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In The News 2006-2007

14 students will get grants from Comcast program
The Comcast Foundation has awarded $1,000 grants to 14 local students through its Comcast Leaders and Achievers program. Winners are: Christine Kirkpatrick , Sumner High School; Kyle Stevenson , Bonney Lake High School; Logan Bahr , Washington High School; Mark Rose , Eatonville High School; Kait...
(Published in The News Tribune, June 27, 2007)

Leaving smiles in his wake - Sumner superintendent retiring
Donald Eismann, Sumner School District's superintendent, takes time last week to talk with Markelle Kelly at Daffodil Valley Elementary. ...
(Published in The News Tribune, June 25, 2007)

High school’s chamber choir takes second place in contest
The Bonney Lake High School Chamber Choir placed second in a recent competition in Anaheim, Calif.
(Published in The News Tribune, June 6, 2007)

She’s got sharp eyes on crosswalk
Sydney Evans, 11, on safety patrol this week at Emerald Hills Elementary School in Bonney Lake, was recently inducted into the 2007 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame. Drive by Emerald Hills Elementary School in Bonney Lake on any Wednesday after school, and you’ll see 11-year-old Sydney Evans in action. She’s the safety patrol girl in a yellow-and-orange vest, with a smile on her face and safety on her mind.
(Publsihed in The News Tribune, June 6, 2007)

From cross walk to Safeco
Sydney Evans did not expect keeping her fellow Emerald Hills Elementary students safe would lead to being inducted into the 2007 AAA School Safety Patrol Hall of Fame, but that’s exactly what happened for the safety-minded fifth grader.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, May 31, 2007)

A little courage goes a long way for students
The Sumner School Board took time to honor seven Sumner High School seniors at the high school’s performing arts center on May 16 from for showing the courage necessary to dream big and also for being true to themselves.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, May 24, 2007)

The journey’s end
Students were running their last mile for the McAlder Elementary marathon on May 18 at the Sumner school.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, May 24, 2007)

Church plans baccalaureates for graduates of two schools
Calvary Community Church, 15116 Gary St., Sumner, will host non- denominational baccalaureate services for graduates of the two area high schools and their families. Bonney Lake High School: June 3 at 3 p.m. Seniors should arrive at 2:30 with cap and gown. Sumner High School: June 1...
(Published in The News Tribune, May 23, 2007)

First graduating class showcases nine seniors
The Sumner School Board took time to honor nine outstanding seniors from Bonney Lake High School’s first graduating class on May 9 at the high school.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, May 17, 2007)

Teacher receives award
Bonney Lake High School teacher Shannon Carr-Cohen was awarded the Sumner School District’s WAVE Teacher of the Year award during a ceremony on May 16 at the Pierce College campus in Steilacoom.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, May 17, 2007)

New district leader named
The Sumner School Board unanimously voted to hire Dr. Gil Mendoza as the district’s next superintendent.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, May 10, 2007)

Sumner picks schools chief
Gil Mendoza, head of Tacoma schools’ career and technical education, will become superintendent of the Sumner School District this July. Sumner’s five School Board members voted unanimously Thursday afternoon to hire Mendoza as the district’s next superintendent.
(Published in The News Tribune, May 4, 2007)

Art knows no limitation
Students took the reigns to guide and teach their parents different art projects at Emerald Hills Elementary’s Art Night.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, April 26, 2007)

Parents meet district candidates
Parents and community members took their turn at interviewing three candidates for the Sumner School District Superintendent position.
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(Published in the Puyallup Herald, April 19, 2007)

Get a sneak peek at Daffodil bands
Community members can listen to student bands from the Sumner School District at a free concert Thursday night in Sumner.
The annual Pre-Daffodil Parades Marching Band performance will be at Sunset Stadium, 1707 Main St., in Sumner, at 7 p.m. Marching bands from five schools will practice the music and routines they will perform this Saturday at the Daffodil Parades in Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner and Orting.
Students from Lakeridge Middle School, Mountain View Middle School, Sumner Middle School, Bonney Lake High School and Sumner High School will march around the track and perform a mini-parade.
(Published in The News Tribune, April 17, 2007)

Awards spotlight those who help communities, schools, families
Groups and individuals were recognized recently with community impact awards at the 14th annual Community Summit, sponsored by Sumner STARR project and Sumner/Bonney Lake Communities for Families Coalition: Students Ali Ehle of Mountain View Middle School and Nathan Karbowski of Bonney Lak...
(Published in The News Tribune, April 11, 2007)

Winning students to represent region at national science fair
More than 300 students from Pierce and Thurston counties competed last month at the South Sound Regional Science Fair at Pacific Lutheran University. Overall winners were: First Place: Mallory Wall-Tweten, a senior at Sumner High School for "Ewes Shouldn't Re-use Needles."
(Published in The News Tribune, April 11, 2007)

Young minds delve into science
The strain on the family printer has been great lately, judging by all the colorfully presented experiments at this year’s South Sound Regional Science Fair. Students toted cardboard displays through the rain and packed into Olson Auditorium at Pacific Lutheran University on Saturday to sho...
(Published in The News Tribune, March 25, 2007)

Sumner teen wins Daffodil Crown
(Published in The News Tribune, March 24, 2007)

Bond will be re-sent to the voters in May
The Sumner School District is re-submitting a $114 million capital projects bond to voters during a May 15 special election.
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(Published in the Puyallup Herald, March 22, 2007)

Awarding those focused on school safety
Cindy Acosta lived to protect the Sumner School District and the students and staff within its boundaries.
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(Published in the Puyallup Herald, March 22, 2007)

Art appreciation 101
Even the kindergartners at Liberty Ridge Elementary School are learning about pointillism.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, March 15, 2007)

Annual summit will feature inspirational youth speaker
The Sumner and Bonney Lake communities are invited to the 14th Annual Community Summit on March 22. This year’s event features inspirational youth speaker Shannon Pickard. It will take place from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at Calvary Community Church, 15116 Gary St. E., in Sumner. To pre-register, contact Kelly Madden at 253-891-6066 or by e-mail at: kelly_madden@sumnersd.org .
(Published in The News Tribune, March 7, 2007)

Challenging students to let their guard down
Sumner High School was recently taken over by Pam Dunn and Randy Fortes as part of the Challenge Day inspirational program.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, February 22, 2007)

Sumner school board debates when to submit another bond
The Sumner School Board is contemplating what to do now that the February school bond they presented to voters failed.
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(Published in the Puyallup Herald, February 22, 2007)

District leader to retire
For more than 20 years, Superintendent Donald Eismann, 64, has stood watch over the Sumner School District, overseeing the growth of a district that added its second high school two years ago.
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(Published in the Puyallup Herald, February 22, 2007)

Sumner schools superintendent will retire
February 17 2007 Donald Eismann, the superintendent of the Sumner School District for the past 22 years, is retiring. He announced his intention to step down at the end of the school year at the School Board’s meeting this week. “I am proud of all we have been able to accomplish during my tenure, from...
(Published in The News Tribune, February 17, 2007)

Purple and gold are the only colors that matter
Maurice Dudley fits in at Sumner High School.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, February 15, 2007)

Future farmers dance the night away with seniors
Even if his hips don’t quite move like they used to, Lyle Karnes was not missing his opportunity to dance with the young lady asking for his hand on the floor.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, February 15, 2007)

Middle school’s student artwork goes on display at library
Works by 60 student artists from Lakeridge Middle School are on display at the Bonney Lake Library through Saturday. Art teacher Karla Banks organized the show, featuring works in pencil, paint, charcoal, pen and ink, mixed-media masks and clay by seventh and eighth graders. Stop by the library ...
(Published in The News Tribune, January 31, 2007)

Finding more reason to inspire
The Sumner School District added six new National Board Certified Teachers to its quickly growing list of education specialists.
(Published in the Puyallup Herald, January 25, 2007)

Growing area, growing needs
“What, again?” Sumner and Puyallup voters might ask while pondering each district’s request for school construction money on the Feb. 6 ballot.
But bond supporters say the issues that triggered the districts’ last attempt to fund construction – aging facilities in Sumner and booming enrollment in Puyallup – continue to saddle the East Pierce County districts.
(Published in The News Tribune, January 22, 2007)

Sumner residents will vote on $114 million bond Feb. 6
Voters in the Sumner School District will decide whether to approve a $114 million bond measure during a special election Feb. 6.
(Published in The News Tribune, January 19, 2007)

Kill the supermajority – and the levy lid lift
When it comes to school levy elections, some voters are more equal than others.
And when it comes to levy restrictions, some districts want to be more equal than others.
Both issues are now before the Legislature.
(Published in The News Tribune, January 17, 2007)

High school students selected for paid credit union internships
Two Bonney Lake High School students have earned paid internships at Boeing Employee Credit Union branches in Sumner and Bonney Lake this school year. Damien Evinger, a senior, and Elizabeth Friant, a junior, have worked in the student-run branch of the credit union at the high school and are in...
(Published in The News Tribune, December 27, 2006)

Bonney Lake High to stage ‘The Mouse That Roared’
The Bonney Lake High School drama department will present “The Mouse That Roared” in January. The play will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 12 and 13, and at 2 p.m. Jan. 14 in the Performing Arts Center, 1707 Main St. in Sumner. Tickets are $5 for students with Associated Student Body cards and $8 for general admission.
(Published in The News Tribune, December 27, 2006)

Families invited to free dinner, toy giveaway for the holidays
The Sumner High School Leadership Class will host a free holiday dinner for Bonney Lake and Sumner families Saturday. The event will be held from noon to 4 p.m. in the Sumner High School commons at 1707 Main St. In conjunction with the dinner, Northwood Christmas Community House will be distribut...
(Published in The News Tribune, December 7, 2006)

Financial aid workshops set for Bonney Lake High School
Parents and students will have two opportunities to attend financial aid workshops at Bonney Lake High School. A day session for students will be held Dec. 13, and a session at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 will be for families. A local financial aid officer will be at the evening session, as well as instructions for completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. The school is at 10920 199th Ave. Court E. in Bonney Lake.
(Published in The News Tribune December 6, 2006)

District will host meeting on long-range facilities plan
Sumner residents will have the opportunity to discuss the Sumner School District’s facilities on Tuesday. The district will present its long-range facilities plan and showcase the new elementary school. Comments from the public will help the district develop programs and projects.
(Published in The News Tribune, October 4, 2006)

Sumner schools look for cuts
A lack of enrollment growth in Sumner schools has the district looking for more than a half-million dollars in cuts. The Sumner School District expected the equivalent of 140 new children this year, but enrollment has been flat. One elementary school north of Bonney Lake is short the equivalent of 40 students. “That north end of our district, right up against Lake Tapps by the Dieringer School District, has been declining in the past few years,” said Craig Spencer, assistant superintendent. “We weren’t expecting that it would decline as much as it did.” A professional demographer and the school district projected higher enrollment because of new housing in the area. But kids haven’t followed construction. “It just seems as if school-age children are not moving in and we don’t know if that’s because of housing costs,” Spencer said.
(Published in The News Tribune, September 28, 2006)

A kid boom stalls, leaving schools looking for spending cuts
A lack of student growth in Sumner schools has the district looking for more than a half million dollars in cuts. The Sumner School District expected the equivalent 140 new children this year, but enrollment has been flat. One elementary school north of Bonney Lake is short the equivalent of 40 students. "That north end of our district, right up against Lake Tapps by the Dieringer School District has been declining in the past few years," said Craig Spencer, assistant superintendent. "We weren't expecting that it would decline as much as it did." Both a professional demographer and the school district projected higher enrollment because of new housing growth in the area. But the kids haven't followed construction. "It just seems as if school-age children are not moving in and we don't know if that's because of housing costs," Spencer said.
(Published in The News Tribune, September 27, 2006)

Space shake-up wows science teachers
When Don Pruett walks onto his deck at night, he sometimes considers the stars. The 43-year-old Sumner High School science teacher can tell a Big Dipper from a Little and which of those tiny pins of light represent Mars and Jupiter. What he can’t see with the naked eye is Pluto. Out of sight, out of mind, he says.
(Published in The News Tribune, August 25, 2006)

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