Pantry, Living Hope Church and Faith Covenant Church.

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Bonney Lake High teacher a finalist for national award
The News Tribune
November 18, 2013

Tricia Littlefield, family and consumer sciences teacher at Bonney Lake High School, is a finalist for the Association for Career and Technical Education Teacher of the Year Award.

She is one of five finalists competing for the national award, which will be announced in December.

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Sumner School District has goal to place in top five
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
November 13, 2013

Sumner School District administrators are happy with being ranked 36th out of 295 school districts in the state, but they also say they can do better.

Superintendent Sara Johnson and her teaching and learning staff have set a goal for the district to be in the top five by spring 2018. That means the district plans to pass up six school districts each year during the next five years starting this fall, Johnson said.

“We will be in the commuter lane, and we will have the throttle all the way to the floor,” she said. “It will take a lot of hard work, but we think it’s worth it. We want kids who leave Sumner School District to be the best educated in Washington.”

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District hosts college fair
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
November 11, 2013

The transition from high school to college involves a myriad of challenges and a series of decisions to be made, all of which can be overwhelming for students and parents.

Bonney Lake and Sumner high school students and their families are invited to attend Sumner School District's annual "Beyond High School Night" to assist in making those plans. All students residing within the district's boundaries are invited, including those homeschooled or attending private education institutions.

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District holds STD curriculum night Sumner School District
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
November 4, 2013

The Sumner School District invites parents of students in grades 4 to 12 to Prevention Curriculum Review Night, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Nov. 14 at the Sumner High School Library Resource Center.

Health and human development materials will be available for guardians. Grades 4 and 5 will be provided health and human development materials, while grades 6 through 12 will have access to an HIV/STD (sexually transmitted diseases) prevention curriculum.

"This is an opportunity for parents and guardians to understand the health content at each grade level, preview teaching materials and ask questions about the resources used in the classroom," said  a press release issued by the district.

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Firefighter union delivers coats to local students
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
November 4, 2013

The union that represents East Pierce Fire and Rescue, IAFF Local 3520, held a coat drive beginning in August. The fruits of their labor were reaped Oct. 30 when they handed brand new winter coats to 95 under-privileged students at Daffodil Valley Elementary.

Operation Warm was funded primarily by Amazon but donations also came in from individuals in the community. The purpose of the program is to provide children brand new, custom fitted coats to shield them from winter weather. New clothing essentials can also help provide children with the confidence they need to succeed in school.

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Sumner School district builds Wall of Fame
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 23, 2013

After 15 years of envisioning the possibility, the Sumner School District Athletic Department has found a way to recognize athletic achievements. Individuals and teams that reach the highest standards will be inducted into their respective high school’s Wall of Fame.

Friday marked Sumner High School’s first Wall of Fame individual induction ceremony, which honored John Anderson. The announcement came as a surprise to Anderson, who was unanimously selected in secret by the Wall of Fame selection committee, which he is a member of himself.

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Bonney Lake school receives distinction award
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 22, 2013

Liberty Ridge Elementary in Bonney Lake has seen significant improvement in student achievement over the last five years. To recognize this period of growth, the school has been awarded the seventh annual 2013 School of Distinction Award.

Liberty Ridge Elementary Principal Ryan Hawkins said he is honored to receive the award but continues looking for ways to improve.

"We are rejoicing in our efforts and look forward to sharing the news and celebrating with families and staff,” Hawkins said. “However, our work has only just begun. We are looking towards the future and ready to embrace what's next."

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Sumner School District drops, covers and holds on
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 22, 2013

Earthquake preparedness is a genuine concern in the Northwest. The state of Washington experienced at least 20 damage-causing earthquakes in the last 125 years, most of which occurred west of the Cascades, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources.

Home preparation is one thing but children spend a significant amount of time at school. Sumner School District (SSD) participated in The Great Washington ShakeOut, a statewide earthquake drill, in order to prepare children and staff for the possibility of a major earthquake. The goal of the program is to provide earthquake survivors with the tools they need for a quick and efficient recovery.

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Spartans celebrate homecoming week
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 11, 2013

Sumner High School will host its annual Homecoming Parade on Main Street prior to the football game on Oct. 18. Pre-kickoff festivities include a hosted BBQ in the main courtyard and school carnival in the SHS Gym from 5 to 6 p.m. Carnival tickets may be purchased by calling the main office at Sumner High School.

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Sumner School District teacher chosen to join State Network of Educators
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 8, 2013

Daffodil Valley Elementary school teacher Michelle Nazelrod has been selected to join the State Network of Educators (SNE).

From over 350 applicants statewide, SNE chose 92 educators and charged them with the task of designing and developing resources for transitioning to the new Common Core state standards. Washington’s SNE will be joined by other educators and school administrators from the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which includes 25 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Drowning prevention program a success
By Theresa De Lay of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 7, 2013

After months of awareness efforts by the SwimSafe coalition, it stands to reason the program was a success. Zero water-related deaths were reported at Lake Tapps during the 2013 summer season.

Sponsors of the coalition include: Pierce County, the city of Bonney Lake, East Pierce Fire and Rescue (EPFR), Bonney Lake Police Department (BLPD), Sumner School District, Dieringer School District and Cascade Water Alliance.

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New Franciscan facility in Bonney Lake hosting a free open house Saturday
The News Tribune
October 4, 2013

Two hundred unpainted pumpkins will await the artistic efforts of 200 children come Saturday when the new Franciscan Medical Pavilion in Bonney Lake hosts a public open house.

The open house will begin at 1 p.m. and run through 4 p.m., and will include the pumpkin painting (assisted by members of the Sumner High School FFA, with pumpkins provided by Maris Farms); facility tours, including the 3D mammography service and Prompt Care; lab; Physical therapy suite and physicians’ offices.

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Sumner schools bring new technology to students
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
October 2, 2013

Sumner School District Superintendent Sara Johnson hopes that each student in the district will have their own personal computer by 2017.

It may sound impossible, but Johnson said the district isn’t too far away from it.

“If you’re really going to be able to reach students right where they are, then we need to rely on technology, and we’re in a sweet spot, because we’re ready,” Johnson said.

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Bonney Lake High School Homecoming Friday
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
October 1, 2013

The Bonney Lake High School Homecoming Football Game is scheduled for 7 p.m. October 4 at Sunset Stadium against Peninsula. Senior Homecoming Royalty will be announced during the half-time show.

This year’s homecoming theme is “Cruise Around the World.” The homecoming dance is scheduled for Oct. 5. Other homecoming activities include:

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Fundraising concert benefits Sumner School District arts
Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
September 18, 2013

“GLEE” guitarist Derik Nelson will play a pop/rock concert at the Sumner School District Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 19. The concert will raise funds for Sumner High Schools art and music programs.

The fundraising concert is part of Nelson’s “Take Chances Tour,” which provides high schools up and down the West Coast the opportunity to raise money through ticket sales for his live shows.

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A bountiful harvest at Daffodil Valley
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
September 11, 2013

Instructing students in a portable classroom on the outer perimeter of Daffodil Valley Elementary School grounds has its perks for science teacher Kim Hammer.

For one, it’s situated adjacent to the new vegetable garden that includes sunflowers, lettuce, strawberries and potatoes.

“This is good for all grade levels, from kindergarten through fifth-grade, to have that hands-on exploration,” Hammer said. “Kids can taste, feel and smell the vegetables.”

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Students to get connected in classroom
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
September 4, 2013

Jared Sather at Victor Falls Elementary dreams about having a computer on every student’s desk. That day has come for 50 third- and fourth-grade teachers in the Sumner School District.

Starting today, 1,500 students in those classrooms will participate in a pilot project. They will each have a Chromebook, manufactured by Samsung and supported by Google Docs and Google technology.

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Sumner school district purchases Chromebooks
By Daniel Nash of the Bonney Lake-Sumner Courier-Herald
August 26, 2013

The Sumner School District has bought up 1,500 Google Chromebook laptops as part of a "cutting edge" technology initiative for third and fourth grade students.

In 2007, voters approved a $114 million capital projects bond issuance for the modernization, expansion and improvement of six district campuses. Five years later in October 2012, a modernized Maple Lawn Elementary School opened its doors and concluded the "Promises Made, Promises Kept" renovation campaign. Approximately $4.9 million remained in the projects fund, available for other approved investments in education.

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Sumner schools’ top educator embraces performance
By Andrew Fickes of the Puyallup Herald
August 21, 2013

When it comes to achievement and excellence in the classroom, Sara Johnson said she dots the Is and crosses the Ts.

“I focus on excellent instruction in every classroom, for every student, every day,” said Johnson, the new superintendent of the Sumner School District. “It’s all the little things that get put together that build the success of your students and school district.”

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Seattle Seahawks’ Doug Baldwin To Do Promotional Meet and Greet to Benefit Sumner High School
PRWEB.COM Newswire
August 20, 2013

Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin will do a fan meet and greet for Connections Unlimited, a DIRECTV authorized dealer, at their new store location in Sumner as part of an effort to raise funds for a local school.

The event will take place on August 24, 2013 at 11 a.m. Connection Unlimited's address is 821 Valley Avenue, Sumner, WA 98390.

The event will help raise money for Sumner High School in Sumner, WA every time a new customer signs up for a DIRECTV account during the month of August. Connections Unlimited, an anonymous matching donor and Baldwin will each donate $25 for every new DIRECTV subscriber that Connections Unlimited acquires during the month of August.

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