Dower Elementary celebrates ‘pi’ in the face day

Pi Day

Several Dower Elementary staff members volunteered to get a pie in the face on March 16 as the school celebrated “Pi Day.” The number pi is a mathematical constant and its decimal representation never ends. Students who wanted to throw a pie memorized as many digits as they could. Four students were selected to throw a pie, based on how many digits they memorized. Fourth-grader Kloe Salazar memorized 100 digits and threw a pie into principal Jennifer Moore’s face. [Read more…]

Carter Lake Elementary selected to pilot test of visual arts project


LAKEWOOD- The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has selected Carter Lake Elementary School to participate in the Model Cornerstone Assessment Pilot Project. Model Cornerstone Assessments (MCAs) are a component of the new National Core Arts Standards – which are based on the standards of leading states including Washington – and are used to show student achievement aligned to targeted performance standards. [Read more…]

Clubhouse robotics team readies for invitational tournament


The VEX Team from the Lakewood Computer Clubhouse has been invited to compete in the Western Washington High School VRC Championship on March 7th in Lake Stevens. This event is only for teams that have qualified by winning certain awards or achieving certain skills scores at local events throughout the state earlier in the season. Their robot has performed consistently well in the three qualifying tournaments that they attended and the team has been working hard every Friday night at the Computer Clubhouse in the Lakewood Family YMCA to hone their robot operations skills. [Read more…]

Two Clover Park School District students earn Act Six Scholarships

Grace Nyoro from Clover Park High School and Bianca Vieyra from Harrison Preparatory School

LAKEWOOD – Grace Nyoro from Clover Park High School and Bianca Vieyra from Harrison Preparatory School have earned Act Six Scholarships. Act Six is a leadership development and college scholarship program that brings together diverse, multicultural groups of emerging urban leaders who want to use their college education to make a difference on campus and in their communities at home. According to Act Six, the students were selected through a rigorous three-month competition among nearly 900 applicants. [Read more…]

Letter: Best bang for the buck in educating our kids


“How to deal with difficult people seminar” was one of the takeaways from the National School Board Association (NSBA) annual conference held last year in New Orleans, Louisiana, attended by four of the five members of the Clover Park School District Board of Directors (CPSD).

Count me among the difficult-people group as I have a hard time reconciling the expenditure of “department funds” – presumably tax-payer dollars – for such getaways. [Read more…]

CPSD high school students selected as Palmer Scholars

(Left to right) Victoria Ann Tirado, Eli Gonzalez Perez, and India Owens from Clover Park High School and Jose Pacio from Harrison Preparatory School have been selected as Palmer Scholars.

LAKEWOOD- Three Clover Park High School students and one Harrison Preparatory School student have been selected as Palmer Scholars. The scholarship provides each student up to $5,000 per year in financial support which is renewable for five years. In addition, the students attend college-readiness seminars, receive support from a mentor, connect to job and internship opportunities in Pierce County, interact with area leaders and receive ongoing support from Palmer Scholars staff. [Read more…]

Clover Park School District first in state to offer K-12 International Baccalaureate programs


Harrison Preparatory School, in Clover Park School District (CPSD), has been authorized to offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) for 11th- and 12th-grade students. This authorization means Harrison Prep will offer IB programs for students in grades 6 – 12 since the school already offers the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP). Idlewild Elementary School offers the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP) for grades K- 5. CPSD is the first public school district in Washington state to offer the “continuum” of IB programming from grades K-12. [Read more…]

Meetings scheduled to discuss Lakewood school boundary changes

LAKEWOOD—Four community meetings are scheduled to inform families of school attendance boundary changes proposed for the 2015-16 school year. District elementary schools being impacted by the proposed school attendance boundary adjustments are Lakeview, Oakwood, Park Lodge and Southgate. Clover Park School District (CPSD) middle and high school attendance boundaries will not be impacted. [Read more…]