December 16, 2021
Lahar drill: Valley schools evacuate, hill school shelter in place
We’re hoping for a dry morning on April 29, when all students in our Sumner valley schools will evacuate their buildings and walk to the Gordon Family YMCA as part of a regional lahar exercise. Students in our schools on the hill in Bonney Lake will participate in the drill by staying inside their buildings and sheltering in place.
SBLSD is one of five school districts testing their ability to evacuate or shelter students and staff in the event of an incoming lahar from Mount Rainier. Learn more about the lahar drill and the District’s preparedness and response plan at www.sumnersd.org/lahar.
Panther Robotics scores top 7 percent at world competition
For the first time in two years, Panther Robotics competed at the FIRST Robotics Championship in Houston this month, which brings robotics teams together from around the world. The international event was canceled in previous years due to COVID-19.
About 24 Panther Robotics students attended the competition, where the team ended their season 35 out of 75 teams in their division, scoring in the top 7 percent of the world.
The students finished strong and are already looking forward to the 22-23 season. Well done, Panther Robotics!
Thanking our administrative professionals
April 27 was National Administrative Professionals Day. Administrative professionals take on a wide range of duties to help daily life at our schools and buildings run smoothly.
Thank you to our secretaries, administrative assistants, executive assistants, receptionists and other administrative support professionals across the district. You're essential to the education, safety and support of our students, with valued relationships with fellow staff members and families. We appreciate you!
SHS, BLHS students receive awards at Spring Fair
Goats and rabbits, oh my!
Students from Sumner and Bonney Lake high schools took home awards from the Washington State Spring Fair, which was held the past couple of weekends.
Six students from SHS Future Farmers of America (FFA) showed their market lambs at the Northwest Junior Livestock Show: Reese K., Shealyn S., Cole V., Lexie J., Lorelei B., and Reilly P. This was their first year showing lambs at the fair after taking a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Ninth grader Lexie J. had the Grand Champion FFA Market Lamb and the Supreme Grand Champion Market Lamb, the two highest awards that anyone could receive. Lexie also took first place in Showmanship for the novice division, and Cole V. took second place in Showmanship for the novice division.
Lexie, Cole, Lorelei, and Reilly also all had market lambs that were class winners in their respective weight class divisions. The SHS chapter won the Herdsmanship Award for the duration of the fair.
Also this month, BLHS ninth grader Paige A. won the Washington State Fair Reserve Champion Senior Showmanship Award. Ninth grader Lily T. received First Place Blue Ribbon Senior Showmanship Award at the 4-H ARBA Youth Show at the Spring Fair.
Beyond their showmanship awards, they also had rabbits place and win awards in breed classes.
Congratulations to all!
May Meal Menus
Parent event: Understanding your highly capable student
Do you want to better understand and support your highly capable student? Families are invited to attend a free event to learn what research says about highly capable learners from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on May 10 at Lakeridge Middle School (5909 Myers Rd. E).
Guest speaker Austina De Bonte will describe what’s normal and what to expect at various ages and stages. She will also share the neuroscience that helps explain the behaviors common in highly capable children, where these behaviors come from and how to use these insights to better support your child.
For more information, contact Chris Anderson.
It’s Not Too Late! College Is Still Possible.
With all that has changed these last two years, college or job training is more important than ever. A college degree, certificate, apprenticeship, or other training beyond high school can lead to a good job and higher wages. It's not too late to make a plan for more education after graduation.
You can go to college. Washington’s public community and technical colleges are open to anyone with a high school diploma or GED. Registration is open year-round, so it’s never too late to get started! Some four-year colleges are also still accepting applications for this fall.
You can get job training. Do you enjoy hands-on learning? Are you hoping to join the workforce somewhat soon? You may want to consider a technical college, career program, or apprenticeship.
Financial aid can help cover the costs. Completing a financial aid application gives you more options for the future. The Washington College Grant gives more money to more people for more kinds of education, including public and private colleges, workforce and training programs, and approved apprenticeships. WCG is available year-round—if you meet the eligibility requirements, you have money waiting for you. Apply now for 2022-23.
There’s still time to make a plan for education or training after high school. Explore your options.